MARKETING DIRECTOR FOR HOME CARE CATEGORY OF UNILEVER ÇİĞDEM YILDIZ KURTULUŞ STAYS FIT BY DOING PILATES. SHE STORES ENERGY WHILE TRAVELING AROUND THE WORLD WITH HER SON TOPRAK AND HER SPOUSE.
Marketing Director for Home Care Category of Unilever Çiğdem Yıldız Kurtuluş is a new mom as well as being a successful businessperson. Creating the healthy balance between her personal and business life, Kurtuluş says that she owes this balance to creating quality time for each purpose. The biggest energy source of Kurtuluş, who has been married for six years, is her one-year-old son Toprak. Kurtuluş has been doing Pilates regularly for the last five years. Thanks to this routine, she keeps her body fit and detoxifies her mind from daily stresses. She also loves traveling and travels around the world with her son and her spouse.
Marketing Director for Home Care Category of Unilever Çiğdem Yıldız Kurtuluş thinks that happiness is only achieved by making time and effort to reach it. She remarks that by applying the ten thousand steps a day rule of Malcolm Gladwell, the author of the Outliers, into her life, Kurtuluş has acquired a peaceful pace in every aspect of her life. She expresses that her six years of marriage has taken a new turn after their son Toprak was born: “My son Toprak is just discovering to walk, and talk. Just as other parents do, we would like to spend more time with our child, too. There is no getting enough of it. I do my utmost to balance my personal and business life. As a person who loves both her family and her work, I try to reserve quality time for both affairs. I definitely spend about an hour and a half with my son in the mornings. I am very careful to arrive home by seven in the evenings. This way, we can spend about two more hours as a family before he goes to bed. I deal with the daily-uncompleted issues regarding business after my son falls asleep. Thanks to the new technologies, people don’t have to be physically together to work in conjunction. This frees us and helps to create a special balance.”
Pilates only takes an hour of her time
Çiğdem Yıldız Kurtuluş says that she owes the balance between her personal and professional life to Pilates: “A healthy mind is really the extension of a healthy body. Doing sports keep people energetic. This way you become more productive in both social and professional life. I do Pilates 2-3 times a week. My trainer works with me one-on-one. As a mother and a professional Pilates is the ideal sport for me. It only takes an hour of my time and in that one hour; all the muscle groups of my body get to work. You are also able to observe the outcome in the contexts of flexibility and posture. Doing Pilates helps me to feel better, happier and more energetic. I have played handball as a licensed player for a long time. I have also made significant amount of time for Latin ballroom dancing. I have a nature that enables me to take my hobbies seriously and go after my interests. Alongside dealing with my hobbies, I love to coordinate long trips and travel as a family.”
They travel as a family
Kurtuluş emphasizes that each year at the end of December or during the first days of January they plan their visits abroad for the new year and gives the details about their travel plans: “The Piedmont region of Italy, Switzerland, and Germany were included among our travel destinations for 2013. Then Toprak came and we took a two months break. When he was two months old, we recruited him to the team and went to Antalya as a family. When Toprak was seven months old, we went to the USA all together and toured West America for two weeks. London, Cunda, Marmaris, and Çeşme are in our list for 2014. We are planning to go on a big vacation in October. We are going to visit Berlin and Munich. We are going to end the tour in Paris. We are all very excited about this trip.”
Kurtuluş mentiones that she is very carefull about leaving all of the business related problems outside of home and says, “I spend my whole time with Toprak after work. After he falls asleep, I prefer to watch a movie with my husband, friends, or family, go out for a walk, or attend to cultural or artistic events.”