We’ll be kicking goals in 2019

By Vanessa Wiltshire

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 two-year-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.’’