The Transition Network

Transition Peer Groups

Not yet a member of a Transition Peer Group (TPG)? Please check out our three current TPGs in this newsletter and consider joining to get a great start to 2021.

There is an interest from the membership survey in convening an evening Peer Group for women who continue to work. The peer group would focus on the challenges and rewards of the current workplace as well as preparing for retirement. The members of the group shape the discussions and activities and share responsibility for participation, communication and facilitation. TPGs are great opportunities to make connections and build new friendships with ongoing commitment to the group.

If you are interested, please mark your calendar for the informational meeting about forming this new TPG on Monday, January 18, at 7:00 PM. Register here or contact Barbara at barbara.osullivan@hotmail.com for the Zoom link or with questions, insights and ideas.

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 - Life Animated
 
- submitted by Sylvia Mohn

The group met on December 10 to discuss “Holiday memories”.

Food memories: Discussion of holiday food, such as jello salad, snickerdoodle salad, chocolate cherry cake, fruit cocktail. Several people had relatives that made divinity candy.
 
Question: How many people got practical presents like toothpaste, underwear, pajamas? One person's aunt gave each child a silver dollar. One person always wanted to go to midnight mass so she didn't have to wake up early to go to church. Memories of a long toboggan run, playing with cousins.

Question: What are you doing for this holiday? Answers: Watching Christmas movies and Christmas episodes of favorite TV shows; start celebrating everything; get together only with people in her bubble; Zoom with relatives, including family in London; buy presents from the re-use store; get a live tree this year instead of using a fake tree; sit in front of the fireplace; make special food dishes; order from a restaurant; and make treasure boxes of small things for grandchildren
 
Our next meeting is Thursday, January 14, at 10:00 AM via Zoom. Topic: vision boards. Talk about old vision boards done last year in January and how they differ from new vision boards, come with ideas of what you would put on it even if you don't make one.

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 December Living with Purpose Transition Peer Group meeting focused on celebrating this last month of the year to welcome in 2021. We showed up in sequins, pajamas, jewels and crowns and cheerful smiles to toast together the Solstice, the holidays and the end of the year. We shared our holiday plans and the challenges this year of dealing with family, friends, and our own rationality in deciding how we will celebrate. We are celebrating, but a little differently. As always, this group of wonderful women offered support, encouragement and resources for each other.

Our January meeting will be on Thursday, January 28, from 6:30-8:00 PM via Zoom. Since our group has been meeting over the last four years, we have started off the New Year making Vision Boards. We will continue our tradition however this year we will co-create virtually. So, if you are interested in joining us, start gathering your supplies including cardboard, glue sticks, scissors and magazines to gather images and words that are significant to your creation. And if you are digitally inclined you can check out Vision Board apps or use Canva software on your phone or computer.

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

In January, we will be meeting on Monday, January 4, from 1:00-3:00 PM. With the beginning of the new year and the renewed hope of an end to the pandemic, we would like to talk about new beginnings, rejuvenation, resolutions etc. Think of one thing you are looking forward to doing, or changing in the New Year that you are willing to share as our opener. Of course, you can also share about your holidays or lack of holidays as well. Lastly, we will discuss our hopes and goals for this group. What direction do we want to take? Who wants to lead or guide us from time to time? What do you hope to “give to” - and “get from” -this group? I look forward to another warm yet scintillating discussion.

In December, we were pleased to open our group to all TTN members for a unique session. Prior to our meeting, we all listened to a podcast from The Island of Discarded Women. If you care to listen to this excellent and timely podcast, it was Episode 15 featuring History Professor Duchess Harris. This monthly (pre-pandemic) podcast is directed, produced and partially written by Sue Scott. And Sue Scott was our special guest! She spoke about her long tenure with Prairie Home Companion prior to being discarded by new host, Chris Thile. She also spoke about her inspiration for the podcasts, upcoming ideas, and how she is interested in the stories of other women and her desire to celebrate them. She will also be joining us this summer (fingers crossed that we can gather in person) at our re-scheduled Garden Party. Thank you to Terri Evans for being the conduit to this special guest.
 
We are open to new members! 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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