CREATRIX RISING: UNLOCKING THE POWER
OF MIDLIFE WOMEN
By Stephanie Raffelock
Categories: Nonfiction / Self Help Memoir
Pub Date: August 24, 2021
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From the author of the award-winning book A Delightful Little Book on Aging comes a new self-help memoir Creatrix Rising: Unlocking the Power of Midlife Women. In her new book, Stephanie Raffelock liberates mold-defying midlife women, tired of the oft-inaccurate characterization of the “old crone,” to amplify the resounding strength within.
Ever since Eve was banned from the garden, women have endured the oftentimes painful and inaccurate definitions foisted upon them by the patriarchy. Maiden, mother, and crone, representing the three stages assigned to a woman’s life cycle, have been the limiting categories of both ancient and modern (neo-pagan) mythology. And one label in particular rankles: crone. The word conjures a wizened hag—useless for the most part, marginalized by appearance and ability.
None of us has ever truly fit the old-crone image, and for today’s midlife women, a new archetype is being birthed: the Creatrix.
In Creatrix Rising, Raffelock lays out—through personal stories and essays—the highlights of the past fifty years, in which women have gone from a quiet strength to a resounding voice. She invites us along on her own transformational journey by providing probing questions for reflection so that we can flesh out and bring to life this new archetype within ourselves. If what the Dalai Lama has predicted—that women will save the world—proves true, then the Creatrix will for certain be out front, leading the pack.
PRAISE FOR CREATRIX RISING:
“The perfect topic at the perfect time, Stephanie Raffelock’s self-help memoir, Creatrix Rising, identifies a new archetype, the Creatrix, that transcends the old archetype of Crone. Her stories and insights about how far women have come is nothing short of inspirational. A must-read for any woman who wants to embrace the strength and creativity of midlife.” -Marci Shimoff, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Women’s Soul
“Poetic and philosophical, Creatrix Rising will inspire readers to claim the courage and confidence that already lives inside of them. An intimate story of transformation, of journeying through life on your own terms without apology.”
–Richard Blanco, 2013 Presidential Inaugural Poet and author of How to Love a Country
“The new archetype Stephanie Raffelock assigns to midlife women underscores the assets and wisdom older women bring to our culture and to the greater good. Creatrix Rising is an affirmation and celebration of the feminine story taking place in leadership and creativity throughout our country.”
–Gabby Reese, volleyball legend, Nike’s first female spokeswoman, and New York Times best-selling author
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MARKING THE YEARS
By Stephanie Raffelock
(originally posted to the author’s website May, 2021)
Recently, my friend Tara was taking some pictures of me in the park.
In one shot, the light was just right, revealing how silver my hair is
becoming. This is a desired effect. I stopped dying my hair over two years ago,
a liberating action that gifts me a crown of silver to wear into my seventies.
It seems to me to be an appropriate marker. In this last year of my sixties,
there are a lot of markers, pointing the way to what’s next in the brave and
bold adventure of getting older.
Embodying the role of an elder is upon me and it doesn’t look like
what I thought it would. All of my best, saved up wisdom and advice means
nothing to a younger generation. I certainly didn’t want the advice of older
women when I was in my twenties, thirties and forties. The lesson is this: You
don’t really become an elder until you learn to listen deeply to the younger
people around you, and offer support, validation and goodwill. Then and only
then, might you be honored with a conversation that will benefit each of you. A
lot of being an elder is bearing witness to the process of youth as it
struggles out of the chrysalis and unfolds it’s wet wings. Kindness, support
and encouragement are powerful and empowering offerings to give to the next
Another marker is the shift in energy that I’m feeling. I’ve lived
a physically active life for all of my years. It’s a real blessing now. I know
that most aches in my body can be transcended through a morning walk. I’m able
to exercise daily, though some of my activities have changed. I no longer play
tennis, but I walk for three miles every day. I do some stretching. A swimming
allows me to have an easy range of motion. In spite of all of that, I’m feeling
the need for quiet and rest. My Type-A personality can no longer go eight to
ten hours a day. The disappointment I’m faced with is that the energy that once
propelled me to meet all deadlines and be proactive in my work, has waned. This
means that I have to choose the outline of my days more carefully so that it
contributes to my health and not to burnout.
In the past couple of years, I’ve come to a deeper level of
reflection, which has resulted in embracing past pain, joy, regrets, sorrow and
love. My life has not been smooth. Most people’s aren’t. But the acceptance of
my jagged edges has produced a tenderness that grows from a heart that
cherishes the lessons and longings of life. That’s given me a great sense of
As I embrace the years and the process of getting older, I’m drawn
to the chairs on my back porch which overlook the forest. Nature keeps us alive
after midlife for a reason. Obviously it’s not for the proliferation of the
species. I believe that it’s for the purpose of reflection and contemplation
upon the life we’ve lived and where all of that fits into the grand scheme of
things. Aging brings a lot of outer changes — silver hair, waning energy and
the emergence of a reflective heart.
At this age, I believe that I’m here to begin the slow, rolling
surrender to some great, eternal love, some indescribable awe that pulls me
into feeling that I am a part of everything. The stardust from which I was made
is the same stardust to which I’ll return. And the knowledge of this particular
marker fills me with gratitude. I love the accumulating years. What a wonder to
evolve and grown psychologically and spiritually until the day we die.
Stephanie Raffelock is the author of Creatrix Rising, Unlocking the Power of Midlife Women, (She Writes Press – August, 2021). She also penned the award winning book, A Delightful Little Book on Aging.
A graduate of Naropa University’s program in Writing and Poetics, Stephanie was a contributor to The Rogue Valley Messenger in Oregon. She has blogged for Nexus Magazine, Omaha Lifestyles, Care2.com, as well as SixtyandMe.com.
A former i-Heart Radio host, she is now a popular guest on podcasts, where she inspires women to embrace the strength and passion of their personal story. Stephanie continues to build her speaker’s resume by giving presentations for groups like The Ashland Literary Arts Festival, Breaking the Glass, WINS at Charles Schwab and Southern Oregon University, Friends of the Hannon Library. Her commitment to uplift women extends to teaching personal development classes for incarcerated women and non-profits, including Dress for Success, Austin.
A recent transplant to Austin, Texas Stephanie enjoys an active life with her husband, Dean, and their Labrador retriever, Mickey Mantel Raffelock.
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