The Transition Network

Welcome to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter


The Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter includes the seven county metropolitan area that includes Ramsey, Hennepin, Dakota, Washington, Carver, Scott, Wright and Anoka.

For information on our new and growing chapter, please contact us at MSPChapter@TheTransitionNetwork.org.

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter is connecting women and helping them make the most out of their "50 years and forward" transition journey. While every woman's situations may be varied, we can all learn and find support from other women who are also experiencing change.

We are constantly reaching out to as many women as possible to make connections and planning as many events as we can.  We already have active Special Interest Groups and are now in the process of creating more Transition Peer Groups. For more information about the Minneapolis/St. Paul Group, please contact Steering Committee Chair Jill Goski at MSPChapter@TheTransitionNetwork.org.  

          Chair: Jill Goski  

May at a Glance  

All TTN activities must comply with current CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines regarding Covid. We further rely on each member to be responsible for her own health, safety and comfort level. Each TTN SIG and Peer Group should be sensitive to the needs and wishes of all of their members as decisions regarding in-person meetings are made.

Join us for upcoming chapter events ----

Tuesday, May 11 - Get Connected

Saturday, May 15 - 
Unmasking Our Truth: Pondering the Pandemic and Forecasting Our Future

Wednesday, May 19 -Wellness Wednesday: How to Look Our Best

Wednesday, May 26 - Wellness Wednesday: Introduction to Tai Chi in the Park

Wednesday, June 2 - Wellness Wednesday: What's Next

Saturday, June 26 - Women Weaving Words Garden Party


RECENT EVENTS

Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter


On April 21, 7 women met up at various points on the trail, and were refreshed by taking in the forest atmosphere of Reservoir Woods Park in Roseville. We started by taking a slow walk down a forested hill, lingered at a deck overlook with good conversation, and ate a few nibbles of croissants from La Delicious Bakery. Then we walked on at a faster pace, circled McCarrons Lake, appreciated Villa Park songbirds, crossed Dale Street and again entered the forest sanctuary while one member carried a small picnic basket the distance. It was a wondrous 2-hour experience of nature, friends and calm. We felt embraced, protected, and appreciative. Write yourself a nature prescription soon! 20 minutes a day is recommended for physiological and psychological benefits. Invite a friend or enjoy solitude. We plan to offer more ecotherapy soon.

“Every now and then Piglet gave a little skip and sang, Tra-la, it’s spring.”  A.A. Milne
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April 15, 2021
Get Connected April

On Thursday April 15, seven women gathered for our April Get Connected event. After checking in with each other to see how we were doing, we began a fun and lively discussion on the topic of favorite shoes. A good dose of shoe ‘show and tell’ was thrown in which made this a fun and informative gathering. Attendees mentioned these shoe brands:  Dansko, New Balance (great for wider feet), Merrell, Paul Green, Donald Pliner (very cute!), Oboz, Birkenstocks, FitFlops, VANELi, Bernie Mev, Propet and the beloved by many Haflinger slippers. Schuler Shoes got a shout out for being a good resource for consultation and shopping for shoes. Each participant also shared a favorite shoe story that was fun to hear.  

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April 7 was World Health Day. Members were encouraged to watch and listen to various speakers presented as a virtual symposium by Global Minnesota. The Theme this year was: Crossing Borders Builds Health Equity. Some of the borders crossed were countries, continents, political viewpoints, work roles, and class, gender, race and age. This global perspective of speakers and ideas stressed the need to partner, and the social and economic benefits of tackling world health at the strategic level. Check out Global Minnesota on utube to learn more.
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On March 31, TTN member Mary White gave an excellent presentation on Finding Joy and Contentment. We learned that joy and contentment are innate qualities which do not have to be learned. In stressful times or anytime, they are just one thought away. In times of panic or chaos, just do the next thing. Try not to overthink, or control/fix too much. Peace is always available. Awareness and acknowledgement of this helps. As does a focus on breathing in the moment. May we all feel more carefree, blissful, unfettered, curious, creative, open, spacious, grounded, loved, calm, free, connected, and in the flow and in the moment. Thank You, Mary!
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March 22, 2021
Get Connected March
On March 22, eleven women gathered for our March Get Connected event. After a group check-in where we each shared how things were going in our new, hopefully soon to become fully vaccinated, world we launched into our topic for the evening: What is the favorite place you have visited in Minnesota or Wisconsin? There seemed to be a tie between our love of the North Shore and of driving along the Mississippi River toward Lake Pepin on either the Wisconsin or Minnesota side of the river. Other places mentioned were Paoli Wisconsin, New Ulm Minnesota (with a special shout out to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame located there) and biking along the Root River in SE Minnesota. We now have many great ideas of places to go once we are vaccinated and feeling a bit more adventurous.
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On March 20, a large group of TTN members met at Como Park’s Labyrinth and Frog Pond for an Awe Walk and Celebration of the Vernal Equinox. This was TTN’s first live event in more than a year and the first live event ever for some new members. It was a beautiful day and we were giddy meeting in person and trying to recognize women wearing masks, sunglasses, and hats!!  It was almost like a Halloween costume party with only our voices to identify each other. A few women also wore special spring green coats which added to our delight. We will continue to collaborate with the Urban Hiking group and Wellness Wednesday programing. Enjoy Spring!Read more...

On March 18, guest speaker Marica Anderson, author of A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Ojibwe Bandolier Bag talked about work on her book after years of research, to 28 virtual participants. Marcia explained the history, forms, structure, and motifs of the bags and a bag’s makeup and meaning. Her presentation included slides of the beautiful illustrations in the book of the bags and she shared her insights on the master bead workers from Minnesota's Indian reservations. The lecture illuminated the spectacular beaded bags made by the Ojibwe of Minnesota from the past and now how the history and importance of the bags are carried on by current artisans.  
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On March 10, new TTN MSP member, Paula Sevenich, introduced 15 women to essential oils. We learned about the many scents and specific uses for each type of oil. Her presentation elicited many questions and lots of enthusiasm from the group. We were interested in help with breathing, relief from aches and pains and allergies, restful sleep, increasing energy, relaxing, improving immune function and digestion, helping our pets and more.

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On March 3, due to popular demand, life coach Susan Temple gave a second presentation on Tapping also known as EFT/Emotional Freedom Technique. Susan led us through the process and we practiced severaltimes to discover how effective the technique can be in improving our lives. She shared a quote from Louise Haye:  "You can’t clean house if you don’t see the dirt.”  For more information, send an email to: lifecoachsusantemple@gmail.comRead more...

February 18, 2021
Get Connected February
On February 18, ten women gathered for a fun Get Connected Event.  After checking in with each other to see how we were doing, we opened the discussion with “What was your favorite vacation?”  Members shared memories of their favorite vacations which ranged from international and statewide travel either with family and friends or traveling alone.  We all agreed that our favorite vacation brought such richness into our lives.
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On February 17, fifteen women met for a lunch and learn session on Tapping, also known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
Due to demand, a second meeting is scheduled for 6:30 on March 3.
Register on the TTN website or Meetup and invite a friend!

After a few member jokes about needing tap shoes or a bucket for maple sap, Susan introduced herself and then gave a brief history of the technique.We then learned, practiced and discussed our reactions to the technique and how it helps people.

Susan also shared a couple quotes:
“As soon as we become aware of what is, what is changes.”    Fritz Perls

“There are only 2 mistakes one can make along the road to truth:not going all the way and not starting.”  The Buddha
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On February 10, thirteen women gathered via Zoom to participate in a meditation and mindfulness session led by TTN member and Yoga instructor, Barbara O'Sullivan. Barbara expertly guided the participants in breathing and stretching techniques to help us manage the physical and mental impact of hours spent on Zoom and the stresses of pandemic life. Thanks to Barbara for sharing her expertise with us.Read more...

On Wednesday, January 27, 22 women got together and talked about wellness. Jan Weller led a discussion about the many dimensions of wellness including Physical, Emotional, Financial, Social, Spiritual, Intellectual, Occupational, and Environmental. We utilized the Wheel of Life to document our satisfaction with each of these areas in our own lives. It was an energetic and enlightening discussion.Read more...

On Tuesday, January 19, 33 women gathered via zoom to hear local author, Laura Gilbert, share the concepts from her new book, Enough: A Retirement Life that Works for Me. This is a short and very interesting book that looks first at the retirement life one wants and then layers on the financial resources required to support that life. Laura shared that the question is actually not "Will I have enough?", but "Will I be ok?" where each individual defines what "ok" is for them. It turns out money is only one of the tools to be “ok” in retirement. 
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January 13, 2021
Get Connected January
On January 13, ten women gathered for an enjoyable Get Connected Event. After checking in with each other and sharing our experiences during the holiday season we opened the discussion with “What is the best thing you consumed lately?” Members shared titles of books,
movies they had watched, foods they had tried, and ideas for intentions for the New Year.
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February 8, 2020
Home Sweet Home
Twenty-one women attended the winter quarterly program and learned valuable information from Della Johnson, TTN member and realtor, and Laurie Wrobel, Senior Move Manager and owner of Clutter 911.Read more...

On Saturday, September 7, fifteen women enjoyed a lovely morning at Debra's home in Circle Pines. Debra had invited Mary Jo Meadow to talk with us about mindfulness. Mary Jo is 83 years young and has been engaged in teaching mindfulness for over 30 years. She was a delightful woman and helped us understand the benefits of practicing mindfulness. We also enjoyed a potluck brunch and shared wellness tips. Thanks to Debra for hosting this lovely event.Read more...

On Saturday, July 13, 19 women gathered at Terri’s home in St. Michael for a Garden Party. It was a warm summer day and we sat in the shade of her backyard. Terri, Deb and Grace had organized a party with an Italian theme and everything planned matched the theme. This included the activities, the food, the online cooking demonstration, the decorations – even the wine and non-alcoholic beverages were from Italy. We appreciated the stimulating activities and the opportunity to connect with women we know and others who were new to us. It was a relaxing yet engaging event to savor. Thanks to Terri for opening her home and hosting this event.Read more...

We were honored to have TTN Executive Director, Susan Collins, join us for our May 18 Celebration and get to know the wonderful women of our chapter better. We also were very excited to have Lorna Landvik join us for the afternoon and be our keynote speaker.Read more...

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