So, now what?

So, now what? -

You know that feeling when you really, really, REALLY want something?

When, in order to get it, you make precise plans and actions to undertake?

When you practically have that one focus and you work really hard to make it come true. You take it step by step, challenge by challenge. And then, time flies, you gave your best and you don’t even realise that “HEY, YOU MADE IT!”

Despite the difficulties and discouragement, that motivation to achieve the final goal was bigger than anything else and you did it!

As all achievements, a well-deserved celebration is necessary, you earn it! You might buy that pair of shoes you were thinking about since a while, or you might go out for a special dinner with someone or… anything that you think you deserve, you really do, go for it!

Then though, once the party is finished, once a great chapter of your life is successfully closed… now what?

So, now what? -

Two weeks ago I ticked off from my goals list, a very big one. Or better, I celebrated the achievement with family and friends.

I officially graduated from the across-Europe bachelor program in June but the actual graduation ceremony was at the beginning of October, so I consider this the real closing of this intense chapter.

Of course, along with the journey of achieving this goal I wasn’t totally blind when looking at the future. I knew I wanted to find a job, not sure about where. I knew I wanted a job inherent with my degree, not sure about which exact role.

I started applying to jobs already during my last year of studies but after a while, I arrived at a point where I was kind of overwhelmed by everything. Job hunting is already stressful by itself, plus, if you combine it with studies, a part-time job (oh, and blogging!) you feel the pressure even more. So I told myself “Okay Lisa, focus on succeeding your last exams now.” In the end, finding a full-time job would have happened after taking my degree in any case. Uncertainty is scary, always. But in the end, finding a full-time job would have happened after taking my degree in any case.

And you know what? Eventually, I did find a job. My first full-time job. Inherent to my studies and from which I’m learning many new things that are helping me create a new future goal.

I know I want to take a master eventually, not sure in what and when.

I know I’d like to try other job roles in my working field, not sure which one exactly.

The thing is that it’s not necessary to have everything planned, a specific goal and all the actions ready. Sometimes it happens and sometimes the idea is more general and vague (you kinda need to have this though) and that’s okay.

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It’s okay to answer “I’m working on it”(as long as you really do).

Take this time to work on yourself. Maybe by meeting new people, by taking a course to learn new skills, by going new place or even just by grabbing new inspiration! The right opportunity for you can be around the corner, it’s just about finding it!

So, now what?

Don’t panic. New starts are always kind of scary and exciting at the same time! (Imagine starting with negative vibes, it wouldn’t be that great, right?)

Have a general idea.

Browse on the internet stuff you like doing, find cool inspiring people, go out, talk to new people (or to old ones that you didn’t talk for a while!), subscribe to a new course, acquire new skills…. be open to try and take new chances!

You will find that new goal along the way and maybe while taking it step-by-step you’ll turn the general idea into a specific one.

Because, eventually, everything connects.

And if motivation is your weak point, this post could be helpful!


What about you, have you ever found yourself in the “now what” situation? How did you manage it? I’d love to hear from you!

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  • Reply Giulia

    This post was truly inspiring, Lisa! I’m glad to see you’re doing what you love and achieving what you’ve wished for. I hope it continues to go well for you in the future.

    This gives me hope in reaching my goals. Thank you!

    Giulia x

    15/10/2017 at 23:44
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Oh thank you so much Giulia! You’re so sweet!
      Keep going, I’m sure you’ll do great things! xx

      16/10/2017 at 17:48
  • Reply Perri

    I know what you mean. When I finished my first backpacking trip I felt really down, I just didn’t know what to do with myself. That trip was all I had focused on for so long. You’re right, finding a new passion can be difficult but figuring out exactly what that is, in your own time is totally ok!

    16/10/2017 at 14:43
  • Reply Tanssityttö

    Yes, I have! For example when high school was ower, when my first jobs ended and when I graduated at business economics academy. Each those times I wasn’t so sure which way to go…and I’m still not sure about that but life will show… sooner or later…

    16/10/2017 at 16:21
  • Reply Lamees

    Thank you so much for this post. It is really hard to keep on track after achieving your goal and how to be persistent ❤️

    16/10/2017 at 17:58
  • Reply elena torres

    Congrats on your graduation. I could relate to what you were saying and I wish you nothing but success.

    18/10/2017 at 4:18
  • Reply Sivylla

    WOW so very inspiring! Such a well written post! I just discovered your blog and i absolutely love it! Check out mine at and let me know what you think!
    xoxo, Sivylla

    18/10/2017 at 8:57
  • Reply Beberryful

    Love this! <3

    20/10/2017 at 14:51
  • Reply Emma | Curlygirlabroad

    I know what you mean! I had the same feelings when I graduated, what now? work?study? I got so caught up in it I wasn’t sure about anything. Luckily I learned to let go and just take it one step at a time. Great post Lisa!

    21/10/2017 at 14:59
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      I’m glad you could relate Emma and also to hear you managed to move on! Thank you for reading! 🙂

      21/10/2017 at 19:10
  • Reply Federica M

    Great post, I truly needed it! I got my degree last week and I’m so scared: I feel useless in the house, I have nothing to do. But, as you told, I should find inspirations and things I can learn. I hope I’ll find a job like you!

    xx Federica |

    31/10/2017 at 17:08
  • Reply Jess

    I love this and you are right it is ok to be a work in progress. I think that is what we all are, whether we are brave enough to admit it or not is the challenge sometimes. I definitely am a work in progress, I currently am working at job that isn’t my favorite, but I am also working on a few new goals that are keeping me buddy. I am gathering money to find a yoga instructor course and have been indulging in a new passion: making candles and macramé!
    I hope you too have lots of new things you are exploring.

    16/11/2017 at 18:33
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      That’s amazing Jess, the fact you’re aware that what you’re doing is not your fav but useful and you’re at the same time working on new goals is so good! Keep going girl! xx

      17/11/2017 at 15:04
  • Reply Rosa

    This is such an interesting post. I felt like ‘a now what’ when I graduated and it was difficult for me to find a direction again.

    24/11/2017 at 18:46
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