What do you do, what is your favourite thing about your job?
My name is Lauren Harasty and I’m a Brand Manager for TOPSHOP/TOPMAN…which means I run a store! Being surrounded by fashion and creativity is fun everyday, but my favourite part of my job is when i’m able to inspire positive change in my team. I’m really passionate about self-growth and having one of my associates realize they possess a skill or facilitating in their learning is what fuels my fire.
I’m obsessed with ClassPass, and I try to changeup my classes each week to get out of my comfort zone and try new things. I usually do a mix of pilates and yoga, but I push myself to do one cardio workout a week. Lucky for me, I found an amazing dance/pilates class that gets my blood flowing, but is still chill and approachable (GET HOT at MISFITSTUDIO, Ossington location). You couldn’t pay me to go to a HIIT or CrossFit class!!
I looove the vibe of MISFITSTUDIO. It is so down-to-earth, but spiritual. I tell everyone to go! Ossington location during the day and Queen at night.
Do you find fitness important, and why?
Oh my god, yes. It strengthens your connection to your body, which is so important for your mind and for self-care in general. My workouts keep me sane and are such a form of release for me.
What does Self-Care mean to you and what does it look like?
Self-care is all about creating mental space - it’s about being able to have that ‘pause’ moment before reacting in situations, and it’s filling your cup up first so that you can show up for others. Meditating is a huge part of self-care for me - every morning, and once in the afternoon too when I can squeeze it in (the second meditation of the day is the beeest). SLEEP is my major thing though. My friends hate it, but I turn my phone to airplane mode every night for 8 hours. It’s such a great way to disconnect from the world and give yourself some time to reset. Most everything can wait until the morning - trust me.
Do you have a wellness “routine” if so, what does it look like?
I do! Warm water with a shot of apple cider vinegar first thing, meditation, dry brushing before the shower, x oil pulling during my shower, followed by a body oil. The key to this is doing it all with intentionality and focus—which I’m only successful at some days! I’ve been incorporating CBD oil into my day too, which I’m finding is like a blanket for the nervous system. A few drops under my tongue before I head out the door is a soothing way to start the day.
Favourite meal of the day and why?
I wish I could say breakfast but i love a big, hearty dinner. I’m more of a ‘grazer’ in the morning, and for lunch I go for something light while I’m at work, like a salad or soup. By the time dinner rolls around i’m ready for something substantial like a big bowl of greens, some roasted veggies and a protein of some sort.
Last book you read?
I’m in a book club so I read a new book every month! We recently read Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng which spurred an amazing conversation about motherhood, immigration, and youth. I love a book that makes you think, and talk!
CBD-INFUSED HOT CACAO (2 servings)
- 3.5cups Nut milk of choice (I prefer coconut) - *tip for the perfect pour: measure your liquids in your serving cups first!*
- 3 heaping tbsp of cacao powder
- pinch of himalayan pink sea salt
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp mexican cinnamon
- 2 droppers of CBD oil
- 2 dates (more to make it sweeter)
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil (for thickness and FROTH)
- Heat all ingredients except CBD and dates in a saucepan until liquid is your ideal serving temperature, stirring or whisking frequently.
- Pour into a Vitamix or high-powered blender (magic bullet works fine!) and add the dates, CBD and coconut oil. Blend on high until mixture is frothy AF.
- Pour, enjoy, chill out.