#RRBC, Poems

Following my passion and paying it forward! ~ Rave Reviews Book Club’s Blog Party! #RRBC

Welcome to Rave Reviews Book Club’s Blog Party!


Today, I’ll be giving away three prizes. For a chance to win one of the three prizes all you have to do is read my post and leave a comment. Yup, it’s that easy!

1. $5.00 Amazon Gift Card

2.  $5.00 Amazon Gift Card

3. $5.00 Amazon Gift Card

Total prizes on this stop: 3

I’m so very grateful for you taking the time to stop by my blog today. To my RRBC family, I offer my sincere gratitude for the kindness and inspiration you have granted me over the past 1 ½ years.

Many of you know that I published my first book of poetry The Heart’s Journey Home in 2015. That endeavour brought me miles outside of my comfort zone. But it also, by chance or grand design, lead me here today, to be among you and feel at home. Without knowing it, you have fueled my passion for writing, and I am now able to venture into the unknown with grace, humility, and a gracious heart.

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I’m delighted to say that my second book of poetry, The Heart’s Lullaby, has an anticipated release date of June 10, 2017. Yay!!

But today, I’m so thrilled to share with you a venture that is so very near and dear to my heart.

A little introduction…

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My twin sister (Nicole) and I are both proud wives of long-serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces. We didn’t plan it that way. But we are blessed beyond measure.

We all know the devastating impact of PTSD.  It hurts everyone. The man or woman suffering with it, their spouses, partners, children, parents, siblings, friends, relatives, and even their pets. Everyone is impacted.  Many of those who are suffering with PTSD are military, police, paramedics, and firefighters. They are our first responders. In their selfless acts of service, they have suffered. It’s painful to see.

Did you know that the simple act of piecing together a jigsaw puzzle can offer therapeutic benefits? It can, and the promising findings were impossible to ignore. While stimulating the brain, it also acts as a form of meditation, allowing the mind to relax. This simultaneous action has shown promising findings for people living with dementia, and can be a valuable source of reprieve for individuals living and coping with mental illness, including PTSD.

We have immense respect for those who serve, those who suffer, and those who struggle to find peace in their minds and hearts. If we can contribute even a small piece of peace, it is our privilege and honour to do so.

It is this inner call to action that Peace by Piece Puzzles was born.

We both have had fulfilling careers in business (Nicole) and counselling (me). Through our work and personal journey, we have witnessed the remarkable power of the human spirit. Equipped with empathy and compassion, we are eager to make a difference. We believe that every act of kindness, every gesture of love and understanding, is an infinite gift of grace. Let’s never underestimate its power, for it is a precious and always timely gift.

What is a Peace by Piece Puzzle?

Along with a beautiful, tranquil image, every Peace by Piece Puzzle carries an inspirational verse, a message of hope and love. The verses are written by me and come from a heart of gratitude. Through my words, I aspire to offer solace and hope, love and understanding.

In our face-paced, dynamic, and often complex lives, a gift to oneself or a loved one is special.  A Peace by Piece Puzzle is a gift from the heart; it is permission to quiet the mind alone, or come together with a loved one in a shared experience. During those moments when words are sometimes hard to find, a Peace by Piece Puzzle can be your voice.

We are launching Peace by Piece Puzzles with five verses. Today, I would like to share with you the verse “Into the Light” which was written for the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much in their line of service.

I believe mental wellness should not be a convoluted concept; it’s an essential piece of our lives. A daily promise to ourselves that we are worthy to be free of inner turmoil, free to love and be loved. Piece by piece, step by step, we can do this. We are all in this together.

Thank you all for sharing your time and being a part of this extraordinary journey. Please believe me when I say that each and every one of you hold a place in my heart and are, indeed, instrumental in my ambitions as a writer. Because of you, I have gained the fortitude to take this next giant leap outside of my comfort zone and venture into the unknown with grace and a humble heart. Yes, you are with me on this incredible journey. ♥

Please visit our website, view our puzzles, and share with others. Our official launch date is April 20, 2017.  Our online store will officially open at that time. But I really wanted to share this with you all today.


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Into the Light

The wounds of battle
These scars you do not see
Have waged their own war
Its sights set on me.

Determined to break me
And scatter the remains
Fragmenting the life
That I once so proudly claimed.

A coward’s call to dance
It refuses to be seen
Lurking in the shadows
And tormenting dreams.

With defiance, I’ll hold on
And the sun will rise again
There is hope in my resolve
This battle I shall win.

I’ll pick up the fragments
Without indignity or shame
And piece by piece, with a mighty heart
I’ll rise and build again.

Thank you for stopping by. Please don’t forget to leave a comment below for your chance to win 1 of 3 Amazon Gift Cards. I hope to see you at the next stop on the RRBC Blog Party Tour!

143 thoughts on “Following my passion and paying it forward! ~ Rave Reviews Book Club’s Blog Party! #RRBC”

  1. There’s so much we don’t know about you, Natalie, but thanks to #RRBC family, we are getting to know our members better. It must be tough to be married to a man in the armed forces, especially because of the after effect such a job has on their lives. Because your husband is serving, you too are serving. It takes strong men and women, giving men and women to make such sacrifices for their country. Your services will not be in vain!

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    1. Thank you so much, Joy! We are truly blessed and hope to be able to give back in some way. To do this with my sister is an absolute gift. I read a quote once that said “Behind every brave solider there is a strong military spouse.” We are grateful to be able to serve in this way. Thank you! 🙂


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