happiness came looking for me, piercing through the grayness i felt so consumed with (i didn’t know it wasn’t me). but she, happy, she insisted on peeking through. in a 7 year old girl with far away eyes and the most piercing warrior princess energy wrapping herself around me and melting into me. in a man who took a moment to pause and ask, “hey, what just happened for you, I saw that, is there anything I can do.” in a hug that lasted almost too long, where hearts began to take breaths together and warmth came undeniably through. in puppies with sharp teeth and the softest fur enjoying simple nothings, bring glee just by being as they be. in a sister who insisted on stopping me in my ever present hurry, locking eyes and making sure I knew she loved me for me (and not for what I do). in a brother who keeps extending and reminding me in the most straightforward and sincere way, who I am (even when nothing seems true). in firm hands that ground, occasionally offering a gentle squeeze (so I know they’re still here with me). in real maple syrup on most everything. in slabs of cold salted butter and perfectly explosive lemon ginger fermented beverages. in excessively long lashes and pitch black eyeliner. in my head on his chest. in comedy clips that say what I have been thinking but not known how to say, that make it easy to laugh at my own absurdity delightfully. in the music he sometimes surprises me with as i greet my day reluctantly. in my front yard sunset almost every evening breathtaking. in knowing everything is ever evolving, yes even 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.