Wondering if The Breathe Intensive is right for you? Take a moment to read the profiles below. Do any of them (or even bits and pieces of each) strike a chord in your heart and mind?

Gabby is a young mom with small children at home. She and her husband were hit hard by the recent shifts in the economy, and Gabby is so happy to have a way that she can user her passion for photography to contribute to the family financially while still having the flexibility of setting her own hours so she can still be there for her kids. However, her business is growing like wildfire, and Gabby is really struggling to keep her head above the water. She has a hard time compartmentalizing her work and family life, so one thing is constantly bleeding into the other. She tries to uphold a level of professionalism with her clients by staying up on their calls and emails and responding immediately to their needs, but the flip side is that she’s not as available to meet the immediate needs of her family. She’s suddenly found that she isn’t getting dinner on the table at night and that she’s spending time on the computer that she generally spent reading to her kids or playing with them in the yard. As if over night, the house is all backed up, dishes piling up in the sink, and laundry is overflowing in the hampers. When Gabby DOES make the effort to put her family first, she’s disappointing clients with long wait times, sub par work or lack of communication and clarity. Even her ever supportive husband is starting to grumble and question the current state of things. She’s really worrying about how she’s going to maintain this breakneck pace, especially now that she’s expecting her third child in about 6 months. She is afraid, she doesn’t want to let her clients down and she CERTAINLY doesn’t want to fail at home. She’s searching desperately for a way to make it all work.

Wendy is a wife, a mom, and an event coordinator, in that order. While she LOVES bringing things together to help brides create the weddings of their dreams, she’s always believed that things should be prioritized with God and her marriage at the helm. With the demands of clients and kids–and all of their needs being SO IMMEDIATE–she’s found that her relationship with her husband is suffering. There’s just not enough of her to go around! She wants desperately to make it all work, but for Pete’s sake, he can take care of himself! Suddenly she’s finding herself resenting him for needing so much attention from her when she has so.many.other.things.that.need.to.get.done. They have turned in to passing ships at home, co habiting and co parenting, but not really living with love, joy and passion for each other like they used to. Wendy is at the point where she really wants that back. She’s reconnecting with her original goals for her family, the center of which has always been to have a happy, connected, love-filled marriage. She’s ready and willing to put in the work to make room for her husband, right where he belongs, at the center of her life and heart. But she’s scared. She’s afraid that if she makes that shift, her clients, her children, or both, will suffer.

Peggy is just getting going! She’s just found her passion for design and her response from friends and family and the few clients she’s had tells her that she really has a promising future in this! She’s excited and motivated toward success. She’s thrilled to have found a way to contribute financially to her family while still being able to be a great wife and mother.  Because her family matters most to her, she wants to start off on the right foot! She’s anticipating the struggles moving forward and wants to build a STRONG and RELIABLE foundation so that when the storms of growth come, as she knows they will, she’ll be prepared to face them head on without sacrificing the integrity of her family unit. Peggy is a planner! She knows she wants more children and she wants to be sure that she plans well and builds her company in a way that will be sustainable as her family and her business grows.

Gertrude has been in business forever. She’s of the “slow and steady wins the race” mentality, but she’s been trucking along for some time now and just can’t seem to break through to any kind of measurable success. She sees other bloggers who have been in business for less than a year who are by FAR exceeding her in business and forward momentum. She’s ready to GO! But she’s a mom, and she’s always put her kids first. She simply doesn’t know how to set up her life so that she can support her family emotionally as a mother, keep up with her housework AND help her business grow! She just doesn’t understand how these people do it! She’s always assumed that successful people are all running sloppy families behind the scenes, but  she’s starting to wonder if there may jut be a way to have significant and measurable success at home and in her entrepreneurial endeavors. She wants to learn how to make it a real win/win. How to strike a REAL harmony between her business and her family life.

Maggie is not a  mom, yet. She’s already running a successful business, working in the healthcare industry, and has it all together on the home front. She’s completely confident in her ability to make things happen in her career (check out this article by UTMB Health to know more about getting a healthcare career). She’s a go getter and has achieved quantifiable success in the short time she’s been in business. She’s on a roll. She’s built real, significant and sustainable forward momentum, but she and her husband have always wanted kids. She wants to be a mom. She’s experienced the thrill of building a business from the ground up, and now, she wants to experience the joy and happiness that come from being a mother. She worries about her business. She worries that if she has a child, in order to give him/her the time and attention they need and deserve, her business will fail. She won’t be able to keep all the balls in the air. She needs to build a foundation to prepare her for the road ahead, because one thing she’s learned and personifies in her life is: “If anything is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” She’s afraid, but is holding on to hope that she can do both and do both well. She’s looking for the knowledge and skills to show her the way.

Sarah is a real go getter. When she decided she wanted to be a photographer, she dove head first into learning everything she could about the business and art of it. With 2 kids at home, and running the show on her own, out of necessity, she promptly developed a handle on the business of outsourcing; she was committed to doing everything she could to put her children first. But despite all her very best efforts, she soon realized that there was a LOT more to this concept of balance than the often taught principle of outsourcing. She’s holding things together, yes, but she’s EXHAUSTED. She’s working herself to the bone and feels completely and totally spent and frazzled all the time. She gives 100% of her time to her children and her business and while they are both thriving, she has NOTHING left for herself. She feels terrible, doesn’t remember the last time she exercised and hasn’t had time for herself since circa 1999. Sarah has completely lost herself; she’s discovering that balance means a whole lot more than she ever thought it did. . . it’s not just family and business. . . there has to be space in there somewhere for her. But she’s so afraid. She’s worked so hard at getting CONTROL of things in her family and business, that she’s terrified to rock that boat. Terrified that if she takes time for herself, everything might just fall to pieces. She doesn’t want to let anyone down! But, she’s also terrified that if she DOESN’T take some time for herself, to recharge, to rediscover herself, she’s literally going to sink.


I’ll be completely transparent, at one point or another, I could relate to bits and pieces of each of these women’s stories. It’s been in and through my having to navigate these same types of difficulties and circumstances that The Breathe Intensive was born. The principles included in the curriculum of this intensive have caused a 180° in my life, heart, business and family, and I’m confident that the application of these principles in your family and business will be absolutely transformational as well.

Email aloha{at}natalienortonblog{dot}com to reserve your seat!

Need more information to determine if Breathe is right for you? Here you go.




My goal.

I want to start a revolution.

My goal with this workshop is to dramatically alter the systems with which women run their businesses, families and their homes. I’m calling for a systematic rework that allows for mothers to live their dreams, share their talents, reach their lofty goals and TAP THEIR CREATIVE POTENTIAL, while simultaneously excelling in home and family life.

My goal with Breathe is not to sell out. It’s not to fill a room with as many bodies as the Fire Marshall can stand in order to turn a strong profit. My intention with Breathe is simple.

I believe WHOLEHEARTEDLY in the principles behind this workshop. These principles have changed my business–by substantially focusing and accelerating my growth, influence and overall success. These principles have transformed my family–by helping me to define which home and family elements really matter most to me and giving me the structure and commitment to prioritize them appropriately.

My goal in this intensive is to break these valuable success principles into actionable steps and share them with YOU.

What this workshop is NOT:

You should know, while we will be discussing outsourcing some, this is not simply a lecture on outsourcing.

Outsourcing, while a beautiful piece of the puzzle in many situations, is not the singular magic bullet to profitable business and blissful family life, and quite frankly, it’s just not realistic in every set of circumstances.

This is also not merely a discussion on striking balance. We’re going beyond that toward absolute SYNERGY between family and work life.

If our business life isn’t supporting, empowering and enhancing our core family goals and responsibilities 100%, something’s got to change. Period.

What this workshop IS:

This is very much a lifestyle rework, or a “lifestyle by design” intensive.

We will work together to define exactly what you’re looking for in terms of business and family life and determine exactly how the two can work together to create the very most powerful ends possible. The results here are greater profitability and satisfaction in business and greater order, happiness, purpose and fulfillment at home.

If you’re looking for a lecture, this is not the workshop for you. Breathe will require you to step in and do the hard work (read “smart work”) to get exactly what is you really want (and very often, something even better!). Breathe will require you to get in touch with your core, the deepest parts of the guts that make you who you really are. It will require you to answer some tough questions and face some tough facts. It may require you to change deeply seeded and limiting thought patterns that could be holding you back from living your full potential–as a mother, a wife, and a small business owner who hopes to have success with the Salesforce strategies.

The bottom line.

Do you believe that? Because I sure do. If you’re going to play at the dual roled life of mother and entreperneur, you’d better be ready to bring your A Game. No excuses.

I’m of the mentality that if you’re going to play, play hard. If you’re going to live, live well. If you’re going to work, be awesome. If you’re going to do something, you deserve to figure out how to do it well.

You deserve clarity and success in your business, order and fulfillment in your home, joy and passion in your marriage, and laughter and love with your children.

You deserve to Breathe.

Email: aloha{at}natalienortonblog{dot}com
to reserve your seat!

I’m jetting off to the airport to catch a flight to Tampa for the first leg of the Making Things Happen Tour! Wahooo!!  I’ll be blogging every weekday of the tour (that’s the goal) so stick around! You can also catch daily inspiration from the girls and I (Lara, Gina, Emily) over on the Making Things Happen Tumblr. (And if Tumblr makes ZERO sense to you–it didn’t used to make sense to me at ALL–just think of it as a microblogging platform, falling somewhere between a full fledged blog and Twitter. It’s pretty amazing.)

Taking off on this trip is so exciting for me. It is nearly impossible for me to believe that just over 2 months ago, I knew nothing of the Making Things Happen Intensive, nothing of Lara Casey, nothing of Gina Zeidler or Emily Ley, and I’d never eaten Southern grits to boot. It is completely amazing that in such a short time, this intensive has become such a significant part of my life and that Lara, Gina and Emily have become 3 of my very dearest friends the world over. It’s beautiful what wonderful things can come into our lives when we’re out looking for them.

Deciding to register for Making Things Happen Maui was a total fluke. It was a fluke that the intensive ended up on my computer screen to begin with. It was a fluke that I thought, “Sure, I’m going to drop $1,200 to go spend a day on Maui with a women I’ve never even heard of.” It was a fluke that only days later I was on a plane with Richie in tow.

. . . Except that it really wasn’t a fluke at all.

If there is ONE SINGULAR THING in my life that I’m good at, it’s this: I follow my gut. And in this case, my guts led me to Maui, and my decision to follow their lead, changed the course of my life forever. Yes, I really believe that. 100%.

Listen, there are a VERY FEW seats left for this tour (the only tour planned for 2011). Payment plans ARE available. If you’re ready for change, ready for growth, ready for accountability, ready to overcome fear and MAKE THINGS HAPPEN IN YOUR LIFE (in any field of expertise, family, or life in general), it’s not too late to contact Marissa (Marissa{at}laracaseyreps{dot}com) and get.yourself.in.on.this.  You deserve it.

When you’re on the hunt for absolute magic, it’s hard not to get sidetracked along the way. It’s hard not to settle for FANTASTIC. Because, fantastic, is well. . . FANTASTIC! But I had to keep reminding myself, I wasn’t looking for fantastic, no matter how bright and shiny the lights or how clear and clean the bells and whistles. I was looking for just.right.for.me. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that there is power in patience (though granted this was over and done in under a week) but MOST importantly, there is power in specificity (as evidenced by the fact that this WAS in fact over and done with in under a week).

I had laid it all out there. . . defined exactly what “just right for me” looked like, felt like, smelled like for crying out loud!  And I found her. Erin Jane is just right. For me. For my family. For my business . . . And the beauty of it (which I also specifically laid out in my ad) is that I am just right for her. For her dreams, her ambitions, her remarkable potential! I’m beyond excited to see what we can make happen together, and I’m doubly excited to introduce her to you, now!

Here’s Erin’s application in response to my (again, very lofty and very extraordinarily specific) want ad. Tell me you wouldn’t have hired her on the spot.

Perfect cover page.

Perfect cover letter.

Perfect resumé.

Folks, what do you want for yourself? Your family? Your business? What do you DESERVE for yourself? Your family? Your business? Do you even know?

One of my very favorite concepts of all time was taught to me by Stephen R. Covey (and if you’ve EVER heard me speak, it’s quite likely you’ve heard this before). Summarized: don’t waste your time climbing up the “ladder of success” until you’re sure it’s leaning against the right wall!

You deserve to know what you want and where you’re headed. You.deserve.it.

If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never feel satisfied by, or comfortable with, your forward momentum. You’ll find yourself constantly revving the engine with one foot while simultaneously slamming on the breaks with the other, and that’s no way to drive. That’s no way to live.


And to Erin I say, welcome to the family girlfriend! Let’s get a move on!



The search is over!

I spent the last week pouring over a billion of the most wonderful applications, resumes and portfolios. I’m a.m.a.z.e.d by how many talented, beautiful, CREATIVE and connected people there are out there! I wish I could hire each and every one of you. Sincerely.

When you post something like my ad, it feels a little reminiscent of throwing a big high school party; you can’t help but be TERRIFIED that no one will show up! When I wrote that ad, I took a real leap. It’s not your typical job posting. Not by any stretch of the imagination. And it was scary. I was afraid people wouldn’t take me seriously or worse, that they’d laugh at me behind my back. But in the end, I didn’t care. I was all in, committed to finding what I need, because I think that I (not to mention my business and my family) deserve it. I hoped that if I was willing to share EXACTLY what I was hoping for, that somehow it would show up at my doorstep.  And guess what? It totally did.

Please know, I am significantly touched and astonished by the number of applications I received. It was truly humbling. In fact, as the applications kept pouring in, I started to have this overwhelming fear that I wasn’t up for this! I wasn’t going to be able to choose, or WORSE I’d make the WRONG decision somehow and have to fire someone a few months down the road! That would be my WORST.NIGHTMARE.EVER. I don’t ever want to have to fire anybody.

I also want you to know that many of your applications literally moved me to tears.  So many answered my ad in kind and simply laid it all out there; to you I say, I could FEEL your hearts, your drive, your commitment, your intense desire to make BIG things happen in your lives. I want that for you too. Keep laying it all out there with this much authenticity, and you won’t be able to avoid falling into the perfect situation for you, no matter how hard you try!

I’ll be making the official announcement and introducing “the new girl” soon. :)