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Journal Entry: October 4, 2016

You’ve got to give up something to gain something.

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Week #37

It doesn’t matter if they understand it; you’ve got to do what’s right for you.

This time next week I will be in the hospital having my baby, so really I’m counting down the days in single digits and feel that the shift and change in my life has happened and I am ready for this next movement.

I’ve been fighting against change for so long, and it’s taken being broken many times over to be humbled and brought to rock bottom to finally get to the point of accepting that change is happening and has already happened. The path I was on was a path that wasn’t exactly meant for me, however, it was the path that prepared me for all that is happening now and to come in the future. I don’t regret a moment, there’s no looking back as there isn’t anything there for me anymore.

You’ve got to be daring. You’ve got to be gutsy. You’ve got to be prepared to change the path you’ve been on for a bigger picture.

As we are called to be mentors, we go through more storms, more hurricanes, and more tornadoes in life than the average person. And going through those greater trials create a deeper, more stable, more secure, mental and spiritual mindset. You gain something most people don’t have, and our calling is then to help other’s with those experiences.

Your success is earned by your failures and sharing them. You’ve got to give up something to gain something.

Don’t be afraid of the hurricane. It’s happening whether you want it to or not. Use your strengths to weather through the storm and come out the other side changed.

 

The pink tutu in this series is from The Tutu Project for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Please visit their website for more details how you can be involved: http://thetutuproject.com.

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #37, The Tutu Project for Breast Cancer Awareness month, Miami FL, October 3, 2016

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #37, The Tutu Project for Breast Cancer Awareness month, Miami FL, October 3, 2016

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #37, The Tutu Project for Breast Cancer Awareness month, Miami FL, October 3, 2016

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #37, The Tutu Project for Breast Cancer Awareness month, Miami FL, October 3, 2016

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #37, The Tutu Project for Breast Cancer Awareness month, Miami FL, October 3, 2016

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #37, The Tutu Project for Breast Cancer Awareness month, Miami FL, October 3, 2016

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #37, The Tutu Project for Breast Cancer Awareness month, Miami FL, October 3, 2016

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #37, The Tutu Project for Breast Cancer Awareness month, Miami FL, October 3, 2016

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #37, The Tutu Project for Breast Cancer Awareness month, Miami FL, October 3, 2016

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #37, The Tutu Project for Breast Cancer Awareness month, Miami FL, October 3, 2016

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #37, The Tutu Project for Breast Cancer Awareness month, Miami FL, October 3, 2016

LaRae Lobdell maternity portrait selfie week #37, The Tutu Project for Breast Cancer Awareness month, Miami FL, October 3, 2016

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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