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Melissa Gorga: To Joe, Family Is Everything

Melissa explains why her new career is causing so much friction between her and Joe.

By Melissa Gorga

Hi Everyone –

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The first few weeks back to school have been absolutely hectic! I hope you are all getting back into the rhythm again. I’ll get right into it. Watching these last two episodes you really get to see the struggle Joe and I have been going through balancing both work and family life. Our babies are now all in school and are growing up so fast. I think we can all agree that it is a tough transition as parents to let them leave the “nest” so to speak. I am dreading the day college drop-off comes around!

Antonia’s Father/Daughter dance was one my absolute favorite moments of this season. She looked gorgeous and Joe looked so sharp in his suit. It is really important for Joe and I to be there for special moments like these and to raise well-rounded, thoughtful and caring children. We are so proud of Antonia and the young woman she is becoming. I live for these moments.

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On top of school starting, I am also navigating running my own business and working with a partner while managing our home, and as you can see Joe has been very vocal about his feelings. It truly is a double-edged sword. Joe is so supportive (he built Envy!), but he is also very traditional and set in his ways. He wants me to be successful and follow my passion for wanting to own my business yet gets frustrated when I am at the store instead of home cooking dinner, and honestly it has just been a HUGE change for all of us.

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The first year of getting a business off the ground requires A LOT of time and that’s what was causing friction between Joe and I, because I couldn’t get everything done while the kids were in school and needed his help.

To Joe, family is everything and I absolutely love that about him. It is the core piece to leading a fulfilling and happy life, and I really have been feeling the pressure to do my best at both jobs. I have been a full-time mom and now with the kids away most of the day at school, I need to do something for myself that I can own and be proud of.

Joe and I are still figuring out this new daily routine. At the end of the day, I just to want to feel the same sense of achievement he does. His resistance in accepting this new normal had just added to the confusion I had been feeling, which is what you saw on the last episode. I think what makes our marriage so strong is that we are able to communicate and listen to each other. I really heard him when he said he needed that family time again, which is why I think the dinner we had was such a healing moment in this episode.

The rest of the season is going to be explosive. Make sure to tune in THIS Sunday and watch me on WWHL after our show.

Lots of love always,


P.S. If you don't live in New Jersey you can still shop all of our fun styles at Envy! Visit our online boutique at And follow me @MelissaGorga on Instagram,TwitterFacebook and Snapchat or visit


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