Welcome to my world! The world of a soon to be 30 year old single woman living in the fine state of Utah. I was born and raised in Utah and it is my home. Some people give Utah a bad reputation because of the overbearing predominant religious culture here, but truthfully it’s not so bad. I was raised Mormon, but have not been a member of the LDS church for about 10 years now, though my parents are still very active members. Luckily, they are the tolerant loving type of Mormons and they accept me — heathen ways and all.
A large part of my love for Utah stems from its beauty and that it is home to the best outdoor recreation imaginable. You will often find me spending my evenings or weekends hiking in the mountains, boating in the summertime, snow skiing in the winter or enjoying nature any way possible.
I work full time in the advertising and public relations industry; an industry I actually really love. Probably because I like wearing dress up clothes to work or maybe because I enjoy being around people more creative than I am.
I like to think of myself as a very independent woman but I didn’t always used to be this way. In typical Utah fashion, I married young to my high school sweetheart. We divorced 4 short years later when I was 25. As far as divorces go, ours was very amicable.
Finding yourself a single woman for the first time in your adult life at the age of 25 is a very dangerous thing. I made a lot of bad decisions, trusted people I shouldn’t have, and basically got my but kicked by “love”. But, with every trial and every hard lesson learned, I grew. I am a million times stronger today than I ever knew I was capable of.
THE PURSUIT OF HIGHER EDUCATION
I know this will sound absurd – and trust me I could just kill the 18 year old Summer who thought this way – but when I married so young I thought my only responsibility was to support my husband with his schooling. My own personal education was not important after all, my husband would support me after I supported him.
Brilliant Summer. Brilliant.
I started college the fall of 2008 and will likely be in school for forever. When I made up my mind to go, I had no real game plan. I just walked in and asked them what I needed to do to enroll and started Forrest Gumping my way through the system. So now I attend night classes part time at the community college studying mass communications and writing.