HI THERE, I’M RACHEL
I’m the founder of the Mutton Club and I’m so glad you’ve found us. The Mutton Club is all about
challenging stereotypes, changing perceptions and transforming midlife and beyond into a time of excitement and fulfilment. (This is me looking excited!) In our youth-obsessed culture, midlife can be a time of great uncertainty and questioning for many women.
The Mutton Club is turning around the UK saying, ‘Mutton dressed as lamb’ criticising a woman who tries hard to look younger than she is. I want us to be proud to be mutton, to have arrived, to recognise our experience and wisdom.
Being mutton should be something to aspire to not be afraid of! The Mutton Club is here to support and empower women, and show the world we’re not going to be marginalised 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 great red wine.
I’m just getting started on living MY life, the one I want to live, rather than the one I kind of slipped into and which worked well for quite a while, but which no longer challenged or fulfilled me. If you’d like to hear straight from the sheep’s mouth on what the Mutton Club is all about and why I set it up, you can listen to my interview on Radio Gorgeous!
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 the Mutton Club was 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.
What do you need help with or inspiration for?
We have all sorts of different 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:
Midlife reinvention – inspiring stories from regular but also extraordinary women who’ve changed their and or other people’s lives
Menopause help – yoga for menopause, keeping you sexy, alcohol and the menopause, how to thrive through it, food for menopause symptoms, Ultimate Natural Menopause Relief Checklist.
Relationships – great sex in midlife, how to get the best orgasm, amicable divorce, how to be a good mother-in-law
Caring for parents – parents and alzheimer’s, care options, best to plan ahead, lasting power of attorney
Digital life – teens and sexting, protecting digital assets, the ULTIMATE guide to keeping teens safe online
Women’s issues – ovarian cancer, women on boards, FGM, life after breast cancer, violence against women especially the Yazidis
Travel inspiration – Myanmar, USA roadtrip, Iceland, Kenyan safari, Cuba, Jordan desert trek
End of life – making a will, how to avoid funeral disputes, what to do when someone dies, planning your mom’s funeral with your mom
Have a good dig around in our category pages – there’s lots of cool stuff there. If you’d like to know about our favourite online resources and what we use to make the Mutton Club tick, check out our Cool Tools.
One thing we don’t write much about is fashion for midlife and beyond. The reason for this is that 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.
Welcome! If there’s anything else you’d like to see on the Mutton Club or you’d like to contribute, please get in touch at info at themuttonclub.com.
About sugarlumps and gardens!
At the Mutton Club, we’re passionate about raising awareness and discussion of perimenopause and menopause. Part of that is sharing our content on various social media platforms. We’re increasingly doing advertising on these platforms as well, to raise awareness, but we’ve come a cropper with Facebook. That’s because we call a spade a spade, and talk about loss of libido and vaginal dryness as potential symptoms of menopause.
“Libido enhancing products or services” are not allowed to be advertised on Facebook. Even if it’s only dietary advice we’re giving! The mere mention of the word libido gets the Facebook advertising team having their own hot flushes! So rather than be censored by Facebook, we decided to get creative and censor ourselves.
So if you’re reading an article that mentions sugarlumps or lady gardens it’s probably a post we’ve advertised on Facebook and have edited accordingly. For sugarlumps, read libido and for lady garden, read vagina 🙂