What I Learned From Leandra Medine

The other night I fell in love with Leandra Medine, founder of Man Repeller. Specifically with her podcast, Monocycle. This isn't the first time I've been interested in Leandra nor is it the first time I've listened to Monocycle. It was the first time however, I listened to it with different ears - one's in which I didn't need to be an active participant in the fashion industry to relate to her message. In fact, after listening to her podcast, reading her articles on Man Repeller and watching random YouTube videos of her - I've never been more excited about who I am and what I do, which has little to nothing to do with fashion. 

For example, Leandra finds cultural significance in the hem changing a few inches on the runway. I find cultural significance in Facebook changing their videos to go vertical. She see's the world through fashion and communicates through it. I see the world through advertising and communicate through it. I could go on and on, but you get it. 

In one sitting I listened to every Monocycle episode. I quickly realized that her love for fashion was only half of my new found love I had for her. In ten minute episodes once a week, she talks about big topics like marriage, feminism, vulnerability, body image etc. She does so in such a relatable and authentic way that you just you can't help but fall in love with her.

Three things I learned from Leandra in one night:

1. Mindfulness

Leandra made me think about being mindful beyond just meditation and being present. She brought up scrolling through social media for example. Are you actually being mindful when you scroll through social media or are you just aimlessly scrolling? That was the end of in-bed-pre-sleep-eye-burning social media scrolling for me. It begs the exciting question though - What else can I be more mindful about? 

2. Purpose

She talks about purpose on a big scale - being a mother, a wife and the founder of Man Repeller. She also talks about it on a smaller scale - "today my purpose is to make three people smile." Purpose is such a daunting subject at times, but it really doesn't have to be. Recently someone told me "Millenials aren't lazy, they just don't like doing things without a purpose." I usually don't like Millenial "knowings" (said the Millenial) but it's true. Big or small, what's your purpose today?

3. Minimalism

Specifically in your closet. Leandra said that when she puts something new in her closet, she likes to take something out. She also said, "wouldn't it be so nice to close your eyes grab clothes out of your closet and know that no matter what - you're going to be comfortable and look good." Yes Leandra, yes it would be nice. Organizing my closet right now. 

Listen to her podcast: Monocycle

Follow her on Insta: @LeandraMedine