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For the Greater Good

Alexia discusses emotional immaturity, and dealing with Peter growing up.

By Alexia Nepola

It was difficult in many ways to sit and watch this finale. As I look back at this journey, I can't believe how much has happened and how quickly it all went by.

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I remember all of the discussions I had with my husband and, myself for that matter, about doing the show and opening up our lives to the cameras. I'm not going to lie to you -- it's been tough. But at the same time it's been an incredible experience that I will always cherish. Like everything in life, it has had its good and bad. I thank God that I can say that for now it's been more good. Life is a journey and I loved sharing it with you.

In this last episode you see me with Peter. WOW! How time flies. . .my baby finally graduates from high school and I get very emotional. Like I said, there were times I thought he wouldn't make it. Peter's whole life changed with his injury (he dislocated his shoulder and had surgery). All of his hard work and dreams were shattered. Peter was always a star athlete and MVP. He played both football and baseball. He was starting pitcher, third baseman, and fourth batter, and in football he averaged three to four touchdowns per game. Sports were his life, and that is the reason he loved school and did well in it. When he wasn't able to play sports his whole interest in school was lost. He was lost. It was a very painful time in his life as well as in mine. I know what it is to have a dream and for it to fall apart. I tried to explain to him that God has bigger and better plans for him. Peter had always showed some interest in modeling and acting, so when all of this happened I thought it would be great to find something to replace the sports and take up his free time. Peter has always been a good-looking kid and would get asked all the time if he was a model. I don't know if this will be his future, but it's worth trying. I agree with Ron: he needs more personality and he‘s quite shy too. I just want him to be happy and love whatever he chooses in life to do. No matter what it is I will support him. He is 18 now. . .still young and figuring out who he is and what he wants to do with his life. I will never let him give up on himself! He is attending Miami Dade College and showing interest in studying business.

Marysol's dinner was lovely. I loved her table arrangement -- beautiful! Even though I said I wouldn't serve my guests food from a bag, the food was delicious, very fresh, and tasty. Marysol: you are clever my friend!

Elsa is a spiritual and intuitive person who has the ability to see things in us that maybe not everyone does. I didn't ask her what she saw in me, like Larsa was doing, but she told me and I accepted it. I didn't mind at all. I listened and observed. In me, she said she saw a person who always has a smile and perhaps isn't so happy inside. I agreed with her because I am not always happy. There are a lot of things that happen that I have no control over that make me unhappy, but then I have to go out and put on that smile, especially with strangers or with people that really don't care about me. I believe we have happy moments, and that is why we have to enjoy every minute of them. But that happiness all the time doesn't exist.

It's funny because I didn't take what Elsa said to Larsa in a bad way. Elsa said Larsa was emotionally immature, and I tried to explain to her that it wasn't a bad thing. That just means you have been blessed or fortunate enough not to have gone through strong experiences in your life that have made you mature. I was once emotionally immature (called that by my mom who is a psychiatrist) until I lost my father, had my two sons, divorced, and went through a scare with my younger son Frankie who almost had to have brain surgery. These are the things in life that make you mature! These life-changing experiences make a mark in your mind, heart, and soul. It wasn't my choice. If I had a choice I would have stayed emotionally immature. LOL!

As far as the girls, I wish them all the very best. It was truly an experience working with them and getting to know them. I especially loved shooting the cover with them for Venue's March/April issue. This time I wasn't behind the scene like with the other covers as the editor -- this time I was on the cover!

Thank you for all of your love and support. You cannot imagine how your loving tweets and comments always brought me comfort and a smile to my face. I will continue to be the best mother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend I can be, as that is the most important thing in my life.

For those who don't have access to Venue magazine since we are mainly in airports and generally in Miami, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico you can see a digital version online at

I am very excited about my next project, which was actually inspired by the many questions that I get from my fans about how I stay in shape and still indulge in my favorite Cuban foods. I am working with my friend, chef, and author Ana Quincoces on a book of recipes that reflect my unique eating habits.

Follow me on Twitter @AlexiaE_says and join me on my fan-page on Facebook.

Have a healthy and happy summer. I hope you enjoyed the show.

Many Blessings,

BESOS (kisses),


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