relentlessly-blessed-1

I have not been doing
some of the things
I know
are good for me
Like writing
writing daily

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holding-my-own-hand-1

I have been wobbling
between scrambled,
troubled and lost lately
Mostly underwater,
joy gets some breath
but only when I emerge

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practice-the-pause1

I am learning
to value
different things
like friendship
fun and
deep connection

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even-the-sky-1

The choking feeling
has been there for so long
I only notice
I am self-suffocating
when it gets so intense
I find it hard to breathe

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wanting-me-1

They say
honesty
is the best policy
but I didn't want to know
I didn't want to hear
or see

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dating-kryptonite-1

And then
sometimes
we fall
in love
with our
kryptonite

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and-she-learned-to-laugh1

And the storms
came
for her
and she learned
to laugh
never in spite

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remembering-our-humanity1

And sometimes
the world opens again
and a warm heart drops in
a tender hand is offered
and eyes kiss
reminding us

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fear-touching-fear1

Trauma got hit again
but this time
I stayed in
as me
this 35 year old
Emily

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bonding-again1

I was bonding again
and it felt
almost good
but as I got close
I remembered
what it felt like

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how-is-your-heart-1

Tell me about your heart...
Usually that question
feels contrived to me
A way to create intimacy
immediately, almost too easily
And I have learned

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i-want-1

What do you want
he said
his certainty
pressed into me
I found myself
choking on the urge

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love-liar-1

He wasn't
who he said
he was
But in all fairness
I wasn't either
Love

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permission-granted-1

It seems to me
that we often ask
for advice
when what
we really want
is permission

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scars-of-you-and-me-1

sometimes love
takes a sharp left
and you find yourself
feeling crazy
because what you thought
you knew

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friendship-true-ejr

Some people
get in deeper
taking home
in you
turning even
the cold

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daddy's-day

I could write
a million poems
about you
but nothing
could ever truly express
the deepest gratitude

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complete-enough (1)

I don't know
perhaps it doesn't
ever end
the way we planned
perhaps
I should

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you-are-who-you-choose-to-be

You are not
where you are
nor are you
where you have been
and you will not be
where you are going

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let-love-leave

And sometimes
we just give up
And all the stories
we told
dissolve
becoming

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yes-more-of-that-please

I have never had
much stomach
for bragging
I find myself cringing
at those I find boastful
but it isn't clean

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pick-your-battles

"Pick your battles"
he said
and though I knew it was not
it felt like a threat
I used to never choose war
I was committed

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all-the-women-in-me

Yes, this
Today, this
And rightfully so
It has been full on lately
in my outer (and inner) world
I used to judge myself harshly

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grieve

And I
scream
no
just as the
night merges
with day

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motherhood

On the heels of Mother’s Day
I have been reflecting…
Seems to me to be a day
that brings up much
for so many of us
Not all of us can be mothers

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mom

I guess
you could say
I grew up
with a different
kind of love
My mom

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loving-that-is-true

They told me to be careful
I am always being told
some version of
slow down
take it easier
give it time

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no-such-thing-as-butterflies

As a girl who feared change
and as a woman
who has fiercely resisted it
I could do well to remember this
I love familiarity
I crave ritual

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word-lover

And some men
turn dreams
into ghosts
and you find yourself
face down
making love to your pillow

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no-clue

And I am reminded
again and again
that we have no idea
what most people
are facing
day to day

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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.