Gabrielle is seriously a woman with the heart of gold, and the personality to match . Another of our long term LB customers who we regularly see in our closed Facebook Conversation Group who joined us for our customer photoshoot a couple of weeks ago, and who we are proud to say - you will see throughout our social media imagery !
Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
I was born in Mount Isa in the far north of Queensland, and grew up mainly between there and Brisbane. I’ve lived in many remote and rural areas due to work commitments, but have lived in Brisbane for 15 years now.
What was your dream job growing up and is this what you're doing now?
I always wanted to be a lawyer or an author. But after accepting an offer at Uni, I decided to defer and do nursing. That path took me on so many adventures in so many different fields that I kept studying and exploring the diverse options in Health.
What is one of your most defining moments in life?
There are so many obvious precious and defining moments, like marriage, childbirth, or grief. But I think what defined me and my future path was recognising in my 30’s that I alone was in charge of my life and responsible for role modelling to my daughters just what women could do. It was simultaneously terrifying and liberating!
What are three of your favourite things to do?
Spending time with my beautiful extended family. Trail running with my beloved rescue hound and yoga. Creating an “edible and aromatic” garden and cooking with the bounty!
Your favourite aspect of being in the Leina Broughton Conversations Group?
I love being part of a genuine community of fabulous women, many of whom have become friends in real life. The group is a powerhouse of women supporting other women, and that feeling of community is often missing in the lives of busy modern women.
Your “go to” LB piece?
I don’t have a piece I don’t love, but if I had to pick, I’d say Melissa for winter wear and Starling for summer. They’re both so easy to wear and have simple, classic styling.
What is your favourite quote?
“The measure of a civilisation is in how it treats its most vulnerable members.” My passions in Health are the treatment of incarcerated and indigenous people, but this quote applies to all the vulnerable people in our society.
If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Such a hard question to answer! I asked for help, as I have so many songs and pieces of music that I love, but couldn’t think whether any defined me. My daughters nominated, “Here comes the sun.” For something I’d never tire of, and which has such an enduring message for mankind that it was adopted as the European Anthem, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. I performed this on a beautiful grand piano accompanied by two friends playing flute and violin at an Eisteddfod many years ago, and it has been played as the Berlin Wall fell, broadcast by students during the Tiananmen Square protests and remains a call for hope and inclusiveness everywhere. Finally, the Theme from Rocky would have to get a look in. Fleur knows what I’m saying here!