I finally had a chance to sit down with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, and I had the BEST time! I also really enjoyed chatting with Caroline Manzo -– she’s no-B.S. and she’s not afraid to call things as she sees them. I loved that we didn’t necessarily agree on everything we talked about, but we respected each other’s opinions. One thing we absolutely can agree on -– we’re both great moms!
I was given the opportunity to join RHONJ, because I am loud and I am opinionated; I also happen to be a relationship expert who isn’t afraid to admit that my own relationships can use a little tweaking here and there. (NO ONE IS PERFECT. NO RELATIONSHIP IS PERFECT. Anyone who says theirs is, is full of sh--.) It was always my intention to use my expertise to bring unity to this passionate group of people that, despite all of their differences, believes in the power of FAMILY as much as I do.
I really hope that all of the struggling relationships on the show can be mended; it’s so sad to watch families and long-lasting friendships fall apart. It’s so important to consider that a lot of these issues have been present for a long time (as the viewers have seen), and EVERYONE involved has a lot of extra stressful things going on in their lives -- the timing may just not be right. I hope they can all find it in their hearts to eventually forgive each other; I wouldn’t count any of these relationships out just yet.
People evolve and want different things out of life, and that’s OK! Don’t give up on your fairytale if things change a little bit –- embrace the new chapter that’s being written! If you want your relationship to work, don’t be afraid of fine-tuning here and there. Even a relationship expert’s relationships aren’t always ideal!
If you’ve been watching, you know that I’ve really been struggling with my changing relationship with my son, Joshua. He’s growing up so quickly right before my eyes. It hurts my heart to think that he doesn’t need me so much anymore. I love being a mom to my children more than anything in the whole world. I know that I need to find balance and boundaries for Joshua’s sake. This is OUR new chapter –- my new normal -- and it’s the right time for me to finally embrace it.