Oh, this
I needed
It’s tempting
I admit (mostly to myself)
to choose the “lesser life”
I notice
myself telling
about how I am satisfied
or okay
when the truth is
I am terrified
that what I want
will not be possible
for me

Some days
I wake
life surging
through every last ounce
of me
But it’s not uncommon
to find myself
a little
as I own that this
is no longer what I want
not for me
not with any kind of regularity

is confronting
for me
a girl who loves familiarity
a woman who has had
the same morning ritual for years
eats the same lunch daily
and has used the same products
since I was 15

I find great comfort
in things staying the same
I almost never crave variety
But as it becomes clear
that a shift
is near
I am reminded
to choose the life
that has me lit
from the inside
that has me breathing fire
that has me salivating
almost embarrassingly

This is how I know
I chose well
This is how I know
I chose well for me

It isn’t about “getting more”
energy from chemical aids
or setting goals
so we know
where we’re going

It’s about
the life
that has us
and inspired

It’s about choosing
the life
that is yours
Yes, yours

I hope you
hear me

May you choose
May you choose you

And may you live
live the life
that is

❤ 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.