Get to Know Gabriela
My husband (Bernie) and I at Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?
Don’t forget where you come from and where you want to go. I grew up in La Paz, Bolivia, and came to the United States for my college education. As I navigated this new journey, it was easy for me to get caught up in what others were doing or even try to do things the way others were doing them, which led me to lose myself a little. And this can happen in law school too, where many times some of us get caught up in how others are studying or taking notes or what internships they are getting while forgetting what works for us and why we went to school in the first place.
With that said, be curious and learn from others (not because you want to do things the exact same way that person did, but to be better informed in the choices and decisions you will make to chart your own path), be authentic (remember where you are coming from and where you want to go -authenticity speaks volumes), find opportunities that will challenge and help you grow.
Me and my two loves (Sol and Tito)
What is your social media “guilty pleasure”?
I follow a lot of different chefs on Instagram – mostly to get inspiration on what to cook and to learn new styles of food. But who are we kidding, my food is not – at this time – Instagram-worthy.
My husband and I plant a fairly large vegetable garden every year and throughout the pandemic really used our garden and our curiosity about different cuisines to get creative and meld our cultures and backgrounds to create new dishes.
After getting sworn in and signing the Attorney Book, this was a HUGE moment!
If you weren’t in your current career, what would be your dream job?
I have always had a love of soccer and dance (I played and danced in high school/college), but those skills have dwindled down to the joy of watching soccer games and dance movies, ballet shows, and dancing on the dance floor.
And I love dogs – so if I weren’t an attorney, I would love to lead a community-oriented organization that has after-school programs for diverse kids (that involve soccer and dance) and where we would have enough land to foster dogs.
Name one song you listened to “on repeat” in the past 12 months and provide some insights about why couldn’t you get enough of it?
Any music from Carlos Vives or Juan Luis Guerra just brings a smile to my face. Their music is a happy melody that cures any homesickness I may be feeling, will get me moving, and you just can’t go wrong with it..