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

The last year
has been undoubtedly
the most sincere
of my life

What I didn’t know
is what it would mean
for me to choose
over and over
and over again

It’s been
at times destabilizing
and profoundly enlivening

My life now
feels like a question
that I breathe into
every day
with a presence
I have never known

I am a woman
to certainty
and this year
I got such a
massive serving
of uncertainty
it left me
with what felt like
no choice
but to face
this part of me
and the fears
running me
that I have been
as what I tell people
is important to me

My fears
are typical
not even
that interesting
to me
The core ones
so many of us hold
from living
heart open
on planet earth

But I can say
I feel proud
of how I refused
to let them rule me
of how I consistently
prioritized sincerity
over certainty
how I stayed true
even when it was
clearly way easier
(at least temporarily)
not to

I found something
in me
just in time
for my 35th birthday
a knowing
that has
grounded even me
a woman made mostly of fire
who prefers flying high
never much interested
in touching down

So this year
I’m choosing a different word
The word came immediately
and I resisted it
because it just didn’t feel
so sparkly
But it kept coming to me
so I am trusting
it’s the perfect one
for this year


My word for my 35th year
is peace

And that is what
I intend
to live
into every last
nook and cranny
of me
and the world
around me
at least as far
as I can see

I am finally
forever becoming
Happy Birthday
(that’s me)

❤ 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.