THRIVHER INTERVIEW: Rachael Marelle

Updated: May 21, 2018


Thrivher Achievements:

Founder and business owner of Marvell Lane - Designer swimwear for larger busts (sizes 8DD - 16H)


Thrivher Dive

  • Can’t start the day without: An enormous cup of tea in bed (made by my husband).

  • Best read for growth: Mia Freedman's 'Work, Strife, Balance'. She was raw, self-deprecating and honest.

  • Non-negotiable: My daily lighthouse walk/run. It's a whole hour of me time, a damn hard work out and utterly beautiful.

  • Top music track of all time: If I had to say one: "I'm Alive" - Celine Dion (even though she's not "cool")

  • Mindful habits: I can't lie and pretend I am any good at this.

  • I’m most afraid of: Another family member dying. I couldn't lose another one.

  • Go-to for fun: A beer (or 3) at a great “locals” pub on a Friday. Throw in my husband and a couple of our friends and it's always a fun night involving a dance or two!




THRIVHER MOVES:


What did you first choose to focus your studies on?

I took a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Creative Arts at University but I didn’t finish the latter. I didn’t enjoy the course and felt there was no real structure to it.


When I was deciding what to do at University I was strongly encouraged to do Law (only because I got the marks for it) and that’s why I went down that path, which is not really a great reason to choose a career to focus on. I had terrible guidance (or more a lack of guidance). I would definitely advocate for rigorous personality testing and proper career guidance before embarking upon University.


I’m a fairly extroverted person who likes a lot of interaction and having fun - Law is basically the opposite of that! Despite those feelings I finished University with a Bachelor of Law and my career began.



I would definitely advocate for rigorous personality testing and proper career guidance before embarking upon University.



How long did you practice Law before you felt compelled to make a change?

Seven and a half years in total – both during my studies and afterwards (combination of paralegal and lawyer work). I became very miserable and really felt like something was missing. It’s only now that I’m finally doing something creative that I feel fulfilled.


I should have known in the beginning that it wasn’t for me, but when you’re young and are being told it’s what you should be doing, it’s hard and you just keep going.


I should have known in the beginning that it wasn’t for me, but when you’re young and are being told it’s what you should be doing, it’s hard and you just keep going.



HOW DID YOU DEcIDE ON YOUR NEXT CAREER?

When I decided to give up Law, I was trying to look for my next career. I went to s