How I Thrive: Last Object Founder Isabel Aagaard

How I Thrive takes an inside look at founders, entrepreneurs and leaders and the behind-the-scenes self-care work they do to in order to live balanced, happy lives. Today's edition is with Last Object founder Isabel Aagaard, who believes in the power of sustainability, a snack drawer, and a foot bath.

Name: Isabel Aagaard

Age: 29

City: Copenhagen, Denmark 

Company: Last Object, a company that creates alternative products to replace single-use items. 

Role: Designer and co-founder 

Beyond the role: Mother, sustainability freak, design-obsessed and hobby painter.

Morning routine:

My baby wakes me up, so I change and feed him first. Then I take my toothbrush with me into the shower, I've always felt this was more effective. I wash my hair and body, and I always brush my hair with conditioner because otherwise it will never get untangled. I scrub my face with a LastRound and some soap. 

After I get out of the shower I dry my hair with the towel, sometimes adding some oil on the ends. I use face cream sometimes and clean my ears with a LastSwab. If it's a home day that's it, if it's a going out day I'll put a bit of mascara on. 

The first thing I do after work: 

I typically drink a bottle of water because I'm so good at forgetting. I take off my mascara with LastRound as soon as I get home. 

Dinner ritual: 

Depending on the day, my husband and I usually cook together. We cook a huge pot and freeze down small portions. Usually we'll just heat up a portion and cook rice, pasta and potatoes on the side and add a salad.

Nighttime routine:

I put my baby to sleep and then my husband and I clean up the kitchen and living room with some upbeat music. We finish the night with a glass of wine, some candy and Netflix.

Self-care guilty pleasure:

A foot bath, wine and Netflix. 

Workday self-care hack: 

Snacks. I have a whole drawer of healthy snacks — nuts, dried berries, peanut butter. 

How do you define self-care?

Giving yourself a treat that pleases your body and mind.

Favorite childhood toy or hobby: 

The first thing that comes to mind is that my mom and I would draw together. So we would start on different drawings and switch at some point to continue each others drawings. I loved this game, because I felt she could make everything I did pretty. This has influenced my collaborative approach to design and in general made me love the work I do with others.

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Illustration by Megan Behrendt

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