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Lydia's Life-Changing, Rookie Year

The newest Orange County Housewife reflects on why she joined the show and how it's changed her life.

By Lydia McLaughlin

The 100th episode of RHOC was really fun to watch. I moved up to Orange County when I graduated from college and the first season of the show was just beginning to air. I have to admit. . .I didn't watch the show back then, but I remember hearing about it and what a cultural phenomenal it was. Never in a million years would I have predicted that seven seasons later I would be a Houeswife. It's so funny how life works out!

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The OC Through The Years

I really loved walking down memory lane with the various ladies and witnessing their respective highs and lows -- from their dramas to their fashion choices to their amazing travels to their romantic situations to their friendships to the parties they hosted and attended and everything in between. This show really did and does put it all out there for you to see.

I don't know about you, but I thought it was SO educational to be reminded of what had transpired before I got my orange and joined the RHOC family. Wow, there is a lot of history there! I'm just incredibly grateful that the women have been so welcoming to me!

As I reflect on my rookie year, there is no disputing that the the show has changed my life for good and for bad. I've made great friends and have lasting memories with them. However, I didn't realize how hard it would be to put myself and the people I love out there for the whole world to judge and to comment on. God has a plan for each of us and thankfully I trust in that. I hope you've liked the silliness and light hardheartedness that I've brought to the franchise. It's been a lot fun and I'm so glad I said yes. As my mom always says, "You can't take a good time away after you've already had it."

Thank you for you being such amazing and supportive fans.

If you're not already doing so, you can follow me on Twitter (@OCLydia), Instagram (@OCLydia) and Facebook. And for all things Lydia visit


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