IAmA Ex-Mormon, Previous Tiny House Owner (episode on Tiny House Nation), Previous Wife, Local Standup Comedian, Currently Don't Know What I'm Doing w/My Life -- AMA
Not really sure how to prove all of these, but I think I still have my temple recommend so I'll grab that later (kids are asleep right now and also I'm lazy), but here's a picture on my wedding day outside of the temple we got married in, this is a poster from a comedy show I did, and here is a link to my Tiny House Nation article (you have to buy the episode, but please don't watch it, I was so pregnant and so cringy and mormon.)
Ex-Mormon: I converted to the religion at 14 when my narcissistic mother married an inactive member (my step dad, a truly wonderful human being and the only member of my family I still talk to). We were baptized at the same time and I hated everything about it. I went to seminary all through high school (bribed with an iPod Nano, anyone remember those??) then went to BYU to pursue my college education. I remember thinking the first day I got there, "It's raining, why the hell is everyone smiling and/or balding?" I met my ex-husband at the apartment complex we both lived in and we got married after a year of dating in the Manti, Utah temple. It was a truly beautiful building and I'm glad I got to see it. We were married for 5ish years and had two amazing kids together. I was at my Bishop's office being "called" (assigned) a high position in the women's organization of the church, a Relief Society First Counselor, while my husband was at home reading the CES letter (an 84-page publication that challenges the claims of the LDS church). When I came home, he told me he was having doubts and wanted to leave. I never felt like I fit in with the church, but this information terrified me because we had kids and I had been told that I needed to provide a worthy father for my children. Around the time of the election, I started seeing my own doubts as well and we left together. About 6 months later, we divorced.
Tiny House: We began built a tiny house together and applied to the FYI network TV show Tiny House Nation and got on! It was super fun to film and we got a ton of free supplies for our house. We lived in it for about a year, but could only legally park in RV parks. The one we chose (oddly enough, ended up next to the tiny house owners who filmed their episode right after ours) was too far away from my kids' school and my University. We decided to move into student housing on campus for ease of commute.
Comedy: I've been doing standup for about a year and a half now. Most recently, I bombed at an apartment complex show, but my greatest accomplishment was performing to a sold out show of 400 people at the Mesa Theater Grand Junction, Colorado. It was the best set I've ever done and one of my favorite life experiences. I stumbled upon an open mic one night when I went out after the kids went to bed. My ex and I were separated, but still living in the same house until we figured out a plan. I would leave in the evenings because we had only recently moved in and didn't have furniture. The open mic was ok, but the host said anyone could do it. So I got a set together and went the next week. Didn't do terrible, but not great either. Then I just...never stopped.
So now I'm a single mom of 2 working my first real job and excelling, moving up in the comedy scene, and wondering what the hell to do with my life. Suggestions are welcome.
Edit: I’m going to thanksgiving dinner now ( got a pie) so I’ll answer the rest later. Thanks for all the questions guys!
Edit 2: since people keep asking and I posted my the link to my own profile LIKE AN IDIOT the first time, here’s the link to my next show. It would be so cool to meet some reddit people! Please don’t tell everyone I suck: https://www.facebook.com/events/380978709110309/?ti=ia
Edit 3: this one has been asked a lot, some kindly, some not so much. Why do I specify ex Mormon when people don’t say ex-catholic etc? For reference, take a look at the amount of questions people have had on this post about the religion and why I left. It seems like something people are curious about and it’s a big part of my life, so I thought I’d include it. Since the Mormon church is viewed as kind of “cult-y,” I think it’s more comparable to when people say they’re ex-polygamists or left the Amish community. And lastly, it’s not like that’s how I introduce myself, this was strictly for AMA purposes. Chill, my dudes.