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    RHONJ Blog – We are all survivors.

    Did this week’s episode of the RHONJ go as you thought it would? I have to admit that I was a little nervous myself about what to expect during our little getaway to Crystal Springs. Jacqueline and I calmed each other’s nerves by acting like a bunch of teenagers during our drive. We snacked on Cracker Jacks (did you like Jacqueline’s teeth?) and we had a Bazooka Bubble Gum contest

to see how much gum we could shove in our mouths. The beginning of our spa getaway started out with a little tension between Teresa and Jacqueline, but thankfully it ended up being an incredible bonding experience for all of us. During this quick trip, I really got to know all of the girls better, and for the first time I got to see Teresa’s endearing side. It was lovely to see Teresa and Jacqueline enjoy each other’s company and not bring up the past. How can you move forward if you keep bringing up what’s already happened? It’s not easy to break through walls that others put up, especially when both sides are going through unimaginably tough times. One thing the five of us have in common is that we’ve all made it through difficult times; we are all SURVIVORS. We have all pulled through, and will continue to pull through whatever life throws at us. Michael and I weren’t always financially comfortable – in fact, we were the complete opposite when I first met him and we fell in love. I adore my husband for who he is, what he stands for, and the fact that he loves me for ME – all the rest that has followed has been icing on the cake for us. The decision to divorce Mark was a tremendous risk that I was willing to take to find my own happiness. The beginning wasn’t easy, and I am beyond thankful that I had the support of my parents to help me through. My Mom and Dad gave up their home to move in with the kids and me so we could maintain as much normalcy as possible. Because of them, I was able to head back to work as a Matchmaker in Manhattan, doing what I always loved to do. During these years, I ran the tri-state area’s Model Quality Introductions – the largest matchmaking company in the country. I know my ticket into Heaven is going to be the fact that I’ve brought thousands of people together and am responsible for the births of hundreds of babies! I’ve also written a book, Write Your Own Fairy Tale, where I share some of my greatest relationship advice. You see, by giving up my lifestyle and everything I was comfortable with, I found true happiness — and I’ve helped so many others find their happiness as well. I’m proof that if you’re willing to take risks in life, beautiful things can happen! My experiences are my expertise!!! It was my mission in joining the cast of the RHONJ to use my skills to bring unity back to the show. However, it’s important to remember that you can lead a horse to water, but if it’s not thirsty, it’s not going to take that drink. Siggy XO