Season 5 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey is finally coming to an end. And with it is (hopefully) the end of three long seasons of Teresa Giudice feuding with her sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga, and her husband, Joe. This week on her Bravo blog, she talks about the end of the season and how the show has changed her.

“Of all the reunions I’ve ever been to, this one was the best,” Teresa blogged. “Compared to other years, I guess what I’m most proud of is how I didn’t let other people upset me. That old table-flipping Teresa is long gone. I’ve learned a lot by watching myself on television, and I hope I’ve changed for the better. We’re all works in progress and we’ll all keep growing.”¬†

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Especially considering that the last two reunions have ended on a less than positive note, Teresa thinks that there is real hope between her and her family to really work things out.

“I’ve never tried to hurt [Joey] or Melissa,” Teresa wrote.”I only care about my family. Hopefully we’ve wiped the slate clean and can start over from here now. Since my family is in the public eye, we’ve got to be strong, we’ve got to support each other, and we’ve got to stand united. I never want to go back to that dark place with my family again.”

Teresa asserts that she has changed since she started filming RHONJ. She no longer lets her temper get the best of her or resorts to violence to solve her problems.

“I’m done done done with all this family drama. If anyone wants to keep believing I did things that I didn’t do, that’s on them. I’ve apologized, I’m trying to move forward with my life, and to me, that chapter is closed. I’m never going to get to that ugly place with anyone again. I just won’t allow it. I won’t allow anyone to drag me in.”

Teresa is also trying to keep a positive approach to her legal troubles.

“I choose to stay positive. I really believe that being positive and being happy is a choice,” she explained. “It’s hard to keep moving forward, keep working and keep your head up, but that’s what strong women do. Especially being a mom, I can’t fall apart. I have four little girls looking at me to see how to handle bad times. I want to set a good example for them because life involves bad times. You have to know how to cope and not to crumble.”

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Gina Pusateri

Contributing Writer, BuddyTV