The fact that it’s already mid-January and I’m only writing this post now is a sign that it needs to be written. Life is busy. We work hard, we have hobbies, friends and family to visit. Sometimes we are so busy living life that health and self-care drop to the bottom on our list of priorities; this is something that I know too well and am hoping to change in 2017. Because I’m far from alone in the “be healthy” New Year’s resolution crew (try going to the gym in January), I’ve teamed up with The Bay Centre to share with you how I plan to make it all happen.

I spend most of my time doing my job. I love blogging and sharing my life with all of you so much that it never really feels like work. Although this is wonderful and I wouldn’t change it for the world, it also means that I have a tendency to never truly stop. Without a regular workday, I struggle to manage my time. It’s not abnormal for me to grab my phone the moment I wake up and it is often the last thing I touch before going to sleep. Regardless of how much I love what I do, it isn’t healthy to always be so removed from what’s around me and so involved with what’s happening on the Internet. In combination with the fact that I prioritize work over exercise and eating healthy means that my physical health is often forgotten about too.

The following steps are the small, attainable changes that I am making in my daily routine to ensure that self-care and physical wellbeing are in balance with the passion that I have for A Piece of Elise. Perhaps it will inspire you to make some of these changes too!

To sit down and enjoy an afternoon cup of tea

Although I drink tea often, it is rare that I stop what I’m doing to actually enjoy it. This year I plan to take a moment in the afternoon to sip a cup of tea, put down my phone or turn away from the computer and be present with the moment. If I’m downtown I like to try out the latest seasonal tea blends at TEAVANA in The Bay Centre where they have many types to choose from, as well as a cozy atmosphere to sit down and enjoy it. Little know TEAVANA secret: You can experience up to ten complimentary iced and hot tea samples available daily, and you can use your Starbucks app for purchases.

Keep a gratitude journal

Each morning I plan to write down three things that I’m grateful for. I’m not sure if you’ve tried it, but it really, truly makes you feel better. Training the mind to be positive is possible and especially important if you have a tendency to focus on the negative likeme.

To actually (and consistently) attend Yoga classes

Although exercise is something that I manage quite well (most of the time), my agility and flexibility are seriously lagging. I don’t know what it is about yoga, but I can’t ever seem to stick with it. So, in hopes of setting a goal that I can actually maintain, I plan to attend one yoga class a week. Personally, I prefer yoga classes in gyms to actual yoga studios (for some reason they make me uncomfortable), so something like the LesMills BODYFLOW at GoodLife Fitness in The Bay Centre is a good option for me.

Dedicate 10 minutes each day to mindfulness

This is a habit I developed a few years ago that has grown to become one of the most important parts of my daily routine. I use the app Headspace to develop and practice mindfulness habits in my daily life. This little phone application has virtually changed how I experience the world and is the thing that I recommend most to anyone hoping to quiet their busy mind. Although you can adapt it to your needs, the minimum requirement is just 10 minutes a day, so why not give it a try?

Drink one green juice a day

I rarely cook and I don’t like eating vegetables, but we all know that getting our greens is a necessary part of life. This year I plan to make sure I get my vitamins and minerals by having one green drink a day. When I’m on-the-go, I like Jugo Juice at The Bay Centre. I swap out one fruit for extra spinach and BAM I’ve had my required daily intake of vegetables. They also allow you to supplement fruit juice with coconut water to reduce sugar further.

Wear workout clothes twice a week

It’s hard to dress comfortably and be obsessed with fashion. Half the time I can’t walk in my outfits. Fortunately, with the growth of the athleisure and new brands such as Ivy Park at the Hudson’s Bay in The Bay Centre bridging the gap between athletics and fashion, we now have options that are both comfortable and stylish. Personally, I end up moving more just by putting on cute joggers and my favourite ADIDAS Ultra Boosts simply because I can. For this reason, I am going to dress for the gym twice a week to ensure I get a few extra steps in that day.

That’s it, friends! They’re just little change – nothing too crazy, but should help keep me grounded and feeling well for 2017. The Bay Centre has become such a big part of my life since I began my partnership with them. I am looking forward to seeing my relationship with the space evolve from not just a fashion oriented one, but into a lifestyle one too. I hope to see you all around downtown! Let’s all grab a green juice and hit up Sport Check to load up on cute workout outfits for 2017.

Many thanks to The Bay Centre for partnering on this post. Although it was sponsored, all opinions, outfits and New Year’s resolutions are my own.

Photography by Alana Kumar.

Makeup by Carly Flint.

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