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Journal Entry: July 6th, 2016

My Hip – Carries the Weight of My Future


Since last October, I’ve had a lot of time to think and reflect about life and the purpose of our bodies and souls. I mean, A LOT of time.

For three months straight I was confined to my bed, sofa, and wheelchair going through the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. My right hip had been broken and fractured in five places, including two displaced pubic bones and tailbone. I had lost all my contracts for work, couldn’t sit at a computer, and was pretty much alone in the suburbs 24/7 until I could walk unassisted again in February 2016. It was not a fun journey.

During those initial confined months, the physical pain was so great that I had forgotten what it felt like to walk and wondered what it was going to feel like to move freely again. I just couldn’t imagine my physical abilities beyond the immediate minute-by-minute basic human needs that we all take for granted.

But time heals.

Time heals the soul, the heart, and the body. We are so much stronger than we think and we have the ability to HEAL.

I am a testament to that. Just seven short months ago I was in a wheelchair with a massively broken hip and today, that same hip carries the weight of my future.

We are STRONG and resilient to what life throws at us. Never forget that.

LaRae Lobdell pregnancy bumpie selfie week 24, Miami FL, June 29th, 2016

Materniry selfie week 24, Miami FL, June 29th, 2016. My right hip (facing camera) was broken in five places October 16, 2015 and now carries the weight of my unborn child.


LaRae Lobdell after a car accident left her in a wheelchair for three months enjoying the Miami sunshine at Matheson Hammock Beach, Miami FL, November 2nd, 2015.

After a car accident left me in a wheelchair for three months enjoying the Miami sunshine at Matheson Hammock Beach, Miami FL, November 2nd, 2015. This was just a couple days after being released from the hospital.

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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