oh rawness, i appreciate rawness so very much. it’s fascinating to me that somehow, somewhere along the way, most of us get the notion that it’s safer to hide our hearts (and mask our soul). it inherently creates disconnection and as far as i can tell, the thing people are most starving for is just that: connection (and not just naked bodies pressed against each other breathing heat). true connection (where you feel met and seen). forgive me for asking the obvious, but if you are not willing to reveal yourself, how could you ever truly connect? now i am not saying that we should do this with everyone we meet. it’s okay to be discerning (dare i say necessary). hearts are tender (at least mine is). it’s okay to take your time. and if i had one recommendation, it would be to watch what people do, not just listen to what they say. i have learned the hard way that some people simply don’t attach the same weight to words that i do. they say what they think they should (or what they know will hook you). it’s the lowest form of manipulation as far as i’m concerned. (and to be clear, it means nothing about you if someone chooses to use words that mean nothing to them to “get” you.) i know the sting when words and actions clash obviously, and i know how from that place, it’s easy to stop trusting anyone (and everyone). but there are ones who operate differently. i know, because they are in my innermost circle, and i trust them endlessly. but this i can assure you: i would have never ever found them if i wasn’t willing to reveal myself (sharing what is most true and relevant (and tender) for me). as far as i can tell, the way to most sincerely inspire people to show up as you wish they would is to show up with them the way you wish to be shown up with (leading by example vulnerably). so i do hope (if you are wanting more connection true) you let your heart stay open, you let your soul shine through. make sure your words match your follow through. and be willing to let go of the things you think you should (and shouldn’t) do. you lose nothing by revealing yourself. yes, what you say can be used against you, and i know the pain here of deep betrayal. but remember. they lost you. and you got: your time, your energy, your heart back. so you can open again to someone who actually cares for you (that is, if you don’t let this shut you down). it pains me most to see us use the past to check out of our future. the world is so guarded, but i am not wanting to be and i hope to never be so unavailable you cannot connect with me (cautious sure, taking time carefully okay). but more than cautious i want to be curious. curious, caring, real and raw. so yes i do appreciate rawness so very much and i hope you value it too. yes, share yourself please and let the ones for you fall in love with you. all you have to do is be you (truly you)…

❤ 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.