this is lupa (whom i love). she is so pretty and so fierce. so serious and so playful (in a biting, sometimes dearly heart-melting kind of way). she doesn’t trust strangers and isn’t so impressed with their desire to pet her, but i met her early on (when she was the littlest of things) and so she lets me near (almost always). she likes small dark spaces to curl up in and finds little caves nearly everywhere (behind our car seats, under broken boxes, in between shrubberies) reminding me of me. even as a little girl i loved most finding places to hide (where silence and darkness could overwhelm me). i gave my mom quite a scare one time, hiding in a locker at the boston aquarium (disappearing and latching myself in without a word to her) causing the whole aquarium to close in search of me (the missing child). i frightened my mommy (badly). i could feel her panic when she finally found me, but i, i liked being missing. i liked my little space away from it all. i liked that i felt contained and safe (because no one knew where i was, and i got to choose if i was gonna come out or let anyone in). not much has changed in that regard (for me). i wonder if it will for lupa. regardless, i just hope she keeps letting me in. i like being in with her…

❤ 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.