today (december twenty-first) is the day my mom was born. i don’t know many (if any) women like my mom. being home-schooled (by her) i took a lot of her gifts for granted (having no reference point to know how very fortunate i was). how very lucky i am. (pretty much) each day i live as an adult i cultivate more (and more) appreciation for her (how she raised me). my mom is never one to tell boast (modest to the core) so i love days like today where i get to unabashedly celebrate her. my mom is a woman who walks her talk. in a world where words have become cheap, she keeps hers always. truth reigns when she is present. her commitment to integrity is inspiring. her work ethic unparalleled. her generosity endless. her mind brilliant. her heart deeply caring. her spirit mesmerizingly resilient. we all express love differently; my mom’s life is her expression. love with her is real, practical and unwavering. sometimes the people who do the most go unnoticed (because they are so busy doing instead of talking about doing). my mom has helped thousands of people live better lives, feel less alone and know they matter (she is a woman who truly cares and demonstrates it daily). there isn’t a day that goes by that i am not grateful for; her example, her wisdom, her commitment (her love). because of my mom, i know what family is, i have experienced loyalty (and known i am not alone). i cannot think of a greater gift to give a person than knowing they always have a home (with you). mom, you have given me that and so much more. thank you for loving me (even when i drove you crazy). thank you for holding me (when i refused to be put down). thank you for never letting me pity myself (for long). thank you for raising the bar so high (i know where to climb). thank you for keeping our family together (even when we are apart). i wish the whole world could know you as i do (but then i would have to share you and we both know i have never been much a fan of not having you all to myself). mom, i love more than the sun and the moon and the stars (i will always and forever love you). happy happy birthday Nancy Watson…

❤ 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.