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Transition Peer Groups

Transition Peer Groups (TPGs) (TPGs) are small groups who meet to discuss topics from career transitions to changing family relationships to the benefits and challenges of aging. Each group selects its own topics and shares group facilitation and guidance. TTN provides resources to help these groups get started and flourish. There is always an opportunity for a formation of new peer groups in a different geographic location and/ or around specific topics. If you are interested in joining or starting a TPG, please contact Barbara O'Sullivan at Barbara.osullivan@hotmail.com.

UPDATE ON NEW TRANSITION PEER GROUPS

Transition Peer Groups (TPGs) are one of the programs that sets TTN apart from other organizations because they provide opportunities for women to connect on a deeper, more authentic level regarding life’s transitions.  We recognize during these challenging times there may be more need to connect.  Here are some options:
 
Join a current TPG:

Currently, there are daytime peer groups in the east and west metro area and an evening east metro group. New members to existing peer groups are always welcome. Meetings are currently conducted via ZOOM teleconference in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recommend a new TPG:

We continue to explore opportunities to expand peer groups either geographically or by topic. Examples of topics could be work/life balance; accountability groups to get meaningful things we identify done, or health and well-being.  
 
Suggest, organize or attend a one-time or multiple session group discussion:

Contact Barbara O’Sullivan at Barbara.osullivan@hotmail.com to set up a time to talk to ask questions or share your ideas.

TRANSITION PEER GROUP - Life Animated
 
- submitted by Sylvia Mohn

On Thursday March 12, given the rapidly emerging news related to coronavirus and social distancing at the time of the meeting, only four women attended to discuss resilience.
 
Julie brought a New York Times article she’d clipped and saved (kudos for finding this!) called “How to Build Resilience in Mid-Life”, by Tara Parker-Pope. This is based on the book “Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges” by Dennis S. Charney and Steven M. Southwick. The article highlighted seven points:   
  1. Practice optimism (“if you were born into a family of Eeyore’s you can still find your inner Tigger”)
  2. Rewrite your story (reframe your personal narrative)
  3. Don’t personalize it   Don’t blame yourself for life’s setbacks, in the moment the difficult situation feels as if it will never end, a number of factors likely contributed to the problem. The situation is not personal, pervasive, or permanent.
  4. Remember your past comebacks. Remind yourself of challenges you personally overcame.
  5. Support others. Strive for strong support networks. Higher levels of gratitude, altruism, and sense of purpose predict resilience. Reaching out to help other people is a way of moving outside yourself. Part of resilience is taking responsibility for your life to create a life you consider meaningful and purposeful; it doesn’t have to be a big mission.
  6. Take stress breaks. Recognize you will never eliminate stress from your life, instead create regular opportunities for your body to recover from stress. Ex: take a walk break, spend five minutes to meditate, or have lunch with a good friend. Stress is stimulus for growth and recovery is when the growth occurs.
  7. Go out of your comfort zone. Build resilience by putting yourself in challenging situations. Take an adventure vacation, write poetry.
Next meeting:  Thursday, April 9, 10:15 AM–12:15 PM, via Zoom. Topic: Travel, led by Julie.
 
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

Our Living with Purpose Transition Peer Group is still meeting and supporting each other in this challenging time. We are physically distancing, but continue to connect virtually. We will use Zoom meetings or conference calls until we can gather in-person again. We realize the support, comfort, information and knowledge as well as some humor we can share with each other is vital at times like this. Our lives are disrupted, but we are strong together to get through this crisis and can use this time to see what we learn about ourselves and others.
 
New members are always welcome. Our April meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, from 6:30-8:00 PM. We do have space reserved at Centennial Library which is part of the Anoka County Library system. We will meet virtually as our back up plan. Stay well in all aspects of body, mind and spirit.
 
For more information or questions, please contact Barbara O'Sullivan at Barbara.osullivan@hotmail.com

TRANSITION PEER GROUP - West Metro
 - submitted by Jean Forrey

While there were only 3 of us (due to a variety of reasons), we had a great time at our March meeting. The topic was “The Playlist of Your Life” based loosely on a book by MN musician, Mark Mallman, called The Happiness Playlist. We each had fun exploring and choosing what songs to share and even more fun listening to the excerpts and stories associated with the songs each of us chose. We easily filled the 2 hours!  Our selections ranged from Bach to 21 Pilots, Handel to Ernie, and Vaughan Williams to Greg Brown with lots of music in between. We know that everyone has a story to tell and I found it personally interesting what was conjured up while choosing my various pieces of music to “hear and tell”.
 
I would recommend that other groups try this activity- even if you aren’t music lovers! You might be surprised what you discover about yourself and others. Contact Jean at jean.4e@gmail.com if you have questions.
 
“Oh the times they are a-changing”
 
With the closure of the libraries and the need to social distance ourselves we will be changing the format of our peer group for the foreseeable future. The date and time will remain the same, 1st Monday of the month from 1:00-3:00 PM. We will be using Zoom as the social platform which allows video and audio. You will receive an e-mail- or check our Facebook page (MSP TTN West Metro Peer Group or https://www.facebook.com/groups/1381898441968778/?ref=bookmarks)
for further instructions.
 
Our topic for our Monday, April 6, meeting, 1:00-3:00 PM, will be about current events and how they are impacting us. Please join us via Zoom so we can share this unprecedented experience together.

For more information or questions, contact Barbara O’Sullivan at Barbara.osullivan@hotmail.com.