Trish Walker’s new meet-up group will focus on support
Public can submit their ideas
Trish Walker has an inquiring mind.
The Park City resident and author of “Honey… I’m Just Getting Started” wants to know if people in life’s transitional stages wonder if they have other purposes in addition to parenting and work.
She also wants to know if they wonder what else they’re supposed to be doing.
Walker wants to create a meet-up group to help such people.
She has already registered Park City Life Possibilities on http://www.meetup.com, and encourages women and men from Park City and Salt Lake to join.
“What I’m trying to do is gather people who are in a transitional period or state of their lives who are wanting to do something for themselves,” Walker told The Park Record. “They can be people who are soon going to be empty-nesters or they can be people who are going through a divorce or who found themselves in a job that they aren’t digging right now.”
Walker wants to get people together for a meet-and-greet at 9 a.m. on April 19 at the Park City Visitor Information Center.
She said the meet up will be an experiment to see if the group should feature speakers or be open for conversations.
“Whatever it will turn out to be, I want people to be able to come to the group and take their next right steps,” she said. “It’s like a support group. So, we may bring a speaker in to help us make our next right steps or improve time management. I want them to know that it’s OK to take an hour or more for themselves.”
In the meanwhile, Walker would like people to contact her with their thoughts and needs.
“I’m already gathering ideas from other people, but the main thing will be support,” she said. “I want people to know that there is a group for them out there.”
People can share ideas with Walker directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also contact her by visiting meetup.com and type in Park City Life Possibilities Group (www.meetup.com/parkcitylifepossibilities).
Walker originally envisioned Park City Life Possibilities as a group for stay-at-home moms.
“One of the things that stay-at-home moms struggle with is not taking time for themselves,” Walker said. “When I told friends about this idea, I had some people who had dogs instead of kids that wanted to join, so I reformed the group.”
Park City Life Possibilities group is modeled after some meet-up groups on the West Coast
“I work with a business coaching group in California and there are a few folks there that are doing similar things,” Walker said. “I went to meetup.com here in Utah and found there was nothing like that here, so I said, ‘Hey, someone’s got to do it. And that someone is me.’”
Walker’s own experiences fed her desire to form a meet-up group.
“I went, and am still going through, a few of life’s transitions myself,” she said. “The coaching group in California has been a great tribe for me.”
Park City Life Possibilities is not meant to add to people’s “to-do” list, but rather add to the “who I am” list, Walker added.
“My family lives all over the country, and I know there are many people who live in Park City that have that same situation,” she said. “They have no family close by to support them, but knowing someone is close, cheering you on and not competing with you, is very helpful.”
Walker said this kind of meet-up group is critical, especially during this turbulent time.
“We know life is short and you can spout out at [things you don’t like] all you want, but you can also take that time to work on yourself and get out there and make a difference,” she said. “ It’s good to know that we can work on ourselves to make the world a better place.”
For information about the Park City Life Possibilities meet-up group, visit http://www.meetup.com/parkcitylifepossibilities.
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