Sophia Roe
@sophia_roe
Beauty/ Wellness Advocate and Empowerment Architect
Bushwick, Brooklyn

Sophia Roe is a wildly passionate chef, wellness expert, empowerment architect, and beauty bandit whose candid videos and posts on health and mindfulness light up social media. She approaches wellness from a tolerant and holistic attitude. Her methods incorporate healthy lump sums of great nutrition and culinary information, beauty tips, and words of personal growth. She’s constantly encouraging her audience to be aware of and kind to themselves, and the world around them.

Q&A

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

I don’t have a rosy background. In fact, my childhood was an absolute nightmare. My mother has been an addict most of my life, and my father died before I had a chance to meet him. I spent all of my young adult life so ashamed of my past, but one day I woke up and said, “THAT’S ENOUGH ALREADY!” I started this concept called the “matter meter”. I would literally ask myself everyday, ”Sophia, does this really matter? Does this truly make a difference?” What wakes me up every single day is just that. “IT’S A NEW DAY!” Yesterdays' don’t matter, let alone what happened ten years ago. The past is for learning, not for living in.

What’s been the biggest issue or challenge that really tested you? How did you pull through it bravely?

I’ve had so many challenges, in so many different areas of my life. I’ve been homeless, and I’ve also had to decide between eating or paying my rent. I can’t say that any of those situations ever made me feel like a failure though. Suffering and sorrow have this way of showing you strength inside of yourself that you didn’t even know was there. Fear sort of has to take a backseat when your livelihood is on the line. That’s been the best thing about all of the challenges. They really teach you how to be crafty, and malleable.

How do you balance drive and ambition with gratitude and being happy with where you are at?

I actually truly don’t struggle with this at all. I don’t believe in “rushing.” Social media has caused this “hurry, hurry, hurry” mentality when it comes to creating work. Quality work takes a thoughtful and intentional mind. With those things, gratitude and being happy are innately involved. Honoring your ambitions and dreams means also being extremely happy with where you are. It’s like wellness, we are all striving to be our best selves, but that doesn’t have to mean we hate where we start, or hate the journey. Journeys are some of the best parts of making dreams a reality. Some of my most happy and smiley moments, on my professional journey, only exist because I am grateful for exactly where I am at that exact moment.