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Natalie Norton  Podcast coming January 8, 2019! Wife to @richie_norton & mom to 3 boys + one who lives in Heaven. Showing up for life & helping you do the same.

Guys!!!! Listen to thiiiisss! 👆🏼👆🏼⁣⁣
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It’s almost time!!!! I can’t even believe the mountain we’ve all climbed together since this podcast first started tapping on my heart! But here we FINALLY are! 😭🙏🏼😭⁣⁣
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Tell your friends, your neighbors, your orthodontists, your mail persons—⁣⁣
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January 8, 2019, the Show Up Podcast with Natalie Norton will be LIVE on iTunes or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts! ⁣⁣
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✨Thank you for being a part of this journey with me! I TRULY couldn’t have done it without EVERY ONE OF YOU!✨ ⁣

❤️Also, a huge mahalo to one of my oldest friends @cubworld for letting me use his amazing music! 🙏🏼😭

“Ever meet someone who's always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don't exist." -Chris Hardwick⁣⁣
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Hang in there, beautiful you. Remember: every twist, every turn, every high and every low is a vital part of living a wholehearted life. And you and I? We couldn’t ever settle for less! ❤️💋🤟🏼 ⁣

📷 @richie_norton (Me: “is this an ok picture, or do I look like a weird old man?” Richie: “you look like a bald old man, but it’s still good.”🤷🏻‍♀️)

I’m not doing Christmas cards. My neighbors aren’t getting gifts. My house is decorated only ceremoniously, with one lazy string of lights dangling from the railing out front.⁣

Chalk it up to having 3 babies in 3 years & to the rollercoaster of loss that came in the years to follow.... but for all my adult years, Ive kept Christmas pretty simple. And guess what? It’s never felt any less magical! ⁣

I LOVE it when people go all out! And I LOVE it when they don’t. Basically I’m just saying, do YOUR Christmas—whatever that looks like to YOU. Don’t let what’s happening all around you hijack your season. Take a deep breath, & remember, there’s not a right or a wrong way to do this holiday, as long as you do it with love. ⁣

For those in grief or other pain: ⁣

Christmas can be the most melancholy/outright painful time of the year when you’re deep inside of hurt. And THAT’S ok too. It’s ok to set down any expectations. Its ok to take a “hands off, palms up approach.” (Palms up, indicating a willingness to let go & let God.) It’s ok to speak your pain out loud to those you love & ask for patience & support. (The second Christmas after we lost our son, I sent an email to every member of our extended family, explaining that while yes, we would be coming to the cabin for Christmas, to please understand if I had to retreat to our room from time to time, & to please not perceive any of my awkwardness or reclusiveness as disinterest or annoyance etc. Everyone was SO understanding. Openly naming the elephant in the room took a huge load off of all of us.)⁣

My final advice for those hurting during the holidays:⁣

👉🏼the holidays are a time when all routine flies out the window. But might I suggest holding on to some of the rituals that help anchor your soul? For me, that looks like continuing to exercise daily, even if only for 5-10 min, & watching out for sugar highs and lows..... copious amounts of sugar (& the inevitable crash that follows) will break my brain faster than almost anything else.... ⁣

Pick the anchors that best serve YOU, & do your VERY BEST to continue to prioritize them. ⁣

Then, breathe deep, & remember the reason for the season. ⁣

I ❤️ you.

I haven’t been a good Instagram friend lately...I’ve just been so preoccupied with preparing all.the.zillions.of.things for Show Up (the podcast) to launch, that when I do come up for air, I’ve gotta put all the time, focus and energy I’ve got left into my little (big) humans.⁣

But in the middle of the night on Sunday night/Monday morning, this girl 👆🏼 literally snuck into my bedroom, awakened me from a dead, drooling sleep and surprised me with an entire week of togetherness! (Thank you @b.e.n.t.h.o.m.a.s! 😭🙏🏼)⁣

And here’s the thing...despite how busy I’ve been, and despite how important this work is to me....and despite how anxious and stressed I have felt as the weight of all that has settled it’s way into my chest....the decision to basically take an entire week off to laugh and love and adventure with @_jillthomas was so simple and absolutely immediate. Because, friends? This right here....is LIFE. And sometimes we put our heads down with such force, and we work, with such unrelenting focus, that we forget what we’re fighting for in the first place! ⁣

For me, the fight is ultimately ALWAYS going to be about being present and available for the things in my life that cause my heart to truly expand. And there is no one on this earth who makes my heart expand as completely as this woman right here. Our friendship really is the stuff of legends. I’m positive that if everyone out there had a friendship in their life like ours, all that love would make this world a totally different place!!⁣

Swipe right to see the video of this creepster crawling into my bed to surprise me. 😂⁣

📸@raleighnorton

Last chance to save on prints from @raleighnorton! All discount codes expire tonight at 12am!⁣⁣
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Use the code above to get 10% off any order! OR...⁣

Want even BIGGER SAVINGS?! Share this post on your story (you can just click that little paper airplane logo right above this caption)—REMEMBER TO TAG @raleighnorton— and he’ll DM you a discount code to take 20% off your entire order! ⁣⁣
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Swipe to see a couple prints I have hanging in my own home! ⁣⁣
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👉🏼 the first is a 16x20 metallic print! This is a great option because it comes mounted and ready to hang—frame free!! It was a little hard to photograph, considering it’s currently obscured by the Christmas tree. 😂⁣⁣
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👉🏼 the second is an 8x10, deep matte print. I got a simple, inexpensive frame from Ikea, and it looks so great on my gallery wall!⁣⁣
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Happy holiday’s!! 🦃 🎅🏼❤️

I sometimes feel like we raised our babies in a cemetery....⁣

While some young families were at playgroups and story time, we often read stories together on the warm sand of our brother’s graves.... and played hide and seek among a sea of drab headstones.

That’s not to say we didn’t do “normal people things,” like story time in an actual library, or hide and seek at an actual park, as well. Because we did. ⁣

But we also spent a good portion of our formative years in places and spaces (not just physically, but mentally and emotionally) that most families are never forced to visit in an entire lifetime, let alone within the span of only a “few” years...⁣

So, why am I talking about this now? Why does it suddenly feel so significant, today?⁣

I have absolutely no idea, but for some inexplicable reason, both our Gavin brothers (mine and theirs) have felt closer today than usual.... and because of that, I’ve been thinking so much about all the crises and tragedies we’ve all weathered together over the years —and more particularly—I’ve been thinking about how hard we’ve all had to show up for each other throughout it all...⁣

Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you what.... THIS IS NOT THE LIFE I HAD PLANNED for my babies, or for myself, or for my marriage. But guess what? It’s the life I got. ⁣

And since it’s my only one, I’m determined to show up and make the most of it!⁣

And have I managed it all perfectly? Hell to the power of absolutely not. BUT I am doing my very, very, VERY best, come what may (and what HAS). So when I tell you I believe your best is always enough, does my reality help you understand how fiercely I mean it?! And maybe, in part, that conviction is because I need so desperately to believe it’s true, for myself, too...

That said, here is the one thing I DO know for SURE— everything, every.single.thing, is going to be ok. Cross my heart and hope I never, ever die.

Major mom pride today!!!⁣

This kid hustles with so much heart and soul!!⁣

Also, if you’ve been eying one of his shots, now is your chance! @raleighnorton sells prints only once a year, and the 2018 sale opened today!!! Go to his feed for discount codes and ordering links!!!!! ⁣

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

I’ve been hustling SO HARD lately. Who’s with me?! ⁣⁣⁣
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Now, if you’re not up to your eyeballs in the hustle, don’t feel guilty...or annoyed.... life is about learning to joyfully embrace the space and season you’re in! ⁣⁣⁣
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That said... I put a lot of my big picture goals and priorities on the back burner for a while to manage my health, and now, finally, I’m feeling ready and able (and fiercely compelled) to move forward, without restraint. ⁣⁣⁣
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Which is so crazy awesome... except.... ⁣⁣⁣
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I kinda forgot how hard it is to work really hard. 😂⁣⁣⁣
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And I kinda forgot how horrifying it is to create something new and to push that thing out into the universe... covered in all your hopes and dreams.... and completely exposed to ... THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD.⁣⁣⁣
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(But seriously? How does anything ever happen in this world? Creating is so scary!!! Human being’s capacity to show up and shine will never stop knocking me flat on my back with absolute awe.)⁣⁣
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The resounding truth is, hustling is HARD. Not just because of the hustle, but because of all the stuff that inherently comes along with it.⁣⁣⁣
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But we’ve gotta hustle anyway, because our hustle matters.so.much.⁣⁣⁣
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For example: My hustle shows my boys how to show up and really give my whole entire heart....with no guarantee of happy reception or success. My daily hustle models for them that life is as much, or more, about the actual WORK, than it is about the reward. I pray that they learn from my example (and their dad’s) that hustling is about answering the light within, and getting that power out into the world, no matter the personal cost...⁣⁣⁣
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And I hope my feeble efforts remind YOU of the light and capacity within you, as well.... I hope that as I give my all, you are reminded that you’re full of important magic and mission, too. ⁣⁣⁣
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And if it’s not the season right this second, breathe deep. The time will be at your doorstep before you know it!⁣ (Psst You’re likely in a different kind of hustle right now; treasure the special season you’re in.)⁣
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Friends, let’s be brave. ⁣

Let’s hustle hard, together. ⁣

Because now, more than ever before, the world needs all our light!!!

Happy Halloween!⁣

I look so serious in this picture, but only because if I didn’t hold my mouth in a very specific way, you couldn’t really tell I was supposed to be a bear. 😂 A Care Bear to be exact!⁣

Actually, to be even more precise, I was Share Bear. (FACT: when I decided to dress as a Care Bear, I also decided to take a very scientific online quiz so that I was sure to dress up like my spirit animal Care Bear, rather than just some random rainbow bear thing... Because authenticity, sheesh.) ⁣

We hosted a ginormous Halloween party, and it was so much fun. House full of teenagers, yard full of toddlers and littles.... adults hanging out, passing out candy and dancing like idiots in the middle of the street.... best Halloween I’ve had in a LONG time. ⁣

Did you dress up?! What were you?! Tell me in the comments!

My biggest goal on social media, and in my life as a whole, is to help people feel their majestic worth. All I want, in my wildest of dreams and my deepest of wishes, is for every person out there to know that they BELONG—not just that they belong, but that their presence is absolutely CELEBRATED.
When I say that I think you’re radiant, I mean it, with my whole, entire heart.

When I tell you that I believe your contribution is unique and vitally important to the wellbeing of the world, I really do believe it—beyond all doubt.

When I express my profound respect for you, my awe for everything you’ve endured and continue to walk through ... all while genuinely giving your best and working with all your might to bless others along the way...gosh. I hope you can feel the depth of my sincerity.

And when I tell you that I believe in you, that I don’t just think, but I KNOW you have power and light unlike any power and light that has ever before lived or will ever live again—I hope you feel my conviction.

Above and beyond anything else, I hope that when we connect here—or anywhere online or in real life—you feel a greater sense of your own capacity and divine light.
I hope you know I see you as my friends, and I love you as such. I’m rooting for you, in every way, and with all my heart!

There's this light that lives inside of you, and it lives inside of me. ⁣



That light is pure, that light is radiant, that light is indescribable.⁣



That light also remains largely untapped. Because instead of living, loving and learning our way through life, guided by it's steady beam, we look to the left and we look to the right, and we try to do and become those things that we see modeled all around. And then, we fall short, and we find ourselves feeling less. . .feeling lost, and feeling all alone.⁣



But friends! We aren't actually falling short! We're simply confused, we're just misaligned. . . we're unhappy because we're failing at trying to live out SOMEONE ELSE'S life path. We're trying to do and become something that was never our call, our truth, in the first place! (SO OF COURSE WE FEEL LIKE YUCK!)⁣



Every single thing in your life will change, the moment you choose to turn inward, first—to trust that light within. The second you choose to key into that perfect guiding light, you choose to awaken a little more completely to the life that is YOURS, the YOU that you have the potential to become (. . . the YOU that, deep down inside, you already are). ⁣



If you're ready to awaken to your highest potential, remember, the grass will always be greener, where you water it. So water your light. Attend to your truth. Trust your inherent wisdom. AND BE YOU, and DO YOU. . . FOR YOU. . . and for all of us! Because when you're brave enough to be you and when I'm brave enough to be me, the world is a better, brighter, more beautiful place, for EVERYONE!⁣



Tag a friend who's light inspires you to be a better you!

Happy Halloween! Also, have you ever experienced a set back? Same. Was it overwhelming, frustrating and super discouraging? Same. Let’s talk about all of that for a second, shall we?⁣
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Setbacks often show up when we’re feeling the most hopeful, empowered and alive..... making those set backs feel even more discouraging and frightening than they otherwise might. I’m in the middle of this myself the last couple of days, and it’s a real bummer of a thing.⁣

But here is what I KNOW:⁣

1. Every.single.effort we make in a positive direction makes a difference. The tiniest of efforts, repeated with consistency, have profound cumulative effects! ⁣

2. Slowing down isn’t a death sentence. Think of it as the slow squat before the powerful jump.... slowing down can be a powerful opportunity to re-evaluate, work toward better alignment and then allow us to move forward with even greater power and speed, when the time is right.⁣

3. The thinking mind has a STRONG tendency toward fear. It’s programmed to keep us safe and alive, so it’s programmed to experience disproportionate thinking when set backs and challenges occur..... but we can overwrite that thinking if we are consciously aware! (A mantra I love is, “every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better.” It applies to so many life situations and brings me so much hope.)⁣

Whatever you’re faced with, take a deep breath and keep moving forward. There is very little in life that is sincerely as overwhelming as we make it feel. We’ve got this!

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