i went on a lot of road trips this year
from colorado to california
and back again
at least eleven times

and much to my ocd’s dismay
we took different routes each time
i didn’t drive or direct
i didn’t decide or determine
much of anything
which was all kinds of challenging
for me, initially
and then became all kinds of bliss
for me, repeatedly

i stopped freaking
when we lost cell service
and started daydreaming

i stopped being annoyed
when food was poor quality
and decided instead to enjoy
all kinds of gummy candies
and overly salty snacky things
i’d normally only eat guiltily

i stopped trying
to use all the time productively
and instead enjoyed listening
to our favorite songs on repeat
singing a little off key
while feeling every syllable deeply

i stopped dodging
the harder conversations
and used the time instead
to ask more honest questions
even the ones i most feared
the answers to (yes even those)

it was annoying
and joy inducing
it was hard on my body
and good for my heart
it was poor for my sleep
and food for my soul

and we,
we laughed and fought,
cried and melted
silence can be deafening
when trapped in a car
with the one you love
when not feeling
so much love…

and the ecstasy
of deep intimacy shared
and care expressed
can feel overwhelming
too much to be contained
when trapped in a car
with a guy i love
so full of love

it was good,
and i saw so much pretty…

here is some for you
to see too…

❤ 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.