Take a look below to learn about Melissa, local mom and founder & operator of Moonful Mama & Spirit + Soul Studio.
Why do you love living in our area?
I love Long Island because of the shared values and community. I love that everything that we need is only a 20 minute drive (at least not during rush hour! Ha!). Being born and raised here on the Island, I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. It’s also so inspiring the see the spiritual and metaphysical curious community growing here and to be a part of it!
How many kids do you have and what are their ages?
I am a boy Mama to a sweet boy named Paulie who’s 3 and a mini goldendoodle named Bailey. Paulie is a free spirited soul who’s a Taurus and loves all things macaroni and cheese, crystals and peppa pig.
Why did you decide to launch your business?
I decided to launch my first business, Moonful mama in 2018 when I got the calling on my life to leave my full time psychotherapy career to start my own soulful driven business. My journey has had many twists & turns… Stuck. Confused. Overwhelmed. And… Pregnant. That was how I would have described myself (not out loud of course!) in 2017. I was a clinical social worker, burnt out, anxious, and pregnant. I was so confused how I got to this place after putting so much time into my higher education and career. Every day I would dread going to work. I was so burnt out from being a full time therapist but I was also hiding my spiritual self by hiding crystals in my office, and pulling oracle cards in between sessions for divine support. It was like I was living two separate lives. Have you ever hid part of yourself because of the messaging you received from our culture or your life experience?I had a shift when I learned…How we are naturally connected to the divine and the creative cycles of life. When I had my “second” spiritual awakening in 2017, I realized that as Women we are pure magic. We can literally create and sustain life from inside our bodies. But from this pace energetically we can create and sustain anything we want. ANYTHING. I learned more about the moon, our inner “moon”, the seasons on earth and a cyclical way of doing life and business that is sustainable, aligned, and magical.
Tell us more about your business!
I launched Moonful Mama in 2018, and decided to take my impact to the next level by joining forces with Tiffany Cohen and co-founded Spirit + Soul Studio in 2021 to help Women manifest their best life through modern solutions and classes to those on their spiritual path and journey. At Spirit + Soul Studio we offer: virtual classes, in person classes/workshops, metaphysical/inspirational products, moon circles, sacred ceremonies, psychic services, energy healing and more!
What motivates you?
My mission is to help women like you do the same. I will give you sacred tools to help you conceptualize how to tap into your own inner wise woman and birth your dream life or business vision into reality. I walk you through the process of: creating sacred space in your day, how to embody your most authentic self in this lifetime, curating sacred self-care practices, owning the power of cyclical living for personal transformation and business strategy, and how to move your passionate purpose to sustained abundance so you can shine in all your phases of growth, just like the Moon. I am here to help Women close that gap in an aligned, sacred and intentional way. We will cultivate clarity around your deepest desires, inherent gifts and values so you can amplify your inner magic in this lifetime. Our soulful approaches to well-being, healing, transformation, and soulful biz strategy are unmatched. We weave a tapestry of ancient wisdom, mindfulness, healthy mindset cultivation with the spiritual and intuitive. Our approaches honor you, your journey, and your unique spiritual path.
What is the best mom advice you can give?
Some advice for Mamas would be: Let go of the “shoulds” so you can be your most empowered self, your child’s soul chose yours for a reason, don’t doubt your magic, and community care is self-care, so find your village and lean on them!