DID you make a New Year’s res­o­lu­tion? If you’re like most peo­ple you prob­a­bly didn’t. But while res­o­lu­tions may be go­ing out of fash­ion, goal setting ap­pears to be very much in vogue.

Last week we spoke with three com­mu­nity mem­bers about their as­pi­ra­tions for 2019. Says Heath­cote local Una Pianta, “I don’t have res­o­lu­tions, but I do have goals. For me, they are im­por­tant to stay happy, healthy and well.” Here is what we found. Chang­ing Ca­reers Ceilidh Meo and her hus­band made a tree change from Mel­bourne to Heath­cote a few years ago. They own and op­er­ate Apu­lia Grove Olives in Toolleen. Ceilidh, who grew up in the Western district, says that while she ex­celled in art at school, she never thought it could be a ca­reer.

“I did stu­dio art for VCE,” she said. “But you hear the sto­ries of the starv­ing artist and I was put off.’’

When Ceilidh moved to Toolleen she found some space to breathe and thought, “what next?”. In 2018, Ceilidh joined an art com­mu­nity in Bendigo and de­vel­oped ma­te­rial for sev­eral awards, some of them large and fa­mous. “It was mostly to de­velop my­self,” she said. “But some of them have cat­e­gories for new tal­ent.’’ Ceilidh shared that her ul­ti­mate goal is to do an “artist in res­i­dence” in Venice, Italy. But she has set two firm goals for 2019. “This year is all about fur­ther­ing my new ca­reer,” she said. “I am work­ing on a col­lab­o­ra­tive project and I also want to have a solo ex­hi­bi­tion. And a trip to Venice would be great too!” Grow­ing a small busi­ness He­len Byrne is not the av­er­age en­tre­pre­neur. For a start, she’s fe­male and in her 50s. Sec­ond, she lives in the ru­ral town of Axedale.

Hav­ing worked in the beauty in­dus­try for many years, He­len was af­ter a new vo­ca­tion. “I wanted a dif­fer­ent fo­cus,” she said. “Then an op­por­tu­nity with the Aus­tralian lin­gerie com­pany In­timo came along”. He­len pointed out that most women in Vic­to­ria have never been pro­fes­sion­ally fit­ted for a bra. “I be­came ex­cited when I saw the po­ten­tial,” she said. “I’m a mo­bile bra fit spe­cial­ist and travel in re­gional Vic­to­ria.’’

He­len trav­els with a vin­tage car­a­van, dubbed the “Bra Van”. It has been fit­ted-out as a stu­dio, en­abling her to pro­vide women with a fun and pri­vate en­vi­ron­ment to try on bras. He­len says that her busi­ness is grow­ing. “I don’t have a New Year’s res­o­lu­tion, but my goals for this year are to grow my cus­tomer base and con­tinue serv­ing those I have.”

He­len shared that her big­gest goal is ex­pand­ing the busi­ness. “I want to show other women how they can have a ‘bra busi­ness’ like mine. Maybe even a van! I want to help cre­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for other women. Who knows, there could be a con­voy of Bra Vans across re­gional Vic­to­ria one day!”. Mak­ing time for your­self Una Pianta is like most mums with small chil­dren; busy and never with enough time for her­self. But that’s some­thing she’s setting out to change in 2019. With a ca­sual job, grow­ing busi­ness and part-time study to jug­gle, she ad­mits the balanc­ing act can be hard.

“My hus­band and I have a twoyear-old and four-year-old,” Una ex­plained. “At times it does get hard. Thats why I’ve set some goals for my­self. I’ve started med­i­tat­ing. I’m also in­volved at the local gym and have reg­is­tered for the Mad Cow Mud Run in Shep­par­ton (in March).’’

While it’s chal­leng­ing, Una says that mak­ing time for her­self and keep­ing fit helps to man­age stress. “I’m not one to do things by halves,” she said. “But I’m pac­ing my­self.’’

Ceilidh Meo of Toolleen has set some ex­cit­ing goals in 2019 for her bud­ding art and de­sign ca­reer.

Mosquito Creek Fire Brigade 2nd Lieu­tenant Mark Forder and son Wil­liam Forder en­joy weigh in at the Lake Ep­palock Fish­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.

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