Post by CLARA ROSALIND BLANCHARD on Mar 9, 2014 22:03:19 GMT -5
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OH, HAI THERE! I'M RACHEL!AND IT IS MY PLEASURE TO MEET YOU. I'VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR a long time SO I KNOW WHAT TO DO. YOU NEED TO TALK TO ME? HIT ME UP AT private messagingAND I'LL TRY TO GET BACK TO YOU.
FULL NAME Clara Rosalind Blanchard
BIRTHDAY May 29
Clara is a beautiful woman. Naturally, she has blonde hair, but she has a tendency to dye it brunette. Her mother had blonde hair, and she doesn't want to look anything like that woman. Occasionally, she'll let her hair be its natural color, but she does prefer brown. She keeps it chin length and straight. Clara always has pin straight hair. It's much easier for her to maintain that way, and it doesn't require her to get up at the crack of dawn to do her hair.
She has deep brown eyes. Her vision is absolutely atrocious, so she does need glasses, but she usually opts for contact lenses. When it comes to fashion, Clara enjoys wearing something fashionably current.
the outdoors, taking pictures, traveling, Europe, reading, writing, dancing, music, running, baseball, mountain climbing, hiking, her daughter, learning new things, entertaining guests, throwing parties, drawing, art, visiting art galleries, shopping, the beach, summer, dogs
not being active, boredom, being alone, when people give her too much sympathy, feeling irrelevant, conflict, criticism, when she over thinks things, her mother, cruel people, emotionless people, extreme weather, early mornings, mathematics, contact sports, bad liars, small spaces, drugs, her past life
excellent communication skills, talented photographer, perceptive, energetic, loyal, ambitious, empathetic
easily bored, her children, smothering, unrealistic in her goals, hasn't forgiven her mother, has a lot of internal anger she hasn't worked out, reckless
Over time, Clara has grown up to be successful and strong. She has experienced the good and bad in life. She understands many of her decisions were poor in her youth, but she's forgiven herself and has moved on. She's loving, and cares deeply for those closest to her. Her heart is accepting of all people, so she has many friends from many different backgrounds. Clara's travels have allowed her to see the world for what it truly is. She has seen the glorious sights like the sea of stars in the Maldives, the tulip fields in the Netherlands, the Victoria Falls in Africa, and the Great Blue Hole in Belize. But she has also seen the sick and starving in Africa, the refugees in Somalia, and many other upsetting things along the way. Seeing both the beautiful and ugly has given her immense wisdom she never would have gained otherwise.
Her ability to communicate with others is incredible. She is good at talking people through emotional strife and life changing happenings. Many of her friends go to her for advice, and she is more than willing to listen. She is a people person in the most sincere way possible. She enjoys socializing and going to parties. In fact, she often throws them herself. Although she is grown up, there is still a bit of that wild teenager in her especially when it comes to parties.
She is fearless to the point of being reckless. More than once, she's been in the hospital with broken bones or some sort of physical injury due to her carelessness. On the job, she is also constantly pushing the limits and can sometime intrude upon private property or political offices. Once or twice in her career, she's been ejected from somewhere she wasn't supposed to be. She is a thrill seeker at heart, and probably will be until her body prohibits her.
Deep down, she is still angry at her mother and insecure about herself. She has tried to work through that time in her life, but can't seem to bring herself to forgive her mom. Clara's hatred can come out at the ugliest times and cause her to have a frighteningly unexpected temper. It is certainly not something she's proud of, and she's working hard to change.
Clara Rosalind Andrews was born on the twenty ninth of May in Hartford CT to Laurence and Mary Andrews. She was the last child the couple had and only daughter. Her older brothers, Gabriel and Lawson were 11 and 10 years older than her respectively. To say the least, she was a surprise baby. After Clara's birth, her mom suffered from severe postpartum depression. Unlike her brothers, she was bottle fed, and her mother didn't make much of an effort to take time off work and spend quality time with her. Sadly, she ended up being raised primarily by her father and brothers.
Growing up, she was a fairly quiet child. She didn't want to upset her parents nor annoy her siblings. She spent a lot of time alone, playing by herself. For most of early childhood, she spent most of her time in isolation away from the neighborhood kids, even her own family. She felt like her mom didn't love her, and that made her feel like she did something wrong. When it was time for her to start public school, she was terrified. But surprisingly, she did OK in school. She even began to make some friends and come out of her seclusion.
By the time she was in second grade, her older brothers were both enrolled in college. They were only a blink in her life. Gabriel particularly. To this day, her brother is somewhat of an enigma to her. She was now practically an only child. When elementary school ended, she changed to another district for middle school. She began to fall in love with art, and displayed talent for drawing, painting, and photography. She absolutely adored photography, and spent much of her after school time taking pictures of beautiful things. Her father noticed the love she had for the art form and bought her a camera for her thirteenth birthday.
In high school, she started associating herself with the art kids. They were free spirits who indulged in progressive and new age ideas. She defied authority, skipped class, drank illegally, and escaped into the middle of the night for the sake of 'art.' Her parents disapproved of her behavior and threatened to take away her freedom. Clara didn't care. "What are you going to do, chain me up?" she'd say to them. Laurence and Mary lost control over their daughter. Meanwhile, her brothers excelled at Yale and Harvard. Gabriel was in med school soon to be married to a woman Clara described as a "preppy, rich, snob," and Lawson was on his way to becoming a successful lawyer. Her parents oozed with pride whenever they spoke about their eldest sons, and it made her want to rebel even more.
Her schoolwork started slipping. She was a smart girl, but she was too tied up with her social and personal life. She missed deadlines, skipped class, and flunked tests because she didn't study. Artistically, she was the most talented girl in her school. She won a huge award for a photograph she took of a giant tree illuminated by the sunrise. And in her senior year, the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design called her with great interest. Both her parents didn't want her to attend the school. They were afraid her behavior would only worsen. Mary was particularly against Clara attending the school. Laurence understood that Clara was old enough to make her own decisions, and if she wanted to go to art school, he had no choice but to let her.
She started taking drugs in college, particularly cocaine. She claimed it helped clear her mind and allowed her to create beautiful works of art. And the thing was, she did create stunning works of art. She partied a lot, drank, and slept around. Midway through her sophomore year, her substance abuse started to catch up with her. One day, she overdosed and was sent to the emergency room. Her parents were shocked when they saw how awful she looked. She lived, but not without consequences. The school required she go to rehabilitation before she could come back and finish her education.
Clara hated rehab, and she suffered from severe drug withdrawal. But within a year, she, supposedly, was healthy enough to go back to school. She wasn't all better though. She didn't use cocaine, but she drank excessively and stopped eating. She was sickly thin, pale, and looked tired. Her health declined, and she had to leave college to collect herself. She called home, but her mother refused to let her come home. She called her an 'absolute disgrace.' She disowned her. Alone and frightened, she didn't know what to do. She had no friends who could help her. Desperate, she called the only person she could thing of, her brother Lawson.
She ended up staying with him for a while. He helped her get on her feet better than anyone at Rehab. He got her eating again and helped her kick her alcohol addiction. When she was as good as new, she thanked him and took her leave. Instead of returning to school, she applied to work for a few nature magazines. Eventually one accepted her, and she began traveling the country, taking pictures.
Without the use of drugs or alcohol, she struggled to find the true artist within herself. It took time, but she eventually did. She took a few stunning pictures of the Grand Canyon, and her career skyrocketed. She bought a little studio apartment in New York City, but spent the majority of her time traveling the world. She spent three years in Europe; two in London alone. There she met her future husband, James Blanchard. They met in the most non-conventional way. She had been climbing a tree to get a better shot of Buckingham Palace when she fell and severely sprained her ankle. She went to the doctor who happened to be a handsome, young man. They exchanged numbers and started what would become a long, stormy relationship.
They dated for two years, but Clara couldn't stay in London. She had to travel and eventually go home to the United States. Heartbroken, James claimed he'd wait for her. She thought of him everyday. She spent five years living out of a suitcase. She saw Ireland, Spain, Africa, China, France, Italy. So many different places. After those five years, she went back to London. Just like a fantasy, James and her ran into each other unexpectedly. He refused to let her go this time, and said he'd quit his job and follow her around the world. They were married the next day, and they spent the next few years of their lives traveling. He opened up clinics to help treat the poor while she took pictures.
While in Paris, Clara found out she was pregnant with their first child. The couple was ecstatic. Clara decided she wanted to settle down and suggested they stay in America. James agreed. They lived in New York City where Clara worked as a photographer for a fashion magazine and James worked as a doctor in Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Nine months later a baby girl came into the world. They named her Aurora, after the Aurora Borealis because, like her daughter's birth, the Aurora Borealis was the most magnificent thing Clara had ever witnessed.
Regretful that she never finished her degree, Clara went back to college and finished her Bachelor's Degree at New York University. This past year, Clara was offered an excellent job as a part time instructor at Wentworth University. Happy to finally have a salaried job, Clara packed up her things, and moved to Rhode Island with her three year old daughter and husband. In her spare time, she photographs events and weddings.