What's up with MN Nice?

Minnesota Nice getting you down? Let's talk! Share your own experiences, hear about other people's experiences, and most importantly get some tips to survive - and maybe even thrive - in Minnesota Nice.


Day: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Time: Discussion from 6:00 to 7:00 pm but come at 5:30 if you’d like to buy your dinner at Lunds and meet-up early.
Location: Lunds in Edina – Community Room (above Caribou Coffee)

Cell # is[masked]

More: http://www.thrivemnnice.com/

 

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  • Jerilyn V.

    Okay Tony, Lisa and others - here's a request (and maybe a challenge to others). Go to this Google Doc - http://bit.ly/Wk7opf - and add one or two reasons why you like it here. In about a week I'll put it up on the thrivemnnice.com site and share it here. Let's get a good vibe going!!!

    February 1, 2013

    • Corey B.

      Thanks for doing this Jerilyn!

      February 5, 2013

  • Corinne

    I started a Facebook group for members to mingle and get to know each other.

    Please join!

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/140942282734005/

    February 4, 2013

  • Kristi B.

    I wish I'd checked my email and seen this meeting. Sounds like it was a good one. Hope there's another one to join in on!

    February 4, 2013

  • Marc

    Looking forward to the next meeting of this group.

    February 1, 2013

  • Tony

    There was a lot of venting. I think we need to remember that we moved. They didn't move into our home. Embrace the culture, uniqueness and peculiarities. Learn how to work with them. They'll accept you a lot easier and quicker. Then afterwards, they'll be more willing to accept your unique habits. It'll make adjusting to new areas a lot easier. Each and every area has their own unique ways.

    1 · February 1, 2013

    • Peter K.

      I think everything is subjective and there is nothing wrong with venting. It is very healthy thing to do. Tony's approach is very ideal but when I tried it 10 years then failed, I loose some hope naturally.

      1 · February 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Tony - I agree with your sentiment and view and try to take that same approach. It makes sense.

      February 1, 2013

  • Peter K.

    it was a very well organized meeting

    1 · February 1, 2013

  • Sonja

    I don't even fit in with my own family. That's how Minnesotan they are ... LOL. But, seriously, my first job out of college was in a teenie town up north and I made friends more quickly there than I ever have in the Twin Cities. You'd think the opposite would be true. I think the weird standoffish behavior is Twin Cities centric.

    1 · February 1, 2013

  • Mike

    I just moved here, so maybe the sample size is too small for me, but what exactly is MN nice and how does it affect a transplant say from Colorado like myself? from what I've seen so far, there are more similarities than differences between the two states. people are passive aggressive and stay in groups back home also. In addition, the people I've met so far are inviting and haven't given me any sign of coldness. Thoughts? BTW I missed the discussion from Wednesday if you can't already tell. :)

    February 1, 2013

  • Corinne

    Yes, the "negativity" was a little overwhelming, but in reality, having had the chance to vent, i've noticed in the few days since, a renewed sense of natural ability to deal with this in my daily life. I spot it more easily when I see it, and that is empowering.

    February 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a good opportunity to hear others' experiences - I was hoping to learn and share strategies for making stronger social connections here.

    January 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's why I scheduled a coffee in 2 weeks. :). I want to talk about the "coping" part.

      February 1, 2013

  • Jerilyn V.

    It was great meeting and hearing from so many other transplants. One hour was clearly not enough time. Quite a few folks stayed for almost an hour afterwards to keep the discussion going. We had a lot in common - especially frustration at how hard it is to really get to know Minnesotans and "break in" so to speak. We had so much venting to do we barely had time to talk about tips and help. At some point maybe we'll host a part 2 discussion that just focuses on that. In the meantime I wanted to say thanks to everyone for a great evening!

    1 · January 31, 2013

    • Cindy D.

      Sounds like I missed an exciting evening. Will definitely have to make another meetup meeting soon.

      February 1, 2013

  • Jerilyn V.

    p.s. I was also inspired on Wed to start collecting peoples' stories. If you wouldn't mind either being interviewed or writing down your story as a transplant, Corey and I will pull them together and share them with you. I think it feels good to know that other people have had similar experiences... I'm at [masked] if you're interested.

    January 31, 2013

    • Sonja

      I'm expanding my business to eBook publishing. This would make an awesome eBook. Outside of MN people think "MN nice" means people here are nice. Bummed that I missed the discussion.

      2 · January 31, 2013

  • Sonja

    So, I thought today was Tuesday ... Sorry I missed it. Was looking forward to hearing everyone's thoughts.

    January 30, 2013

    • Sonja

      I was running on the wrong day all day today and thought this was tomorrow. Make sense?

      January 30, 2013

    • Bill

      Yep. Sorry you missed it.

      January 31, 2013

  • tyg

    It was very nice to know I'm not the only one that felt like a outsider, and to have such similar stories. A release of pent up frustration and having a few comrades that understand. Thank you

    January 31, 2013

  • Marc

    Great to meet people with the same issues we all have.

    January 31, 2013

  • Peter K.

    It was nice to meet you all. I think I found a right meetup.

    January 31, 2013

  • Corinne

    Nice to meet a lot of non-Minnesotans to discuss this relevant topic!

    January 30, 2013

  • Pauline

    Late client. Not gonna get there in time now. Happy discussions!

    January 30, 2013

  • Sonja

    I thought it started at 5. Anyway...

    January 30, 2013

  • Cindy D.

    Can't attend now, at the last minute. Was looking forward to this event. Hope the rest of you have an enjoyable evening. I'll catch up with you another time.

    January 30, 2013

  • Sonja

    So, I thought today was Tuesday ... Sorry I missed it. Was looking forward to hearing everyone's thoughts.

    January 30, 2013

  • Terri R.

    I just wanted to let you know that I may be a little late (or not)...I have a 4:30/4:45 pm appt over in Edina (basically it's whenever I can get there after leaving work at 4pm)...the appt shouldn't last more than 30 minutes. Hopefully, I will be there on-time. See you tonight!

    January 30, 2013

  • Corinne

    If anyone tried to join the Facebook event - it was accidentally set to private! It's open now if you want to try again!


    https://www.facebook.com/events/276486745812676/

    January 30, 2013

  • Jerilyn V.

    Hey everybody! My friend Corey and I are leading the discussion. In response to Peter, we'll break up into small groups for some of it and try to mix it up so people get to connect with most everyone. But I did just cap it cuz it's true, 32 is a lot!

    January 27, 2013

    • Corinne

      I wouldn't worry about the size! The standard thing in meetup, is that at least 25% who RSVP "Yes" don't show up for an event.....often closer to 50%. ;-)

      January 28, 2013

  • Peter K.

    32? Isn't bit too many?

    January 27, 2013

  • Marianna

    So bummed I won't be able to attend this!! I will just be getting back into town. I would love to hear others thoughts on the subject.

    January 24, 2013

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