Newly-Single Jo De La Rosa Shows How She's "Starting Over" in a New Home

Newly-Single Jo De La Rosa Shows How She's "Starting Over" in a New Home

"A couch, a mattress, a desk and my clothes are all I have to my name," The Real Housewives of Orange County alum shared.

By Tamara Palmer

In her first social media post in over two years, The Real Housewives of Orange County alum Jo De La Rosa announced that she'd ended her second engagement and moved back to Los Angeles. Her first engagement was to Slade Smiley, who is now engaged to and having a baby with Gretchen Rossi, also a RHOC alum.

Jo then posted a picture of a "Home Sweet Home"  doormat on Instagram, writing, "Welcome to my home. Welcome to my heart. It’s a hot mess but I’m learning to accept it’s a beautiful mess. In this home, I’m learning how to be on my own again. In this home, I’m building a business at night while I work days. In this home, I’m learning from my mistakes and as I start this new journey, I pray I find the girl I lost in my relationship and can be a light if you’re on your own journey."

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“When the plane goes down, you need to put the oxygen mask on first and save yourself before you can save anyone else,” my best friend said to me, as I realized for years I’d been putting his needs before mine. ✨ Welcome to my home. Welcome to my heart. It’s a hot mess but I’m learning to accept it’s a beautiful mess. ✨ In this home, I’m learning how to be on my own again. In this home, I’m building a business at night while I work days. In this home, I’m learning from my mistakes and as I start this new journey, I pray I find the girl I lost in my relationship and can be a light if you’re on your own journey. ✨ See I’m on a mission creating the life of my dreams but I’m realizing learning how to love myself has been an even bigger mission I didn’t know I needed to go on. ✨ “You should be married by now” – I didn’t want to settle. “You should have kids by now” – I haven’t found the one. “You should own a home by now” – every penny is funding this new project and I’ve never been more hopeful. ✨ I’d be lying if I said there weren’t nights of loneliness. I’d be lying if I said there weren’t nights of doubt but knowing I’m creating a place for people to connect and come exactly as they are is the thing fueling me. ✨ Someone once told me on the other side of fear are your dreams so I’m fearing through this next chapter because I have no idea what’s about to happen. Fear doesn’t own me now, it’s simply pushing me through to the other side when courage isn’t always there. ✨ A couch, a mattress, a desk and my clothes are all I have to my name in this new apartment - this is what starting over looks like – and I couldn’t be more ready to re-build and get out of my own way. Will you join me? ✨ What’s the hardest part about starting over for you? Comment below and double tap if you’ll come with me on this journey! #oxygensaveslives #backtobasics

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It's the only picture she's shared so far, but to hear her tell it, she doesn't have a lot in her place yet.

"A couch, a mattress, a desk and my clothes are all I have to my name in this new apartment - this is what starting over looks like – and I couldn’t be more ready to re-build and get out of my own way," she wrote. "Will you join me?"

Good luck on your next chapter and creating the perfect nest, Jo!

Photo: Jo De La Rosa/Instagram

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