My name is Sarah Winchester. I am one of the new ladies this season on The Real Housewives of Orange County, a show which in many ways has changed how we view American drama today. I must say I feel deeply honored, not only to be given such an amazing opportunity, but also to be able to spend some quality girl time with Gretchen, Alexis, and Peggy, whom I consider to be the most amazing friends that anyone could ever ask for.
When I decided to participate in the show, it seemed very exciting to be able to share such a fun experience with some of my best friends. At the same time the "reality" of it all was extremely nerve-racking to say the least.
This was a very big decision for me to make. I just so happened to be going through a lot in my personal life at the time, and I knew that this season would definitely be a rollercoaster of emotions in every way possible. I knew that I would be faced with many obstacles. I was looking forward to new friendships, as well as experiencing something I have never done before.
Then the whole reality of the "not knowing what to expect" factor started to settle in, and I knew I was going to have to come to face all of the other ‘Wives at some point. I figured they most likely wouldn't relate to me, because we come from such completely different places. I was raised in a small farm town and rode horses growing up. Shopping wasn't glamorized there nearly as much as it is in the O.C. I wasn't sure how or if I would even fit in with some of these women. Growing up I never knew or cared what name brand things were. My love was for animals, horses, pigs, and cows, and animals really didn't really care too much about that kind of stuff. LOL. It took me awhile to understand the importance of achieving self-worth in this area. In the town I came from, a person was judged solely by who you were -- not what material things you had, drove, or lived in. Once I moved to Orange County, I was like a fish out of water. It was a complete culture shock for me. To put it nicely, it's truly a whole other world out here. I had no idea what to expect, so I always went with my rational side of thinking. To me, the key to opening up the world of acquaintances is not only to expand on similarities (even if there are few), but to keep an open mind and accept each others' faults and differences as they are.