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  1. May 2, 2016

    I’m beginning to think everyone feels a little lost forever. My mom who’s in her 50s admitted to me last year that she still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she’s a grown up. I think the uncertainty of adulthood is endless if we’re all honest. I love reading these posts because it makes me feel not totally alone in this 20 something age of confusion. I’m currently reading a small book that’s extremely helpful in finding a little more peace about it all.
    ‘You are Here’ by Thich Nhat Hanh
    Thanks for the post!
    -Amanda Machell

  2. May 2, 2016
    Megan says

    Love love love! #1 was definitely a transition for me after college. I am by nature pretty peppy and positive but becoming and adult, especially that first year out of college, is full of challenges!

    Have a wonderful Monday, Amanda!

  3. May 2, 2016
    Ashley says

    So glad I stumbled upon this—I graduated yesterday! Thanks for the wonderful advice!

    Ashley | Sunday Brunch

  4. May 2, 2016

    oh my goodness, so many lessons i’ve learned after graduating! perhaps the most important one is that it’s ok if you dont end up doing what you expected to do. i have a degree in psychology and my jobs are in marketing and with a food blogger.

    it’s for sure not what i expected it to be, but that’s ok! i’m happier now than i’m sure i would be if i went on to pursue psychology.

    i love this post. there is so much importance in the few months after college sorting things out and figuring out what to do next. everyone does it differently.

  5. May 2, 2016

    It’s so important to be able to be your own support system. When all else fails, you will always have yourself to rely on!

  6. May 2, 2016
    Hillary says

    Yes! I am so glad you addressed these issues and concerns that so many of our peers have after graduation — especially during Mental Health Week (in Canada, at least). :)

  7. May 3, 2016
    Evelyn Moren says

    I had to stop myself fro licking the screen they’re so pretty!

  8. May 3, 2016
    Farrah says

    All of this is so true. College left me even more confused and stressed out than before I went in. I thought I wanted to go down a certain path, but then I realized that I didn’t, then later on I realized that I wanted to go into an entirely different field, so in September I’m going to Grad School. It’s all a mess right now but I hope everything works out in the end.

  9. May 5, 2016
    nanne says

    ok, old lady advice forthcoming :). stay close with your college girlfriends. these are the women who you lived with, did stupid/fun/crazy/sentimental things with. they have you seen you at your best, your worst and every way in between.

    i have many, many friends from all stages of my life–dear work friends, early adulthood friends, mom friends who are second moms to my children & are family to me. but there is nothing like those college friends. thirty years out of college & my inner circle of friends and i are just as close as we were back in the day. maybe more so. we are scattered across the country but stay in daily touch through groupme & make it a point to get together at the very least once a year. we lost one of us to breast cancer a couple of years ago and now hold each other even closer.

    get out & make new friends but make the effort to stay in touch with those old ones. and enjoy your twenties! such a scary but exciting & exhilarating time!!


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