Cast Blog: #BETHENNY

We Are Family

Unbelievable

Follow Your Heart

Blow-Up

The House That Booze, Dreams, and Passion Built

Memory Lane

The Sunny Side of the Street

Play Hard

SkinnyBunnies

Senioritis

The Balloony Bin

Typical Bethenny

That's My Final Offer

Pure Bliss

The Reflecting Pool

And the Mariachi Band Played On

Left Field

Agita All Around

Something's Gotta Give

Big Shoes to Fill

The End of an Era

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Plake

A Straight Shooter

The Power of the Press

Baby Fish Mouth

California Dreamin'

Buckle Up

The Dressing Suite

Like No Other

The Spy Who Skated With Me

I Fly Above

The Bond Is Strong

No More Boats

Land, Ho!

A Fever Pitch

All that Drama

Laundry Day

Sea of Love

Chock-full of Nuts

Addicted to Laughter

Stop and Realize

We Are Family

Shawn comments on Bethenny's breakdown and the importance of a good support system.

Between watching my webisode this week and watching this episode of Bethenny Ever After, both came back to one thing -- family.

In the webisode my sister came to visit Michael and I for our eighth anniversary. I was super excited because she hadn't been to NYC in over two years, and the last trip was with the entire family, our parents, her kids, and husband. This time it was just her, and I was looking forward to some quality time where we could catch up on each other's lives. It's not that we don't see each other during holidays or in between, but we both lead very busy and very different lives. She's a mom to two beautiful teenage girls and a wife to a fabulous guy. Between the four of them, they are running from this sports practice, that dance recital, or to a school meeting. And Michael and I are usually busy planning events, going out to dinner with clients, or attending industry cocktail parties. As a result we don't speak very much. . .and it's not for wanting to, it's just we get wrapped up in our own lives that are miles apart.

My sister and I grew up in a typical small town middle class American family. We were super lucky we had two parents that loved us and gave us everything they could. And although we fought (what siblings don't?), we loved each other and as the years passed we grew closer. We became friends. My mother and father used to say, "When we're gone, it just going to be the two of you," and that's something we've never forgotten.

My sister and I joke that she is garage sales, nachos, and beer, and I'm Barney's, caviar, and champagne -- and nothing could be more accurate! Getting our nails done that day was exactly what I needed. I needed to reconnect, touch base, laugh, cry, and get back in touch with my family. I hate to think of the day when my parents are gone, but when that day comes I know even though we are different, I will still have my sister and a friend -- and someone I can get my nails done with.

In this week's episode of Bethenny Ever After I give her a ton of credit for all she took on. And when she has a free moment I'd love for her to teach me to juggle because she it has it down to. . .dare is say. . .perfection? My father always used to say, "You're not a failure if you put a 100 percent into what you're doing." Bethenny does just that. She puts a 100 percent into everything she does and as a result she's successful. I think she did an amazing job on Skating with the Stars, far better than I could have done! Honestly, I sometimes think Bethenny is a machine. She goes and goes and goes. . .but you know what we all hit a wall and when we take on too much -- we snap.

It happens to me, it happens to Michael, it happens to all of us. It just so happens Bethenny snapped on Thanksgiving. I really felt for Julie when the oven wasn't working. Julie works hard, she a super sweet person, and she puts in 100 percent to make sure Bethenny's life runs perfectly -- or as perfectly as it can. This was the one moment things weren't perfect. The oven didn't work, and Julie couldn't do anything to fix it. Jake was right, it wasn't a big deal. He's a good guy and he keeps life in perspective. I always say we're not curing cancer and saving puppies in Rwanda.

All in all when the dust settled they had a great Thanksgiving. Bethenny was with the people who are important to her -- the people who love, support, and wish her nothing but success. She was with family. It's nice when it all comes back to family. I know I'm thankful for mine.

I'm also thankful to all of you for your love, support and kind words over the past two seasons.

When I took Bethenny on as a client (or vice versa) I had no idea what a ride I was in for. My life and career have completely changed for the better, and it's in part because of you and the love you send my way. So thank you to each and every one of you!!

Until next time. . .Cheers!

Follow Your Heart

Julie reflects on her journey with Bethenny and where it will lead her next.

Everyone -- this was a pretty intense episode. I wanted to thank all of you for the positive thoughts and support throughout this whole journey. Working for Bethenny and creating an unbreakable bond with her family truly changed and molded me as a person, and has allowed me to take the next step of my life with confidence. You have all helped build Bethenny's empire and your constant support has allowed her to take the next step -- her talk show. Although I am not directly working for Bethenny anymore, I am supporting from a distance and keep very close to her and her family.

For those of you who have asked, I am extremely happy and living in my hometown of Pittsburgh since January. I recently got a job in PR and marketing and am looking forward to the next steps of my life. This experience has taught me many things, but the most important thing is to follow your heart and be thankful for everything that you have in life.

xo,
Julie