Introducing our newest Team Member: Isabelle Landicho
The Earth Issue is always happy to extend our roots and add to our little family. Today we are happy and proud to welcome Isabelle Landicho to our team as our Fashion & Lifestyle Editor. Every month we will offer new ways in which you can get involved in sustainable living/ fashion.
Hi there, I’m Isabelle, the newest addition to the Earth Issue team.
I am a London based Stylist and Art Director, I champion diversity, green fashion and like to create beautiful imagery combining the two. With my role as Fashion and Lifestyle Editor I’ll be posting news about everything to do with ethical fashion and sustainable living.
In this month’s Editor’s note I wanted to talk about living a more connected life.
We often hear that in order for to achieve this one must go out in nature, travel and experience the world and to negate material possessions in order to be more connected with nature and oneself. I myself have tried adopt this mindset, but as a young professional from London (via Philippines) working in the fashion industry, I can confirm that doing so is really fucking hard.
The ideology is beautiful. I would love nothing more than to meditate on a beach on a remote tropical island free from my iPhone and ubiquitous Boohoo adverts. But for the majority of us, this is just not feasible. So instead I tried to disavow consumerism and pop culture, I dwelled upon career changes and thought up countless escape scenarios from my nine to five actuality in order to embrace the Instagram approved idea of connectivity. As noble as my intentions were, I grappled with anxiety as the reality of my fast-paced city life came to an odds with this doctrine. I felt like a failure to be coveting earthly desires. This was especially difficult being a stylist as me negating these things affected my job, consequently affecting my life and how I came to perceive it leading me to a dark place.
I started to question what it meant for me to live a life more connected and how I could apply it to my lifestyle. Slowly I found what worked for me, and the first step was to cut myself some slack. I am not a Japanese monk, I am a twenty-six-year-old from Finchley trying to live my best life and this comes with a slew of pressures. So, I stopped beating myself up about being imperfectly enlightened.
I discovered that you don’t have to travel to other side of the world to connect with oneself- it comes from being mindful and present. I do this by doing yoga and meditation daily in my kitchen, as well as repeating mantras to myself (You go girl etc. etc.) when I start to spiral. I connect with others by making the time to have long, exultant catch ups with my friends and family over a home cooked meal. I give back by living mindfully of the planet and giving small donations when I can to my local community center in Wood Green. I connect with nature by going on runs at my local park sans my iPhone, trying to be being truly present, enjoying the wilderness London has to offer.
What I’m getting at is that you can definitely live a more connected life no matter how busy or broke you are and whether you live in Zone 1 or the Peak District. Just because you don’t have the resources to ‘disconnect’ in the traditional sense doesn’t make you any less enlightened than the next person. To me, it’s pretty impressive practicing mindfulness and kindness when facing everyday pressures in one of the busiest cities of the world. In no way am I alluding that I’m the pinnacle of serenity or that I’ve got my shit a hundred percent together, I enjoy a good hour or three of Netflix here and there. We are all navigating life as best as we can, trying to be kinder, calmer, more present.It’s hard reaching spiritual enlightenment with someone’s armpit in your face at rush hour, so cut yourself some slack you’re doing great.