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Transition Peer Groups

Transition Peer Groups (TPGs) continue to meet monthly using Zoom. Please check out our three current TPGs. 

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 work place as well as preparing for retirement. The members of the group will 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 an informational meeting about forming this new TPG on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 7:00 PM. Contact Barbara at barbara.osullivan@hotmail.com for the Zoom link or with questions, insights, and ideas. 

If you are a TTN member interested in joining an existing TPG, please let the contact person for that group know. 

Why join TTN if you are not yet a member of a TPG? Below is a quote from a member who initially joined a SIG, and subsequently has joined a TPG and other SIGs:
"I joined TTN for the book group when it was focused on books about aging and transitions. I stayed for the women! I've gotten great advice, learned about new resources, listened to stories that let me know I'm not alone in the challenges I face. The structure of TTN enables each member to engage with others in topics that interest them, either on a one-time basis or ongoing. It has been an enriching experience for which I'm grateful."

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 got together via Zoom on November 12. Julie talked about the Caring Collaborative and we had a check-in and learned we're involved with family activities, having exercise classes via Zoom, and walking outside.

Topic: Intentions/works, little pleasures. One person likes to watch the moon rise, sitting in her car in colder weather. Another writes down suggestions in NYT home and style section in a notebook. Other members watch funny YouTube videos, dog and cat videos, learn new things, try new puzzles for brain exercise, and watch travel programs. One member set up her garage for social distancing in cold weather.

 Our next meeting is Thursday, December 10, at 10:00 AM via Zoom. Topic: "Eat, drink and be merry", favorite holiday recipes, takeout, childhood memories. Bring a beverage so we can toast each other.

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 November Living with Purpose Transition Peer Group meeting focused on Gratitude. We discussed the science supporting a gratitude practice including fewer physical symptoms of illness; more optimism; greater goal attainment, and decreased anxiety and help for depression as well as other health benefits. The effects of gratitude include improved mental health; boosts relationships with others and creates a web of well-being from keeping us in the present moment. We shared our own gratitude practices including "savoring" the moment. 

Our next Zoom meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 17, at 6:30 PM. Since 2020 has been quite the year, we decided to celebrate this last month of the year to welcome in 2021. The theme will be what can we let go of in order to make room for the new. Festive attire is encouraged including pajamas, tiaras or anything else including a glass of something bubbly. 

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

Ginny Jabobsen guided our lively group of women from the West Metro TPG in a discussion on the first Monday afternoon of November. The topic revolved around ways that we are distracting ourselves during these stressful days surrounding the election and the ongoing pandemic. One member also shared her firsthand experience with Covid which thankfully had a happy ending. We also talked about the makeup of the group and what we foresee for the future of this fine group of women.

Some people shared uplifting quotes and pearls of wisdom such as drop out of your head and into your heart center or how we may not be able to change the beginning but we can change the ending. A suggestion for light reading was Jerry Seinfeld’s new book Is This Anything? or books by Bill Bryson. Some movies mentioned were Fantastic Fungi, My Octopus Teacher, and The World of Aardman. Music was mentioned as a great escape and the Peanuts gang performing ZZ Top was a joyful experience for some. Getting out in nature was preferred by many and two apps mentioned for meditating were Calm and Headspace.

Podcasts were also popular and for our next meeting on Monday, December 7,1:00-3:00 PM, we will discuss Episode 15 of “The Island of Discarded Women”. Sue Scott herself will be joining us thanks to Terri Evans’ connection to her! TTN MSP members are invited to join us!  Register here to get the Zoom information and let us know you are joining us. Participants are asked to listen to the “Stand Up” podcast (Episode #15), and to come prepared with at least one question for Ms. Scott.

For future meetings we will continue as we have been - sharing stories and experiences and taking turns facilitating each meeting. Jean will continue to write the newsletter articles and Ginny and Jean will host the zoom experiences.
 
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.