i spent my birthday on the road
(singing, giggling, storytelling, snacking,
discovering, feeling and crying)

tender times call for simple pleasures

we drove and drove
eighteen hours to be exact
(in a row, only stops made
to let me and the pups pee)

oh and by “we”
(by we drove), i mean he drove
(credit given where credit is due)
i don’t like driving
or operating heavy machinery
i am way too inclined to be spacey
(drifting in and out of fantasy)
to accept such responsibility
in this carbon based reality
(i take on plenty of liability as it is,
living as i do)

and perhaps it is the lack of sleep
or maybe it is the beauty we encountered
at nearly every turn
but by the end of the drive
(as we pierced through the sunrise
and pulled up to another place we call home)
i felt certain
this year of mine
is going to be different from last year
this year is going to be more
like the last eighteen hours,
full of music, laughter, learning,
exploring, eating yummies,
and sure tears
(maybe even sobbing)
but mostly (tears) because i am just so moved
by how exquisite life is

mostly because i can feel myself
getting ready to let go,
to choose me
and so much different
(once i am clear, impeccably clear
what it is i am most wanting)

mostly because i know that feeling
(of releasing while safekeeping)
and it is perfectly bittersweet,
inevitably tearful,
weepy even
so that the water can do
what it is meant to do,
cleanse you
hydrate you –
only what is
most true

yes, that
some version of
out with the old,
in with the new…

❤ Emily Joy Rosen

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Emily Rosen is the co-owner and CEO of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and public relations, and keeps a pulse on the fields of eating psychology and nutrition to ensure the Institute’s position as a leader worldwide. Emily makes things happen. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to speak and present internationally and be at the forefront of a new generation of women leaders committed to making a heartfelt difference in the world. Her tireless work and faithful commitment have touched the lives of millions of fans and followers worldwide.