The Transition Network

Transition Peer Groups

Transition Peer Groups (TPGs) continue to meet monthly using Zoom. If you have interest in any current peer group or have an idea for a new group, contact Barbara or the contact person to get connected. The members of the group shape the discussions and activities and share responsibility for participation, communication, and facilitation. TPGs are great experiences for in depth discussions and developing new friendships that are supportive, encouraging and fun. 

If you have ideas or questions please email Barbara at barbara.osullivan@hotmail.com.

Just a friendly reminder: We always welcome new women to check out our TPGs along with our many social occasions and programs. Please remember that non-members are welcome to attend SIGs & TPGs for a maximum of two times after which, per national policy, women are required to become a member of TTN to continue SIG/TPG participation.

TRANSITION PEER GROUP - NEW GROUP
 
- submitted by Barbara O'Sullivan

A new Transition Peer Group (TPG) for women who work focuses on the challenges and rewards of the current work place as well as preparing for retirement. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday April 19, at 7:00 PM. The focus for the discussion is working relationships with colleagues including the challenges and opportunities working with millennials rising up in their career path and baby boomers who are winding down.

If you are interested, please mark your calendar to attend our April meeting. New members to the group are always welcome. 

Contact Barbara at barbara.osullivan@hotmail.com for Zoom link or with questions, insights and ideas.

TRANSITION PEER GROUP - Life Animated
 
- submitted by Sylvia Mohn

At our meeting on March 11, we started with a brief check in. Several members talked about their feelings about getting, or waiting to get, their COVID vaccinations. We talked about lessons from COVID, how we’ve responded to isolation and going out more, seeing people in our homes and future plans. One member said it felt like the end of finals - that’s over, I’m free.
 
The topic for this meeting was to explore creativity by making three doodles related to weather, with the goal of achieving flow. The doodles we showed varied widely, from simple line drawings to more elaborate graphics. Several members drew abstractions, representing different physical objects or viewpoints (ex: blades of grass as seen by a bunny). Some doodles were geometric, some had colors, and others were done on different papers. Some members felt repetition and rhythm prompted flow.

Next month's meeting is Thursday, April 8, at 10:00 AM via Zoom. Topic: Introverts.  We’ll start the meeting by looking at a screen-shared 20-minute TED talk by Susan Cain, then discuss. We can pre-watch if we want. This topic was prompted by a discussion about how COVID has changed our interactions, particularly with Zoom meetings (ex: how extroverts and introverts are on a more equal setting with everyone in the same size box, speaking more by taking turns, etc.) How introverts have felt furious about societal expectations to be extroverts, the pressure to be who you’re not, or not feeling accepted for who you are. 
 
All Minneapolis/St. Paul TTN members are welcome. We meet the second Thursday of the month from 10:00 AM-Noon. We are currently meeting via Zoom.

Please contact Eleni Skevas at eskevs@yahoo.com if you are interested in joining this group.

TRANSITION PEER GROUP - Living with Purpose
 
- submitted by Barbara O'Sullivan

The March Living with Purpose Transition Peer Group meeting focused on taking advantage of the motivation of the season as a great time for new beginnings and planting seeds for change. Our discussion included Spring cleaning our physical spaces and also our body, mind and soul. 

Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 22, from 6:30-8:00 PM on Zoom. Our focus will be on using a technique called WOOP (Wish/Outcome/Obstacles/Plan). Here is a link to learn more about the WOOP tool. The tool is included in the Yale course Science of Well-Being offered free of charge through Coursera. The course has a lot of good information on rewirement and habit changing, the concept of miswanting and reference points (why some of us find ourselves feeling worse after spending time on Facebook). We will touch on these topics as well as time permits.

All Minneapolis/St. Paul TTN members are welcome. We meet the fourth Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:00 PM. We are currently meeting via Zoom.
 
For more information or questions, please contact Barbara O'Sullivan at Barbara.osullivan@hotmail.com

TRANSITION PEER GROUP - West Metro
 - submitted by Jean Forrey

The West Metro Peer Group will meet via Zoom on Monday, April 5, from 1:00-3:00. We will continue our topic of Humanity with a greater focus on ourselves and our own humanity. In that spirit we have been challenged to take a quiz that evaluates 24 of our character strengths and lists them in order based on our responses. We will also be discussing the latest podcast from The Island of Discarded Women. Links to both of those activities can be acquired from Jean Forrey.

On March 1, we were missing three of our regular members but we still had a good discussion on the topic of Humanity. As always, our discussion was far ranging since we all bring something different and valuable to the table. And, as always, we learned something new about ourselves and each other.

All Minneapolis/St. Paul TTN members are welcome. We meet the first Monday of the month from 1:00-3:00 PM. We are currently meeting via Zoom.
 
If you want to attend our TPG, please contact Jean Forrey at jean.4e@gmail.com to be added to the mailing list and get monthly Zoom info.

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