We have teamed up with Unstuck Woman to highlight a few inspiring women in our local community who have chosen a path less traveled, are pursuing their dreams and bringing many of us along for the ride.
We will be hosting an event at our HQ on Thursday, November 7th (from 6:30 pm – 9 pm) where we will host a panel of some incredible women, which will be moderated by photographer & Unstuck Woman creator Michael Beck.
Address: 1630 Superior Ave. Unit C, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Sara Lezama is the founder of Rye Goods — a bakery based in Orange County, CA with a focus on organic and locally sourced ingredients. You only have to taste one of their baked goods to understand her passion for her craft and the power of food to bring people together. As a self-taught cook and an entrepreneur she has braved a path few are willing to take, but everyone who enjoys her creations are so glad she continues to march forward and continues to cheer her on.
What do you love about making bread?
Bread is challenging
Everyday you start from the very beginning and it’s up to you to make beautiful bread, with the elements against you. It’s terrifying but yet the most peaceful practice.
What is paradise?
Paradise is cooking a meal with friends and family
Tell me about Rye Goods …..
Rye is made up of empowered men and women, we are a strong group of bakers and chef’s trying to make an impact on the community.
What is one Sara fun fact?
I’m allergic to ginger, but I love the taste so so much!
What would you say has been your best investment?
Investing in the time and money it takes to travel. Learning, growing, and making long time friends on my travels has shaped this bakery into what it is today.
What experiences in life shaped you most?
Growing up with my brother Alan was probably one of the greatest experiences and showed me how to be fearless.
When is the last time you felt pure bliss?
At my last event with The Ecology Center. So many people turned out to support the bakery and the farm. I couldn’t believe it . I paused in the middle of the crazy rush and enjoyed it all.
What is your secret talent?
I’m a pretty good skateboarder.
How has failure, or apparent failure set you up for later success?
I’ve learned so much over the past few years. Starting out of my home, I had the chance to fail in a bunch of small ways and worked through it all the while still staying pretty risk free. I feel ready to take on a store front.
What have you changed your mind about in the past few years? Why?
Work. Balancing life and work has been hard. Over the past year i’ve put effort into enjoying life and letting go of some of the small work things.
When you think of the word successful, who is the first person that comes to mind?
Sara Forte of The Sprouted Kitchen , bringing health and wellness to her family and the community.
What is the biggest realization you have had about yourself?
I realized after all my failures and success that I am strong and can do this.
What have you learned from making bread?
Bread has brought me out of my shell and into the community like I never would have imagined. It’s been the most humbling experience of my life.