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I am currently sitting on the porch of our Airbnb located in the heart of Jerusalem, Israeli music is flowing from the cafe downstairs, the chatter of birds are chirping around us, I can still feel the buzz of the Israeli Shook and Robert is taking a cat nap inside. This weeks tip of the […]

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May 21, 2019

Yael’s Tip of the Week vol. 37: Remember to Breathe

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Can I tell you something? I don’t watch Game of Thrones. I probably shouldn’t admit it, but I just couldn’t get into it when it first aired. Maybe it’s because it came out when I was living in Israel before Netflix and Video Prime were a real thing. Maybe it’s because I have a hard […]

Life with YPP, Personal, YP Life

May 10, 2019

I may be one in a million…

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“You look like you are struggling” Robert said as he watched me grab a water glass from the cabinet Monday morning. I turned around and gave him a blank stare. It took me a second to register what he was saying. “Oh, I have a wedding hang over” I said matter of factly with my […]

Personal, words of the week, YP Life

May 2, 2019

The day after…

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September 2015 “ROBERT!” I shouted into the phone “The closest Starbucks is 37 minutes away!” It was my first day living in Western Massachusetts and I was appalled! How was I, the queen of the Dirty Chai Latte, going to make it through the entire 10 months of Photography School without a Starbucks right around […]

Personal, words of the week, YP Life

April 25, 2019

How I became a casual coffee drinker…

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Guys, I am lucky. As a small business owner, I don’t have the normal 9 – 5 schedule. I don’t have to be in a certain place for 40 hours a week. I don’t have to count my vacation days or call in when I’m sick. It is up to me to fit it all […]

Personal, YP Life

April 18, 2019

Waiting…

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“All the kids are staying up as late as they can before they pass out.” Shana, my sister, WhatsApped me. I laughed when I read the message. There is nothing like staying up for Passover Seder when you are a kid. Drinking what feels like galloons of grape juice, smelling the bitter horseradish but not […]

Personal, words of the week, YP Life

April 11, 2019

The Magic of Passover…

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“Let’s welcome Yael Pachino to the stage!” and everyone started to clap. I stood up from my seat in the back of the room. Took a deep breath in. I tried to smile as I walked up to the stage. The lights were bright. The clapping was loud and the butterflies in my stomach were […]

Personal, words of the week, YP Life

April 4, 2019

Facing my Fears

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“OK, I think I am going to run to the grocery store and…” my phone started buzzing from my back pocket, ARMANDA in bright white letters showed up on the caller ID.  “It’s your grandmother!” I said with a huge smile. I sit down next to Robert and put my phone on speaker so we […]

Personal, YP Life

March 28, 2019

Robert’s Grandmother calls us Tech Support

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” I think I just got a minor concussion” I told Robert as soon as he picked up the phone. “What!?” I laughed at my ridiculousness. “I sneezed as I was pulling the car door open and BAM, I smacked my head . Really hard!” Robert paused, and then burst into laughter. I made a […]

Personal, words of the week, YP Life

March 21, 2019

Guys…I got a mild concussion

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With my photo gear rolling behind me and my coat unzipped, I take a deep breath in, it’s finally not insanely cold outside. Coming from me, that is no small feat. I hear a bird chirping from afar and I feel the sun shining strong above me. I smile. With the clocks moving an hour […]

Personal, words of the week

March 13, 2019

What this Spring Means to Me