“Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again.” -Bikram Choudhury.

Visibility and change actually are related. People who are not open to change often just hide…they hide and hold on to the things, the life, the people, they so desperately do not want to release. The picture above made me think of this over the weekend. A huge freeway extension is going in right by our current home…it looks intimidating to one who really hates freeways. (ME!) A section of my grocery store parking lot is now a feeder ramp…and when I go to Marshalls, this is what I see. Change….all around me.

That little stinker, there he is again!!

My home is in chaos from painting and preparation for placing on the market. Change…all around me. It all seemed to flood in at the same time. I had just kissed my daughter goodbye….sent her literally to the other side of the world…when my youngest left the nest for college…then my menopausal bones began to ache…and my home needed to be sold…all at the same time!

Knit maxi dress:  Lane Bryant
Jacket:  Goodwill
Boots:  Ross

So, I get it….I understand that feeling of wanting to cling to what you know and not go forward. I understand that there are days you just want to hide and dream of what was. But Bikram Choudhury (whoever that is), has it right….it is never too late to start again. I will miss my house…I love it. But, there is a certain excitement about something new. Something that represents me and my husband’s new venture into middle age as adults enjoying life one day at a time!  We are all a work in progress…under construction, if you will!

Necklace and Belt:  Stein Mart
Bracelet:  Lane Bryant

Today’s look for VISIBLE MONDAY is actually a statement for me! I had walked away from dresses during my “parenting years” and left them in the past with career-world-Pam. But, since beginning this blog, skirts and dresses have returned. It is a statement that I am moving forward to whatever exciting things lie ahead. This clingy knit is actually out of my comfort zone, but when I pulled it off the Clearance rack at Lane Bryant, a voice in my head said TRY IT ON! And, I really liked it!  Has anyone else ventured into new fashion territories, because they represent a new life for you?

So, here we go, girls! I hope there are more of you ready to move forward with me and confront CHANGE with confidence, joy and strength. Bring on the freeways, the condos, the grandchildren, the new family members, the wrinkles (wait, did I say that…maybe not the wrinkles!), but whatever it is, I have made a decision to be visible and not hide.

 Great quote, but who is Andre Gide?? Now, go visit Not Dead Yet Style’s Visible Monday!
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” -Andre Gide


Also, check all of the fashionable ladies of MINGLE MONDAY


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