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  • Brigit Law 11:18 pm on March 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cultural differences, , horse riding   

    Everytime a different ride 

    My life not only requires me to find my bearings in different countries and places, but also riding different horses at different stables.

    Different horses have different ways of listening and communicating and every time I sit in the saddle fustrated that i cant find the right mode to connect. my hands a little lower? My posture a bit more straigtened up? It reminds me of the difficult moments to figure out a culture and nationality. Exactly what are the do’s and don’t-s? How do I and my children make friends? Can my children just ring at neighbor door bels asking to play like they got used to in the previous countries they lived? At my riding lessons I have at least a riding instructor at hand, but in my day to day American life, I have not.

    What I have found so far is the eminent importance of making expectations match reality. How?
    1 Read books about your host country
    2 Form or join weekly coffee morning or book clubs where you can ask questions
    3 volunteer and/or work in your area of interest to get a learning & giving experience as well as to give structure to your days
    4 Try – and this is the most difficult part – to turn dissapointments into inspiring lessons you want to learn from.
    5 Keep strong and tight family bonds, they will never let you stand alone no matter how much you change. (And change you will!)

    So, if you get into the saddle, be ready for the ride. And whilst you will never be ready as to know what to expect, you should be ready to go!

    Good luck on your different rides & have a great Easter!

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  • Brigit Law 4:59 pm on December 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Crowd funding: Will it break relationships? 

    A good friend of mine, with whom I talk a lot about my work in raising funds for education, art, culture in schools as well as therapeutic horseback riding, pointed out a news headline to me, to which I felt compelled to react: Crowd funding: Will it break relationships?

    When I moved to the US and got bombarded with local fundraisers, the same question came to my mind. I live in a small community where participating in fundraisers is a community building exercise. There is simply no soccer for my son without donations raised by the soccer ‘crowd’. And more importantly, my kids school can not reach decent academic standards without donations raised by the school ‘crowd’. As a European, used to social system, my first questions was: Do I need to support all fundraisers? My second question: Will people like me less if I don’t support ‘their’ fundraisers?

    After some sleepless nights, I think I found some answers.

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  • Brigit Law 11:42 pm on September 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Autism, , Freedom, Horese riding therapy, Paralympics, Special Needs   

    Going for a Ride … to Freedom! 

    Horses, kids and people with special needs are ‘my thing’. It took me a while to find it. In fact it took a whole move from the Low Lands (Europe) to America and 20 years of professional limboing between PR, Advertising, Trade Promotion work and Independent Communications Coaching , but I am glad I found it.

    Finding a golden medalist in the Paralympics somewhere tucked away in the corner of a Dutch newspaper (De Telegraaf) and without picture gives me the absolute creeps. After the ‘normal’ Olympics with Dutch medalists on the front page for days on end, a full page picture of the Paralypics medalist is an absolute must. These people should be respected for their achievements more than anyone.

    Can you imagine a person in a wheelchair, giving it 200% to stand up and get on a horse to enjoy riding like you and me? I can. A very special student I am helping at the therapeutic riding lessons does it.

    With a bit of help of all of us, children, people with special needs and others around us who need a little extra support, can do what we do.

    I say, that is the REAL ride to freedom. And it is the ONLY ride to democracy!

     
  • Brigit Law 11:31 pm on August 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Cultuurverschillen, , Down Town Chambersburg, , Fundraising, Vrijwilligers   

    American Fundraising: surprisingly different 

    Today I strolled down the streets of Down Town Chambersburg searching for donations for a live and silent auction benefiting therapeutic horseback riding in my local community.

    It was hot and I felt like an ice cream melting away on the pavement every time I had to stop for a ‘don’t walk’, which was at least six times in one hour for the three blocks I was doing.

    While I was going from shop to shop gaining my new American experience, the nuisance of professional media got to me again. Expat life does this to me every time I see that the reality of life in a certain country is always better portrayed in the media.

    So, allow me to set something right in our believes about fundraising in America.

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    • themysticmom 2:21 pm on August 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! Having not yet traveled outside the US it was very interesting –and refreshing–to see the US through your eyes! I will be sharing this!! Always love your perspective on things, Brigit!!!

    • Lizzie's Words 10:46 pm on October 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Love the blog Brigit!

    • Gro 10:21 pm on November 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Very interesting to read, I appreciate the way you describe the challenges of being an european expat in the us

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