It is crazy to think that a year has gone by since I decided to share the next chapter of
my life with my friends and family, for all the world to see. I knew that this experience would
challenge my emotions and relationships, but would ultimately open many doors for exciting,
new opportunities. The anticipation leading up to the premiere of Secrets and Wives was killer. I
constantly vacillated between being overwhelmed with nerves or excitement. All I could think
about was how are my kids going to feel about the show airing and how am I going to be
portrayed on television? Throughout this entire process I continuously stood my ground and
stayed true to myself. Not only did I want to set an example for my children, but I wanted to
show the world how I am a real, relatable wife, mother, and friend. Despite my nerves for the
show to begin, I cannot explain how excited I am to share my story with the world. From the
challenges of raising teenage daughters to starting a new business, Truth + Beauty, with my
husband, I am privileged to have the support of my friends, family, and viewers during this
learning experience. I believe so deeply in my mission and the purpose of Truth + Beauty, and I
can’t wait to let you all inside the world of my beauty playground.
…And just like that, the night of the premiere was here. My first stop of the evening was to one of my favorite spots on Long Island to eat, 388 Restaurant. As I walked in I was overwhelmed with the amount of people crowded around me. I felt as if I was having an out of body experience! People from all walks of life greeted me and gave me their good wishes. The best and most meaningful part of being at 388 was when my three daughters walked through the doors and surprised me. Being the emotional person that I am, my eyes welled with tears of joy. They radiated support and having my husband and daughters by my side washed my nerves away. After I mingled and took pictures on the “step and repeat” with the ladies of Secrets and Wives, it was time to watch our big debut. As our faces came into focus on the large television screens, I could not help but feel like I was watching a home video. How was it possible that my friends and I were on national television?! Eager to see the reactions of my family and friends, I began to move my gaze around the room. To much of my surprise, everyone was laughing and having a good time, offering up their support and praise. It felt amazing to be surrounded by my true friends and family during this milestone in my life. As the show was airing, I was shocked to see all the feedback I was receiving on social media. Months after I had gotten accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, my daughters would always tell me that my “follower to following” ratios were horrible and that I got no likes. Kids these days!!! When I showed the three of them all the traffic I was receiving in what is supposed to be “their realm,” even they could not hide their astonishment. It was so interesting
learning how to interact and live tweet back and forth with my new Twitter fans. There was little negative feedback, but I tried to stick to Taylor Swift’s montra “Haters gonna hate” and to “Shake it off” LOL! I couldn’t believe how there were people out in the world rooting for me and choosing to come along with me on my journey.
Aside from the events and excitement of the premiere of Secrets and Wives, this week I took a trip to the Belmont Stakes with my horse enthusiast of a husband, Sandy. It was incredible to witness history being made when “American Pharaoh” won the Triple Crown for the first time in 37 years. When the horse crossed the finish line, the crowd was cheering so loudly that the stands began to shake. As you can imagine, Sandy was in heaven. Later in the week Sandy and I attended a charity event for Meals on Wheels, with our long time friends. It was a great night had by all supporting and helping the senior citizens of our country. What a crazy week it has been! From long hours at Truth + Beauty to the many events I attended this week, I can confidently say that I am in for a crazy ride. I am excited for the second episode of Secrets and Wives to air, so all of you can see my story unfold. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me further down the road. Stay tuned!!!