The first time I met Forest, she was chatting with her mom. She looked calm, mature beyond her age. Then we met a few times in the local coffee shop where she worked. Later on I learned that she started a blog, herHabitat, for women to speak. I appreciate the dedication this young girl shows. I mean, all I did in my early 20s was practice music in a little room with a metronome.
When she asked me if I would like to do an interview for her blog, I felt honoured. I asked her if she would do the same for mine and let me take a few photos.
Forest’s website: herhabitat.ca
Forest’s instagram: @herhabitatblog
How old are you?
I am 21 years!
What is your occupation?
Barista and writer.
What is your favourite thing for breakfast?
Classic sausage and eggs. Sunnyside up, rye toast, home fries, and like a dozen mini maple sausages if I’m being perfectly honest. Or savoury oatmeal. I’ve really been digging that lately. There’s a recipe on my instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/BOxhcTEDGYW/?taken-by=forestgreenwell
What is your favourite time of the day? Why?
Dawn. There is nothing comparable to the quality of light at that time of day, and it always brings with it a calmness that comes with something new, but also something familiar. It’s usually quiet in my home, often I’m up because I can’t sleep, the sun through my window is warming my face, or I have to get ready for work so it’s a very intimate, personal time of reflection that I don’t really get at any other time of the day. It’s also the only time of day I want to be alone – more than just being okay with it but finding it necessary. That’s an important thing to me.
What are the things you cannot survive without?
Probably a journal. My morning pages. Yoga. A kitchen I’m comfortable in. My bike. All I really need in life are the things that make me happy and feel grounded. I believe that those are the simplest, most basic bones of my life. Consequently these are also often the most over-looked – by myself included.
What has inspired you the most recently? A book, movie, person, song, event… etc.? How?
You know, I’m honestly inspired by so many different things constantly. I am mostly I think inspired by more of a mishmash of the world and how it all presents itself to me, not as individual things but as experiences. That being said, specific things are flavours (coffee, wine, spices), spirituality (wicca, medatation, yoga), and recently humour (specifically, David Sedaris – Me Talk Pretty One Day).
Musically I’ve been feeling Freddie Joachim for jazzy electric sounds and Lady Lamb for her new album and the lyrical quality of it. My partner also is constantly inspiring me and moving me forward. I also try to reflect on and assess the things I’ve accomplished and learned.
In your generation, what do you think frustration comes from?
Wanting to be like the version of yourself you post on social media.
Why did you want to start the blog “herHabitat”? Where do you see it going?
I started it because I always loved writing and had become to really tuned into self-awareness and growth and what it meant. I didn’t think that personally I had enough to say, but also I wanted to create a safe space for people to be able to explore and share themselves.
It started off as a very female and feminist movement but has grown a lot into something I want all people to feel safe and comfortable with. Accepting that I was a hypocrite in the creation of myself and that I had thoughts and ideas that clashed and contradicted each other was a very big thing for me. I want other people to be able to see and be honest with themselves because it’s such a hard thing to do, but also so wonderful.
Any words you live by?
Be not so sweet that they eat you up, nor so bitter that they spit you out – People do not do things to you, people just do things – Whatever falls off your plate, the dog will eat – We all contain multitudes.