Looking back on Get in Touch | Seda Baskurt

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Seda Baskurt

Am delighted to present the inspirational and useful reflection of our former Get in Touch spouse: Seda Baskurt (Turkey, psychologist). She as been an active member of our Get in Touch Family for years. In 2014 she started to join the Get in Touch program until she had to leave us in July 2015  for a one year stay back home in the US , where she grew up. After returning back again to The Netherlands, she and her husband moved to a northern part of Holland. We’ve missed her ever since, but at the same time are happy that they found a good place to build their new life in The Netherlands!

Below you’ll find her answers on the GiT ‘looking back’ questionnaire for GiT spouses who had to leave GiT for various reasons.

Thanks a lot, dear Seda .. and welcome anytime whenever you’re visiting Eindhoven .. :)!

GENERAL OPINION ABOUT THE GIT PROGRAM

My general opinion about the program is that it is organized. There is always something to do every week which made me look forward to come to. The communication is very consistent. Every activity is reached out the all members via e-mail which I think was very nice. The e-mails are very detailed about what will happen and where we are supposed to meet. Continue reading

Motivation – how to find it when we lose it? | Lenise Collimore

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Lenise Collimore

Am happy to present Lenise Collimore, one of our lovely Get in Touch Network Partners, who once has given an inspiring talk to tour Get in Touch Group (see pics in this blogpost).

She then told us about her own personal ‘journey in life’, coming from somewhere else in the world, via via landed in Eindhoven, and how she managed to get herself rooted again.

Her initiative to start her own blog ‘Eindhoven in Motion’ has been a great support for herself, but also for a lot of followers, especially internationals who are searching around for useful and relevant information about sports in general, sports events, specific sports, sport experiences .. in English!

Lenise provides for that in her appealing personal way in her blog ‘Eindhoven in Motion’.  Below she has written a post for our own Get in Touch Blog about how motivation and ‘getting in motion’ are closely linked to each other … enjoy and thx Lenise !

MOTIVATION – HOW TO FIND IT WHEN WE LOSE IT?

Some days I just don’t have it. I get snowballed with work and family life. And I can procrastinate with the best of them. “I don’t have time”, I say. “I will do it tomorrow”, I tell myself, unconvincingly. And the more I do this, the less motivation I have. And the less motivation I have, the more I put things off. And the more I put things off, the worse I feel. It can affect my sleep, my mood, my concentration, and my choices.

For me, exercise and motivation are tightly linked. If I don’t get a good dose of movement in my day, I can’t quite keep up with anything. But what happens when I don’t have the motivation to exercise? How do I find it again?

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How We Play: Around the World | Susan Lambriks | International Spouses Program TU/e Sports Center

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Susan Lambriks

Very proud to introduce our Get in Touch Network Partner Susan Lambriks. Susan is initiator of the International Spouses Program (ISP) of the TU/e Student Sports Center. This fabulous and amazing spouses program started some weeks ago, and many of our Get in Touch spouses are participating in this program with great enthusiasm and joy!

Now Susan has started a new serial in our GiT Blog for which she has asked international spouses to share their childhood memories of playing ‘back home’. ‘Sporting together’ activates in her eyes the same spirits as ‘playing together’ has done long ago. And I think she is very right. Thx Susan! 

HOW WE PLAY: AROUND THE WORLD – INTRODUCTION BY SUSAN LAMBRIKS

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I find myself contemplating the idea of love. Far from the Greek myths and tragic tales of Cupid and the fickle specter of romantic love, I believe that love can be, and should be, thought of as an inclusive action instead of as an exclusive club.

We can express our love for each other in so many ways: simple kindnesses directed at strangers, finding forgiveness for an enemy, treating our partners with the respect that we usually reserve for our guests, showing compassion for animals, and putting aside daily frustrations with our children to spend quality time together.

A special category of love is that which we feel for our friends. Bonding over shared interests, exchanging feelings and having fun together are ways that we can express gratitude for one another. In other words, by reaching out to each other in a genuine way, we thank our friend for being a part of our life.

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