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Journal Entry: November 3, 2016

What a Difference a Year Makes

One year ago today, I had been just released from the hospital and was looking at living life with only a wheelchair and a walker for the upcoming three months. My aunt had flown from Sioux Falls, SD to help me adjust to being home for the first couple of weeks, and one of the things at the top of our list for my rehabilitation was to get a healthy dose of Vitamin D so we headed over to the beach to do just that.

On this day exactly one year ago, I had just been released from the hospital and was positively determined to get some sunshine on the beach in my wheelchair.

Today, just a year later, I eagerly greeted my morning with my three-week-old daughter in my arms in bed, and walked towards the kitchen. This morning, like every other morning in the last 365 days, I acknowledge in gratitude that not only amIo alive, but that I am walking and that the greatest gift a woman could ever possess, I have in my arms. What a difference a year can make if you allow it to.

Today, I was positively determined to make it out of my house alone with my baby. It took me five hours but I did it!

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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