LIFE AFTER THE RUNWAY FT. LELA CHRISTIANA

BACK IN THE BIG D!

Life after reality TV can be an adjustment, but for Project Runway alum, Lela Christiana, she is taking it in stride! Lela was a competitor on Project runway as it made its debut back on Bravo TV. I sat down to catch up with the eco friendly designer and here is what she had to say…

THE Q&A

So tell me, how has life been since returning from Project Runway?

” It has been beyond crazy, I’ve been working non stop and actually right now I’m making a wedding dress AND all bridesmaids dresses for an upcoming wedding. “

What was it like to move into a house with roommates again?

” I got lucky, Tessa was my roommate and closest friend on the show and she’s like a grandma, in bed super early, so that helped me a lot. “

For someone like myself who is not in the fashion world, explain to me what eco friendly designer really means?

” So basically, entering this career I realized how much waste and pollution the fashion community attributes to the world, so I’m a cruelty-free with zero waste designer. I cut my patterns like a puzzle, and only use all natural and organic fabrics. “

So if you are eco friendly, how do you get colored fabrics, don’t the dyes make it non-organic?

” No actually, I use normal household items to dye my fabrics such as kitchen spices, and certain foods will alter the colors of cotton. “

Coming off the heels of the series airing, what was the worst part of the show and the best part?

” Worst part for me specifically was time. Making sure I use as less waste as possible, it’s very time consuming when cutting out patterns. the best part has to be the friendships and career advise I’ve gained throughout the experience. “

How hard was the casting process and what made you decide to apply for the show?

” It was actually my friends who convinced me to apply. I didn’t think I would be good reality TV, then after thinking about it, I knew it would be a good career opportunity. This was actually my first season applying, and I made it on my first shot. “

THE COLLECTION

Lela has since launched her first collection, Ferrah, and is currently gearing up for her next launch. Her items have even been featured on the cover of a country music artist’s album cover. The louisiana native is growing her empire and designing for the most elite of Dallas society. “The show may be over, but it’s only up from here.” Lela says. You can shop all of her collection at Ferrah.co or hit the button below. I had an amazing time catching up with Lela as we are both Louisianimals living in the big D! Thank you Lela, XOXO!

THE ART OF BALANCING WORK LIFE AND MOTHERHOOD FT. REAGAN CHARLESTON

NEW BEGINNINGS!

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Back in the big easy I had the pleasure of catching up with the star of Southern Charm New Orleans, Reagan Charleston, at her gorgeous jewelry store in the french quarter. If you’re a fan of the show, then you will know her life has changed majorly over the past 2 years. Not only did she marry her high school sweetheart, she gave birth to Reece Ellis!  I caught up with Reagan a month after giving birth to baby Reece as she joined her little sister, Reina, for her first day back at work.

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Reagan’s jewelry store is located in a downtown New Orleans shopping center amongst famous designers such as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany’s, and Sak’s. The grand opening of the shop played out on season two of the series. The pieces displayed are all custom designed by Reagan and handmade by her mother. GO MOM! With multiple options and styles available I highly suggest checking them out!

SISTER SISTER…

While Reagan is away enjoying the daily task of motherhood, Reagan Charleston Jewelry is ran by her little sister, Reina!

AND WE’RE LIVE…

After arriving, we sat down to start recording our live Instagram interview. However, Ms. Reece decided she was hungry and did NOT want to be apart of the Bravo Boy shenanigans. “It is very tough, and It will only be worse once Reina is back in school and I’m here by myself with Reece.” But like the boss she is, Reagan pulled it all together and we wrapped our live interview on a good note. Meanwhile as we sat there having a keke on Instagram we noticed a small group of people had gathered, and were waiting outside the store. After snapping a few quick photos and rocking Ms. Reece, customers came in and began shopping. Call her the next Lisa Rinna baby, because she’s got HUSTLE! Reagan never missed a beat between Reece, the interview, and her customers. I have no doubt in my mind that she will soon find that perfect work balance!

DAY MADE!

Dr. Daphne Brown trying on one of Reagan’s necklaces. Dr. Daphne was visiting Louisiana on vacation and stopped by the store every day until she finally got to meet Reagan. Thanks Doc for letting me take these photos!

One thing special about Reagan I noticed was she took the time to talk to every fan who stopped by the shop that day. She made sure each person got to take a photo, and share in a little personal conversation with them. She is very sweet and down to earth, compared to some of her co-stars…. JK!!

CHECK OUT REAGAN’S JEWELRY!

I HAD SO MUCH FUN WITH YOU GORGEOUS! XOXO, BRAVO BOY!

CATCH YOU ALL NEXT WEEK!

STAY TUNED…

TOP 5 #RHOD PREMIERE MOMENTS

BACK IN THE SADDLE…

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Welcome back to a little place I call home, THE BIG D! Season 4 kicked off last night and I had so many thoughts about the episode but didn’t tweet much or share because I was so wrapped up into the lives of these fabulous ladies. So I figured I would share my top 5 thoughts and moments from the season 4 premiere! Getty up!

TOP 5 MOMENTS:

#1- Probably one of the funniest moments of the episode, I loved when LeeAnne was meeting with her wedding planner, Steve Kemble, and production edited a glitter fart into the scene. Bravo has been playing around with some really funny edits lately on all the different series and I live for it!

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#2- Getting into the episode we see D’Andra and Momma Dee visiting Glenn Simmons memorial and D’Andra opens up about the financial status of Hard Night Good Morning and I have to give her props. To literally put your financial struggles on national TV must be hard, but at the same time, so relatable to many viewers! I love her for being so open and honest about her life. She puts the “Real” in Real Housewives!

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#3- Welcome Kary Brittingham!!! I’ve been so excited to watch Kary and finally see some diversity in the franchise. Little did I know, just how good she would be. Coming in her first episode, she’s already carrying bones to pick with castmates and has strong opinions. Not to mention, She’s so funny! She has a dirty since of humor like myself, so I was dying laughing at all her sex jokes. I’m excited to see what she brings the rest of the season. Also… I love her accent!!!!!!!!

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#4- On the downside, I didn’t like how Kary’s introduction was to the group. The way it was edited felt poorly thought out. Kary had already been introduced to the ladies and filmed scenes with them, as they show in the flashback from a dinner the night before. I wish they would have shown the initial introduction to show everybody’s first impressions of Kary Brittingham.

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#5- Last but certainly not least, I knew that meet up was gonna go down like flight 93 on 9/11… but really that was a disaster lmao! I give Brandi and Stephanie an “A” for effort, but it was clear some things still needed to be said. It’s sad to see a friendship fall apart like that on TV, even though it makes great TV, lol! It will be a starting point for D’Andra and LeeAnne, however from the preview of the rest of season, it’s clear it won’t last long.

STAY TUNED…

MEET THE CAST OF MARRIED TO MEDICINE LOS ANGELES!

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STARS ON THE RISE…

I’ve done it again! Just as I was able to reveal the cast of the San Antonio Project, I was able to uncover the cast of Married to Medicine Los Angeles. As Bravo previously announced, the M2M franchise would be expanding despite the failure of Married to Medicine Houston. Last night, October 12, 2018, the women filmed the season finale for their debut season. While little is known about filming, I was able to obtain the following information on the cast.

NOW PAGING DOCTOR…

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DR. IMANI WALKER

PSYCHIATRIST

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ASHA KAMALI

DOCTORS WIFE

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DR. BRITTEN COLE

Anesthesiologist

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JAZMIN ASHLEY JOHNSON

DOCTORS WIFE

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DR. NOELLE REID

FAMILY PHYSICIAN

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SHANIQUE DRUMMOND

DOCTORS WIFE

GET YOUR COATS READY…

According to a source close to production, the show will air in February of 2019. Bravo is moving to 7 nights a week TV scheduling therefore, the new show will most likely have its own premiere night each week. Instead of the previous method of following behind the original Married to Medicine.  so stay tuned…

#RHOD SEASON 3, EPISODE 6 WATCH PARTY!

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BABES AT BOTTLE BLONDE

While many tuned into episode 6 from their living rooms, many including myself, attended the RHOD watch party at Bottle Blonde in downtown Dallas. The party was a hit, raising money for Lone Star Adoptions Agency owned by James Mercer, M.D.

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While we sipped Jesus juice and celebrated with the ladies, LeeAnne attended WWHL and Cary handled other business. D’Andra, Kameron, Brandi, and Stephanie hosted the party, showing off their many businesses for a great cause. Sharing the night with us all was Momma Dee, and honey she was dressed to impress! It was a great night and loved seeing all the people who showed up in support of these fabulous ladies! Driving all the way up from San Antonio, TX, twitter peeps Paul McCain and Travis Hampton joined us all for the evenings festivities.

THE PARTY

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It’s always great seeing D’Andra. Stealing my heart in black, my favorite color, she made her rounds taking photo’s with everyone while stopping to chat real quick. I really have a strong connection to D’Andra. I find her inspiring, and very relatable. Despite what you see on TV, she is the most humble and kind person you will meet. She has given me such great advise over time, as I struggle on making changes in my life. She reminds me so much of my BFF back home. As she, herself, is a no-nonsense straight shooter.  I really look up to D’Andra and love everything she has built for herself. After all, she is one. tough. mother!

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Meeting Kameron was so funny! Her Sparkle Dog booth was set up directly next to our table. She spent the night selling her sparkly pink food and taking photo’s with fans. As things started to calm down, I went up to introduce myself. Leaning in for a hug I said “Hi so nice to finally meet you, I’m the BravoBoy”. Before I could say my real name she freaked! she was like “OMG, I can’t believe you’re here! How are you liking Dallas? You’re so funny I love your content. OMG, hold on I need a selfie for my phone”. She was so sweet and funny, I was kinda shocked she was so thrilled to meet little ole’ me!

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The party was wrapping up whenever I made my way around the bar to meet Stephanie. A mutual friend introduced us and we hugged and said hello. Literally, she is exactly as you see on TV. Very soft-spoken and truly a genuine person. We laughed at how this was a “watch party” however their was not much of that going on. The episode played in the background, but with the amount of people in the venue it was simply just impossible to pay attention to the TV.

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THAT’S A WRAP!

#RHONJ SEASON 9 NEWBIES

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THE SEASON 9 CAST

With the season set to air shortly, I wanted to dive into the upcoming season 9 cast. As we already know, Siggy Flicker has departed RHONJ following a stay at Bellevue Memorial. The returning cast will feature OG Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Margaret Josephs, Dolores Catania, and OG Danielle Staub. Joining the crew this season will be 2 newcomers to the world of Reality TV. This year we will welcome Jackie Goldschneider and Jennifer Aydin to the housewives alum.

SO WHO ARE THEY???

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JACKIE GOLDSCHNEIDER

Former lawyer, Jackie Goldschneider is a newspaper columnist, and freelance writer. The Jersey mommy is married to Evan Goldschneider, and has 2 sets of twins. When she’s not running around town enjoying the soccer mom life, the fabulous lady can be found blogging about the struggles of parenthood. I look forward to seeing what Jackie brings to the series. After all, family and friendships is what RHONJ is all about.

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JENNIFER AYDIN

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Married to renowned Manhattan plastic Surgeon, Jennifer Aydin, is the epitome of a true housewife. The mother of 5 shares her extravagant life with her husband, Dr. Bill Aydin. When she’s not playing the role of mother to her young children, Jennifer can be seen hanging out with all the who’s who of New Jersey society.

STAY TUNED…

While we wait for the highly anticipated ninth season of the franchise, reports keep rolling in that the drama is even bigger than expected. I have learned that although the ladies wrapped filming within the last couple of months, Bravo has returned to the garden state to catch even more drama that started to unfold since filming ended. On August 28th, the following photo was shared by a friend of Dorothy, Margaret, Dolores,  and RHONJ producer hanging out.img_1903

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#RHOD SEASON 3, EPISODE 5 REVIEW

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RODEO BARBIE

Returning from Beaver Creek, the ladies are back in the big D for some Texas size fun. With friendships mended, the ladies are starting fresh, following the adoption disaster.

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Back in Preston Hollow, LeeAnne and Rich have dinner and discuss setting a wedding date. LeeAnne voices her concerns to Rich and the two settle the wedding date debate. I really would love to the two get married, and live happily ever after. They both deserve it!

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Back in Highland Park, Kameron preps for her first World Dog Expo. While setting up her Sparkly decals, Hilton calls Sparkle Dog dumb. Kameron voices her struggles with being a mom and a lady boss. I do hope Kameron continues to thrive in the doggy world gaining her independence. By Kameron following her dreams, it shows her daughter that you don’t need a man to support you!

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LeeAnne heads to D’Andra’s home for some girl chat after talking to Rich about the wedding date. The two besties have a genuine conversation and LeeAnne assures D’Andra all is well in lovers land. Like any best friend, D’Andra gives LeeAnne some tough love advise before changing the subject. When D’Andra shares the friendship status of her and Brandi, LeeAnne warns D’Andra to be careful. Rightfully so, after watching Brandi play both sides last season before stabbing LeeAnne in the back.

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It’s all caution signs and hard hats for Cary! Her and Mark walk through their home with their interior designer to check on construction progress. The home is shaping up, all while making room for more Birkins and skeletons in that closet.

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The next morning, the girls meet at D’Andra modern mansion in Highland Park for a day at the rodeo. Brandi’s long time friend, Joyce Morrison, joins LeeAnne, Kameron, Brandi, and D’Andra for the big event. While the girls are ready for bull riding, Kameron prefers a nice bowl ride; LMAO! The group arrives at the rodeo dressed to impress, as they enjoy a day of texas size fun.

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The rodeo kicks off and the ladies enjoy mechanical bull riding, and shots! LeeAnne burps her way through the jesus juice, while Brandi gets the party started. Shockingly, D’Andra sits down with Brandi and informs her of what LeeAnne had to say at her home the other day. Angry with LeeAnne, Brandi begins to wonder what will come of her and LeeAnnes newly fixed friendship.

While I understand why D’Andra told Brandi, I don’t think the relationship between Brandi and LeeAnne is healthy. My hats off to LeeAnne for even apologizing to Brandi after last season. Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice…

UNTIL NEXT TIME…

MEXICAN DYNASTIES COMING TO BRAVO 2019

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COMING TO BRAVO 2019…

As previously stated, Bravo TV has greenlighted 10 new series for the network as it moves to 7 nights a week TV scheduling. One of the upcoming series released in their press statement is Mexican Dynasties. The show will follow 3 affluent families in Mexico City who have made their fortunes in the film, beverage, and luxury car industry. The following statement was released by Bravo about the series.

SO WHO ARE THEY?

While we wait for the show to grace our TV screens, I’ve obtained the following information about the series. One of the 3 dynasty families will be the Allende family of Mexico City, Mexico. The Allende family is heavily involved in the entertainment and film industry. Two of the family members spotted filming for the upcoming show is Maria Allende and Adan Allende. The family is multi generational, as Maria is the mother of Adan. The following tweet was published by a friend of the family on twitter.

THE ALLENDE FAMILY…

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MARIA ALLENDE

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Maria is married to Fernando Allende and is the mother of Adan. The Latin socialite travels the world and shares post of her family and vacation destinations via social media. In the photo below, Maria can be seen shopping with close friend while reality TV cameras rolled in the background.

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ADAN ALLENDE

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Adan Allende is a Hollywood tripper hitter. The singer, actor, and dancer is a part of Mexico pop culture.  Sharing many photos and videos of his musical talent, Adan keeps people in tune with his life via his website, AdanAllende.com.

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TO BE CONTINUED…

While we wait for more information on the series to come available, I wanted to share what’s known so far about the upcoming series. So stay tuned, we may have another Bravo hit on our hands…

KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE SHOW? EMAIL ME!!

#RHOD SEASON 3, EPISODE 4 REVIEW

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“GOD SAVE THE QUEEN, B…”

The feud continues between Kameron and Stephanie about the word choices Stephanie made. As I understand it is ultimately Brandi’s choice when to share the adoption info, I see where Kameron is coming from. If you look at the time span, Brandi’s baby was born in December. Filming began in February while the surprise party was on March 3rd. So while Brandi made it seems like only days it was kept a secret, in reality, it was 3 months. The next day the group departs on the most awkward van ride to the mountains for some fun in the snow. Brandi explains she felt “targeted” by Kameron, and the two apologize and move on.

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Following Kameron’s itinerary, the girls pair off for some fun on ski mobiles, while enjoying the Colorado scenery. Arriving on top the world, Brandi and D’Andra try to make amends for the third time. At this point if I was D’Andra I would just cut my loses. I feel like Brandi is trying to have an issue with D’Andra for no reason. Apologizing again to Brandi, D’Andra agrees to move on and admits she herself has ADHD.

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Returning to the Westcott mansion, the altitude and booze start to kick in as the girls enjoy some old school college fun. The next morning when learn that D’Andra and LeeAnne got into an alcohol infused argument. Brandi’s hilarious recap of the events was the best moment of the night. The two apparently got into a heated argument over who is the “QUEEN” of the group. The girls come up with an idea to hold a pageant to see who the real Queen of Dallas is.

That day the girls divide for some relaxed fun, pairing off for different activities. Returning for dinner the group sit down for the last supper in the Westcott mountain mansion. The pageant is held and the girls show off their skills in a friendly competition. The game takes a turn for the worst when Brandi asked the girls to give a question to each other. D’Andra kicks it off by asking LeeAnne “Why haven’t you and Rich got married yet?”. LeeAnne explains that the delays in the big day stem from things in her past. LeeAnne fears pushing Rich to marriage will cause a fault in their happy relationship.

D’Andra Fires back with some tough love, telling LeeAnne “You need to get it together bitch, it’s been nine years”. LeeAnne begins to cry and to my surprise, Cary comes to her defense. While people start attacking D’Andra on social media for not “minding her business”, I find myself confused. That is what a true friend does! They don’t tell you what you want to hear, they tell you the truth and what needs to be said. I don’t think D’Andra was being mean at all, she was being a true friend.

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Nurse Cary comes to the rescue as LeeAnne’s lashes begin to fall, ending the tears with a little laughter. Cary is really surprising me this season. She has been so open-minded, and willing to start a new journey of friendship with LeeAnne. At this point LeeAnne has both Cary and Stephanie in her corner, which is a nice change. Moving forward is what will keep the story going for the group. We don’t need another season of 3 against 1.

In the morning as the ladies start to depart one by one, the pageant comes to a rap with the talent portion. Kameron and Brandi judge and make the final decision of who is the Queen of Dallas. While D’Andra shows off her #whiteBeyonce ass skills, LeeAnne spits verses of a rap. Beaver creek comes to an end and all is well between the group, or so we think…

UNTIL NEXT TIME…

FIGHTING THE STIGMA FT. LEEANNE LOCKEN & STEPHANIE HOLLMAN #RHOD

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FIGHTING THE STIGMA…

Stephanie and LeeAnne are standing up against the fight, and making waves in the mental health community. The duo shared their brave stories of depression and suicide  along side mental health advocate, Vanessa Fernandes, at North Park Mall last Saturday. After opening up on camera about their past,  Stephanie and LeeAnne partnered with the Nation Alliance of Mental Health and Nordstrom to spread awareness and support for the community. The new friends took photo’s with fans and shared their message with attending guest. Battling my own demons in the past, I relate so much to Stephanie’s story and glad that she decided to share it with us on episode two.

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MY STORY…

Many choose to tell their stories, while most tend to hide things from the ones they love most. I myself, am a hider. Housewives is more than a show for me. While its crazy and fun to watch, it gave me an escape from life. For that one hour it airs, i’m submerged into the lives of others, forgetting all of my personal struggles. My story with mental health began as a gay teen growing up in a small town in the deep south. Unaware of any other gay people in my community, I began the battle with my inner self. Is something wrong with me? Why am I not normal? What will my life be like living a lie? Why me?…

With no one to turn too, this began eating away at me bit by bit. The more I tried to hide it the more depressed I became. I was a fat bullied gay teen living in the south with close minded family members. Slowly this started to effect my self-esteem. I didn’t want this life, I just wanted to be normal! Sinking further into the dark I knew I couldn’t handle living like this for the rest of my life…

I turned to the one thing that seemed to always make people happy, drugs. This began my downward spiral in life that luckily, came to a sudden Halt! But sadly, not before taking a little piece of me with it. As my academics started to slip, I became heavily involved in the wrong crowd. While it wasn’t a fix to my problems, being high kept me from being in my head and swimming in my feelings. It made me happy, and laugh hysterically for no reason. It came to a point where I was no longer able to function being sober. I was so sad, depressed, and alone I couldn’t handle being in my right state of mind. One dark night after being called a “Fag” in the middle of class, I thought to myself, I could just end the pain and all it would take is a bottle of water and a few pills.

This was the darkest time of my life. I remained in an altered state fighting the depression for several months before my parents caught on to everything I was doing. The same day they found out their innocent child was poisoning his body with substances, is the same day they found out I was gay. It was a rough few days in my household, but hearing my parents say they accept me made the pain start to fade. Slowly I started to come out to more and more people who supported me, boosting my confidence. I began to remember what life was like before I realizing I was different.

That dark place was the beginning of starting my path to the person I am today. Getting back to a normal routine, I began to remember on all those dark nights how this little reality show brung me so much happiness. Yes the show is full of drama and petty bullshit, but It was my escape from life. It allowed me to transport myself into another world that I would typically not be accustom too. I started to relate to these women and see that being vulnerable is not a bad thing, its normal. And most importantly, it’s healthy to your mental state! In life there will always be ups and downs, however having the right people who support you by your side is crucial.

Starting my new life here in Dallas, has helped me so much. I’ve gained this feeling of inner confidence and reliability in myself. I moved here with zero friends and/or family in the area. It has taught me to be independent, and that I can do anything if i set my mind to it. As the days have now turned into a month, I’ve realized the world has so much to offer than I ever felt living back home. Dallas is very gay friendly, therefore I don’t feel judged or in defense mode when going out in public. I have FINALLY reached that point in my life where I feel accepted, loved, and most importantly; worthy of myself.

THAT WAS A MOUTHFUL…

Now that I’m finished rambling on about my life, I want to thank Stephanie, LeeAnne, and also the other ladies of RHOD. They have been so kind, accepting, and loving to not only me, but the entire RHOD support group. I love these ladies and following their journey in life, and on camera. So keep on shining Stephanie and LeeAnne! You ladies truly are…

✨🌟STARS🌟✨