Santa Fe Chapter | Newsletter | February 2021
COORDINATOR'S CORNER
A Loving Kindness

Ah, February! For most people, it suggests love, romance and chocolate. Love it or hate it—Valentine’s Day is a huge holiday. Just a fun fact—in 2019 Valentine’s spending reached over 20 BILLION dollars, in the U.S. alone. That’s a lot of chocolate!

Historically, Valentine's Day has celebrated romantic love. Love letters, flowers, and wine—and most importantly, a fairytale date at the end of the night. But recently, women have begun celebrating friendship on Valentine's Day too—known as Galantine’s Day. This is a celebration of love and appreciation between women friends, and what better group than TTN to help you celebrate the other women in your life? Whether or not you have a partner, spend some time with your women friends and do a virtual party-—“friends celebrating friends.”

But let’s not forget to celebrate ourselves-—our February program will help you do just that. Karin Lubin will be the February TTN presenter to help us “Love the One You’re With—Your Self Care Practice for 2021,” so make sure you’ve got it on your calendar.

And, I have some news to share. I will be stepping down as the Chapter Coordinator as of February 28. I am relocating to Arizona and looking forward to spending time with family there. My short (but sweet) time as Coordinator has been wonderful, and truly one of the things I will miss about Santa Fe. This chapter has a fabulous group of passionate, caring and interesting women, and I know that whoever the next coordinator is will have fun leading the group in future endeavors. So, let’s not say goodbye, but farewell for now. My best to all of you.
—Kelly Chishom
FEBRUARY MONTHLY PROGRAM
MONDAY • FEBRUARY 22 • 6:00–7:30 PM  
LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH—
YOUR SELF CARE PRACTICE FOR 2021
Online via Zoom (see link below)
How well have you been taking care of yourself these last few months? Have you noticed that what used to work needs to be revamped now? How do you live your purpose if you don't love yourself? How will you thrive when you hear that inner voice taking you or others down?

Moving into 2021 is the perfect time to find new ways to strengthen and awaken your inner self-respect and remove the mask of pleasing others and setting clearer boundaries. Join TTN member Karin Lubin and discover the compassion that already exists for YOU in 2021.

  • Transform your inner critic voice to a kinder and more compassionate experience. 
  • Learn new ways to reframe how you think about YOURSELF
  • Leave with new tools and awareness regarding healthy boundaries for yourself
  • Leave with a sense of dignity for who you already are.
Karin Lubin, Ed.D., is a coach, trainer, and leadership consultant driven by a desire to inspire and energize people and teams through the power of love, self-reflection, and inner leadership. She uses passion with practical strategies to catapult people into a life full of deep meaning and purpose. 

Karin’s lifelong pursuit of deep self-discovery and connecting others to their brilliance guides all of her work and creative endeavors. She serves as the Global Director of The Passion Test Programs and collaborates with transformational leaders and mentors to create wisdom journals that support people in transition and recovery to greater clarity, self-esteem, and emotional resilience. For information about her Seasonal Wisdom Journals™ and Quantum Leap Coaching & Consulting visit www.karinlubin.com

Open to TTN members and non-members! Invite a friend!
Meeting ID: 889 6843 8786
Passcode: 041026
OUTSTANDING OFFERINGS IN FEBRUARY!
WOMEN IN TRANSITION
A VIRTUAL WORKSHOP IN TWO PARTS
FOR WOMEN EXPLORING WHAT’S NEXT
SATURDAY & SUNDAY • FEBRUARY 6 & 7
2:00–4:00 PM
Due to COVID-19 the WIT workshop
will be held virtually via Zoom
A workshop for women 50+ who wish to navigate change successfully and create a meaningful life!

 • Learn and implement the three stages of transition
  • Expand your possibilities and options
  • Create a “next steps” action plan

Questions? Contact JeanPalmer790@gmail.com

The virtual workshop is open to
TTN members ($20) and non-members ($25).

Pre-registration is required. Sign up by February 5th. 
Zoom link will be sent to registrants.
WANT TO FEEL MORE CONNECTED?
COME JOIN US FOR THE
TRANSITION PEER GROUP KICK-OFF
THURSDAY • FEBRUARY 18 • 6:30–8:30 PM
Due to COVID-19 the Kick-Off will be held virtually via Zoom
Transition Peer Groups consist of small groups of women who join together twice monthly to discuss topics of mutual interest and relevance to their current lives.

Since we have been isolated for such a long time and continue to have unknowns ahead, this is a wonderful opportunity for that connection and friendship we are all craving. Peer Groups are designed to provide that in a safe and respectful environment.
Due to the present circumstances, we will be offering the kick-off on Zoom. After the group is formed the meetings will be virtual until they can be in person and then they will resume being held in individual’s homes if the group wishes to do so.

The Kick-Off is open to TTN members and non-members. Participation in a Transition Peer Group is a TTN member benefit and you must become a member to join a Peer Group.

For more details click here to read the informational flyer.

For questions or to register, contact Betty Bartos at bebartos@gmail.com
Once you have signed up with Betty Bartos,
she will send you the zoom link.

FEBRUARY EVENTS ON ZOOM
THURSDAY • FEBRUARY 4 • 5:30–7:00 PM
VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR
Online via Zoom (see link below)
Please join us for our Monthly Virtual Happy Hour, where we can catch up and relax after a long day. As always, Elena de Molina will be hosting it. Grab a glass of wine or your favorite beverage and join us from the comfort of your home. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Open to TTN members and non-members! Invite a friend!

Host: Elena de Molina
If questions, contact Elena at elena.demolina@gmail.com
Meeting ID: 890 3011 9959
Passcode: 649743
WEDNESDAY • FEBRUARY 10 • 4:00–5:30 PM
LIVING ALONE DURING THE PANDEMIC
MOVE FROM STRESS TO EASE
Online via Zoom (see link below)
How do you deal with stress while living alone? Friends, family, neighbors? Centering, meditation, structure, routines? What causes your stress? Who do you talk with? How do you talk to yourself? Please bring your honesty and resources to the conversation.

We will explore ways to reduce stress in general as well as in the moment: practices, exercise, engagement, and more. Together we will help each other to find answers. Our goal will be for each of us to leave with greater clarity and at least one new way to access ease of mind and heart.

Open to TTN members and non-members. Invite a friend!

Host: Stefany G. Burrowes, PCC
If questions, contact Stefany at stefany@sensationalwisdom.com
Meeting ID: 844 5795 1191
Passcode: 004306
SUNDAY • FEBRUARY 14 • 3:00–4:30 PM
A VERY VIRTUAL VALENTINE’S DAY!
Online via Zoom (see link below)
We'll wait to have our annual in-person Valentine’s Day High Tea gathering until post-covid!!! Let's instead get together via Zoom to share our own sweets—or maybe little "high tea" sandwiches—and our most loving, caring, happiest memories! 

Open to TTN members and non-members. Invite a friend!

Host: Sue Benedict
If questions, contact Sue at suefbenedict396@gmai.com
Meeting ID: 838 8336 1732
Passcode: 623631
MONDAY • FEBRUARY 15 • 6:30–8:00 PM
FICTION BOOK DISCUSSION
THE HOUSE WE GREW UP IN
Online via Zoom (see link below)
Lisa Jewell’s novel The House We Grew Up In is a haunting yet funny masterpiece of domestic fiction that reminds readers that life is unpredictable and that all families are dysfunctional. This novel is a thought-provoking story that sheds light on how intergenerational trauma influences each family member, and how family dynamics can dictate how we perceive ourselves throughout life. 

The novel follows the Bird family throughout the lives of the four children as they grow up amidst dysfunction when all their mother wanted for them was the best life possible. Jewell has created a beautifully haunting story about how family provides each person’s building blocks, yet although there is no perfect family, family makes us perfectly who we are meant to be.  

Lisa Jewell is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 18 novels, having sold millions internationally that have been translated into 25 languages. The House We Grew Up In is available from Amazon, Book Depository, and other good book retailers.

Open to TTN members and non-members. Invite a friend!

Host: Shari Carroll
If questions, contact Shari at shari.carroll@yahoo.com
Meeting ID: 880 1706 2496
Passcode: 870025
THURSDAY • FEBRUARY 18 • 6:30–8:00 PM
REEL REVIEW: HILLBILLY ELEGY (NETFLIX) 
Online via Zoom (see link below)
Based on the wildly successful memoir of the same title, the movie highlights the complicated childhood of J.D. Vance, who overcame a life of deprivation and disharmony in an Appalachian culture where generations are usually doomed to repeat destructive cycles, and few ever leave. Stories of “getting out” despite the odds are popular in books but rarely become films. 

Ron Howard directs. Amy Adams and Glen Close are stunning as the mother and grandmother who shaped Vance’s life. Both are frontrunners for Oscar nods. Adams as Best Actress and Close as Best Supporting Actress. Each has received prior nominations. Neither has gone home with the Golden Guy—yet. This may be their year.

Please view ahead of time. Rotten Tomatoes: Critics hate it. Audiences like it a lot (86%). (I liked it)

Open to TTN members and non-members. Invite a friend!

Host: Gini Barrett
If questions, contact Gini at ginibarrett@aol.com
Meeting ID: 885 2050 5884
Passcode: 928480
THURSDAY • FEBRUARY 25 • 6:30–7:45 PM
LET’S TALK: FINDING CALM IN THE CHAOS,
STAYING SANE IN 2021
Online via Zoom (see link below)
The New Year is proving to be no less challenging than its predecessor, and it can be difficult to find moments of calm and sanity in the midst of it all. Let’s share ways that we have found to help us feel peaceful and grounded during these stressful times. Even the smallest steps are helpful!

Join host Ellen Wetzel for an informal time of sharing our experiences, suggestions and resources for surviving and thriving during these uncertain times.

Open to TTN members and non-members. Invite a friend!

Host: Ellen Wetzel
If questions, contact Ellen at erw400@aol.com
Meeting ID: 898 0479 0393
Passcode: 364347
CHAPTER NEWS
STEERING COMMITTEE TRANSITIONS
We are pleased to welcome Phyllis Keller to the Santa Fe Chapter Steering Committee as the new Treasurer. Phyllis joins the Steering Committee on
February 1 taking on the responsibilities previously held by Ellen Wetzel.

Phyllis is a native Texan, raised in the Dallas suburb of Irving, and later moving to South Texas after graduating from Texas A&M University and marrying her husband, Lane. They lived in Victoria, Texas, for nearly 30 years. Phyllis has spent most of her career as a Marketing Manager for hospitals, an oil company and most recently an accounting and wealth management firm. She also taught business courses at Victoria College which led to a lengthy career as an investment advisor compliance officer.

Phyllis and her husband have been in Santa Fe for over six years part-time and more full-time since COVID-19 as they can work remotely. They have four grown children, three of which are triplets, who are spread out across the US – Boston, DC, Denver and Houston. Phyllis loves Santa Fe as it speaks to her with all the love the different cultures have for nature and our environment.

She attended her first TTN meeting in February 2020 and looks forward to becoming much more involved with the chapter and meeting people virtually and at some point in person.

We are happy Phyllis brings her considerable experience to our Steering Committee!
COMMUNITY OUTREACH UPDATE
Thank you to all who participated in our recent efforts to support Esperanza Shelter. We are proud to report that our TTN Community donated $1,175! Our donors included 11 members and 2 who are not yet members. We are grateful to all who participated.  

As previously mentioned, we are excited to make community outreach part of the fabric of our Santa Fe TTN Chapter. Please watch for details later in the spring regarding which organization will be the next recipient.
With gratitude,
The TTN Steering Committee
HIGHLIGHTS OF RECENT EVENTS
New Year’s Eve Virtual Gathering
Everyone who joined in was highly engaged in the guided processes and appreciated the opportunity to connect and share with others on New Year’s Eve. Themes that came out of sharing insights from the experience of 2020 included: slowing down, ability to take care of oneself, freedom, importance of friendship and connection, allowing versus doing, 'be here now,' I am enough, go for a simpler life, let go of control. It was very rich and everyone left with a self-chosen mantra for 2021.

December Fiction Book Discussion
The fiction book discussion had a vibrant and fun hour-long conversation about the novel, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry. There were four of us with a new person joining our discussion this time. We would love to have more avid readers join our group!
MEMBERSHIP UPDATE
From our members:
“I learned about TTN while taking a Tai Chi class with other women. Since my life is in transition right now, I joined this past autumn and have not looked back. I am delighted with the program offerings and love that we meet on Zoom. I am quite pleased with movie reviews, book reviews, and other areas that promote self-improvement. I am also delighted to meet very bright, engaged women in my community."  Maureen M.

It’s easy to join TTN. Go to www.TheTransitionNetwork.org/join and follow the instructions. We’d love to have you become a member of the Santa Fe Chapter!

For questions or more information, contact Elena de Molina and Shari Carroll, Membership Co-Coordinators at santafechapter@thetransitionnetwork.org.
SAVE THE DATE
MONDAY • MARCH 22 • 6 PM–7:30 PM
MONTHLY PROGRAM:
SELF-EMPOWERMENT - CREATING CHOICE WHEN WE DON’T BELIEVE WE HAVE ANY
Online via Zoom (link to be provided in March newsletter)
How do you disempower yourself? Join host Stefany Burrowes to explore the power of habit and how you can create new ones of thought, belief, doing, and being. You will learn the essentials of self-empowerment and personal change, as well as how to use conscious choice to access the deep Truth and Beauty of Who You Really Are.

Look for more details in the March newsletter.

Open to TTN members and non-members. Invite a friend!
THURSDAY • MARCH 11 • 5:00–6:30 PM
NEW! NON-FICTION BOOK DISCUSSION:
A PROMISED LAND
Online via Zoom (link to be provided in March newsletter)
Join host Diane Johnston for our first Non-Fiction Book Discussion. We will be discussing A Promised Land, the recently released first volume of Barack Obama’s Presidential memoirs – a New York Times best seller. (Note that date has been changed from February to March.)

Look for more details in the March newsletter.

Open to TTN members and non-members! Invite a friend!
MONDAY • MARCH 15 • 6:30–7:30 PM
FICTION BOOK DISCUSSION:
THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE 
Online via Zoom (link to be provided in March newsletter)
Join host Shari Carroll as we discuss author Abi Dare’s book, The Girl with the Louding Voice, an instant New York Times Bestseller and earning an Amazon 5-star rating. This book is a powerful and emotional novel told in the unforgettable voice of a young Nigerian girl who is trapped in a life of servitude but determined to fight for her dreams and choose her own future. This story of courage will win over your heart.

Look for more details in the March newsletter.

Open to TTN members and non-members. Invite a friend!
TUESDAY • APRIL 6 • 5:30–7:00 PM
LIFE IS A TRIP: An Evening with
Award-Winning International Travel & Culture Journalist Judith Fein
Online via Zoom (link to be provided in April newsletter)
Learn a different way to travel. Experience the transformative power of developing a traveler’s mindset. It lifts you out of the “ordinary” and into the excitement of experiencing the meaning and magic of your life.

Please read Judith Fein’s book LIFE IS A TRIP: The Transformative Magic of Travel before the event. For more information about Judith’s work and her book, check out her website: https://www.GlobalAdventure.us

Open to TTN members and non-members. Invite a friend!
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SANTA FE CHAPTER
STEERING COMMITTEE
Please contact these committee coordinators
with questions, concerns, suggestions
and/or to offer your assistance.

Chapter Coordinator: Kelly Chisholm kellychis1@gmail.com
Communications: Virginia Asman art@vgasman.com and
Susan Hunter sjahunter@gmail.com
Community Outreach: Dotti Graviet nanisplace@hotmail.com
Events: Sue Benedict suefbenedict396@gmail.com
Membership: Elena de Molina and Shari Carroll
Transition Peer Groups: Betty Bartos bebartos@gmail.com
Treasurer: Phyllis Keller pakeller12@gmail.com
Founder: Jean Palmer jeanpalmer790@gmail.com