There are times in all of our lives when, for good or for bad, we face big changes. This could be due to a marriage, the birth of a new baby, a move to another city or state, graduation from college, the loss of a job, an empty nest, a divorce, the death of a loved one. Change can be excruciating for many folks but why not take the opportunity during a major life shift, to begin again? It’s the perfect opportunity to tackle that dream that you’ve always had but never dared to attempt before. When we come to that inevitable day, when we wake up in the morning and know that we’re facing a new phase of our lives, it’s best not to rush headlong into something new or to escape into a mindless distraction. First, give yourself permission to recover, recuperate and recharge. If you need to be sad for a little while then go ahead and be sad…for a little while. Give yourself adequate time to say good-bye to yesterday before moving ahead. Reflect on the past but don’t allow yourself to get stuck there. It’s okay to remember but it’s also okay to move on to your next great adventure. Now is the perfect time to reconsider your priorities and revisit your dreams. You’ve got a blank slate! What is it that you’ve always wanted to do, if you only had the time? Now is the time to clean out the cobwebs, put your home in order, make a plan, gather up whatever it is you need and take that first step. No doubt, it can be scary and people with good intentions will try to advise you every which way, but stay true to yourself.