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Lesley • The Road Les Traveled

Travel Blogger | BRCA Previvor | Yoga Teacher Based in LA but probably out of town✈️

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I’ve had implants inside my chest for over a year now and have zero regrets. The upside to all of this: I now have a 1% chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer. The downside? I lost all feeling in my breasts and, well, let’s just say they aren’t the most natural looking things all the time. I wrote about it all today on Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day :) I also wrote about what no one talks about - what it's really like to be intimate after a double mastectomy. Lastly - I discuss a new technique designed to restore sensation in breasts after surgery (mine are completely numb). Science is so cool. Link in bio. @resensation #resensation #breastreconstructionawarenessday #breastcancerawareness #mastectomy #partner

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Why we fight to get on loving I've been wondering How your mind will leave you hanging your heart lingering Stay lost, then found, by whoever stays around forgetting There is a way to be yourself, I assure you this There's a way to catch your dreams without falling asleep You might as well get it while you can, babe Cause you know you ain't getting any younger✨ From one adventure to the next, we made it half way across the world only after losing a passport, finding the passport, coming THIS close to missing an international flight, plane delays due to Mother Nature, and many other obstacles... but arriving to crystal blue water makes everything better :) I barely slept last night because #LimitLesinBali starts TODAY! Ek! Stay tuned for some epic island exploration to come, bound to look slightly different than beautiful moody Norway👣 Video by the talented @drone.pilot #norway #bali #travel #herewegoooo

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I love this scene. The tranquility of New Jersey overlooking Manhattan is palpable. A sunny October afternoon. An inviting infinity pool seamlessly flowing into the Hudson. Then there are the swollen, blister ridden feet, the unseen stressful past 24+ hours. After moving hotels in NYC, a backpack went missing with my passport inside - a day before I was supposed to head to Bali for my first-ever LimitLes trip with a total of 14 girls. Nothing slaps you in the face like a ton of bricks quite like realizing you might fail a bunch of amazing women who love and support you enough to cross oceans for you. Timing has a funny way of showing itself, huh? I came upon this realization 30 minutes before I spoke at @the_breasties event in front of hundreds. I was beyond frazzled, but bringing awareness to breast cancer really gets me going :) So I went. Again I spoke from the heart and it was easy, fun, fluid, emotional. I met so many insanely cool people that evening, even one warrior woman who’s signed up for my Bali trip. The connections and the conversations sent me back to reality that night. Passports can be replaced. Flights can be pushed. Sharing stories were here and now and giving me life, and so the rollercoaster of emotions began. They continued until said backpack with passport inside was found.. just in time to board my longest travel day in history. I don’t really know the purpose of this story other than to simply share it and demonstrate that travel isn’t always glamorous. It’s stressful and gritty and full of hellos and goodbyes and nice to meet yous and other passing pleasantries. The good stuff is surrounding yourself with the good people...whether they stay on the ground wishing you good lucks or fly the distance at 40,000 ft. They will always see you through.

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Summer has officially ended but things are still very much heating up in Malibu with frozé all day to the rescue #ad Pro Tip: Become a southern Californian and enjoy summer on repeat while earning points with my #ChaseSapphire Reserve card ☀️ @chase #SapphireInsider #ad

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Today was a dream. I found myself teaching yoga in the middle of the @lululemon store on 5th Avenue in NYC to some amazing humans. Some who drove hours for an 8am Sunday class. Some who did yoga for their first time today. Some who are badass breast cancer survivors. Truth be told, I was so nervous as I walked in the store this morning. I’d prepped and practiced and planned over and over for this moment. Suddenly, people were on their mats. The music started. I was handed a microphone. It was time to begin. Just like that, all the prep and planning went out the window, I blacked out and thus, spoke from the heart. It’s breast cancer awareness month, but if I’ve learned anything about this disease, it’s that cancer knows no age and no timing. Every damn month is breast cancer awareness month - but on this particular one we came together on our mats, a group of total strangers, bound by a passion to fight against this ugly disease that has affected us in so many different ways. Thank you to everyone who donated your morning, time, voice, money and energy today and to @mondaycarrot for the smoothie bowls🙏🏻Until next time! 📷 @drone.pilot #yogaeverydamnday #breastcancerawareness #lululemon

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400 ft above ordinary💚Throwback to my field of dreams. 🎥 @drone.pilot #norway #henningsvær #travel

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You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t choose the day you leave. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference. -Anita Septimus I love this message and find it very fitting for this past weekend. A group of us full of different backgrounds and media platforms were brought together in NYC to delve deeper into a company that we all adore - one deeply dedicated to changing human health for all of humanity with a blend of heart, science and innovation♥️ After 2 days of panels and tours and speeches and education, it was time for @glblctzn. What was supposed to be a magical night turned out to be the most frightening experience of my life. Someone popped a bottle and a barricade fell over, ultimately mistaken for shots fired...then sheer panic ensued on the grounds of Central Park. I’ll never get over the image of thousands of people rushing towards me as they desperately tried to escape what we all thought was immediate danger. When the police are telling you to run, you know that’s not a good sign of what’s happening in your wake. Thankfully it was all a false alarm, but we didn’t know this at the time. The fear we experienced was real, raw and similar to what many other people in unfortunate situations before us experienced - but we were beyond lucky to have a happier ending than most. We don’t choose the day we leave this world, so until that day comes you can find me country hopping, talking about boob health, working with groundbreaking companies to create change, participating in strange things like winter games but also spring, summer and fall games, and taking The Road Les Traveled. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference✨ #nyc #travel #livehealthylivewell #globalcitizen

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New York, New York! Good to be back. Always so.damn.good to be back. I love the energy here and now that I’m back to living out of @away suitcase(s)...who knows. It could be next on my Must Live Places Before I Die list. What’s on yours?🗽Also since I’m going to be here 2 weekends in a row, I’m craving Broadway shows. Sound off on your faves, please :) Ph: @secretofdd #newyork #nyc #travelaway #travel #3suitcases #whoami #swearimnotthishighmaintenance

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It’s taken me two months to write about what happened in Aruba. I needed time to process what exactly took place for 23 days in the middle of the Caribbean. Maybe it’s the inner pressure I put on myself to make this post chock full of magic. I wanted to be informative while transcribing my experience for all of y’all who are currently reading this, but the fact of the matter is… that’s an impossible feat. I gave some excerpts so that hopefully you can begin to see the cracks of magic between the lines... Special thank you from the bottom of my heart to @yoga_girl. Please never stop teaching, writing, learning, sharing and most importantly - please never stop changing the world through yoga. If you’re interested in yoga and even if you aren’t, I think it’s a damn good read♥️Now live on theroadlestraveled.com (link in bio)

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We see you, fall. And we’re ignoring you so hard. With ♥️, the Northern Hemisphere. @babygotbokeh

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Life is better in the bath. And better naked, too🛀🏼New #tubtalk on my stories for everyone staying in on a Saturday night🙂🙃Always taking more topics for future sessions :) #tubtravels #bestseatinthehouse #travel #hongkong

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Today marks the 1 year anniversary of hurricane Maria slamming into Puerto Rico. I have so much love for this little island and so much happiness seeing the progress as it gets back on its feet♥️Local members of one of the island’s hardest hit communities, Humacao, known for the S.O.S. image, recently replace the aerial image with a new positive message. This time, the message reads “Bienvenidos!” (Welcome!) - speaking to the island’s resiliency and preparedness to welcome guests🙏🏻Everyone go visit! Thinking about having PR as a LimitLes trip soon :) What do y’all think?? #CoverTheProgress #PuertoRico

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