Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave: I Am No "Henchwoman"

Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave: I Am No "Henchwoman"

"...when I have something to say, I'm saying it because I want to. "

Provence is gorgeous, isn't it? The villa was beautiful, and the drinks were strong (oh, the drinks — but that's for next week). 

We were a bit relieved when we spoke to Denise and Camille and both of their houses seemed to be okay from the fires. So when we found out about Camille's house, it really affected me — things can be so unpredictable and happen so fast in life. I couldn't imagine what Camille was going through. It had to be devastating. I truly felt for her. And in that moment, I just wanted to hug my children. I also found out later that day that a dear coach of mine, Katie, also lost her home. My coaches are like family to me, and you just feel so helpless in a situation like this. 

I have been through some things with these women during my short time in the group, but on this trip the energy just feels so free and fun and light. It seems like we're opening up in new ways with each other, and it's comforting. Like at that lunch when Kyle shares her story about when she was younger — like I say, I think her daughters will appreciate that, and it will only make them stronger. 

I've said before that I feel more comfortable this year, and I suppose that's why I'm speaking up. So when I broached the subject of Rinna using the Erika Jayne persona to call Kim names, I thought I was just being honest and getting a conversation on the table so we could clear the air. Watching back, I would say I'm like a dog with a bone, but that's probably offensive to dogs with bones since they're just trying to enjoy their meal. 

I am no "henchwoman" though — my thoughts and opinions are my own. Have Kyle and I become very close friends? Yes, absolutely, and I make no apologies for that. But when I have something to say, I'm saying it because I want to. 

Until next week, which is a rosé-haze that I am just thrilled for you to watch. 

XO Teddi

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