Ballarat event manager and business owner Sally Kennedy is setting an example for her children and professionals in Ballarat to have the courage and belief in yourself to follow through with your ideas.
Walking through the Ballarat Cemetery with her children she noticed a gap in the cemetery's burial service.
All new grave sites are marked with an interim green stake or white cross marker from the time of burial until a permanent grave marker is installed, a process which can take more than 12 months, but Ms Kennedy wondered why there was not a more appropriate plaque.
The idea turned into a business when she decided to start making them herself.
Now her business Dearly Plaques and Memorials supplies aluminium memorial plaques to cemeteries throughout Australia to provide an appropriate and special temporary grave marker.
"I have three children. I wanted to demonstrate to them that if you have an idea, give it a go," she said.
"If you don't give it a go you will never know, but you won't look back and say 'I wish I had of done that'. I wanted to show them you can have an idea and follow it through. Sometimes it will work and sometimes it won't work but you have to give it a go."
Ms Kennedy, who also works as an event manager, will be sharing this message and her top tips for running events at Ballarat's Connecting Conference on May 7.
Have the confidence to shoot for the stars, back yourself and be courageous. It is always worthwhile giving it a go.Sally Kennedy
She will run a workshop on delivering successful and memorable events.
The Connecting Conference is an opportunity for personal and professional development for office professionals following the theme 'shoot for the stars'.
"I am always trying to make an event different," Ms Kennedy said.
"There will be professionals at the conference who will always be going to events, managing events and creating events themselves. I want to challenge to think how they can make something that usually happens all the time a little bit different. It could be the AGM, it could be a breakfast, or a board meeting, but it is thinking about how you can you step that up a bit and make it a bit different."
Ms Kennedy's advice is to back yourself and be courageous to try something that has not been done before.
"It was challenging coming into the cemetery industry... it is not a typical business industry," she said.
"It is an industry that hasn't had a lot of change in the last 30 or 40 years and I have brought in a brand new product in a brand new time of a grieving person's experience of death. It is challenging to get that need across to the cemeteries.
"My advice is to have the confidence to shoot for the stars, back yourself and be courageous. It is always worthwhile giving it a go. If it doesn't work out, that is alright. At least you have given it a go."
Tickets are available online for the Connecting Conference on May 7 and 8.