If you've ever found yourself daydreaming about a slow, idyllic life in the countryside of Barcelona, you should probably stop reading now. Because the tale of Loreto Gala and her joy-filled life may just push you over the edge.
As the mother of three and co-owner of sustainable fashion brand Twothirds, she is living a life that many of us could only ever dream of. But like so many of the incredible women we feature on The Grace Tales, her perfectly muted Instagram feed tells only one part of her story.
In fact, Loreto and her family made the conscious decision to remove themselves from the fast pace of city life, and while they are reaping the benefits, Loreto remains refreshingly honest about her experience of life and motherhood. Even with their somewhat picture-perfect lifestyle, she admits that she and her children are not immune from the realities of modern life, saying, “It is heartbreaking to see my children sad because of someone else. This is something I can’t control at all, so it will slip through my fingers. I’m working and learning every day that they are going to have their own paths and I can only give them the tools to get over a bad situation, to make them strong and resilient.”
She’s also not afraid to share the truth behind a happy home, saying, “We have a housekeeper during the week, so when we come back from the office, the house is clean and tidy. We don’t have to discuss who does laundry or who has to wash the dishes. It’s only time to enjoy our kids, house, garden and life….”
We’re ready to jump straight onto her bandwagon, just as soon as we stop dreaming of her gorgeous Spanish life.
Tell us a little bit about your childhood and where you grew up.
I was born in May 1981 in Barcelona, as the second of five children. I was a very creative and musical child. I was always composing songs and singing, writing stories or poetry, drawing and painting which I would present to my family and friends. We lived next to my grandparents and spent our summer vacations between the Costa Brava and the Pyrnees.
My parents had a very complicated marriage, so my childhood wasn’t a very happy one. That’s probably the reason why I was always creating; to channel my sadness into my music and art.
When I was 10 years old, my father, who is Chilean, decided to move back to Santiago de Chile. That came as a shock to me, as I loved my life in Spain. Chile seemed so far away. My family never told me about this country and the reason why we were moving there. I never managed to fit in. After having grown up in a small, open-minded city like Barcelona, Santiago was too big and too conservative for me. It was also difficult for me to further develop my creative side.
My youngest brother was born in Chile with Downs Syndrome, which helped me to develop my empathic side. I understood that suffering was a part of life and learned to turn a disgrace into a blessing. That’s probably the reason why I went on to study psychology.
Our house in Santiago literally always had its door open. We could come in and go out so easily. Only a big black Labrador called Bosco was watching it! Almost every night, my mum asked how many there would be for dinner, as almost every day we would have a different guest at home.
Our house was fun, despite many episodes of sadness in our family. My parents separated after 25 years of marriage, but we had a lot of laughs. Being a family of five children, and having such good relationships with my brothers and my sister, helped me to overcome a lot of my parents’ disputes.
In a nutshell, I grew up in quite a dysfunctional but overall lovely family, and I learned a lot from it.