A project of interviews and reflections on how to navigate through life as a young adult, with the aim of making the first step of every decision a bit clearer.

How many times have we asked ourselves “OK, what’s the next step”? More often than not, this question becomes a regular guest in our lives when the teen years are over and responsibilities increase.

This is a project for those that after more than a decade in mandatory school, go to uni and can’t help but wonder “why do I keep doing this to myself… And now voluntarily?”

From self-doubt to existential crisis, the answers we look for are probably in others.

no need to reinvent the wheel

Every month, interviews with people from different backgrounds will be published. The aim is to share experiences and perspectives on life – and, hopefully, inspiring stories. The interviews will include questions about personal journeys, routines choices, achievements and struggles. In the end, maybe you’ll find the insights given by the interviews inspiring and useful enough to apply them in your own life.

After all, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel – how many times have you been saved by someone’s words?

From starting a project, going freelance or traveling the world, this is the space to share the “how(s)” of others, and some of mine too.


I’m Mariana, an aspiring writer and journalist, and founder of the interview-project “OK, what’s the next step?”. So you have an idea of my background, in April of 2019, I wrote on my journal a list of things I enjoyed doing because I wanted to find my passion and create something out of that. I was mostly bored and disconnected, and craving for a creative outlet. But nothing came out of that list until a few months after, when I started playing with the idea of creating a website that explored the idea that there’s no need to reinvent the wheel and we can figure out what to do with our lives by looking at how other inspiring people have made it.

It’s been less than a year but since then, my website went live, I had the chance to talk and interview people I admire, put online some musings and discovered how to monetize this side-project by creating The Next Step Sessions.

I hope you enjoy this project as much as I do!

Feel free to drop me a message at or find me on instagram here.