jgnat, great post,
What makes you happy now? God, my family, being alive, chocolate, books, movies, travel and music.
In a typical week, what kind of community or social interactions do you engage in, and what percentage of your time does it take? Depends, we go to church on Sundays, belong to a JW outreach ministry and volunteer for American Red Cross disaster relief, so i'd say 30% of our time.
Did your financial situation degrade or improve after leaving the society? Definately improved, I went to college, got a degree and started my own business, my husband just went back to school and recently graduated after suffering through minimum wage jobs so he's doing much, much better too. Our view of work has changed. We're pursuing our dreams, passions and ambitions without guilt and the thought of what will the elders, JW family & friends think? Also, now we know that God wants us to be happy and the best way to honor him is to become a blessing to others.
If you are single, what qualities do you look for in a date? Happily married, saw enough miserable JW marriages to put me off the whole thing. My husband treats me like an equal partner and we work together as a team.
If you have a partner, what are the most important principles you try and bring in to the relationship? Unconditional love, tenderness and honesty.
If you have a family, what are the most important principles you try and instill in your children, as their parent? No kids yet, we're working on it!
What guides do you use for your personal moral compass, if any? (It could be a book, concept, religion or quote) The Bible, our Church home, the ministries of Joel Osteen from Lakewood Church in Houston and Bob Coy of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale really helped us, refreshingly positive and inspiring.
P.S. I like this post. It's funny that anyone would think that JWs leaving are uniformed, when I got baptized as a witness when I was a teenager, I missed the fine print about cutting off your friends and family if they don't conform, I had no clue that people were grilled during JC's (heard all the horror stories, never sat through one thank God), I didn't know that they were just another religion that didn't help people nearly as much as they boast, I wasn't informed of what real life would be like in the org, I didn't know that I would be far happier without them and their gazillion man made rules, I love my Christian freedom and I wish anyone doubting all that God has for them - love and life in abundance. - God Bless, V-Sky