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Journal Entry: November 27, 2015

Gratefulness, Recovery, and the Art of My Work


Day 43: For the last 20 years I have been hyper-obsessed with trying to find my true purpose in life. I have filled my time on this earth trying to achieve as much as possible, and to feel fulfilled by doing those achievements for others.

Throughout this experience of being in a traumatic accident with pelvis injuries I have had to stop my search for purpose. I have been physically and mentally limited to just a few basic functions. I haven’t been able to work my dream job filming education for Polaroid, in fact, I had only shot a few days of Season 1 before this happened. I haven’t been able to volunteer with my church, something that was giving me great fulfillment. I can’t clean or tend to my home which I take great pride in. I can’t go fishing, cook for my fiancé or friends, nor can I go for a walk out in the sunshine to refresh my mind.

All I have been able to do is rest and to just be present in this exact moment. No plans. No fulfilling myself with achievements. No to do list. I am finding I can just “be” and feel complete and whole for this moment.

And that is enough.

Photographer and author, LaRae Lobdell, coming to peace finding gratefulness, recovery, and the art in her work., November 27, 2015.

Photographer and author, LaRae Lobdell, coming to peace finding gratefulness, recovery, and the art in her work., November 27, 2015.

Portrait Photographer, Writer, and Consultant LaRae Lobdell is an environmental portrait photographer, host, and instructor with over 20 years of experience photographing, directing, producing exhibits, and speaking in the photography industry. She focuses on providing artists, actors, models, and companies with lifestyle and conceptual imagery for promotional use and branding. Her approach is very contemporary, her work has a timeless elegance, and she represents the grace, distinction, and style that is possible in photography. Her curriculum vitae includes 21 photography exhibits of her own work, the curation of 15 exhibits for other artists’ and museums, the production of 13 private and community events, and two year’s experience as director of one of Seattle’s largest art walks. Her images have been published in The Huffington Post, Broadway World, Yale University Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, and even aired on the Colbert Report. LaRae’s position as a lead host for online educational giants such as CreativeLive and Polaroid University gave her the unique opportunity as one of an elite group of professionals to connect a live global audience to top renowned professionals in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, software design, productivity, and lifestyle. She brought her network to BLACKRAPID as their Culture Liaison, facilitating close working relationships between influencers and organizations for promotional sales and marketing. Grateful to be a stay-at-home mom while balancing a rewarding career in the photography industry, this proud single mom enjoys a nomadic traveling lifestyle between Seattle and the Florida Keys with her daughter, Emerson.

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