Social Media Manager at SELF Magazine
Leslie’s authentic demeanor and her “realness” approach to her life and wellness is so refreshing. This attitude can sometimes be hard to find, especially within the wellness space. She’s a rejuvenating source of light and inspiration as she helps women redefine wellness, health, and strength.
Leslie Green is an award-winning social media strategist, graphic designer, and content creator currently working at SELF.com. She previously worked at Sports Illustrated and Team USA. She’s passionate about empowering women to find their strength through sports, fitness, and creative outlets. When she’s not working she’s still probably on Instagram. Her guiding principles: work hard, be honest, be kind.
How do you define wellness and how does it play into today's standards of beauty and health?
Well is definitely the new wealthy these days, but that comes with a lot of conflicting messages. Mainstream wellness, despite its good intentions, sometimes really misses the mark—a.k,a you don’t need expensive green juice, crystals, elixirs, and $100 yoga pants to be well. Many people can’t afford these grandeur aspects of mainstream wellness, but if that’s the standard how can they be “well” too? Wellness has become somewhat of a status symbol.
Wellness is entirely personal and what’s excess for someone will be essential for another—and that’s totally OK. For me, wellness means, getting enough sleep, eating nutrient dense food, moving my body in a way that makes me feel powerful, addressing my emotions regularly, and making sure I’m healthy on the inside. Wellness is figuring out what makes me tick and doing that on a daily basis so I can be a better, happier, and healthier version of myself.
You're so authentically you! How do you stir up the courage to be vulnerable to let yourself be seen?
The majority of my followers are people who already know me IRL. I try to be the same person online as I am in person—which can be really tough in such a performative realm. Hiding myself takes too much effort. Why not just put it out there and spend my energy on something other than trying to manage a fake online persona. Also, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found comfort in knowing that I can’t make everyone happy. I’ve really struggled with the idea that not everyone will like me, but ultimately that’s OK. If I’m resonating with 10 people instead of 10,000, I’m still making an impact.
What's an example of when you pushed past fears and embraced the unknown or a challenge you didn't think you could face?
Traveling alone to Hawaii and completing my first Ragnar Race was life changing. I wrote all about it in one of my Self.com articles.
Moving to New York was personally and professionally one of the scariest things I’ve ever done, but without that risk, I would have never cultivated the life I have now.