The Month At A Glance
Get out your calendars!!
TTN Annual Celebration: May 18
WELCOME Orientation for New Members
Friday, February 15th Time: 11:00 - 12:00 PM Central Time
Location: Online Webinar
Members: FREE Guest:$5
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Contact: Jennifer Monahan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to register for this event
Welcome, New TTN Members! Thank you for joining TTN! We hope you’ve started to connect with new friends and discover the resources to help you in your transition. To help you get the most of your membership, we welcome you to join us for an orientation webinar. Susan Collins, TTN Executive Director will lead this “get to know TTN" webinar along with a guest presenter from one of our chapters. (The webinars are usually offered monthly, however we will take a break from them in August.) Please register above to join this webinar. Prior to the date of the event, you will receive a confirmation of your registration and instructions on how to join the webinar directly from the webinar service. "See" you then! Contact Jennifer Monahan at email@example.com with questions.
February Mix and Mingle
Monday, February 18th Time: 5-7:00PM
Location: Byerly’s, 3455 Vicksburg Ln N, Plymouth
We invite you to attend this casual gathering and enjoy connecting with other women. Our gathering is upstairs in a very nice private room which Byerly's offers free of charge as a community service to groups like ours. If you would like a beverage or food, please purchase items in the store. They have a deli, Caribou Coffee, and Big Bowl Chinese Express.
In the event of weather concerns, check our Facebook page on February 18th for cancellation notification. https://www.facebook.com/MSPthetransitionnetwork.org/.
Contact Jill Goski firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Women Connecting, Creating, and Contributing
Saturday, May 18th Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul
Excitement is building for the May 18 Celebration of a growing TTN chapter in Minneapolis/St. Paul. The planning process has been galloping along very quickly. Planning Committee members JeNell Jacobson, Terri Evans, Pam Egan, Jill Goski, Cyndy Nelson and Eleni Skevas have been meeting since last August to create this event for our Chapter-in-Formation.
The event has a name: Celebrate TTN! Women Connecting, Creating & Contributing. The name embodies the spirit of TTN women and the mission of the organization as a whole. It also captures the fun and vitality we are starting to experience as our membership grows and more TPGs and SIGs are added.
The event also now has a beautiful logo consisting of a vibrant representation of a woman with a bouquet of colors leaping from her outstretched arms. Thanks to Pam Egan for creating an image that projects the life-affirming worldview of members.
Look for a beautiful marketing piece (also designed by Pam Egan) to promote the Celebration. You will no doubt receive one at the next SIG, TPG, or Mix and Mingle you attend.
The Planning Committee is now in the midst of implementing a plan to promote the Celebration among members and non-members. A key feature of this plan is to recruit and equip volunteers to act as ambassadors to talk up the Celebration and create a "buzz" around it. The Committee is also fine-tuning the agenda and starting to work on putting together a silent auction.
By now you know that Lorna Landvik, a nationally known author and comedian, will be our keynote speaker. You can learn more about her by going to her website at Lornalandvik.com.
The central idea of the May 18 Celebration is to honor our successes and toast to our future as a growing organization. All members are encouraged to bring women friends to join in the fun, and, maybe just maybe, join TTN themselves!
Please mark your calendars and attend: Celebrate TTN! Women Connecting, Creating & Contributing May 18, 2019, 1:00-4:00 PM, at St. Clement's Episcopal Church in St. Paul.
Click here to register for this event
Contact any one on the Planning Committee if you think you can help in some way. Planning Committee members are Jenell Jacobson, Terri Evans, Jane Carlson, Pam Egan, Eleni Skevas, Jill Goski, and Cyndy Nelson. Each and every one of us would love to hear from you!
AND SPEAKING OF THE SILENT AUCTION.....Thanks to JeNell Jacobson for the poem below.
T I M E 4 S U M $ F U N !
Imagine attending the TTN celebration on a sunny spring day,
Greeted by colorful balloons and bright flowers in May!
Cheerful women engaged in conversations and laughter!
They check out silent auction items soon after.
Some bidders move in circles as if they are dancing.
Others sip wine, a few enjoy bantering.
For some, bidding brings pleasure.
Hoping for luck to deliver a treasure!
Join in the fun, toss out caution.
Just imagine the sights and sounds of our Silent Auction!
So, let's donate items for a bidder's delight!
And bid on items to make your day bright!
For information and to discuss donation ideas contact:
JeNell Jacobson by email email@example.com
Or call or text 612-387-1336
January Events Recap
ACME COMEDY CLUB
On Wednesday, January 2, 11 women had dinner and saw Debra Dorgan's son, Derek Hughes, perform as a magician at Acme Comedy Club. The post-holiday conversation over dinner was lively and the food was delicious. We enjoyed Derek's performance and have no idea how he did what he did. Magic! We highly recommend seeing him perform at a future date.
CONSCIOUS AGING EVENT
TTN sponsored a workshop about Conscious Aging on January 14. Karen West, long-time TTN member and founding member of TTN in the Twin Cities, was the presenter. Twenty-five women attended the workshop. Karen, who has been immersed in the conscious aging movement for several years, and who has earned a certification as a saging leader, gave a brief history of the movement. She emphasized the contributions of several thinkers in the movement and recommended books and other resources for further exploration.
Explaining that the short two-hour length of the workshop limited what she could cover, Karen nevertheless covered a lot of ground during the allotted time. Participants were invited to share how they thought about the last 30 years of life and the inevitable aging that takes place. Were they denialists, realists or enthusiasts? Were they clinging to age 49? Were they equating successful aging to what they could "still" do? Were they embracing the potential of this time of life to become who they truly are meant to be? Successful aging embraces the physical changes and values spiritual growth.
Karen led the group in doing individual "life reviews". To do this, participants chose a span of 7 years in their lives (usually the span of years they were currently in) and reflected on what were the significant moments, who were the people who guided and influenced them, and what were the positive developments that occurred within that span of years.
Another exercise involved meditating out loud with a silent partner on the question "As I age, how am I becoming more the person I think I am meant to be?". The silent partner asked the question of the speaking partner repeatedly, thereby inviting the speaking partner to deeply explore the answer to the question. By switching roles halfway through the exercise, each woman was afforded the gift of being heard and the gift of time to meditate.
Judging by participants' comments at the end of the workshop, the workshop was a success, not only in opening people's vision of aging as a positive experience, but also in showing the value of exploring this critical subject.
MIX AND MINGLE
On a snowy and below zero Saturday morning in January, 10 women gathered at The Grateful Table in Roseville for warm conversation and delicious food and drink. Our thanks to Mary, owner of The Grateful Table, for accommodating our group. The attendees shared their involvement in TTN and identified something they were looking forward to. Not surprisingly, many people have plans to head someplace warm.
A MESSAGE FROM THE STEERING COMMITTEE
It was exciting to see a TTN program, specifically The Caring Collaborative, featured in the Star Tribune on January 18. The article was written by Judith Graham of Kaiser Health News. The Caring Collaborative program is up and running as part of the TTN chapters in New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco and is being explored for development in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Read the Star Tribune article by clicking here.
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Special Interest Groups and Transition Peer Groups (these are available with paid membership only)
Just a friendly reminder: We always welcome new women to check out our SIGs 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, it is required to become a member of TTN to continue SIG/TPG participation.. Joining is easy and economical. Just go to the TTN website - Click Here!
Let's Do It! Let's get into Transition Peer Groups!Each TPG generates topics of mutual interest and relevance to their current lives. These topics can be light-hearted or serious and can cover transition-related topics. Here is a sampling of some topics covered by other TPGS around the country:
* Re-inventing yourself
* How to say Yes when you mean No (and vice versa)
* The upside of aging
* Fostering positive relations with adult children
* How to remain relevant in a changing world
* Fun: then and now
* Navigating work-place changes
* Identifying our strengths and managing our weaknesses
TTN provides help with the establishment and running of the groups by providing written guidelines for the groups. In addition, every group has an experienced TTN partner to help them during the initial meetings or at any point where they feel they need re-direction. As a general matter, members share responsibility for leading the group, facilitating discussions, and coming up with ideas for conversation topics or outings. Each group establishes its own group norms and expectations for behavior. An important consideration is that every TPG is meant to be a confidential, safe setting for sharing BUT a TPG is not a personal therapy or crisis group and is not a substitute for professional help in such situations.
Email: Barbara O'Sullivan at Barbara.firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRANSITION PEER GROUP: Living with Purpose - submitted by Barbara O’Sullivan
Five women braved a very cold January evening to attend the Living with Purpose Peer Group meeting which focused on our intentions for the New Year and checking in about how our 2019 is starting out. We also spent some time evaluating our peer group meetings and how we want to continue moving forward. The attendees affirmed the value of the group in their lives and that we are open to having new members join us. The TTN peer group manual is a valuable guide that will help us consider what tweaks to make our group an even better experience for everyone.
Our next meeting is Thursday, February 28, from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Roseville Library in the Board meeting room on the second floor. Since officially winter will last only 20 more days, we will be spending some time discussing how we want to prepare for Spring and continue clarifying and manifesting our intentions for 2019. In the meantime, stay warm. New members are always welcome.
Please contact Barbara O'Sullivan with any questions, ideas or thoughts about the group. Email: Barbara.email@example.com or call or text (651) 983-7876.
Transition Peer Group forming: Life Animated - submitted by Sylvia Moen
A newly formed Peer Group chose "Life Animated" as their name at a January 10 meeting. Ten women attended, sharing fears and obstacles they faced in their transitions, along with techniques in dealing with them.
The discussion topic of "Fear and What's Holding You Back" was led by Pam Egan and Linda Bjornberg using concepts from the book "Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age" by Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO for AARP. Intentional living requires focus on quality of life as well as quantity. To focus on quality, it's helpful to focus on six areas:
- Organize goals by "must do", "should do", and "could do"
- Dump the Junk
- Get a Job/Purpose
- Nix the "Senior Moment" BS
- Hang out with the cool kids: if others are doing "it" you can too
- Be content with mediocrity: focus on the journey not the destination
Members also discussed the benefits of keeping a daily gratitude journal. An article in the book "Ten Minutes to Happiness" by Sandi Mann proposed these questions to consider:
- What experiences, however mundane, gave you pleasure?
- What praise and feedback did you receive?
- What were the moments of pure good fortune?
- What were your achievements however small?
- What made you feel grateful?
- How did you express kindness?
Upcoming meeting dates and discussion topics for "Life Animated":
February 14 - Thursday, 10:15 AM - 12:00 Noon at Merriam Park Library led by Erin Campbell and Eleni Skevas. Discussion of Self Discovery/Affirmation. They will send information to participants with a self-assessment tool to complete prior to the meeting.
March 14 - Thursday, 10:15 AM - 12:00 Noon at Merriam Park Library led by Terri Evans and Jane Carlson. Discussion of your favorite books/movies with the top one to talk about. This meeting will be followed by a movie, possibly at Riverview Theater.
April 11 - Thursday, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM. The location is yet to be determined. A discussion on Listening will be led by Julie Efta.
If you have any questions about this group, please contact Eleni Skevas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you want to form a Special Interest Group?Special Interest Groups (SIGs) arise when TTN members find kindred spirits who share similar passions. Member-driven, a SIG can meet as often and for as long as the members desire. It can be on any topic or passion (excepting political limitations imposed by our 501c3 status). A quick glance at TTN chapters around the country indicate that members have taken advantage of the network and come up with lots of diverse, and sometimes surprising, SIGs. The Central Ohio Chapter, for example, has established SIGs around Netflix, game nights, genealogy, an authors' group, traveling and freecycling (a kind of reuse and recycling). Long Island has SIGs dedicated to day-tripping, dining out, mah jong, Scrabble, crafting, hiking, movies, and theater.
These groups are member-driven, which means that anyone who wants to start a group can do just that! These groups are topic- or activity-specific and bring together members who share similar interests.
Want to start a new SIG or join the ones already in place? Contact Grace Bartholet at 642-310-4604 or Eleni Skevas at 651-235-9599.
Here is a list of our Special Interest Groups (SIGs):
FINANCIAL SIG - submitted by Cyndy Nelson
On Tuesday, January 22, eight of us met at the Roseville library and had a great discussion. Debra Dorgan brought information about financial planners and shared how her financial planner has helped her to plan, implement, and manage her finances to give her confidence and peace of mind about the future. This information spawned much discussion about types of assets and we defined financial terms such as ETF, S&P 500, mutual fund, etc. We talked about topics of interest for future meetings and learned that the group is most interested in life planning and tactical topics such as estate planning and planning for retirement income and expenses.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 19, from 7:00-8:30 PM at Davanni's at 1905 W Perimeter Dr, Roseville. Attendees should plan to purchase food and/or beverage at the restaurant since we have the party room at no charge. We will be discussing a Wealth Enhancement Group article called "Your Retirement Road Map". As always, we will have open discussion.
The purpose of this group is to increase our personal financial literacy. The knowledge of members about financial topics varies from beginner to more experienced. Our topics will be selected based on what individual members are interested in.
Please email Cyndy at email@example.com if you are interested in joining us or have questions.
Urban Hiking SIG: submitted by Cyndy Nelson
The Urban Hiking SIG is currently on winter break. Since it is below zero as this is being written, we have to trust that spring will actually be coming sometime. Although we had to cancel our April hike last year due to 14 inches of snow, we will once again attempt to start our season in April. If you are interested in participating in this group, please let Cyndy know if you prefer weekday or Saturday hikes. Currently, we are considering Thursday, April 18, and/or Saturday, April 27. Please contact Cyndy at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have comments or an interest in this SIG.
Theater-Going SIG: submitted by Eleni Skevas
THE DREAM: The Theater SIG planned to attend The Wolves at The Southern Theater in Minneapolis during the evening of January 29. Ten super-hardy TTN women signed up despite the coming polar vortex and predicted temperatures that were frighteningly cold. Awesome women!
THE REALITY: As temperatures plummeted during the day, our awesome women started rethinking the whole enterprise. From the more sensible among us the regrets rolled in: "Oh, man, it's so cold," said the first. "I'm a wimp," said the second. "It's so bitterly cold," said the third. "Extreme cold," said the fourth. And finally, "It's CRAZY to go to a play tonight," said the fifth.
Truer words were never spoken. It was crazy. Yet five crazy ladies still showed up even as the temperatures dropped to minus 20. As we laughed and bonded over the realities of life on the tundra, one woman said, "I love winter", and philosophically added, "There is no bad weather, just bad clothing." As insane as it was to go out into that epically cold night, we truly had an adventure together.
BOTTOM LINE: Kudos to the sensible ladies! And kudos to the crazies!
As for the play itself, it was powerful, most agreed, as it portrayed a group of young women, teenage soccer players, coming to grips with the death of a friend and teammate. Immature kids, who once were steeped in gossip, play, and naive hopes, were forced to experience their own grief and to rise above it.
The next theater outing will be in March/April. Members rotate responsibility for organizing theater outings, which occur approximately every other month. Eleni Skevas organized this month's outing.
To add your name to the list of Theater SIG members, contact Eleni Skevas email@example.com.
Book Discussion: submitted by Grace Bartholet
In January, six members of the book club met, at Gretchen Bratvold's home, to discuss "The Only 127 Things You Need" by Donna Wilkinson. The book provided an interesting discussion centered around what different items the author viewed as essential and what items in life the participants view as essential.
The February Book Club selection is "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles. Jerris Heckler will be hosting the next meeting which will take place at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, February 12. The book club is open to any dues paying member of TTN and new members are welcome. Please contact Jerris at firstname.lastname@example.org for address.
Enjoy reading? Like lively discussion? Come and join us! Contact Lisa Nabberfeld at Lisanabbe@gmail.com or Grace Bartholet at email@example.com
Art Appreciation SIG: submitted by JeNell Jacobson
If you are interested in discovering more about the local art scene, join the ART APPRECIATION SIG. Together we will experience many types of creative expression: paintings, pottery, sculpture, textiles. We usually meet on weekday afternoons, occasionally an evening or Saturday.Exhibits are FREE or low cost.
In January we visited the Museum of Russian Art and joined a group tour focused on the exhibition From Non-Conformism to Feminists: Russian Women Artists. It was very interesting. The exhibition is a visual exploration of the development and accomplishments of women artists from Russia spanning three artistic generations. The show includes painting, photography, collage, video, and interactive installations.
Wednesday, February 6th - Minnesota Museum of American Art 100 years and Counting is one of three inaugural exhibitions on display in the stunning new facility. Included in this show are 45 works of art from their 100-year collection of 20th century paintings, photographs, drawings, sculpture, etc. Meet at 1:00 PM at Pioneer Endicott Building at 350 Robert St N, St Paul. There are parking options nearby and it is close to the light rail. See Minnesota Museum of American Art website for details.
Thursday, March 7th - WARM Women's Art Resources of MN featuring the curated show Hysteria. WARM empowers and supports all feminist artists by honoring the legacy of the past and building a visible future. WARM focuses on connecting emerging artists with professional artists and encouraging them to create and exhibit art and to increase their participation in the art world. Meet at 1:00 PM at The Whitney Larson Gallery at 2017 Buford Ave # 25A in St. Paul (Located on the Lower Level of the Student Center of the U of M, next to the Larson Gallery Lounge.)
Writing SIG!! submitted by Julie Efta
The Writing SIG meets twice a month on Friday mornings from 10:00 AM to Noon. February 8 and 22 are our next dates.
We continue to enjoy reading aloud our recent work and giving positive feedback to each other. We also spend time during the meeting writing something new from shared prompts and then reading them. We laugh a lot and inspire each other. Five members is an ideal size for this group to give everyone a chance to participate and to fit around our gracious host's table.
Please contact any of us (Julie, Robin, Melissa, Tracey, JeNell) if you would like ideas for starting a second group.Julie can be reached at 651.247.3054.
Want to connect while making a difference? Come Join with other TTN Members and make an Impact Volunteer at Bridging
Each week, Bridging provides quality furniture and household goods to over 85 families who are transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. Come join TTN Twin Cities Members as we help Bridging
Want to volunteer? Please contact Grace Bartholet at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-310- 4604 by May 10th.
Let's Talk About the Latest Movie
Recently some members have indicated they would be interested in forming a Movie SIG. It makes a lot of sense. It’s an appealing SIG because
(1) movies are inexpensive and
(2) unlike theater offerings, tickets can reliably be purchased at the door, and
(3) movies are fun.
The exact format of the SIG hasn’t been determined. We could choose a standing date (say the second Saturday of the month) at the Riverside Theater, for instance, where tickets are just $3.00 each, and just commit to gathering for the matinee whatever it is and then go across the street for coffee and a snack. Or we could individually join the Minneapolis Film Society and as a group attend one of their offerings once a month. Or we could just provide the distribution list of Movie SIG members to SIG members and shoot out an email when one of us is looking for a companion with whom to go see a movie. Or all of the above. And, how about this: a Oscar Party! Let Eleni Skevas know if you’re interested and we can arrange an organizational meeting to come up with a format and a plan for leadership. Could be fun!
Contact: Eleni Skevas at email@example.com or Grace Bartholet at firstname.lastname@example.org, SIG Co-Chairs.
There are many ideas being floated as to how else to focus a SIG. More ideas are welcome. Another idea is to create a SIG around exploring other ethnic cultures in the Twin Cities: visiting stores and markets, sampling food at restaurants, learning to cook ethnic dishes. If you have an idea and a yen to organize and lead a SIG around these topics or a specific passion of yours, please step up! One important principle is that YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT ALONE. You can partner with someone and you can rotate responsibilities with other committed women. Contact Eleni Skevas at 651-235-9599 or email@example.com if you're interested.
MEMBER IDEA!!! Check it out!
new CHAPTER forming now
The Transition Network is growing in the Twin Cities!
The Minneapolis/St. Paul Founders Group is looking to connect with others to make the most out of the "50 years and forward" transition journey. While our situations may be varied, we can all learn and find support from other women who are also experiencing change.
We have been 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. We plan to build a strong leadership team so we can reach out to more and more women in our community. Please join us! To join TTN click here. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity.
Steering Committee Members:
My name is Cyndy Nelson and I live in New Brighton. I took early retirement following my layoff from Target in July, 2016. As I enter this new phase of my life, I want to look for ways to use my abilities and interests to make a positive impact on others, make new friends, and have new experiences. I learned about TTN and joined in 2016. As I have participated in the Money SIG, the book discussion group, and numerous events, I have discovered that there are many women with similar goals to mine. I have joined the TTN Steering Committee so I can apply the skills I gained during my career as an IT Project Manager to help TTN grow in the Twin Cities. My hobbies are reading, walking, and traveling.
I originally joined TTN off of their website. I was interested in an organization that advocates for women that are 50 forward. What appealed to me was the whole idea of staying relevant in the workplace as we age. I currently work for the Minneapolis VA. In addition, I found that as I have changed jobs and gone through various changes in my life that I am lacking connections. TTN allows me to meet interesting, engaged women from all walks of life and connect with them. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, reading and antiquing.
I retired three years ago. I worked as a prosecutor for many years and was in the private practice of law for many years before that. I have three adult children and 5, soon to be 6, grandchildren. It's fulfilling to be a parent and a grandparent, but I believe that many people, like me, need something more to be happy.
So, I've been on a quest to reinvent myself. Part of that reinvention has involved down-sizing from a big house to a smaller home, amenable to aging in place. Part of that reinvention has been exploring new areas of learning, like finally learning how to cook properly and creatively, taking up yoga, reading up on history, and learning about economics. Part of it has included the joy of landscaping our new home and seeing a beautiful thing form before my eyes. I look for appealing ways to be involved in my community, where whatever gifts and talents I have are useful to others. Of course, the task of nurturing old friendships and developing new ones is high on my agenda.
Where does TTN fit in? To me, TTN provides a fitting substitute for the workplace. Like the workplace, it provides many opportunities to get to know a group of people over time, as we run into each other repeatedly at TTN-sponsored programs, social events, transition peer groups and affinity groups (TTN calls them Special Interest Groups, or SIGs). TTN in Minnesota is shaping up to be a community, like a workplace, where people, in this case women, commit to being available for the long term to each other to pursue connection, friendship, support and common interests. Sounds perfect to me.
Winter Solstice Party
On Wednesday, December 12, 17 wonderful women got together for a Winter Solstice party at the Davanni’s in Richfield. We were so busy connecting that we forgot to take a picture! We had a private room and were all able to sit around a large square table. The women had a great time chatting and learned about each other by playing “Two Truths and a Lie” and “Find your Twin”. Many women have done such amazing things that it was difficult to discern which was the lie. Eleni, with contributions from the attendees, put together a great holiday centerpiece (which I obviously can’t show you since we didn’t take any pictures of that either). Women commented that they enjoyed the opportunity to connect with women in a similar life stage and liked the inclusiveness of the group. Thanks to Eleni and Grace for organizing this fun event.
November Mix and Mingle
On November 19th we met at Byerlys Edina. We reserved a room in the Mezz and had some wine and beer along with great company. It was nice gathering of women before Thanksgiving.
SAGE-ING INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE contributed by TTN member, Karen West
On the "sage-ing.org" website, you'll find the following overview of the Sage-ing International conference: "240 elders aspiring to be on a Sage-ing journey and those who serve them came together at the Sage-ing International Conference: Elder Voices Transforming the World: Our Stories in Action, October 25-28, in Chaska, Minnesota, to stand for the well-being of the future. There were seven keynote speakers, over 40 workshop presentations, daily rituals, interactive sessions, fireside chats, walks in nature, music, poetry, film and dance."
It was all that and so much more! My favorite part, the keynote speakers were Barry Barkan, Richard Leider, Rachael Freed, Yeye Luisah Teish, Bill Thomas, and Matthew Fox. All of their talks were good, but my favorite was Dr. Bill Thomas. I really recommend that you watch his TEDx talk "Elderhood rising-the dawn of a new age." It is really good, and it will be a good introduction to the TTN program I'm going to present on January 14 (which I hope all of you will come to). The "conscious aging" and "sage-ing" movement is helping elders realize what an exciting and empowering time elderhood can be if-as Bill Thomas says in his TEDx talk-"they are willing to leave "adulthood" behind and enter into "elderhood," or as I and so many other people say, if you are lucky enough to have discovered that there is a "second half" to life that we can choose to enter. Richard Rohr, in his book "Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life," says that the second half of life (should we choose to move into it) is very different from the first half. And he says this "further journey" is a "well-kept secret, for some reason." The people of Sage-ing International are in on that secret, and they want to share it with you.
Everyone at the Sage-ing International conference learned a lot about being empowered as we age, but the best part of the conference was getting to know the people. I feel like I have been blessed, because I discovered this community and what it has to offer, and I really hope I get the opportunity to share this amazing resource with all the amazing women at The Transition Network.
Workshop on Women in Transition (WIT): An Unqualified Success!
Our Chapter-in-Formation hosted one of the signature programs of The Transition Network, namely Women in Transition or WIT, on October 6.
The workshop was sold out. Every available seat was filled. In all, 31 women gathered at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul to learn how to think about and manage their personal transitions through the use of methods with a proven track record of success. The workshop was ably facilitated by Jean Palmer, a member of Santa Fe’s TTN Chapter, and by Debra Dorgan and Terri Evans, both members of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter-in-Formation.
About half of the women in attendance were new to TTN, having learned about the workshop via various outlets, including Meet Up, a social media platform. They came from as far away as Duluth and Rochester. The post-workshop evaluations submitted by the attendees were overwhelmingly positive.
The workshop as a whole was successful not only because it was sold out, but also because it created a safe, respectful and caring setting for women to share their personal stories of changes in their lives and to discuss their hopes and fears around those changes. Transitions that women found
challenging included the “empty nest”, retirement from work, unwanted unemployment, entering new work, caring for aging parents, health issues, becoming widowed or divorced, the birth of grandchildren, downsizing, and major geographic moves.
The workshop included time for small groups to discuss and share problems and suggested solutions about their particular transition challenges. Each individual was invited to commit to an action plan addressing their area of concern and to be accountable to a workshop partner to report on progress made in the plan. The workshop materials included an extensive list of books and other resources related to the positive approach to aging and changing.
Many of the participants are interested in continuing the conversation around transitions. As a result, the Steering Committee is launching an effort to encourage them to form their own Transition Peer Groups (TPG). Later in this newsletter you can find an article describing these efforts and inviting all TTN members to explore this possibility together.
"What's Missing from Your Wellness Plan? YOU!”
On September 8th Transition Network - MSP members shared a "Top Ten Weather Day" at the beautiful lakeside home of Debra Dorgan! The day was filled with great conversation, delicious food, and a presentation by Kerri and Kristin Vickers on individual wellness ("What's Missing from Your Wellness Plan? YOU!”).
August Potluck Picnic at Minnehaha Park
On August 23, 7 women enjoyed a potluck picnic at Minnehaha Falls Park. Three of us walked along the creek after the picnic. Beautiful summer evening.
Tea and Happy Things
On Saturday, July 21, nineteen women from the Twin Cities area, gathered for TTN’s “Tea and Happy Things” at the home of Terri Evans. Hostesses Terri Evans, Jane Carlson, and Bobbi Weber welcomed guests with tea and mingling. Guests donned hats, gloves, and “pearls” for the occasion. The afternoon included games and prizes, a scrumptious brunch, a presentation on the Japanese Tea Ceremony by author Melanie-Heuiser-Hill (The Giant Pumpkin Suite) and Satomi Niki, croquet, and poetry readings by members. A lovely summer afternoon was had by all!
June Potluck Picnic at Minnehaha Park
9 women enjoyed a delicious mix of homemade and purchased food at the beautiful Minnehaha Park. Although we were under the pavilion, we were happy that it didn’t rain and some of us walked to the falls after the event. We were happy to welcome a new attendee, Connie, along with some newer members, and some women we haven’t seen much recently. We had relaxed conversation as we got to know each other better.
May Mix and MingleOn May 10th a group of 10 ladies met at the Lake Monster Brewery. We had am evening of fun conversations and enjoyable drinks at this friendly taproom.
Make It R.E.A.L. Connecting Your Values to Your Life
On April 25, 10 women enjoyed a thought-provoking and enjoyable presentation by Karen Carr, a certified professional life coach and MSP TTN member. Our time focused on values, listening, and making it REAL. Karen provided us a practical way to make sure we are spending our time and energy on what is really important to each of us. We first spent a little time thinking about what we really value. Then we talked about connecting these values to your life by making it REAL: Realistic, Exciting/Engaging, Action, and Love/Luxury/Loyalty (you pick). Karen provided personal stories to illustrate the concepts and then the participants paired up to share our own information. It was a great way to think about our own situations and connect with another woman to learn about her life. Throughout the evening, we practiced listening. Karen challenged us to really listen to what the other person was really saying. We even had to listen to the other person for one minute without commenting – that was really hard and provided lots of insights about how little we actually listen to what another person is saying. It was a great evening and we want to thank Karen for sharing her expertise with us in her warm and caring way.
“If I Could Mend Your Heart” Event Report
On January 30, 21 women attended a thought-provoking presentation by Mary Farr about grief. Although we normally use the term grief only as related to death, it is actually an appropriate term for many losses in our lives. Mary observed that women often lack self-compassion, but should treat themselves during grief like they would a friend. She also spoke about hope and being on a journey toward wholeness. There are many actions that can contribute to our own healing or the healing of others with one of the most important that we listen to others and really hear what they are saying. Mary brought a wealth of ideas from her extensive career in the worlds of hope, healing, and humor.
“What is my Stuff Number?” Workshop
A Picnic Gathering to Celebrate the 2017-2018 TTN Kick-Off!“Since our August picnic was a success even in the rain, the steering committee decided to have another picnic and hoped for better weather. We had a gorgeous evening for our picnic at Minnehaha Park on September 20. 16 women, including 3 new to TTN and 2 who hadn’t attended an event in a couple years, ventured out for the event. As is the case at many TTN events, we had good food and conversation. The attendees shared our experience with TTN and why we had come to a TTN event. The common theme of wanting to meet people who were also going through transitions related to work or personal life situations was frequently expressed. We also had a book sharing event and made delicious s'mores. It was great evening in a beautiful Minneapolis park.”
August 9 Social Event!“On Wednesday, August 9, 13 hearty women ventured out on a cool and rainy evening for a potluck picnic at Minnehaha Park. We had the event under a pavilion (thanks to Gwen who staked it out early) so nobody got wet, but some women had to find warmer clothes and blankets in the back of their cars.
Despite the non-August like weather, we had good food and great conversation. We were happy to welcome three women who had never attended a TTN event. The delicious foods brought by the attendees included both purchased and homemade foods.
Karen Carr demonstrated her talent for memorizing by going around the table and stating each person’s first and last name. There was plenty of time to talk with new and old friends to share stories of summer.”
Summer Social Activity - Garden Party June 24, 2017
12 women gathered at Kim Fischer's home to enjoy delicious potluck food and TTN friends. The weather did not permit an outside gathering, although we managed to grab a photo in-between the rain drops.
During our meal we shared with 2 newcomers about how we came to TTN, what we have gotten out of our memberships, and a little bit about each of our lives.
The group also shared their excitement over our newly formed Steering Committee (4 of us were in attendance).
A great big "thank you" to everyone who made it out to the country and contributed to this delightful experience. And a big "Congrats" to Jill who couldn't make it as she became a grandma once again to granddaughter Lucy Rae, born that very afternoon.
Another social activity is in the making before summer's end.
Kim Fischer |952.240.7285
Potluck Get-together: Wednesday, May 3On Wednesday, May 3rd we enjoyed a wonderful ge together at Karen Carr's house in South Minneapolis. Along with the wonderful food, we learned more about TTN and what it would mean to become a full chapter. Susan Collins, the National Executive Director, was on hand to talk about all the benefits of membership in this wonderful organization.
March 22: Planning Meeting
Jill Goski , Lisa Nabbefeld & Kim Fischer organized the event, and they were joined by those interested in supporting TTN MSP, either through special interests, or for a specific length of time or for a specific purpose. A table for 10 was reserved at a seating area at the end of the bar, and we had a great time brainstorming ideas for our new chapter!
Axel's is part of the Radisson Hotel - and is located at 2540 Cleveland Ave. N, St. Paul 55113
Kim Fischer |952.240.7285
& Jill Goski | 651.398.5506
Here is the latest from the Investment Group SIG:
Money SIG (formerly the Financial/Investment SIG):
Eighteen months ago, six women joined together with organizer, Judy Harvey, to form a SIG about personal finance, investing and money management. With varying levels of investing knowledge and experience, the women decided to utilize the Investing/Money SIG for financial learning by researching topics to educate themselves and other members of the group.
During its existence, the group discussed many topics including a variety of investing topics (technical analysis, sectors, socially responsible investing, etc.), housing options, financial management, smart spending, and essential legal documents. We also had good discussions based on the book How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn. Recently, the group reflected on the valuable learning and connections they have made with other members of the group, but also recognized that they have varying interests in pursuing personal finance development at this time. Some members want to pursue other interests via newly formed SIGs or other personal endeavors and others want to take a break over the summer. We decided to end the current Money SIG. Special thanks to Judy for her role in making this group successful. In the fall, we will find out if there is any interest in starting a new Money or Investing SIG.
TTN Quarterly Event
6 women attended our first quarterly event for 2017 to get a taste of Guided AutoBiography, led by our very own, Diane Nimmer. There were exercises led by Diane, paired sharing and whole group sharing. Through that sharing, we learned about ourselves and each other. Diane will be offering 4 followup sessions going into greater detail with more exercises in May. Details coming soon. Future plans for our Chapter in Formation include an invitation to a focus group meeting involving a potluck opportunity and a chance to get more involved, coming this spring.
TTN Quarterly Event
This year's quaterly event was in collaboration with AARP with a local celebrity, Richard Leider, who talked about "Purpose". In-between our quarterly events we are going to hold workshops on his program "Life Reimagined".
TTN January Event Review
Our Wednesday, January 20 Event, “What kind of Legacy Will You Leave Your Loved Ones?” (and other similar titles….;), was our first quarterly event and was a success for the women who were there. They enjoyed a “Cardio Drumming” class from our very own Lori Gerval, enjoyed a protein shake and heard the 3 speaker panel presentation. There will be a follow-up workshop/event that everyone was interested in – Death by Dinner. More details to come in March…… And “Thank You” Lori, for hosting!!
TTN June Event Review
For our June main event, we took things outside to a beautiful part of the city that most of us had not been before. Nine TTN women and 2 guests joined up at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden in the heart of the Minneapolis metro in Theodore Wirth Park. It's a little oasis with paths amongst beautiful oaks, perennials and even blooming Lady Slippers!
We had so much fun that we have created a Special Interest Group (SIG) for walking the metro and would like to invite other TTN women to join us!
Monday, May 18, 2015 6pm Social Hour; 7-9pm Program
Put The “OM” In Your Home ™ …With the Harmony of Feng Shui”
Brenda Braget generously opened her home on Summit Avenue to host our May 18th TTN event. This wonderful setting provided the perfect opportunity for women to connect during the social hour over a glass of wine and light refreshments. The good conversation flowed into the program about Feng Shui, a fusion of an art and science. Sheree Vincent, Allied ASID, the principal of Fusion Designed LLC. (www.fusiondesigned.com), shared her expertise. She shared that now, more than ever, we desire our homes to be our personal sanctuary and how this ancient system of Feng Shui is used for creating a living and working environment that balances and harmonizes with nature. She provided compelling and practical examples of how understanding and applying Feng Shui – you can create an environment that supports your physical, emotional and spiritual well being - your own personal sanctuary!
Robin Getman, co-founder of InterACT Group, Quality Service Professionals, on “Are You Happy Now? Help Yourself to a Bigger Slice of Life”
Monday, March 16, 2015, 7-9 p.m. at Carondelet Center, St. Catherine University
Robin Getman entertained, informed, and inspired 35 participants by injecting humor to reinforce a powerful message about methods to improve and build upon health and well-being. Through this fun and fast moving program, Robin expanded participant’s understanding of 3.5 degrees of learned optimism and four “curing” techniques that can be used to heal the worst, or preserve the best of each of the degrees, and guided them through tools and techniques for increasing overall happiness. Six women met at Carmelo’s for dinner before the program.
Kathie Kosharek, M.A. on “Living a Strengths-Based Life”
Monday, February 16, 2015, 7-9 p.m. at Carondelet Center, St. Catherine University
Kathie Kosharek, a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach, guided participants through a highly interactive program to identify, with assistance from the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment, what makes them unique and what motivates them. Kathie’s skillful facilitation provided the foundation for participant discovery of how to apply their strengths and reenergize their day-to-day life. Participants left with the framework for creating a plan to explore how to leverage their strengths in the second half of life. Ten women gathered at Luci Ancora for the open dinner before the program.