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I feel scared
almost always
And no
I was not born
this way
I don't remember

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Unfurling-1

I have been
unfurling lately
The things
I once thought
for sure to be true
have become

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relational-leadership-1

One of my greatest weaknesses
as a CEO
has been relational leadership.
Truly, ask anyone
who worked for me
in the early days

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poem-written-mid-binge

I binged
for the first time in forever
Yet it was nothing like
the violent binges
from before
I ate an early dinner

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being-with-hurt-1

We have all been hurt
by someone we love
We have all hurt
someone we love
Perhaps
unintentionally

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wanting-meeting-knowing-1

I needed nothing
to get to me
It felt vital that I stay
with the cool calm breeze
blowing through
my scorched reality

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i-got-served-1

"You keep leaving you"
he said
“Well, I don’t know what to do,
I don’t know what to do”
I said
touching irritation

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those-spiritual-chicks-1

The other day
I was at dinner
with the boys
and one of them said
“Why with these spiritual chicks
does it it always have to be

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stronger-than-fear-1

I hope you always hope
Which is not to preclude
that you also "do"
Hope without action
(without doing something)
isn't going to get you far

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ready-to-leave-1

And the moon came
looking for me
peering through the darkness
reminding me
it only looks so bright
because

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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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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.