Woman in Progress: Becky aka Lady Bakewell-Park

It might have been a while, but our desire to tell stories of fellow women in progress hasn’t stopped, and we’re finally back to it. We’re really chuffed that this week’s Woman in Progress is Lady Bakewell-Park, also known as Becky, who we’ve been following on Instagram for ages now for her joyful, witty, and delicious biscuits. Her interview is a belter. Do take a minute to follow her on social media (links below) and remember her biscuits make for perfect Valentine’s presents…

Woman in Progress: Becky aka Lady Bakewell-Park

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I’m Lady Bakewell-Park, or simply Becky. I live on the Suffolk/Essex border with my husband, four year old daughter Amelie, our two (somewhat feral) cats and loyal loving dog. We moved out of London when I took the leap out of the brand communication world to start working in kitchens in London as a baking apprentice. 

What’s the one thing in your life that makes things easier?

People: my friends, my family, my husband, my daughter.

What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?

My daughter. If I’m having a crappy day, asking her to sing a Taylor Swift song pretty much resets me back to normal. 

What’s one thing that you would stop if you could?

(Brexit? Realise this isn’t a serious answer…) 

Probably my ability to catastrophise, over think. It leads my ideas into holes before I’ve even started to get them off the ground. That said, I read recently that an over thinker also over loves…so I’ll take that. 

What one piece of advice would you give yourself 5 years ago?

I was desperately trying to get pregnant this time five years ago, whilst also starting a business. My head was a little bit confused to say the least. I think I’d have told myself: it’s okay you’re not entirely sure where you’re going or what you’re doing. You still won’t be entirely sure in five years time because truth be told, we’re all faking it. Have a cuppa and sit with those feelings, you’ll feel better for working through it rather than sweeping it under the carpet. 

What one piece of advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

Ten years ago I was about to go travelling around the world with one of my best friends. I had less fear back then, not thinking twice about jumping out of a plane or taking a tour with a stranger around Varanasi. I’d tell myself: harness this feeling, bottle it as much as you can, because soon the fear will find it’s way into your crooks and crannies and try to stop you from doing things. Don’t let it. You’re stronger than whatever fear you imagine. 

What are you most proud of?

My daughter. Cliché but true. And I’m sure every parent would probably answer that the same way. 

What’s the best lesson you’ve learned at work?

Work hard and be nice to people. 

What’s the best lesson you’ve learned at home?

Shit happens. It’s how you respond to it that really matters. 

Did you expect to be doing what you’re doing right now?

I had hoped… All I ever really wanted to do was to create something that sparked some sort of joy within the mundane every day. When I get messages saying someone loved their biscuits or they were the best present, it literally makes me do a happy dance inside. That’s all I wanted. I knew I’d never take over the biscuit world of McVities for example, but I had hoped to create a product that stayed with somebody. 

How did you end up doing what you’re doing?

I guess it was accidental, I guess I didn’t think it possible to actually bake for a living. But I think the real crux is that I was backed by supportive humans that took a punt on me and gave me the buffer - and belief - to give it a genuine go.

Cocktails or coffee?

Cocktails, always cocktails.

What top tip would you pass on to other women in progress reading this?

Be kind to yourself. Nothing happens overnight and the juggle can be real. Cut yourself the breaks, forget what other people thing or are doing, and just concentrate on you. (I should add, I am incredibly bad at taking this advice myself but perhaps writing it here will help.) 

Are you done yet?  What’s next?

Far from done… LBP was my first “baby” and I hope to continue to let her grow and flourish. There’s some exciting new possibilities for Lady B to come and I’m hopeful in a newly invigorated way. 

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Thank you so much Becky. And with that amazing interview, we’re back!

Photo credits: Catherine Frawley of  https://www.borrowed-light.com.

And as promised links to Lady Bakewell-Park’s social media: Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook