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It's weird how you can remove yourself from a part of your life and then go back to it, almost as with a microscope, to see how your life used to look. This is what happened last week, when I stayed with my parents in the interim before leaving for Nashville.

One thing that will never change: The Helene Rose of Sharon bush blooming in my parent's backyard

I haven't lived at home since I was 22 years old, right out of college. That was a whirlwind time of my life. I was engaged, looking for my first “big girl” job – without a real clue of what I should do with my life. I was balancing between babysitting during the day, laying out by the pool, and being the designated driver at endless girl's nights where my friends and I would go dancing at a bar in Dallas called “Suede” that has since closed.

Living at my parents' house felt surreal. My Dad, sitting at the kitchen table, working on his book and muttering to the dogs, while my Mom was in the kitchen, with the T.V. on low, watching the news and making sauteed shrimp. It felt like I traveled back in time, except this time, Michael was allowed to stay in my room over night.

For those that don't know, Michael and I have been dating since high school and we didn't live together before marriage. We had our first kiss outside my parents' house and that's also the spot he proposed. This house holds a lot of memories to me, and it was an exercise in nostalgia to get a snapshot into what life used to be like.

Despite feeling like a kid again, here's what I learned about myself, seeing my house through renewed eyes:

1. My mom still irritates me. I'm embarrassed by this, believe me. Despite being 28 years old I still get mad at my Mom over the littlest things. She's constantly patient with me.

2. I revert to being a kid at any given chance. Especially being around my parents.

3. I will (still) steal my sisters clothes. You know that grey, off the shoulder, sweatshirt like top? It's mine now.

4. The Sandlot will never get old.

5. I really don't like little dogs. My parents have a small dog now, Finn, despite always being a big dog family. I lived with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel for a week and I tried, I really did, but I prefer big dogs.

6. When my mom does my laundry, I feel bad. I feel like I should be the one to do it, I'm an adult now.

7. I love my parents so so much, but I have gotten used to not living with them. And I don't think I could ever move back.

8. I really must be a grown up now.

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Today I have the lovely Diane of Sweet Catastrophe on the blog today. She blogs with heart and ferocity about her life and things she finds interesting. When she was diagnosed with Meniere's Disease she opened up on her blog and spoke candidly with her readers. I have her on the blog today for a little interview!

Why did you start your blog?
I'd recently moved to a new town and started a new job. I found myself feeling disconnected, lonely and in desperate need of a hobby. I was reading a post from a favorite blogger of mine and decided to give it a try, little did I know I'd fall in love with blogging and the blogging community. Looking back now I think the universe wanted me to start blogging for a reason, I leaned on the support from fellow bloggers and readers when I was diagnosed with Meniere's Disease later that year. The support I received (and still do) from readers and fellow bloggers was and is overwhelming, I'm truly blessed. Starting Sweet Catastrophe was truly one of the best decisions of my life.
What's your favorite subject to post about and why? 
I'd say currently my favorite posts are about Meniere's Disease. It isn't fun to talk about at times but the amount of people who also share my diagnosis that have reached out with questions is staggering. Knowing that I may ever help one person struggling with Meniere's means so much to me, and in many ways it is apathetic to share my own trials and tribulations.
Tell us about your cute pups! 
They are truly my children, I think Helene knows what I mean! I love them to pieces. They are both super smart cockapoos. Tobie just turned 6 years old in July. He is my constant companion, loves vegetables (I'm talking celery, carrots, onions, lettuce – he eats it all!) At night when he is tired he puts himself to bed with a huff as if I'm staying up too late! Mia is a cuddler. She turned 4 in August. She is the epitome of a lap dog. I think she would be content with being carried or held all day long. She loves to play and of course gets always tries to include Tobie in on her mischief. Her current nemesis is my the tall mirror in my bedroom. Every time she sees herself in it she growls and barks as she attempts to scare the strange “dog” away. 
What's been your most successful/popular post? 
It's a pretty close tie between my Adventures in Bullet Journaling Post and my How To Get The Job Series. The Job series was the first I've done so it's very close to my heart. It was a blast to write, and the amount of comments and community that came out of it was wonderful. 
If you could offer one piece of must-have advice to an aspiring blogger, what would it be? 
Stay true to yourself and try not to compare yourself to others. If you can master those two tips you will be successful in blogging or anything else you put your mind too.

I hope you'll stop by the blog to say hello! 


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