DiscoverThe Retirement Wisdom PodcastReclaim What You Love – Stephanie Raffelock
Reclaim What You Love – Stephanie Raffelock

Reclaim What You Love – Stephanie Raffelock

Update: 2021-08-17


Positive aging can bolster your retirement. It includes cultivating your mindset, your engagement, creativity, and gratitude. Author Stephanie Raffelock shares her insights on positive aging and explains how you can reclaim what you love.

Stephanie joins us from Austin, Texas.


Are you ready to design your new life?

Our group program kicks off on September 24th.

It’s limited to 10 participants.

Learn more here.


Wise Quotes

On Reflection

“There are these wonderful arcs in our life. We don’t get a chance to reflect upon them when we’re in the midst of them. When you’re in your thirties and you find a way to make a mortgage and marriage and kids work, we don’t really reflect on what that is. But I think when you get to be 70 years old, you can sit back and go, Wow, I did good. We both tried our best when I say we both. I’m thinking of my husband. So I think that’s one of the gifts of growing older. I think another gift of growing older is that we don’t have to be the center of attention anymore, not the way that we did in more youthful days. We can kind of sit back a little bit and become the observer and become the appreciator. …That’s part of the gift of aging that you can actually sit still long enough to ponder these things.”

On Reclamation

“I also think that there’s a period or an opportunity for reclamation. And what I mean by that is as we were growing up and becoming mature adults, there were things that we put aside because they just didn’t fit into the responsibilities and obligations that we needed to run our lives. For example, my husband was a musician and a bass player and loved the bass. And yet during most of our marriage, he didn’t touch the bass, but then we hit retirement years and suddenly he started playing the bass. Again, he reclaimed that for himself and the music keeps him mentally young and because of the magic of the internet he can play with any bands now online, he can go online and take online courses in the bass. And so there’s this great period of reclamation to you. We can reclaim those things. I think too that creativity is something that we can embrace in older years. We can give ourselves to the creative endeavor without having to worry about the accolades of fame and fortune around our art, our master gardening, our expert cooking, our writing. We can just do those things for the sake of creating and for the sake of art. And that definitely keeps us feeling, I think, vibrant and younger and gives us a sense of purposefulness in our life.”

On Creativity

“I think it’s a matter of surrendering what is it that you love to do that makes things, That can be master gardening, that can be music. It can be art, it can be any of those things. And I don’t think we’re as judgmental of ourselves at this phase of life as we were in our youth. So it doesn’t really matter what the picture looks like. You’re not trying to get into the Met. It’s just a matter of giving yourself to the process. It’s the process of creativity that I think speaks to our brain and our heart.”

On Power

“I think the big thing that we learned from women is that the word power means something different to women. And I think that as a culture, men and women have to redefine power for meaning more than it currently does. Power has been traditionally a male word. Men have power over something. It’s a warrior kind of word. Power means I can do what I want. I can take this from you. Power is for winners, that kind of power. When women talk about power, it’s more the sense of knowing themselves, standing in the knowledge of self, and approaching the world from a place that is more heart-oriented. Now, I don’t believe that men have to become like women or that women have to become like men. But what I see in the word power is that we have to find a greater balance with that word, that that word doesn’t necessarily have to mean I have power over you. That word can mean the power of self-confidence, the power of being kind, the power of giving ourselves, and giving of ourselves in the world. So I think that’s what men can learn from women at this particular time. And you will notice that women politicians use their power differently than men do.”


Stephanie Raffelock is a graduate of Naropa University’s program in writing and poetics. She has penned articles for numerous publications, including The Aspen Times, Quilters Magazine,, Nexus Magazine, Omaha Lifestyles, and The Rogue Valley Messenger. Currently, she writes a monthly column for A recent transplant to Austin, Texas, she enjoys life with her husband, Dean, and their Labrador retriever, Jeter (yes, named after the great Yankee shortstop). Raffelock lives an active life that she fills with hiking, Pilates, and swimming in an attempt to offset the amount of time that she spends in her head thinking up stories and essays.


For More on Stephanie Raffelock


A Delightful Little Book On Aging

Creatrix Rising: Unlocking the Power of Midlife Women (New 8/24/2021)


Retirement Podcast Episodes You May Like

Back to School in Retirement? – Nell Painter

Believe In Yourself & Try Something New – Carol Cooke

Are You Living Gratefully? – Kristi Nelson

How to Live a Values-Based Life – Harry Kraemer

What Can You Do to Age Better? – Anna Dixon

The Skill Set for Life’s Transitions – Bruce Feiler


About Retirement Wisdom

Your retirement won’t be like anyone else’s. What do you want your new life to look like? Even if you have some ideas about your future, it can be hard to figure out exactly how to get there.

You need a structured, principle-based process – and a guide you can trust. Our Certified Designing Your Life coach can help you envision and transition to your new life, using a proven three-phased approach.

Imagine new possibilities, discover alternative pathways, and create an actionable roadmap to your new lifestyle.

Take the first step today. Schedule a free call with Joe Casey to learn more about our coaching programs.



Access free tools, resources, and browse our retirement podcast conversations.









Sleep Timer


End of Episode

5 Minutes

10 Minutes

15 Minutes

30 Minutes

45 Minutes

60 Minutes

120 Minutes

Reclaim What You Love – Stephanie Raffelock

Reclaim What You Love – Stephanie Raffelock

Retirement Wisdom