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Unrealistic beauty expectations

As a female, have you ever been given unsolicited advice about your physical appearance? Do you feel judged for the way you look? Has going under the knife ever crossed your mind?

According to the 2020 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report, there were a total of 12.4 million cosmetic procedures performed on women. Additionally, 92% of all cosmetic procedures were conducted on females.

With statistics like this, no wonder women face insecurities around their appearance. We are held to high, unnatural standards society has thrust upon us. A female’s beauty is often based on how youthful her appearance is. Men are…


Art by Firelei Baez, ICA Watershed, East Boston
Art by Firelei Baez, ICA Watershed, East Boston
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Gina Pacelli, YATC
Gina Pacelli, YATC
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YATC

The most impactful work I did was not work. There was no compensation for my contributions. Instead, my time impacted lives. I was rewarded with a kind word, a smile, a success story. The gifts I received for my “work” were priceless, those which money cannot buy.

From 2008 to 2015, I volunteered for the Youth Automotive Training Center, which is located in Deerfield Beach, Florida. “Founded by automotive legend Jim Moran in 1984, the Youth Automotive Center (YATC) educates disadvantaged youth in basic automotive repair, academic remediation, job readiness and life management skills through a tuition-free, nine-month training program…


Flight
Flight
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Nashville, Tennessee

My gypsy spirit has kept me wandering the globe throughout my life. In 2020, COVID changed the world. As isolation set in, travel became a dream. This summer, I rolled the dice.

As the world began to open, a friend and I booked a quick getaway to Nashville, Tennessee. Since COVID first entered our reality, we have both been careful and followed guidelines to protect ourselves and others. We figured we were due for a little fun, and our world was beginning to look a little safer.

Unfortunately, our timing was off. When our flight took off, the Delta variant…


Dubai Frame, UAE
Dubai Frame, UAE
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We had some time to kill before heading to Abu Dhabi. We passed the Dubai Frame multiple times, and some of the folks in our group recommended it. We decided to check it out. We hopped in a cab, and off we went.


Gina Pacelli, ICA, Boston
Gina Pacelli, ICA, Boston
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I wanted to check out the ICA’s exhibit located in their watershed. Thus, my neighbor and I ventured into Boston.

As the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art) is always changing its exhibits, we went to the museum first. Up to the fourth floor we ventured to view their current collection.


Al Ain Camel Market, UAE
Al Ain Camel Market, UAE
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Off to Al Ain

One day, we headed to Al Ain, the Garden City with our Gate 1 group via bus. On our way there, we spied Oman, another country I had never thought of visiting. Our guide encouraged us to travel there. Google served up pretty pictures… maybe one day.


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The dream, scary but brazen

Over the last few decades, I have flitted around the country to live in warmer pastures. First, my restless spirit ventured off to California. Although I loved the west coast, connecting with family was challenging. To be closer to home, but still live by the beach, I headed to Florida. As Pliny the Elder said, “home is where the heart is.” I eventually found my way back to Massachusetts.

When I moved back home, I decided I wanted to buy a condo. The thought of owning a piece of property on my own was daunting. I had always rented, which…

Gina Pacelli

Adventure Seeker, Dream Chaser, Free Spirit, Explorer, Boston-based, Marketer, Consultant, ginapacelli.com

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