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Hi there! I’m Rachel

I’m the founder of Magnificent Midlife and the Mutton Club and I’m so glad you’ve found us.

We’re part midlife online magazine, part menopause blog, a lot of inspirational global community and everything in between!

We’re all about challenging stereotypes of older women, changing perceptions and transforming midlife and beyond into a time of excitement and fulfilment. In our youth-obsessed culture, midlife can be a time of great uncertainty and questioning for many women.

We’re turning around the UK saying, ‘Mutton (older sheep) dressed as lamb’ criticizing an older woman who tries hard to look younger than she is. I want us to be proud to be mutton, to have arrived, to recognize our experience and wisdom.

We’re here to support and empower women, and show the world we’re not going to be marginalized as we age!

Paraphrasing Ashton Applewhite, I refuse to accept that this older version of me is, or will ever be, inferior to the younger model I once was! I’m getting better as I age, maturing like a fine red wine.


Does this sound like you?

  • I don’t know what I’m supposed to do next? Where do I fit in? What’s my role now?
  • My… career is flat/parents need care/kids are (nearly) gone/life purpose is  – what life purpose? I’m feeling lost in the middle!
  • I have so much to offer but the world seems to be writing me off.
  • I’m suffering with menopause symptoms but no one talks about it and I don’t know where to get help.

That’s how I felt

For a long time I was plagued with self-doubt. I had this nagging feeling I was supposed to be doing something else, but what? I read some books and did some courses and began to re-evaluate what was important to me and what no longer was.   I began to think more pro-actively about managing my life rather than just letting it happen to me. I began to trust my gut and to explore new ideas I would once have dismissed as self-indulgent or just plain bonkers.

And that’s how Magnificent Midlife and the Mutton Club were born –  to create a community for all women, that acknowledges our differences but celebrates what we all have in common. One that provides inspiration and information to help us transition through menopause and from one half of our lives to the next. A virtual flock that provides support and encouragement. So our sheep imagery is not about following blindly, but about the strength that comes when The Flock has your back.

I’m so passionate about empowering women in midlife and beyond that I wrote a book about that – Magnificent Midlife: Transform Your Middle Years, Menopause and Beyond. Click the image to find out more about that.

If you’d like a quick burst of 1-to-1 wisdom and clarity, then why not book a free Midlife Breakthrough call with me. We can evaluate where you’re at now, what you want from life, what’s getting in your way, and start creating a plan and a midlife toolkit to get you back to thriving.

You can also listen to my Magnificent Midlife Podcast which has been recommended by The Sunday Times and Feedspot – as the third best midlife podcast worldwide!

I talk all things midlife, about issues that matter and interview amazing women doing very cool stuff.  Listen on Apple Podcasts/ iTunes, on Podbean for android,  on Spotify or any good podcast app.

If you’d like to support our work, but aren’t ready for our paid Membership or Mentoring, please consider becoming our Patron for as little as $2 per month.

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What do you need help with or inspiration for?

We have all sorts of information on the Mutton Club. If you’re new, (which you probably are, as you’re here!) you’ll find links to some of our most popular and useful posts below:

Jen Lehner

Midlife reinventioninspiring stories from regular but also extraordinary women who’ve changed their and or other people’s lives


Have a dig around in our category pages (from our main menu) – there’s lots of cool stuff there. If you’d like to know about our favorite online resources and what we use to make the Mutton Club tick, check out Cool Tools.

Here’s all our menopause blog content. One thing we don’t cover much is fashion for midlife and beyond. There are so many other bloggers doing a much better job than we could ever hope to. If you’re looking for fashion inspiration we suggest the wonderful Midlifechic, Not Dressed As Lamb and the Senior Style Bible.

If you’d like to meet other midlifers and take part in our online community please join our free Facebook group, The Flock.

Welcome! If there’s anything else you’d like to see here or you’d like to contribute, please get in touch at