I’ve decided that is the best way I can describe pregnancy: a transition.
A transition from eating saltines to throwing them up, a transition from loving avocados to hating them, from being maddeningly uncomfortable in my own clothes to giving up and buying overpriced pants with a giant elastic band around the waist, a transition from the highs of each day to the lows - and trying to settle somewhere in between.
I’ve had to give up a few things I wanted to do this year while putting others on hold. But I’m learning to give myself grace while fighting the thoughts of feeling like a bad wife, friend or business owner. Taking care of that extra heart beating inside of me is everything right now. Thankfully, I married a good man who handles life with tremendous ease… or at least he pretends to. Probably so I don’t cry. Which only works out half the time.
We're in the process of moving. I have been in full nesting mode but instead of decorating and creating a comfy home, I'm boxing and packing and cleaning the one we’ve got. The one where we built the beginning of our life together. The one that will always be a special place where it was "just the two of us”.
I have been on a mission to go natural this year. I started with the obvious: food. January went well - I did (mostly) Whole30. Then I got pregnant and switched from “eating clean” to “eating anything I can keep down” which turned out to be hardly anything. My daily diet consisted of bagels and popcorn for about 10 weeks straight. Soooo, that was cool.
Instead, I shifted my focus to getting toxic chemicals out of our house. I’ve been obsessed with the Think Dirty App, my essential oils, and making my own deodorant and cleaning products. We aren’t there yet but SLOWLY switching out small parts of our life for better options. This is something I've been wanting to do for a while. But this little baby growing inside my belly has given me a sense of urgency.
I’ve unintentionally neglected this space for a while. The past two years, I've been pouring myself into Asheville Folk (with no regrets!) But now, more than ever, documenting our life and growing family is the most important thing to me. (This is my very vague, noncommittal, non-specific way of saying I plan on blogging a lot more... Wish me luck!)
I know you existed 30 years without knowing me, you have old photos and football jerseys to prove it. But some days, I still think I dreamt you up myself. You are my perfect counterpart. Happy 2 years of being the most beautiful part of my life, Baise Forêt. I will love you forever.
Photos by: MorningWild Photography
I teamed up with one of my favorite artists and dearest friends, Megan Walsh, to create this Styled Bridal Brunch. Megan and her husband Todd are the owners of Atomic Furnishing & Design. They both work really hard to restore, upholster, and refinish mid-century furniture to it's original beauty. They are passionate about design and everything they touch turns to magic.
When Megan told me they were expanding their shop and making it available for brides to rent out on their wedding day as a space to get ready or enjoy a bridal brunch, I knew it would be stunning. It's more than just a room to rent out. It is an intentionally designed space with beautiful natural light and gorgeous mid-century furniture.
We set up 3 different styles for this shoot: Natural, Bohemian, and Modern. Today, I'm sharing the Natural - a neutral and modern palate with earth tones, natural materials and simplistic design. If you are an Asheville bride looking for a beautiful space to get ready on your wedding day, look no further! We've created packages that include everything from flowers, to hair and make-up, down to the coffee & food. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
I bought this domain 13 months ago. Maybe sooner. Probably closer to the date I met Mister Forêt rather than the date we actually wed. Coincidentally, those dates are only 5 months apart so we'll just say sometime in 2014. Buying and owning christinaforet.com was my top priority after falling in love. We live in an interesting age.
The past 13 months have been everything I never knew how to dream of. We spent our first 3 months of marriage traveling from Nepal to Hawaii to California and getting some rest in the middle of nowhere Missouri- one of our wedding gifts was an amazing honeymoon home in Marthasville, MO. We moved into our first home together in January of 2015 and we are still moving in. We have books in the office stacked against the wall 2.5 ft tall- we discovered the perfect height of a book tower that doubles as a mail holder. Life is never quite as tidy and put together as instagram would like it to be. When it almost is, we start another messy project and and then other before that one is cleaned up.
I was away more often than I was home this year. Traveling is a luxury and I am thankful. But, home is also a luxury. Community is a luxury. So, here we are in Asheville, North Carolina. Writing, photographing, loving and learning. Always learning. This space is where I will document our days, give thanks, share ideas and most importantly where my dreams come to life.