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Journal Entry: April 17, 2016

Tell Your Heart to Beat Again

Six months ago this week I was in an accident that put me in the hospital for two weeks and in a wheelchair for three months. This was followed by many more weeks of walker and cane use as I trained my muscles to become strong enough to hold my own weight again. Two weeks after getting on my feet I went through more personal loss and felt my heart just couldn’t take anymore.

But my heart is strong and can do this.

Although this is a journey that has taught me lessons in being patient and being whole in who I am no matter my handicaps or imperfections, the biggest lesson is that I am my strongest when I am at my weakest moments in life.

So this is for all of those who are going through a season of trials, hurts, loss, and hearts that feel troubled. IT WILL BE OK. You WILL get through this. Tell your heart to beat again. It is already healed and ready for you to begin again.

You are only strong when you are weak.

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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