After just one season on The Real Housewives of Orange County, Lydia McLaughlin is bowing out, telling Us Weekly that she’s decided not to return to the Bravo reality show for Season 9.

“It’s bittersweet,” Lydia told the mag. “I compare it to breaking up with a boyfriend you know you’re not going to end up with — it’s hard, but overall you know you’re doing the right thing.”

Lydia, the adorable mom of two with a quirky personality, isn’t the only Orange County gal leaving the hit series. Back in September, it was announced that both Gretchen Rossi (who debuted in Season 4) and Alexis Bellino (who debuted in Season 5) were fired from the reality series. If you’re doing your math, this leaves only three housewives left on the founding series: veteran Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney, and Heather Dubrow.

“I never wanted to make a career out of being a housewife,” Lydia says, assuring viewers that there’s “no epic story” behind her decision to quit. “That’s never really been a dream of mine.”

Since Alexis and Gretchen were fired, that means that Lydia was asked to return. And while the now-former housewife said she was “really flattered” that producers asked her back, it just wasn’t in the cards for her. In fact, she’s venturing out to build her own brand outside of the show.

“I definitely don’t have any regrets,” she continues. “I got to be kind of a different voice — I think that my fans love the love and positivity that I brought.”

And while Lydia says she isn’t sure if she’ll ever watch RHOC again, she’s not afraid to venture into reality TV again.

“I definitely have plans to continue to sparkle fairy dust and be a light!” Lydia shares. “I want to develop our own reality show about our magazine [she and husband Doug own Beverly Hills Lifestyle] and all the glitz and glamour involved with publishing it.”

Carson Blackwelder is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!