Welcome To My Website

My name is Brooke Norton & welcome to my site! As human beings, we are all a work in progress with unique stories. Your story matters. You matter. If you are here to simply stop by & read my personal blog, I welcome you. Perhaps you want transformation in your life. If that’s you, thanks for being here, and feel free to explore my website for coaching possibilities.

The Best is Yet to Come

“When you’re waiting, you’re not doing nothing. You’re doing the most important something there is. You’re allowing your soul to grow up. If you can’t be still and wait, you can’t become what God created you to be.”

Sue Monk Kidd

I’ve been in an interlude of sorts.

A “to be continued” moment in my life.

An ellipse I guess you can say.

A hurry up and wait kind of season.

I know that I am not the only one who hates to wait. I’ve told myself to “chill” about 1000 times this year.

Being someone of faith, I’ve always known that my existence is an integral part of who I am. When I lost my job last year, I had to learn to separate who I was from my vocation. It was the healthiest thing I could have ever done for my spiritual and emotional health. It took nearly a year to find balance and healing in these areas.

I have been dreaming about how my part in the community could look different than I thought – different from traditional ministry as I knew it. What if my life, my family, my friends, my job, my entertainment, the way I serve, rest, and play all became integrated? What if the places I began to frequent became the very way I did ministry? 

All of this to say that my waiting hasn’t been for nothing. I was  “growing up.” Growing up requires aches/pains, awkward conversations, and stripping away of old patterns of thought/actions.

THIS TAKES TIME. 

Here we are in the fall of 2021 and I am church planting. Now take everything you think about church planting, throw it out the window, and lean in…

What if we began to reimagine what was possible with the church? What if it means engaging with the people who are in direct proximity to where we live and flourish? What if we stopped trying to attract unbelievers to our spaces, and began instead, to create sacred spaces in the everyday places? The Church is shifting. Our old wineskins are bursting.

In December of 2020, these very questions led me to start a dialogue with my friend and Network Pastor of The Holy District. We began dreaming about what could be possible with a dialogue-centered gathering in Gilbert, Arizona focused on nurturing human connections. Picture an expression of the church that contributes both to the economic and spiritual well-being of a community. Envision local wineries, coffee shops, city parks, community centers, etc being utilized with a focused effort in building the Kingdom of God. 

After having lived in Gilbert for 7 years I knew this was my next step. September 1st, I will be stepping into the role of Community Pastor for the Holy District in Gilbert, Arizona. If you are curious and want to know a bit more about the community we are forming in Gilbert, check out the Podcast that we recorded sharing more in-depth about our vision. Click here to listen on Spotify and here to listen on Apple Podcasts. We are actively seeking individuals to donate financially towards our first year of ministry expenses within the community. If you are interested in partnering with The Holy District, explore the website here and specify that you are looking to partner with The Holy District Gilbert. 

Now you might think, wow that’s a lot happening! But more change is coming… 

Back in January, I started a journey to empower women to see a more beautiful version of themselves. I spent hours in training to receive a certification for Life Coaching. My specialty is in helping you figure out where you want to go, determine your self-limiting beliefs, and creating a detailed plan of action to transform your life. 

In November I will be launching an online 6-month coaching group for women with Ezer + Co

This is perfect for me because Ezer + Co is on a mission to activate women to live and lead with wholeness. The 6-month coaching groups explore these 6 different dimensions of wholeness: 

Physical

Emotional

Mental

Relational

Spiritual

Rest/Recovery

Each month will focus on one dimension of wholeness. I believe a small shift in one of these areas can result in massive changes in your life and leadership. These groups are about taking real action to unify your life and leadership. You won’t just be learning about wholeness and healing. You will be challenged to take actual healing steps towards wholeness.  

If you are curious, set up an Activation Call with me to see if it’s a good fit! I am looking for 6-10 women for my November group.

If you made it this far, thank you.

I am so grateful that you have invested in me, in my family, and in my journey to be more like Jesus every day. Thank you for your support!

Beauty from Ashes

Church. When you hear that word, what comes to mind? What emotions are provoked? Do you recall memories? Good or not so good. What words and images appear in your imagination? Has church caused you damage? Has it been your hope? Both of those things. What part does it play in your greater relationship with God?

Continue Reading →

A Nurtured Behavior

For those of you who been following my journey, I am in the process of being certified as a Spiritual Life Coach. Acquiring skills to coach others to produce results that they haven’t yet been able to see. Our coaches in this training have been hard at work exposing habits that we’ve created that may need to change. Leave it to the last week of coaching to unmask a behavior that I have been nurturing for way too long. 

Continue Reading →

How Do You Wear Your Affliction

My husband came home for lunch this week and the first thing he did was go smell all the candles in our house. At first, I raised my eyebrows and then it dawned on me that he was checking to see if he could still smell because he thought he might have Covid. Now before I go any further, this is a regular occurrence in our house. You may be just like us… Covid has had a way of convincing us that even an eyelash stuck in our eye, could be this virus.

Prior to him coming home for lunch, I was working my way through 2 Corinthians 4. I hardly ever come to my spouse with a need to share these types of things but this time felt different. I grabbed my journal and read…

Continue Reading →

When Disorientation Leads to Redirection

Well, here we are in our first month of 2021 friends! Welcome to my personal website! You will find previous blogs posted below that I have written over the last few years. Today, I find myself publicly writing for the first time in quite a while. And for the first time ever, it’s my own platform and my own voice. 

Continue Reading →

Be the Sisterhood

My whole life, my best friend and I dressed alike. We would walk into a room and look down at one another to notice we were both wearing the same sweater from the Gap. To this day, she teases me because we all know who wore it first. She’s right you know. She wore it first. I was the copycat. I wanted to dress just like her. Be just like her. She was my best friend and she held a very high standing in my life. 

Continue Reading →

Wake Up

Have you ever felt stifled to embrace the calling God has placed on your life? By that I mean, can you pinpoint a moment in your life when it seemed almost impossible to step fully into the goodness that God desired for you? I’ve been listening to a song lately by Jonathan David and Melissa Helser called, Cageless Birds. In this song, these talented musicians challenge me to adopt the mindset that I am free in Christ. 

Continue Reading →

This One Is For The Valorous

Valor. 

This word has given me identity over the last handful of years. For some reason, this one word resonates with me so much. It speaks to me. It gives life to my past and defines who I want to become. Someday, when I actually have the guts to get a tattoo, it will be the mark I place on my body for life! 

So, what does valor mean anyways?! It’s defined as, “Great courage in the face of danger!” It’s a kind of determination. It’s boldness and bravery when get the deck is stacked against you. 

Continue Reading →

Little Girl Arise

Christmas has come to an end. There are hundreds of little tasks to do including taking down the Christmas tree, putting away the lights, and organizing your gifts. Worst of all, you have to start thinking about the New Year. Tis’ the season of trying to get back in shape again. Maybe you have a goal to be more confident in your work place. Perhaps you want to carve out time in your schedule to spend with the people that mean the most to you. The start of a New Year just confirms that you should have accomplished more in the previous year. Am I right?! You reminisce about the days in which you had all the energy in the world. You daydream about how you used to finish your to-do lists. You used to dream big! So what happened?!

Continue Reading →