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Coordinator of Chaos

Shawn discusses his anniversary, and Julie's role at Bethenny HQ.

Last week in my webisode Michael and I had our eighth year Anniversary Brunch. It was fun reminiscing how Michael and I met exactly eight years to the day. We should probably should give a former friend credit for the introduction as he invited me to Michael's annual brunch; however, we actually give the credit to Schylar our oldest cocker spaniel.

I still remember meeting Michael that day; it was sunny, cold, and I was in the mind frame that I didn't want to date, I just wanted to meet new people. Actually for as outgoing as I am (or seem) I have a hard time meeting new people, striking up conversation. I get quite shy and am never the one to make the first move. I remember sitting observing the conversations around me and taking everything in. And from moment to moment I would occasionally catch the glance of Michael's piercing blue eyes staring at me. It was later during the brunch that Schylar Michael's cocker spaniel (who is totally shy and hides under the bed) came out, made his way through the crowd and sat in front of me. He pawed my leg, and when I reached out he rolled over and let me scratch his belly. For Michael, Schylar and I that was it. . .Michael and I went out on a date. Now eight years later Michael, Schylar, Trevor, and I are one big happy family.

Normally I am the one that tells the story of how we met, but it was great listening to Kenn tell his version as a fellow observer that faithful day and it was fun listening to Alan and John tell stories of Michael's "wild days". Having my sister (who adores Michael) and our friends there to celebrate with us was so much fun, and we will certainly carry on the tradition for another eighty years because I can't ever imagine my life without Michael and our dear friends.

Each week I often wonder how does Bethenny do it? How does she handle what's on her plate. First and foremost she is a go getter and doesn't take "no" for an answer; hence her success. But she's also super lucky she has Julie who is by all means the ultimate Coordinator of Chaos. Julie is the glue that holds all the craziness together. I was once a personal assistant and looking back, Julie could run circles around me. She's great at what she does and you can tell Bethenny would be lost without her! Dawa, what a great addition! She is so cute. . .she is the perfect balance for Bethenny, Julie, Jason, and Bryn. And the fact that girl can do hair. . .there are no words! And then there's Jason getting things done with SkinnyGirl…He knows how to balance Bethenny. He's a great partner in so many ways…Despite the craziness Bethenny has going on in her life with Skating With the Stars, A Place of Yes and her SkinnyGirl tour I admire her for juggling it all, having it all, and coping with it all. Nothing is ever perfect, but if you can accept what's been given to you, balance it and be happy with what you have. . .then life is all good.

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