Cast Blog: #RHOC

Didn't Vicki Almost Have It All?

Lydia shares why she thinks Vicki should move on from Brooks and why she chose to share her faith in this episode.

Coming off of the girls trip to Canada, it was good to get back to our normal routines. This episode really showed all of our personal lives rather then our relationships with one another. . .and I kind of liked that.

There was something very tender about the scene with the Dubrows. Sure, they sold their huge mansion, which is like a modern day palace, and that may not be that relatable. However, the love, adventure and family aspect which they talked about is something that I think we all can connect with. I like picturing Terry at home with his family having dinner nightly. Apparently, they will have better views and taller ceilings, but at its core their conversation is what we all want and strive for. It gave me the warm fuzzies and was a sweet moment to share with them.

The Vicki, Brianna, Brooks love triangle stresses me out. I want Vicki to be happy, but Brianna's concerns seem to hold weight too. Brianna and Vicki are obviously super close. So, for Brianna to feel so negatively about Brooks makes me think Vicki's relationship with him is doomed. A woman can never choose between her children and a man. The children will always win. Love should always be enough, but it seems that Vicki needs to listen to Whitney Houston's "Didn't We Almost Have It All," pack up, and drive away…

Gretchen and Alexis lunch didn't seem to resolve anything. Maybe they needed the presence of the "friendship whisperer," but something tells me there is just too much water under the bridge. They didn't have to say any words, just looking at their faces said it all. At least they tried to communicate. Sometimes a reconciliation just doesn't happen. Maybe they can take baby steps and rebuild that friendship, but they definitely have to start from ground zero. From what I can tell, they aren't picking up where they left off or hugging it out anytime soon.

I loved showing my Life Group in tonight's episode. I believe in Jesus and my faith is very important to me, but it's also very personal. I know I'm not perfect. In fact, I am keenly aware of many of my flaws. That is why I try to spend time with the Lord asking Him to help me with my life. Life Group is a time when I can reflect, be honest and have people support and pray for me. I would encourage anyone struggling with their purpose, or faith, or loneliness, or anything to seek a similar type of group. A lot of people ask me how I am so positive, and this is my answer. None of us have it all together, but together we have it all.

My friend Wendy, who attends my Life Group shared about her amazing charity called iSanctuary. If you are interested in learning more please go to They provide rehabilitation options for survivors of human trafficking. I love this organization and give a portion of my LYDIA M Jewelry sales to them.

Until next week,
xo Lydia

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Shannon Settles the Score

If Andy's asking "What's the score, Shannon Beador?" Shannon thinks she's definitely won.

This is Blog #20, my last Blog for the season! The past year was been a wild ride for both me and for my family. I have come to many realizations about myself, made lifelong friends, experienced some tough moments, and embarked on a path to a more peaceful self. So to use Andy’s phrase, “What's the score, Shannon Beador?” I would say without a doubt that I have definitely won.

I am happy that the viewers got a little glimpse into my sometimes unconventional ways! For me, it's all about good energy. I love that Vicki’s business has clearly benefited from trying feng shui with Elaine Wright. If you can't get hurt, there is no reason to try anything holistic. If you actually benefit, why wouldn't anyone want to go the natural way? If my children tend to feel better after seeing Dr. Moon and not have to take antibiotics, then I am a happy mom. It's all about creating a healthy balance!

I am an open book and am often criticized for it, but I am who I am. I don't know many couples married for 13 years that have a perfect relationship. Everyone has ups and downs, and although it may be difficult and require effort, it is possible to move through it and make things better. I have said it many times in the season that divorce is not an option. I will always fight for my marriage and my family. It truly touches my heart that so many fans have been and continue to root for David and I. I am so appreciative and grateful for all of your positive comments! Thank you!

Do Tamra and Heather truly want to move forward and potentially develop a friendship with me? Only time will tell. But for now, I have amazing friends surrounding me, including Vicki Gunvalson and Lizzie Rovsek. And most importantly, I have been blessed with the most incredible family anyone could ask for. That is where all of my energy is focused.

I will never forget this entire year, both the good and the bad, because each moment took me on the journey to where I am today. And today, I am in a phenomenal and happy place. Thank you for taking this journey with me!

Please follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! XOXOXO

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