Sofia Cohen - Frank and Kind

Image by Maria Spann.

Image by Maria Spann.

What are your “and” words and why? Frank and Kind. Frank. Brutally so. Never unkindly, but people who ask for my opinion will get just that. Kind. I believe kindness is the foundation of all relationships, whether it’s family, friends or complete strangers. Someone wiser than I said that “In a world where you can be anything - be kind. Always.” At least try.

What you are known for saying / a quote from you. What does this quote mean to you, (or if it’s from someone else, why does it inspire you)? “When your thinking doesn’t pan out -Rethink.” To me, it’s a reminder to not get stuck on a one way track. Circumstances change, and you should too.

Which other Ladybadasses inspire you and why? The Swedish 17th century Queen Kristina, who took over the throne at age 6 and the rule at age 18 (from Wiki): “She is remembered as one of the most learned women of the time. She was fond of books, manuscripts, paintings, and sculptures. With her interest in religion, philosophy, mathematics and alchemy, she attracted many scientists to Stockholm, wanting the city to become the ‘Athens of the North.’ She was intelligent, fickle and moody. She caused a scandal when she decided not to marry, and in 1654 when she abdicated her throne and converted to Roman Catholicism.”

(I have no plans to convert to Catholicism, or any other religion, but a woman following her own path, society be damned, is a Ladybadass!

I also greatly admire my 8-year old daughter Hannah. She firmly believes there’s nothing she can’t do, finding pretty much everything awesome and amazing. Sometimes I think we all need to be a bit more like that.

When did you first realize that you had some Ladybadassery in you? My parents taught me me, but I don’t think I realised this until I was in my early 20s. Fully fledged badassery came out of having kids. My confidence has increased with age; I like adulting.

What keeps you motivated on days when you aren't quite feeling like a Ladybadass? Friends. And Martinis.

What is your advice to other women who are trying to tap into their Ladybadassery? Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t be afraid to apologise. Don’t be afraid to try.

Sofia is working on eventually sorting out a website for people to ask questions about baking, and to offer bread subscriptions and baking courses. Until that happens, she’ll continue to bake for her private clients and for the shops that carry BreadLady bread.

Kylie Teele