natalienorton Context for the last post. Y'welcome. (And thank you, "age calculator thingie." You're a doll.) 22h

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natalienorton Shenanigans. Not a mommy son date...per say...too many are missing. So what? "Mommy and some sons date"...??? #hmmm // OH! PS that age calculator thingie that's going around online? It pegged my image at 43...only gave me an extra DECADE. So, I'm posting a picture of myself, in part, to flip said "age calculator thingie" the metaphorical bird. Namaste. 22h
  •   ltross My friend was pegged as 89 and another as 10....so maybe 43 isn't bad after all. 21h
  •   laurita__bonita Maybe the issue is age-prejudice? I mean, should there be anything wrong with 43? (Not trying to be rude, just turning 30 in two weeks, with my babiest baby turning one tomorrow, so getting older is on my mind). 21h
  •   tess_baldwin_ One of my pictures with a my siblings said I was 70 21h
  •   collectedblog Depending on the picture mine ranged from 14-47. Soooo yeah... 19h
  •   natalienorton @laurita__bonita there is NOTHING wrong with being 43. There is nothing wrong with looking 43. IF you're 43. ;) 43 is BEAUTIFUL ... again, when you're 43. 18h
  •   laurita__bonita @natalienorton I totally understand what you're saying (I would be lying if I said that I didn't have "feelings" about being 30 in two weeks), but my point is that I wonder if you would have had the same feelings if it said 23 instead? Same degree of inaccuracy. 18h
  •   laurita__bonita @natalienorton like I said before, I've just been thinking a lot about aging. My twins are going to be three, my baby is one tomorrow, and I've never felt more mortal in my entire life 18h
  •   natalienorton @laurita__bonita I tried it twice and one said I was 19... I didn't love that one either. ;) I'm 33, and I'm very happy being 33, looking 33, living my 34th year of life. 18h

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natalienorton He's a rockstar, and he's mine! #cardiegram #indoorsoccer #snackbarandAC #yesssssss 23h

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natalienorton "I have sea foam in my veins, I understand the language of waves." Le Testament d'Orphée 1d

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natalienorton Human baby woke me up at 4am. (Duuuude, it's Saturday.) I lay awake, contemplating the state of my suffering esophagus, and mourning the forthcoming dietary shift I'm undertaking in an attempt to determine wether or not I have a gluten sensitivity (I'm almost certain I do, growl). Before you get started on me, I know how great I'll feel off gluten. Bla, bla, bla. This isn't my first elimination rodeo. (I ate Paleo for nearly a year after my biopsy results came back negative for Celiac, and I still felt like garbage. [And yes, I felt 1,000% better on a Paleo diet, but then I moved across an ocean, became a foster mom, and yada yada yada, I got realllllly lazy about my dietary choices]). But before you go haywire, mount your gluten free steed and/or jump atop your gluten free soapbox, let a girl mourn the loss of her poison maple bars. Sheesh. (Note: if you tell me a great place to get gluten free doughnuts right now, I'll divorce you as a friend.) // All this said, I want to really understand what I'm potentially up against, physically and emotionally, as I move forward sans gluten, I do. But let's be honest, the thought of reading a 300 page book, about GLUTEN, makes me want to poke my own eyeballs out and just live with a fiery esophagus, a hazy brain and churning guts for the rest of my life. Thankyouverymuch. Happily, my girl, the brilliant (as in she is so smart it's stupid) @drsamanthand, has gluten covered in 26 pages that you can access digitally, for freeeeee: http://drsamantha.com/gfessentials/ Learn about gluten, keep your eyeballs AND get on to feeling better. Seriously, I started reading at 4:15 and was done (and amply inspired and empowered) by 5:00 (I'm a slow reader, don't tease). Happy Saturday! (I hope you're still asleep.) #nataliereads 1d
  •   talkstory1 I tried gluten free and didn't feel different, BUT going off sugar has helped me tons!!! So sad though :( I'm thinking I'll try crack to help me stay off the sugar ;) 18h
  •   8.cow.wife @nickywilky thought of you when I read this... Might be helpful for your daughter! 18h
  •   natalienorton @talkstory1 hahaha! Brilliant! ;) 18h
  •   christy_fetsch It's tough @malpal1145 I miss beer 😕. Thanks for this!!! 17h
  •   dorethaprice Thanks. Gluten free is my life now. Slowly I'm having my family jump on board. 17h
  •   natalienorton @dorethaprice where did you start? Did you do stupid whole 30 or something? It's gotten so bad for me in the last week that I can't eat ANYTHING without horrible pain. I've got to just rip the rug out from under myself and start something, STAT. I can't go another week feeling this awful. 15h
  •   lkatievans I just went vegan a week ago (I've cheated a few times) and I've had horrible acne for years and in six days my face has cleared up so much. I believe diet can cure almost anything now! I honestly thought it was going to be very hard to do this but after the third day it became so much easier. If the benefits are worth it to you it's worth a try! ;) 13h
  •   dorethaprice Yes. I started with whole 30 (I did 18 days) but I realized that it was things with gluten that was making me itch and making my eczema flare up. So when I cut it out my eczema disappeared! I have wheat occasionally but after reading this book I am going to cut it out completely. And as soon as all products are gone from my home I won't buy it anymore. Life is pretty awesome without wheat and all the bread foods of the world. 5h

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natalienorton “When you take a deep centering breath you will begin to calm the two great storms which cause your suffering. One is the storm of your mind and the other is the turbulence of your body. Deep centered breathing can calm them both. When the storms subside, the spirit soars.” From "Three Deep Breaths," by Thomas Crum. // Something about breathing—its both involuntary AND voluntary. I've found shallow (chest deep) breathing to be habitual for many, many people. I've also found that shallow breathing leads to shallow emotion (shallow, frail happiness and overall fulfillment). A true key to deeper connection and a more solid and unwavering sense of emotional center? Deep, centering breaths. Think of filling up a cup with water, the water hits the bottom of the glass first and makes its way up to the top. This is what a deep breath feels like. The air reaches deep into the belly first and THEN makes its way up to the ribs and chest. Start paying attention to your breath. It genuinely has the power to change your life. (Really and truly.) // PS I'm often asked about "meditation for dummies" (so to speak). This is where you start—with one, single, focused deep breath. #nataliereads 2d
  •   aftonwilson This is so great and so are you!! 2d
  •   sarehehunt I needed this. Thank you. 1d
  •   kortniann @natalienorton returning to report. I read the book in one night. Couldn't put it down. Much less overwhelming and way more doable than Power of Now. Loved every second and excited to get my practice on! Thank you sensai! 1d
  •   natalienorton @kortniann exactly!!! Anything to make these life altering concepts and practices more accessible! 1d
  •   brihoopes I had close to a painless birth. Deep breathing and surrender were the key! 1d
  •   natalienorton @brihoopes amazing! I believe it! 1d
  •   talkstory1 Fascinating stuff! My mother suffered from chronic bronchitis for 10yrs., until a doc at the mayo taught her how to breath and do throat exercises. She's hasn't been sick in over a year! 18h

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natalienorton I've never been an Emily Dickinson fan girl, but this one really spoke to me last night. . .
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There is another sky,
Ever serene and fair,
And there is another sunshine,
Though it be darkness there;
Never mind faded forests, Austin,
Never mind silent fields -
Here is a little forest,
Whose leaf is ever green;
Here is a brighter garden,
Where not a frost has been;
In its unfading flowers
I hear the bright bee hum:
Prithee, my brother,
Into my garden come!
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  •   mindamama So sorry to ask here, with this post, but we're headed to Sedona with kids in a week. What are your top 3 best things to do? ;) Thanks! 4d
  •   natalienorton @mindamama we hike, a LOT. Slide Rock is fun, depending on how old your kids are. There are also bike rentals, again, depending on the age of your kids. The sunsets are to die for and star gazing is phenomenal because there is a light ordinance in Sedona. Have fun!! 4d

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natalienorton Boundaries. I've been thinking so much about the balance between boundaries and sacrifice. Sacrifice is a beautiful thing. Sacrifice draws us closer to God and to those we serve. Sacrifice changes hearts and lives. And then there are boundaries. They're healthy. We have to have the foresight and the courage to protect ourselves (and those over whom we have stewardship); that's a big part of being a responsible, emotionally aware (and healthy) adult. But what happens when love blurs the line between where sacrifice ends and where boundaries must begin? When do you call uncle and fight for your boundaries? There's no universally correct answer, I suppose. But goodness, if I'm wrong, and if you have an answer for me, by all means, do tell. #ramblings #fosterfamily #holymoly 6d
  •   braedonflynn Balance. It's freaking tough. 6d
  •   shanscan12 I struggle. 6d
  •   melinda.joy You have such a beautiful heart. I, too, have struggled with this in my family life and have yet to find a hard and fast answer. I feel you sister. 5d
  •   bonnieharkey My life struggle 5d
  •   ablisskess This topic has been on my mind lately too! I qm realizing it is important to take care of myself and my family, just as it is important to help others. Tricky stuff! 5d
  •   twolf5 @kirstydl this reminded me of our conversation this morning... ya 5d
  •   annielink Prayer 5d
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natalienorton My husband is an entrepreneurial genius. His ability to help entrepreneurs turn passion into profit (measurable, sustainable profit) blows me away. When people ask me what @richie_norton does, I often joke that he's CEO of OPS (Other People's Success). Nothing brings him greater satisfaction than seeing YOU get clear about your business dreams and helping you make them a reality. In an effort to reach as many business and lives as he possibly can in 2015, Richie has literally been giving his time away for free (to select entrepreneurs) since January. And now, he's extending this offer to you! If you're a coach, photographer, entrepreneur, lawyer, therapist, designer, creative, author, speaker, trainer—anyone with a product or service to sell, etc —aka someone with expertise in your craft —this offer is meant for you. // Richie is offering FREE one-on-one, 45-min, strategy sessions to 25 people who fit the offer criteria. This offer is for action-takers, goal-setters and go getters—people who are excited about and committed to, getting real results in 2015. This offer is not for people who are interested in twiddling their thumbs and waiting for life to wend its way by. If you are ready to generate real success in business and life in 2015, Richie would love to hear from YOU. // Apply for a free strategy session with @richie_norton through the link in my profile. Help Richie reach as many business and lives as possible by tagging your friends below! 6d

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natalienorton We talk a lot about leaving a better planet for our kids but maybe not quite enough about leaving better humans to our planet. . .Photo Credit: (the best human trainer, aka "daddy," I know) @richie_norton 6d

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natalienorton Reflection of the ruins in Tulum, Mexico in my glasses. // Going through images just now and saw this silly selfie (aka portrait of my nostrils). It got me thinking. Goodness, my eyes have seen some incredible places, people and things. Wow, my feet have stood in front of (and behind) some genuinely amazing souls; they've stood on mountain tops and touched the ocean floor. But nothing is (or ever will be) as important as what I see, where I stand, what I experience in the HERE and NOW. As far as peace and happiness are concerned, here and now is all there is—always has been, always will be. // Spinning, spinning, spinning—this was my world, until I learned how to plant my feet. Twisting and twirling, flipping and flying...this was all I knew, until I learned to breathe in the moment, and to simply BE, HERE, NOW. Spinning and twirling, twisting and flying, it's all very exciting. It's all very romantic. It's life's expert way of inducing FEELINGS (not lasting realities) of intense satisfaction and meaningful progress. But once all is said and done, once you finally find the courage and strength to stop long enough for your head to stop spinning. Once you do the work to actually come up for air, once you sit with yourself long enough to actually TUNE IN? Here's what you find: smoke and mirrors....eager to forever distract us from the true, lasting, deeply seeded satisfaction only available in the here and now. All that busyness and distraction, woosh, take it from a reformed work-life-fun-experience-a-holic—once your head stops spinning, you suddenly see the smoke and mirrors for what they are. You wake up exhausted and painfully certain that this is NOT a joyful (or a sustainable) way to live. // Short story? Here and now. That's all you've ever needed, it's all you need now, and it's all you'll need for the rest of forever. If I had to whittle the past decade of my life—all the gut wrenching loss, grief, change, growth and transformation—down to ONE solitary lesson? It's this: the moment you're in, no matter what it looks or feels like, what a peaceful, purposeful and powerful place to be. "T.I.M.E.—today is my everything" Richie Norton (@richie_norton). 1w
  •   kristinbrown I'm so grateful for you and your writing. 1w
  •   natalienorton @monniecox exactly, and that's the problem, right?? That anxiety surrounding coming back...we shouldn't feel that. Adventure away, because adventure is wonderful. But we shouldn't have to leave home to feel peace and joy and radiance and inspiration and release. All those things are CONSTANTLY available in the here and now. The trick for me has been learning to adventure because an adventure sounds nice, not as an escape. If I want an escape, I've come to realize that I'm not really present and centered. So I always start there. Like my recent trip to Mexico. I was FREAKING out, because I didn't see how I could possibly leave everyone (opposite situation, but same concept), then I got present and centered and realized that the trip resonated with me and would bless allllll our lives in the long run (through my rest etc). But honestly? If I hadn't first gotten centered, I wouldn't have taken the trip. Goes both ways! Anyway, bla bla bla. (Oh, one more bla... being present helps MUCHO with the post vacation, re-entry blues.) 1w
  •   suzetteutah I love this so much Natalie. You need to write a book so I can just always have these words you write so beautifully. Thanks for sharing this 1w
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  •   jenleephoto I've read this about 10 x over the past week 3d
  •   natalienorton @jenleephoto me too. Haha! It's a good reminder. 1d

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natalienorton Throwing back to the amazing Coral Pink Sand Dunes, 2013. #throwbackthursday 1w

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natalienorton The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
Jacques Yves Cousteau
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  •   jaclynswope Truth! 1w
  •   nicolepmiles Amen 1w
  •   jananeser I'm sitting on the beach right now drinking in the smell, watching my baby sleep to the sound of the waves and wondering why the H I don't come down here every single day! 1w
  •   natalienorton @jananeser really, why the H don't you?! It was the only way I survived toddler/baby world with my boys. We lived at the beach! 1w
  •   jaclynkaiser he's one of my favorite people. highly reading "the human, the orchid, and the octopus". full of fascinating stories from his life and discoveries! 1w
  •   natalienorton @jaclynkaiser Cousteau is a favorite of mine, too! 1w
  •   ericaholmstrom Do you have a life proof case? You get the most amazing water shots 1w
  •   natalienorton @ericaholmstrom this was just my naked iPhone. Haha I think I take a few too many risks with my technology... 1w

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natalienorton What a beautiful Earth she is. Let's take better care of her, shall we? 2w

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natalienorton Lest you should forget. . . You are exquisite. You are unlike any human being who has ever lived, or ever will live, on this mighty Earth. You are equip with special, distinct talents and gifts that are uniquely yours. Stop letting said blessings lie dormant. They are important; what you do with them is important; YOU are important. Stop camping out in the shadows of your one great life, playing small. Learn who you are. Discover the gifts that are uniquely yours, and mark my words—you will not only bless your own life (in truly unfathomable ways), but you will bless all the rest of us as well. Because, see, you matter, you are important, to all of us...to me. Namaste, you. 2w

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natalienorton When was the last time you smiled with your whole heart?? The happiness in this image makes me want to do cartwheels for dayyzzzzzz. (These are two exquisite humans right here—inside and out. Spending time with each of them, respectively, was a highlight of my @whatifconf experience. As people get older, they tend to get lazier and lazier about making new friends. Let's not do that. Thumbs waaaay down. What a bummer-ish [and lonely] way to live. #friendsrule) #whatifconf #whatifcancun 2w
  •   danaleek @natalienorton alright I give! What is the #whatifconf???? I'm feeling left out! And ps Natalie when do u come to Utah again? I'm 40 and getting married for the first time end of June!!!! Maybe we could connect and have a little session of some sort before! 2w
  •   rnowlin My 70+ year old running buddy (who kicks my almost 40 year old ass in every race) tells me one of the secrets to staying young is to have some young friends. So I keep making new friends, many of them younger than me. 2w
  •   jenkrafchik Love this shot of Joel and Jen! 1w
  •   natalienorton @danaleek I don't think I'll be in Utah until July, and even that's iffy. But CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU!!!!!! I can refer some local photographers if you'd like! 1w
  •   natalienorton @rnowlin brilliant! 🏼 1w
  •   natalienorton @ranandisheri easier, but not better. 1w
  •   natalienorton @danaleek ps re #whatifconf, check the link in the @whatifconf feed. It's an annual conference for creative entrepreneurs (or really entrepreneurs in general or creatives in general). 1w

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natalienorton Within 5 minutes, we knew we'd be friends for life. @drsamanthand #whatifconf #whatifcancun #whatiffamily ️ (You called it @jenbebb!!) PS Some of the most deeply meaningful relationships of my life have been forged at @whatifconf. I love you, crazy idiots. 2w
  •   drsamanthand for life! xoxo 2w
  •   gen_georget As a former whatifer (PDX)...I think it's worth mentioning that I have heard nothing but amazing things about YOU! Pretty much everyone I know that has met you...says you are one world class girl :) 1w

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natalienorton "Where you are is not who you are." Nayyirah Waheed // We are not circumstance, we are human. And as such, despite where we may now find ourselves, our potential is infinite. (Even my potential to crawl out of this cozy bed and clean my filthy house exists—see, infinite, even mind-boggling possibility. ) 2w

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natalienorton While in Cancun for #whatifconf, and thanks to wonderfully generous sponsors, @mastinlabs and @chatbooks (we LOVE these companies), we had the opportunity to do some humanitarian work at a drug/prostitution rehab center (painting, roof building, hygiene kits, etc). From the photo, it looks like I'm at at a sketchy beach resort or something. The beach chairs you see in the background are actually cots, the male resident's beds. The items atop said lounge chairs consist of every single possession each respective resident owns. From the second story room directly behind me, the male detox room, you could hear the near continuous sound of violent vomiting, halting only during brief stages of muffled groaning. There is so much I want to tell you about this experience (and I'll share more once I get a chance to upload photos of my own), but let me just say that it was a day none of us will soon forget. My friends (Josh + Jenny) from @hellohappinesscardco brought some of their gorgeous encouragement cards for the patients (all of whom are on complete lockdown; some of whom will likely be mandated residents of the center for the rest of their lives). The cards were in English, and as one of the few Spanish speakers in the group (despite my VERY marginal fluency), I was asked by the residents to translate their cards for them. They made a sort of informal line, and one by one, I read the messages back to them in Spanish. Then I paused. I looked down at the card in front of me which read, "you matter." I didn't have the capacity to offer a direct translation...I searched my brain for comparable words, and suddenly found my eyes brimming with tears. I looked this resident in the eyes, and in broken Spanish told her that there was no one else in the world just like her, that she was unique and special and that without her presence, the world wouldn't be as wonderful and bright. I told her that she was important to humanity as a whole, that she was important to ME... Without HER, the world would forever be...less. I watched the light fill her eyes as she internalized the depth and sincerity of what I was saying. And I believe neither she nor I will ever be quite the same. 2w

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natalienorton I'm loving this book so much. // From "salt." by Nayyirah Waheed #nataliereads 2w

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