Hi baby dolls! So we're back, but it's kind of weird because what you're watching on RHONJ now was all filmed a year ago, and a lot has happened since then. I've been blessed with some amazing opportunities like Celebrity Apprentice, which I filmed from October until December. (And I'll be on the live season finale May 20!) So what you see on Celebrity Apprentice is a pretty good picture of me, as I am now.
Doing Celebrity Apprentice, helping raise money for sick kids, getting involved in everyone's charities, really changed my perspective on things. I'm in a much better place now than I was a year ago. I'm focusing on the truly important things in life like helping find a cure for kidney disease with NephCure. It's made me see that the problems we think are big on Housewives pale in comparison to what children like Matthew Levine go through. Can you imagine your 8-year-old child having to take 15 pills a day just to survive? I feel so blessed to have healthy friends and family, and I never want to take that for granted by focusing on petty drama like gossip and tabloids.
Right now, life is really good and we're all really happy! My businesses, my books, and my new Fabellini drink are doing great, and like a lot of you I hope, things are much better for us financially.
The economy was really tough two years ago, especially if you were in construction and owned buildings like Joe and I did. When our tenants couldn't pay their mortgage, we couldn't pay the building mortgage. We filed for bankruptcy, and the amount was huge because it included the full mortgage on several buildings. Of course, good news isn't reported as often as bad news, but here's our good news: the banks were able to sell our buildings, which was most of our debt, so we withdrew our bankruptcy petition and are working on paying off the rest of our debt ourselves! It was a very tough year, especially having pieces of it misreported in the media, but we made it through. And I think we're stronger than ever. Joe and I are great, our marriage is great, and of course, our four beautiful daughters are amazing.