A little bit about me.
I'm Dawn-Marie Norton, a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach.
Using functional medicine health coaching, we can gather up your pieces and put them together.
My top character strengths are spirituality, love, gratitude, love of learning, and appreciation of beauty and excellence. My childhood did not resemble any of those things. It was through heartache and intention to heal my childhood that I was able to reclaim my health, and learn how to support and sustain myself and my family with positivity, joy, health, and peace.
So many of us have a shaky foundation. We have a story. We aren't heard. We don't know where to go. A coach helps you find the answers you need unique to you. There is no one size fits all and you are the creator of your future. I'd love to join you in the journey to finding and healing yourself.
My personal story and approach
From a young age, divorce, neglect, abuse, and eventually chronic health issues including misdiagnosed pneumonia, systemic candida, mold sensitivity, and chronic fatigue were part of my story. Not to mention total lack of self-worth and depression after my mother's suicide.
Over many years I was led to knowledge and tools that healed me mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. My health and life's work is grounded in and dedicated to four pillars. It is my hope to share them with you, so that you can experience recovery from the elements in your world that have shaken you, and you can return to a place of peace and wholeness.
Food, movement, sleep, stress management, relationships, and other tools are the keys to solving your health puzzle. It's more than just addressing the body. It's addressing the whole person and becoming a woman of strength. My ultimate goal is for you to rejoice in a new future that includes the strength gained from your experiences.
My foundation was rocked with neglect, abuse, and illness.
I was born laughing, singing, and dancing. I just know it. In spite of my difficult childhood, I remember belting out Tammy Wynnette songs, running and skipping through the woods behind our home, and laughing with my brother and friends whenever I had a chance. I had a deeply spiritual experience when I was six and have always sought after and believed in a Source greater than myself.
My dad taught me to appreciate beauty in the world through extensive travel across America. I had a natural curiosity and a thirst for learning. I felt deeply with those who I saw suffering. I wished from the time I first heard someone’s sadness worse than mine, (in this case a second grade friend who had lost both her parents in a car accident), that I had a magic wand to help others with grief and pain.
In my mid teens I began reading self help books. Through my own personal health challenges of mold toxicity, candida, and chronic fatigue, I searched far and wide for answers I wasn’t getting from traditional medicine. While raising 7 children for 20 years, I experimented constantly with what we ate, and natural remedies to keep our family healthy.
I discovered the JOY of gratitude and how it could shift my approach to everything. EFT taught me to peel off the layers of abuse, grief, and the trauma of my mother’s suicide and their attendant emotions. It was my magic wand! Finally, my lifetime of study came full circle with health and wellness coaching at the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. It brought all of my tools and character strengths together to help others heal from physical, emotional, and mental limitations. My greatest desire is to awaken women of faith to their strength and power, so they can radiate light into their families and the dark places in the world.