October 8, 2010

The Girl Effect

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 6:52 pm by Gina

The Girl Effect, n.
The unique potential of 600 million adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves and the world.”

The Girl Effect is about girls. And boys. And moms and dads. And villages and towns and countries.

Girls living in poverty are uniquely capable of creating a better future. But when a girl reaches adolescence, she comes to a crossroads:

The Girl Effect is amazing. It’s as simple as that. The website is amazing, the videos are amazing but most importantly, the cause is amazing.

When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 per-cent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man.

There’s something that everyone can do to help. You can donate, you can spread the message or you can simply learn more. Go to the website and look around, its fascinating.

Think of yourself at 12 years old, it was no time to be having babies or to be worrying about when you will get your next meal. Maybe the worlds biggest problems don’t have to be so big and overwhelming. We can invest in the future by helping one girl at a time.

With love,
~Gina

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May 25, 2010

My Dream Place To Live Is…

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 7:00 pm by Gina

HI readers!

This Finish the Sentence Tuesday is not what I was originally planning on asking, but I was much more excited about this sentence than my original so lets go with it!

I am in the final stages of my process to study abroad this Fall 2010. Friday I officially registered for classes and yesterday I secured my financial aid. I will be studying abroad in Florence, Italy from September 1 through December 18th this year. It is absolutely my dream come true- from as far back as I can remember! Countless old journals can be used as proof of my Italy obsession and my dream to not only visit, but stay!

While all this is very exciting, after getting the numbers back on the cost, I couldn’t help but be demoralized. The expense is STAGGERING! I am paying for college on my own, something I am completely understanding of, and loans are truly the only way to make that possible. Next year I will be taking out $25,000 in loans (something I wasn’t sure I should share but thought I’d go for anyway.)

Thus the sentence of the week. Italy is my DREAM place.

Dream- • a cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal
• an unrealistic or self-deluding fantasy
• a person or thing perceived as wonderful or perfect

Yes, it is all those things!! It is unrealistic to take out that much money (on top of three other years) when I know I won’t make much as a writer. It is also something I perceive as wonderful, perfect, completely ideal. It is my aspiration and I’m going for it! Would you?

Let me know what you think! and don’t forget to finish the sentence! Where is your dream place to live?

Love you all,
Gina