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I Moved Back in With My Parents — and it Wasn't What I Expected

Have you heard about the study that just came out stating that young people are now more likely to live with their parents than their partners? Yep. According to a Pew Research Center report, more 18-to-34-year-olds live with their parents than in any other living arrangement for the first time in modern history.

I found the article particularly interesting because I was one of those young people and, to be quite honest, I never thought it would happen to me.

Growing up, I saw life as a straight path. First, you get through junior high, then take driver’s ed, turn 16, get a car, a part time job, maybe get a boyfriend, graduate, go to college, graduate, get a job, get married, and so on. Things happen in order and I was enjoying this straight path for quite some time: I left Fort Worth for college in Nashville. Check. I got a job and moved to New York. Check. And then, after two years in New York, I realized that I didn’t want to climb a ladder that someone else had built to determine my own success. So I quit. 

Now, I’m paraphrasing a lot. Life certainly didn’t felt like a straight path while it was happening. There were the usual ups and downs that a college kid turned working girl faces, and it wasn’t an easy decision to quit the job that I’d dreamed about for 4 years. Plus, when you stop working the paychecks stop coming, and that’s really not a great way to live in New York.

For the first time in my life (all ups and downs aside), I felt like I’d reversed down the path. Instead of getting married or finding a better job, I was moving in with my parents. 

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How to Let Pinterest Inspire (and Not Sabatoge) Wedding Planning

Before I started planning a wedding I thought I knew the kinds of things I'd want. Flowers everywhere! An ancient castle! An orchestra! All the appetizers! Flowers! But when the day came and suddenly I had a very real budget and a very real timeline, I had to get my head in the game. Castles don't come cheap, after all. 

Enter Pinterest, the internet's latest greatest toe-line between time-suck and idea-factory. The visual dynamic is obviously appealing, along with the how-to's, how-to-not's, and endless possibilities for everything from wedding cakes to manicures. Personally, I've always been very determined to use Pinterest as a resource and not just a time-filler, but it can easily have adverse effects if you let it. 

So, in efforts to avoid wasting time, being jealous of brides in castles, and getting completely overwhelmed with flower choices, here's how to get the best out of Pinterest while you're planning a wedding:

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