Being Big & Expanding into Health & Wellness

Elisabeth Olyvia Norton
3 min readDec 21, 2017

I’ve been in healthcare for over 2 decades as a bodyworker and massage therapist. I’ve been a coach for a decade. I’ve been resisting health and wellness coaching because everyone is doing it and it seemed so superficial. Ugh. I don’t want to be another cog in the weight loss/health machinery, telling women to get fit so they can meet the ideal industry standards.

But I look around and hardly anyone is truly healthy or well.

I love having a business called A Really Big Life. It’s so delicious because it includes all of life; bigness in mind, body, and soul. Who doesn’t want, openly or secretly, a really big life for themselves?

But as a coach, it’s constantly confronting. Where am I playing small? Where am I not living my really big life? And if I’m not, then who am I to be out there promoting it?

How can I be real about helping others get in their bigness without being BS-ey about what my life looks like at times? I’m NOT one of those lay-on-the-beach and ‘you-can-have-this-life-if-you-take-my-kazillion dollar-class’ kinda coach. Not in any way, not even close.

Yesterday I was reminded of this: the Universe is constantly expanding. The edges of where we can track the stars and planets is incessantly moving further out into space. It’s currently the very nature of the physical universe to expand. And as a part of that universe, it’s natural for us to expand as well.

You can take that as pragmatically or as woo-woo as you prefer. I tend to like both. If you’ve been here or around me more than 3 seconds, you know I love exploration and expansion. You also know that I love both the pragmatic and the woo-woo, my unapologetically paradoxical brain and being thrives on it.

SO, in the midst of the dumpster fire that seems to be US culture at this point in history, I’m seeing an expanded vision of health and wellness. I’m seeing an expanded vision of how to boldly be real about the process of getting healthy and embracing wellness. It’s not just losing weight or getting ‘happy’. It’s beyond yoga mats and flashy social media posts about looking good.

It is dropping the pretense and getting brutally real about what’s happening in and around you. It’s deeply seeing yourself and connecting with what you want in life; then going after that, even when it gets rough.

It’s developing the courage to reach for who you are and what you want with the resilience to bounce back when challenges kick your ass.

The world needs you. The people who love you need you. Not playing small, but being your biggest, best you. You need you.

Expanding isn’t always comfortable, but it’s always divine. I promise. Stay tuned, it’s going to be one heck o’ a year.



Elisabeth Olyvia Norton

Positive Psychology Coach, Writer, Educator. Optimist, edge pusher, & smarty pants. Momma to bevy of 4 leggers, artist & proud science geek.