Jesinta Franklin

Model and businesswoman

Jesinta Franklin.

Jesinta Franklin.Credit:Wayne Taylor

New Year’s resolution
I would like to increase my fitness goals, and to go for a five kilometre run would be great after the baby arrives next month.
Work life
I’m the ambassador for Olay skincare, I will get back into Moët & Chandon, as that was on hold while I was pregnant, and continue to work with Crown – I’m in Melbourne for the IMG Tennis Party this month. I will also continue to build my business – I have an office space now – and help with the administration of my husband’s merchandise brand, Buddy Franklin Authentic.
Travel plans
Our first family trip to Perth for round eight of the AFL season will be great.
The big goal
The big news is the baby’s arrival, so it’ll all be about family time. Buddy has four sisters who have lots of kids and they’ll offer plenty of advice, as will our mums. I can’t wait to take the baby to the football, continue finishing the nursery and spend quality time with Buddy, who will pass the 1000-goal milestone this year.

Tony Jones

Journalist  

Tony Jones.

Tony Jones.Credit:Ben Dearnley

New Year’s resolution
To learn Mandarin, absorb Chinese culture and history, and see as much as I possibly can.
Work life
I will be writing my third novel and working on a non-fiction book, too. I may also be appearing on the ABC from time to time, doing some work with Foreign Correspondent and Q&A.
Travel plans
My partner Sarah Ferguson and I are moving to China for her work – she will be the ABC’s China bureau chief. She followed me to the USA when I became a correspondent and now I’m following her as she reports on the rise of China in what they’re calling “the Chinese century”. We’re at the beginning of it and we’ll be right in the middle of it all. It’s a massively influential country on the cusp of an historical resurgence.
The big goal
I have a son who is based in China – he works in outdoor education and takes Chinese kids into the wilderness. By his pictures, there are some incredible remote parts of China and I hope I get to see them with him.

Luke Arnold

Actor and author

Luke Arnold.

Luke Arnold.

New Year’s resolution
To cut down on meat and international travel and be more sustainable in every aspect of life.
Work life
The most exciting thing is that my debut novel, The Last Smile in Sunder City, is out next month. My career as a writer is joining my acting career, and I want to spend my time between both in 2020. I have a sequel that might come out later in the year. My brother George also has a studio in Melbourne and we make our own films and do freelance editing – I plan to do more of that in 2020. I also play Josh in The End, which is out on Foxtel in 2020.
Travel plans
As much as I want to spend more time in Australia this year, I will be travelling to London for a friend’s wedding.
The big goal
To put roots down in Australia. I have spent the last few years living in London and LA for film roles and I’m ready to hang with my family between Euroa and Melbourne and settle down for a while.

Emma Watkins

Yellow Wiggle  

Emma Watkins.

Emma Watkins.

New Year’s resolution
To bring Auslan and sign language to the forefront of people’s minds through my work with Huawei’s StorySign app.
Work life
Working with the StorySign app makes words on the page come to life. We have chosen certain books to integrate with the technology – so all you do is use your phone, hold it over the book’s pages and it translates words using an avatar that converts them to sign language. It’s mainly for young children and is a positive use of technology. There’s also a new Wiggly TV series out in 2020 with new characters.
Travel plans
The Wiggles tour nine months of the year – this time it will be Australia, NZ, Canada and USA.
The big goal
I am studying for my PhD at Macquarie University, looking at sign language. I also have a new puppy called Dali. My parents sold their family home in Sydney and moved to a place near Bowral, so 2020 is a big year for renovating the family home.

Thelma Plum

Musician

Thelma Plum

Thelma Plum

New Year’s resolution
I want to make space for downtime, to realise it’s okay to have an occasional weekend when I do nothing and rest. Self-care is important.
Work life
My debut album Better in Blak came out last year and I’ll be recording a second album in 2020. I am working with producer Alex Burnett again. The plan is to finish it next month, then do some overseas touring. The focus is for more of a pop album that might see me cross over into the mainstream charts. I’d also love to work with Courtney Barnett.
Travel plans
I will be in London to make the album but will take a holiday in Cuba with my parents. We went there a year ago and loved it.
The big goal
I’ll be playing at the Great Escape Festival in Brighton, UK. That’s huge for me; I’ve never played there before.

Nicole da Silva

Actor

Nicole da Silva.

Nicole da Silva.Credit:Rebecca Hitch

New Year’s resolution
To dedicate time to not checking emails or phone calls – otherwise my day becomes a flurry of thoughts, Post-it notes and meetings. I don’t really do resolutions. If you need to make a change, do it sooner, not later.
Work life
The fourth season of Doctor Doctor hits the air in early 2020. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for another season. I’m on the advisory board for the gender-equality initiative 50/50 by 2020 and want to achieve equity by then – it’s our deadline year. I also run a production company, Four One One, with Danielle Cormack. We want to see projects come to fruition.
Travel plans
Morocco and Sicily for two friends’ milestone birthdays.
The big goal
My partner John and I will be move out of our apartment and into a home with our child – a huge move for us.

Lady Marigold Southey

Former lieutenant-governor of Victoria 

Lady Marigold Southey.

Lady Marigold Southey.Credit:Simon Schluter

New Year’s resolution
I hope to be well enough to survive another year, to enjoy my family and to travel. I am 91.
Work life
We will continue to celebrate the 100th birthday of Cranlana in Toorak, a property my father purchased in 1919. He and my mother married there on January 8, 1920, which was also on the day of her 20th birthday.
Travel plans
I would love to go to Tahiti. It’s a beautiful place and not too far away.
The big goal
Celebrating the 100 years that the family has owned Cranlana, with monthly events at the property throughout 2020. I also want to spend more time at our farm Merindoc, in Tooborac [a small town about 100 kilometres north of Melbourne], which we bought in 1952. We now have over 2500 acres.

Pia Miranda

Actor 

Pia Miranda.

Pia Miranda.

New Year’s resolution
To try and run a marathon, to be more mindful with food and pay attention to what I eat, and to spend a lot of quality time with family.
Work life
The third season of Mustangs FC screens in early 2020. I’m also hoping that I might score some villain roles in the next 12 months after winning Survivor last year!
Travel plans
Japan with our kids, aged nine and six.
The big goal
My daughter turns 10, so we’ll be looking at high schools.

Scott Huggins

Chef   

Scott Huggins.

Scott Huggins.Credit:Fiona Hamilton/Tennis Australia

New Year’s resolution
To focus on prioritising family and wellness and achieving a good balance between work and life.
Work life
We will get to showcase some of the best South Australian produce to Melburnians [at a pop-up Penfolds restaurant at The Glasshouse during the Australian Open]. Think crab with konbu and tomato ice, kingfish with ponzu radish and pork jowl with ginger-compressed apples and eggplant.
Travel plans
My fiancée Abbie and I are planning a honeymoon to either Europe or Japan. My sous chef, Rodrigo Santos, is from Brazil and has invited me to join him on a trip back to his homeland to explore all the culinary delights there.
The big goal
As well as planning our wedding, Abbie and I will also settle into our new home in the Adelaide Hills with our six kids.

Destiny Deacon

Artist  

Destiny Deacon.

Destiny Deacon.Credit:Destiny Deacon

New Year’s resolution
I gave up on New Year’s resolutions at around the age of 40, but I hope to be healthy in 2020. I also look forward to the full moon because I always make a wish and see if it comes true; that’s something I’ll continue to do.
Work life
My first solo show in 15 years opens at the Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square in Melbourne on March 27. That’s a big deal for me. I’ve been making art since 1990 – I cover photography, video, sculpture and installation – so there will be old works and many new ones.
Travel plans
I don’t travel much.
The big goal
To get my honorary doctorate in education from La Trobe University – I can’t wait to see if I’ll get called Doctor Destiny. And I’ll continue to read lots of books and listen to the radio.

This article appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale January 19.

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