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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friends-true

Every once in a while
it happens
You catch an eye
breath escapes
and you know
this is going to be

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breathe-faith-into-everything

And sometimes I smile
so hard on the inside
it overwhelms even me.
A creature of extremes…
Life has me swinging for the fences,
caring less if I "make it"

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had-i-not-created

I spent most of my life
wanting to fit in
wanting to be most normal
Desperately wanting
to be accepted
by everybody

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i-must-be-lucky-too

My happy place
I never much felt lucky
Honestly don't even much like
the idea of being lucky
It infers a more passive experience
of life than I care for

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stop-the-war-on-self

In my twenties
I hated traveling
because I couldn't control
well, much of anything
because there were surprises
around every corner

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becoming

"You've got diamonds
in your eyes
You fancy
yourself
fancy
don't you?

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finding-faith-effortlessly

Many a time
I have wondered
where we go
when we go
Often I struggle
to find faith

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that-much-closer-to-the-starts

Most of my life
I have been a tragedy learner
Meaning most of my
personal transformation
has been catalyzed by pain
Meaning I mostly only grow

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do-not-choose-a-lesser-life

Oh, this
I needed
It's tempting
I admit (mostly to myself)
to choose the "lesser life"
I notice

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the-sweetest-difference-ever

I can taste her
I said
locking eyes
It is a strange world I live in
where I often feel
the past, present, and future

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peace

Last year on my birthday
I chose a word
for the year
And I chose
sincerity
The last year

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letting-go

I have a tendency
to hold on
to everything
people
beliefs
stories

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truly-true

"Seems to me
you are angry
dare I say bitter
you should really get
some therapy asap"
Ah comments that sting

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magic-everywhere

Sometimes
it takes a child
to remind you
to enjoy
what is
I don't think

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choosing-dignity

It was December
and had been half a year
since I had seen him
I circled
my home
knowing

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the-ones-who-loves-the-most

A page from my journal
when I was just 15
Aside from death
I could think of nothing worse
than liking someone
more than they liked me

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i-like-messy-people

I do, I like messy,
honest people
Those who recognize that chaos
often precedes greatness
Those who choose truth
over comfort

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not-your-girl

I am like her
The one you left
for me
And I hope
you know
I knew

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she-gave-it-her-all

Then one night
I lay there
watching how the light
from the street lamps
made love
to the shades

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show-your-heart

Show your heart
For years I didn’t even know
what that meant
And when I finally got a grasp
on what it did mean
I thought for sure

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super-sensitive

I notice
I haven't been able
to share here
this week
because I am so painfully
out of integrity

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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.