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For some of you that might not know, last week I made the decision to cancel all the Summer 2020 retreats at my Italian Cooking school. It was with a heavy heart that I made this call.

I had a huge meltdown as I clicked refund, refund, refund. Not because of the revenue lost, but because I was looking so forward to meeting you and I realized this was not going to happen.

But after my ugly cry that left me looking like a red-faced, puffy, hot mess I pulled up my big girl panties and moved forward. I rolled over the retreat dates for the summer of 2021 and refocused and shifted gears and I trusted that the Universe had another plan for me.

I knew I wanted to find another way to connect with you, so I have decided to create an online program and podcast for you. Does this shift in trajectory scare the crap out of me??? Hell yeah. I have no clue how to do either of these things.

But that has never stopped me before. And you should not let your fears, doubts, and excuses keep you trapped in a life that is less than you deserve. Get over the roadblocks you keep putting in your way.

Stop falling back on the same old lies that keep you stuck. Stop telling yourself you are not thin enough, smart enough, lucky enough, rich enough, brave enough, or talented enough to go after your dreams.

YOU ARE ENOUGH!! You are exactly the way God intended you to be. But if you want to bring about meaningful change in your life, you are going to have to push yourself past your comfort zone. You are going to have to deal with the discomfort and insecurity that comes with change.

But I believe in you. You’ve got this. You are not traveling alone. You have been picked to share your light with humanity. And right now, we could all use a little more light.

I’m going to be creating a brand-new community for you. And I do my best work when I create in silence. So, you may see less of me on social. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love you. Quite the opposite. I adore you so much that I want to bring you something extra special that will help you transform your life.

It is because of you that I have the courage to change direction. So, thank you for the outpouring of love, support, and advice. I would be so grateful if you would send me suggestions for topics you want me to address in the podcasts and my new coaching program. Stay safe and I will see you on the other side.

Love, light, and blessings xx


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I'm Melissa, your host & tour guide.

A Food Network chef, author, mamma, eternal optimist, wannabe-mermaid, spice mixologist, and “dough therapist” (yep, it’s a thing)—

I'm also the founder of Susina Cucina, the gorgeous, Italian cooking school I manifested into my reality. I’m obsessed with Aperol spritzes, travel, and mouthwatering food… especially pizza and pasta.

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