As the warriors and goddesses of our own domains (mind, body, and spirit), in addition to our life experiences, we have transformed ourselves into quite the blacksmiths.  Each one of us at some point in our life has crafted our very own personal armour. This armour fits you exactly as needed to provide protection.  

Like any blacksmith, you do not become a master of your trade without a lot of practice.  Your armour likely didn’t start with the ability to detect every blow that came your way, but with each blow and the adversities that life brings, you build a stronger and more durable version.  I can confidently say, I’ve obtained a Ph.D. in blacksmithing. How might you describe your suit of armour?

 I first began crafting my skills at the tender age of 8.  My twin sister and I were sitting on the front steps of our home, waiting for our “part-time” dad to pick us up.  We were so excited! It was our birthday weekend and we couldn’t wait to see what he had planned for us. Unfortunately, he never showed.  Instead of picking us up, our father chose to spend time with his new girlfriend. That moment of feeling rejected was the first time I remember fabricating my suit.  I never wanted to feel that emotion again.  

When did you begin creating your suit/shield of armour?  

As time goes on and challenging situations transpire, each of our suits of armour become very strong. We become people who take on life’s punches without a flinch. Like many of you, when something kicks you in the tail, you find it is much easier to get back up and keep moving compared to the first time you got hit.  

What became apparent, through personal development and working with clients, is that this suit is a great protector from nothing getting in, and nothing getting out.  Much like a soldier, there is a time to put on your shield for battle. However, it is just as important to remember, there is a time to take off your shield. 

How often are you taking off your suit of armour?

Imagine fighting a battle daily and never taking your armour off.  Aside from an unpleasant smell, what else would you find? Probably blood, sweat, dirt, you get the picture.  Now take a moment and think about yourself. If you were to take off your shield, what would you find? I kept mine on for years, and when I finally took that armour off, I realized it was heavily lined with judgment, shame, insecurities, disappointments, etc.  Protection is good for war, however, if we are wearing protection from life all the time, we will never fully gain our true desires. 

Years of doing inner work and working with others helps us realize that we frequently move through life needing and wanting to be suited up.  We look at it as being the hero, the leader, and the teacher. What we often miss is what happens when we allow ourselves to un-shield. In order for you to live a life that is purposeful with joy, freedom, and love, you must take off your shield and cleanse.  This life is meant for us to develop, evolve and grow.

Therefore, the greatest gifts of this is to become both the student and the teacher, the hero, and the one to be saved.  To stay armoured up and hero ready, you will miss out on your own personal mission and development in life.  That moment long ago when I was left with my sister on those steps is no longer a memory of being a victim of rejection, it’s simply now the marker in which I gained my spirit of loyalty.  If you are someone who is ready to remove your armour and to partner with someone I would love to serve you here.  Life is a journey for us to evolve, discover, brave and enjoy.

Natalie Iannone


  1. Sumer on January 10, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    I love how you shifted your perspective from being a victim of rejection to simply a marker of your loyalty, beautiful. That is life altering and so powerful. Thank you for sharing.

    • Rebecca and Natalie on January 11, 2020 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you for sharing your takeaways, and totally agree, it is life altering. Becoming the master of your perception plays a great part in living a life that is filled with more joy and abundance.

  2. Natalie on January 10, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Love this, redirects our thinking and actions and allows us to transform a negative to a positive.

    • Rebecca and Natalie on January 11, 2020 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you, sometimes all it takes is a pair of new lenses to see from to play a greater role in shifting and transforming our energy.

  3. Gaynell Chrissis on January 11, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    I literally got goose bumps when I read “the greatest gifts of this is to become both the student and the teacher, the hero, and the one to be saved.” As a woman, mother, wife, friend, teacher, leader, etc, How many of us are willing to admit they sometimes need to be saved and not be the hero? I definitely wouldn’t have in the past.. Thank you for the beautiful share. So powerful and eye opening.

    • Rebecca and Natalie on January 11, 2020 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing! The more we open up the platform to share these moments of vulnerability the more it invites others to do the same.

  4. Megan Ruotolo on January 16, 2020 at 11:57 am

    What an inspirational message! Thank you for sharing it and for the tremendous food for thought!

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