Teresa Giudice is an inspiration

Written by on September 25, 2012 in Uncategorized - 19 Comments

We’ve established that there are some fangirl tendencies hopping around in my noggin here, here and here. Oh, and here.

We’ve also established that I love a Barbie Cake, especially ones made by Heather. Since last year’s birthday Barbie Cake was a Kim Zolciak of the Real Housewives of Atlanta fame, you know it made sense to make a Teresa Giudice Barbie Cake when we were invited to meet her at a blogger event with the Balancing Act Road Tour.

Heather and Teresa have matching cupcake aprons. Samesies!

Heather worked her magic on the cake. Kelly and I consulted and had Barbie Teresa make us drinks. We’re good at that.

We also took some video. We’re not good at that. Once our Emmy Award-winning video editor, Susan, gets hold of it, it will be fit for public consumption.

When we met Teresa this weekend, I had an epiphany. Teresa Giudice is an inspiration.

Teresa Giudice flips a table. Image courtesy of BravoTV.

You think Bravo took the cost of the damages out of her check? Image courtesy of BravoTV.

I feel like I know her. She comes to my house once a week with her family and friends and flips tables when she’s mad. (Which is frankly bad ass. Who hasn’t wanted to call someone a “prostitution whore” and flip a table over at a restaurant? I know it can’t just be me. Or maybe I should audition for the Real Housewives of the Carolinas.) I’m not saying she’s perfect, but she’s a real person with real feelings who makes mistakes.

I know the Real Housewives shows are partially scripted and the producers cajole the cast into fighting over manufactured drama. But even when edits are made for entertaining TV, the joy and the pain we see are real.

She told us she feels like fame has ruined her family. And when she said that, the hurt in her eyes let us know it was true for her.

She’s also someone who is dealing with a self-imposed life “On Display.”  (Sorry. Had to.) The past few years with her husband’s possible infidelity and legal issues that may lead to jail time for him, financial troubles, discord among her family members and her best friend, all while trying to be a good mom to four daughters and manage a career are a lot to handle. Some of these problems may be of her own making, but what I like about Teresa is that she is tenacious. Even in the shadow of all of that, she keeps smiling and pushing on–working and putting herself out there. It’s a reminder that even when your world isn’t what you expected or wanted, you can’t give up. If Teresa is doing it, certainly I should be, too.

She’s doing things most of us aren’t willing to do. She’s being who she is, even when it isn’t pretty, or selling her rights to be portrayed any other way. She’s doing it for our entertainment, and we like it.

It’s really easy to judge her for that. But these are real people, and yes, they choose to put their lives on TV and are paid to do so. There is probably a part of them that likes the attention they get from it, negative or no.

But the difference in Teresa’s case is that her fellow cast members are her sister-in-law, her cousin, her (former) best friend and her sister-in-law. These aren’t people who were acquaintances when they started the show. These are real families and friendships that have been torn apart on national television.

Standing there listening to her talk so openly about her life was strange since she didn’t know any of the 12 of us, but I guess stars of reality shows get used to people knowing all of their business. What I also didn’t expect was how gorgeous she is. Her skin and hair are flawless. She’s as pretty as her Barbie Cake.

Special thanks to the Balancing Act Road Tour for the opportunity to spend the day with their associates and meet Teresa.

Have you ever been surprisingly inspired by someone? Tell me about it in the comments. 





19 Comments on "Teresa Giudice is an inspiration"

  1. thedoseofreality September 25, 2012 at 9:30 am · Reply

    It was a great day! I was genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed having her talk to us. She was so open and honest, and it was quite refreshing! Loved this post, especially the behind the scenes creating of the Barbie cake…cannot wait for the video! :)

    • Tricia September 25, 2012 at 9:39 am · Reply

      I really was impressed with her. That video will probably not be so impressive, but we were entertained. :)

  2. Abbie Gale September 25, 2012 at 9:46 am · Reply

    I totally agree! I thought she was stunning in person. I sounded like a crazy woman going on to my friends about how beautiful she was and how unusual she is. Anyway, it was awesome meeting you in real life! Hope next time it is under circumstances that would involve a cocktail. ;)

    • Tricia September 25, 2012 at 9:52 am · Reply

      Abbie, I was so glad to meet you in person. Please come down and visit so we can have cocktails and Heather’s cake any time!

  3. Abbie Gale September 25, 2012 at 9:48 am · Reply

    Oh, and some of that cake or any cake made by Heather!

  4. Kristen September 25, 2012 at 11:17 am · Reply

    I totally agree! I loved that she said that we’re allowed to say we know her even if we are just fans! She’s a real person and what you see is what you get, table flipping and all! It was so great to finally meet you and I’m down for dinner and cocktails anytime! Or just cocktails!

    • Tricia September 25, 2012 at 11:19 am · Reply

      Yeah, I’ll tell everyone I know her. How are they going to prove I don’t? I HAVE A PICTURE!

      Cocktails. Dinner. Soon!

  5. Erin @ The Grass Skirt September 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm · Reply

    It is so cool that you met her! Kelly Pickler recently inspired me when she shaved her head for a friend who has cancer. Audrey Hepburn has always been an inspiration too. She was just so kind and compassionate…not to mention elegant. Glad that you had such a great experience! :)

    • Tricia September 25, 2012 at 8:34 pm · Reply

      I saw that about Kelly Pickler-that really impressed me.

  6. Amiyrah September 25, 2012 at 8:18 pm · Reply

    This was such a fantastic post. I would have never thought to see her in that light. And that cake? It looks like a Fabillini on steroids. Deliciously naughty.

    • Tricia September 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm · Reply

      I think she maybe thought we were making fun of her with that cake-but we really weren’t. I just really like Barbie cakes and Heather is nice enough to make them look like Real Housewives for me.

  7. Lauren Giannetti September 27, 2012 at 2:58 am · Reply

    Enjoyed this post, very behind the scenes and an intimate portrait about the REAL Real Housewife! So glad you all came out to The Balancing Act on Lifetime’s Road Tour to hang with us. Good times ;)

    • Tricia September 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm · Reply

      Thanks again for having me-it was a great day!

  8. Andrea September 28, 2012 at 9:36 am · Reply

    Lov e this post, girl. I’m not a Real Housewives fan of any show – but I haven’t watched them cause I know I’d get sucked in. Totally.

    Im glad she’s real and seems down to earth. Very cool you got to meet her but you know I’m more jealous of all the bloggy-friend-real-life-time you had with the peeps. ;)

    I need to come to Clt soon and just hang. Is it cool that I totally invited myself? Oh, good. xo

    • Tricia September 28, 2012 at 9:39 am · Reply

      You will get sucked in. It’s crack. I can’t help myself.

      It was so good to see everyone there-love my CLT bloggy pals.

      And you come down here anytime. We’d love it!

  9. Julie Kaloz September 30, 2012 at 1:08 am · Reply

    Wow – I’m having a Southern Sparks reading marathon tonight and truly impressed with your authentic writing – such truer words could not have been written any better. Real Housewives is a guilty pleasure of mine but I’m sad to see how they start out happy and get sort of “beaten down” over the seasons, Teresa included. Teresa is hugely tenacious – we should nickname her Tenacious Teresa, Her ability to keep moving forward is unmatched. BTW, I tried out her first Skinny Italian cookbook and it was fabulous.
    I’m saddened to read about what she said. Since I’m in a reflective mood, it reminds me not to get too caught up in the drama of my own family life. Words are powerful . . . particularly to women, therefore, I am instructing myself to say or write three positive things to my sister-in-laws this week (I’m sure I need to balance out any “oops, didn’t mean to say that” type things I’ve said to them).

    • Tricia September 30, 2012 at 10:50 am · Reply

      Julie, you are one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I know. Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments. I really appreciate it. xoxo

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