Grand Launch + Giveaway

I am so thrilled that y’all are here for the big grand launch of this blog. Yes, i have writing here for a couple of months. Mostly I have been writing posts and getting some things ready so that when I did make the big announcement I would be ready. You wouldn’t head over and just one or two posts. This is a blog that I am so proud of for so many different reasons. The biggest being that it is open and honest about the struggles I have with the three biggest influences in my life; God, Fitness and my own Mental Illness.

It has not always been easy to be open about my mental illness. I have struggled with it for a while. Struggled for years before I knew I even had one. My hope is that by sharing my personal struggles someone out there may feel less alone. Maybe someone is struggling the same way I do and have. Maybe they need someone to say its okay that you have this. To take some of the stigma away. To feel a little less crazy. To feel a little less unworthy because their relationship with God isn’t what everyone else’s seems to be. A little less like a failure because they can’t seem to lose weight or stick to any sort of dieting plan.

Life is hard in the best of times. We seem to make it harder for ourselves by attempting to live up to standards set by other people. Standards that are sometimes so high we are destined to fail. It has taken me years to come to terms with the fact that I am not someone else. I don’t have all the answers and I am going to fail. Sometimes daily but I will always pick myself up and start again.

If it means I start again every single day for the rest of my life I will. While some may see that as a failure I see it as someone who won’t give up. I know that my life can be more, I can be more. Thomas Edison has several quotes that inspire me when it comes to starting over and trying again.

“I haven’t failed — I’ve just found 10,000 that won’t work.”

Thomas Edison on inventing the light bulb

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Thomas Edison

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time.”

Thomas Edison

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.”

Thomas Edison

That last one my day use to tell us all the time. His went more along the lines of “You haven’t exhausted all possibilities until you have.” It took me a long to figure out what that meant. There is always another possibility. Even when there doesn’t seem to be. I could easily say I have tried all of the diets out there and they haven’t work but the truth is all I have discovered is a bunch of diets that don’t work for me. There is one that will. Never stop taking a chance, putting one foot in front of the other and trying again. Who knows today could be the day you succeed in whatever you are struggling to accomplish.




  1. I commented on this post–

    1. Congrats! I struggle from anxiety. Thankfully, the medication I’m on has helped TREMENDOUSLY!

      1. Thank you Brandy. My meds are one of the tools that have helped me as well.

      2. Thanks for sharing those much needed quotes.

    2. Thanks for sharing those inspirational quotes. When I was a case manager I hung the one about life’s greatest failures on my wall. More than once I had people break down crying and open up after seeing it. It is a powerful truth!

      1. You are so welcome and I can only imagine how many lives you changed just by hanging a quote that people think.

      2. Commented on the Mental illness post.

  2. Congratulations and wishing you much success on the new blog.

    I think during this time with so many things up in the air everyone is finding it difficult to stay positive and motivated.

    1. Thank you Sharon. You are right! So many things are unknown at the moment that staying positive is not an easy task.

      1. Keep your mind focused on God’s Word and his solutions, not your problems for good mental health.

  3. Hi There! Thank you so much for your ‘My Mental Health Goals’ post! It was a great read and is helping me a lot to reach my happiness goals.

    1. You are so welcome Erin. You are exactly the reason I started this blog. I want to help others who may be going through the same struggles as I do.

      1. Congratulations on the launch of the blog! I love it!

        1. Thank you so much Staci!

    2. Great read and thanks for the contest. Cheers!

  4. Congratulations on your new launch! Sounds like an interesting read and I look forward to keeping up with your journey.

  5. Congratulations on your launch & thank you for the chance.

    1. Thank you so much Nancy!

  6. I commented on this post Is God Mad at Me. I love your blog – thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much Mary!

  7. Congratulations, the new blog looks good. Thank you for the opportunity.

  8. Lots of relevant posts, good to see a new blog from you! Forgiving the Unforgivable is a great read, and I’m sure many go through similar things in life.

    1. Thank you Calvin. My hope is I can help at least one person make their struggles a little easier.

    2. Toi love your articles. The k you so much for the chance to win. Much love to you on your journey.

      1. Thank you so much Stephanie!

        1. Congratulations for your blog

  9. Marsha Diane Arditti

    August 3, 2020 at 8:02 am

    Congratulations on this great site!

  10. Thank you, I look forward to your future blog posts

  11. Marc-Andre Taillefer

    August 3, 2020 at 9:40 am

    thank you for the chance and congrats

  12. Best wishes on the new blog.

      1. So excited to follow your blog! I have OCD and anxiety so I understand how challenging it can be.

        1. I’m thrilled you’re here Laura! Both of those are challenging, throw in my depression and I’m a hot mess.

  13. Congrats on your new blog launch! Look forward to reading your posts.

    1. Thank you so much Micheline!

  14. Looking forward to the content you’re going to share! Congrats!

  15. Very cool so far. Looking forward to seeing what comes next!

  16. Congratulations on the blog and thanks for the chance.

    1. Thank you Sarah so much!

  17. Good luck on the new Blog! Mental Wellness is what we all should strive for! If you have a brain you have to maintain your mental wellness.

    1. I could not agree more Brooke and thank you!

  18. Enjoying the site! Thank you

  19. This would be a great prize to win. Thanks for sponsoring it!

    1. Thank you Carla and you’re welcome!

  20. Best wishes on the success of your blog and to bettering your health.

    1. Thank you so much Ken!

  21. Congratulations on your new launch! Sounds like an interesting read

  22. Nice contest, and congrats on the launch!

    1. Congrats and thanks for the giveaway

  23. Thank you for the contest

    1. Your are so welcome Matthew.

  24. Congratulations! Super exciting!!

  25. Hi, Rita:

    I’m Canadian (from Edmonton, AB) and I think many people like yourself struggle with mental illness, and from what I see on the local or Canadian news channels, kids now are dealing with depression brought on by this pandemic. It’s really sad to see. My faith in God has deepened and I prayed a long prayer just last night. If the pandemic doesn’t result in people drawing nearer to God, I don’t know what would! 🙁 It is a very difficult, challenging time we are in, and I pray that there will soon be a vaccine available to everyone. I wish you great success on your new blog and God’s blessings to you. : )

    1. Thank you Linda! I know that this is a difficult time we are living in. I agree that hopefully people will turn to God (or whomever it is they believe in) however I know that human nature is more likely to cause us to blame God rather than turn to him. I saw one of the news shows last night and they were talking about some Christians making a pilgrimage in some far away place. One lady walked for three days to get to the church. I looked at my mother and said “Now that’s faith.” A faith I’m not sure I have. I would love to say that of course I would walk for three days but another person had spent three months walking to get there. Can you just imagine having that sort of faith? How better the world would be if we all had that sort of faith?

  26. Looking forward to all the content. Good luck and thank you for the opportunity!

    1. Thank you so much Anita!

  27. Been feeling very alone lately, it helps to read some of this & know others are going thru the same!

    1. I am so glad and this is one of the biggest reasons I started this blog.

  28. Congratulations on your new blog! It’s a brave thing to do to put yourself out into the world – especially in these turbulent times. Sending happy, positive thoughts your way! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Theresa!


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  31. Good Luck with this path that you are traveling on and may you be enriched beyond your wildest dreams.

    1. Thank you so much Robert!

  32. thank you very much!

  33. It’s nice to see a positive blog.

  34. Congratulations on the new launch! I am looking forward reading more of your posts!

  35. Congrats on the launch! Love the Edison quotes – so true.

    1. Thank you so much Linda!

  36. Congrats on the launch!

    1. Thank you much Carolyn!

  37. I left a comment on your My Mental Health Goals post. I am subscribing. Thanks.

  38. oh wow! loving the new launch idea.. great name!
    you will be very successful!

    1. Thank you so much Steve!

  39. thanks for the chance to win

    1. You are so welcome Harry!

  40. Congratulations on the launch and thank you for the giveaway!

    1. Thank you so much Tram!

  41. mental health is real i have depression and its bad i just keep praying that one day i can see where i want and get there its hard

    1. It is hard Carol. My best advice to use is to keep trying. You are always going to have mental illness but you can help yourself manage it better. Take your meds every day (if you are on any), go to therapy, find a support group, share with people around you that you have a mental illness. Help them understand so they can help you more. Journal. This was a big one for me. When I began to write down my feelings both good and bad I was able to see the triggers that made it worse and I have learned to avoid them if possible. I am always here for you if you need someone to talk to.


    1. You are so welcome Mary and you have a splendid week as well.

  43. Well done. I fall back on Family, Faith and Friends as the three most important parts of my life. It’s funny that they do not always stay in the same order.

    1. I don’t think order matters as much as the fact they are all there.

  44. Wishing you much success!

  45. love sweeps

  46. I am new to your blog, and impressed by the themes. Self-acceptance and compassion are encouraging to read about. Best wishes on your new book!

  47. I can do all things thru God, who strengthens me

  48. Congratulations on the launch of the new blog! Look forward to future posts 🙂

  49. This is awesome!!

    1. Thank you so much Laurie!

  50. Awesome Giveaway!

  51. Awesome website & thanks for the opportunity!

  52. Congratulations on your launch. You chose a great time!

  53. Awesome, Good luck with your blog…

  54. Music is always great for the soul and stop worrying about so many others, things happen for a reason

    1. That is great advice Jon!

  55. Thanks for the chance

    1. You’re welcome Candy!

  56. Found your blog a short time ago and it is nice to know that there are others going through the same things that I am. Part of being healthy is not only physical, but mental as well.

    1. That is true Robyn. We take our mental health for granted.

  57. I have severe depression and many people don’t understand this illness. Some tell me to “shake it off.” I wish I could. It is a challenge at times. I appreciate you taking on this blog to help educate others.

    1. You are so welcome Thomas! I hate the shake it off comment or just get up and do something. People just don’t seem to understand that it is not that I want to be this way. My brain is this way and no matter how much I want to do better it won’t let me sometimes.

      1. Awesome giveaway

  58. Things are tough out there.
    This contest will definitely make a big difference for one lucky winner. Good luck and thank you.

    1. Thank you Brad and that is my hope. I know what it is to struggle and if I can ease just one person’s struggle I will be happy.

  59. Congrats on the launch. Looking forward to visiting here and seeing what’s up!

  60. I too suffer from mental illness and definitely have trouble feeling positive not only day by day but sometimes hour by hour!!

    1. Some moments it is so difficult and I think that is something people without a mental illness don’t grasp. It’s not that we are being mean or lazy but more our brains simply refuse to let us do anything in that moment.

  61. Great idea on your blog subject–there is so much negativity out there–

  62. WTG congrats

  63. Thank you for this generous giveaway!

      1. Thank you for the uplifting messages 😊

  64. Congrats to you! And thank you for this awesome opportunity!

  65. Congrats on the blog! God Bless!

  66. Very inspiring how you communicate so raw and honestly about your journey.

  67. Best wishes on the new blog.

  68. I started clicking around the blog you have some really good articles. I am interested in all 3 subjects.

  69. Congratulations! I like your quotes on failure. I like this one too, by Winston Churchill: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

    1. Thank you! That is a great quote as well.

  70. thanks for awesome giveaway

    1. You’re so welcome Angela!

  71. The new blog looks nice!

    1. Thank you so much Candace!

  72. It is always nice to know that you are not alone. I know God is always with me…but having someone in flesh…Thank you and God Bless you

    1. You are so welcome Courtney and thank you. You are never alone.

  73. Thank-you! This is good motivation and a reminder to be kind and help others that struggle.

    1. Thank you so much Jennifer!

  74. Congratulations and wishing you success on the new blog.

    1. Thank you so much Jessica!

  75. Congrats on a new blog.
    Thanks for the contest.

  76. Congratulations

  77. our family could use a blessing right now

    1. Thanknyou for entering Kim and know I am praying for your family as well as everyone else who is suffering at the moment.

  78. Congrats on the launch! I love that you’re focusing on mental health – that’s a topic that is really important to me. For your giveaway, I commented here too:


    1. thank you Lauren and you are so welcome. I just felt it was time that I share my struggles with the world.

  79. Praying that God uses this blog to bless our world during this time of uncertainty.

    1. Thank you so much Mary. I pray that he will use me to help during this time as well.

  80. Congratulations on your blog. I enjoyed the content!

  81. Congrats on the launch! Thanks for the chance to win this!

  82. Love the quotes.

  83. Thomas Edison has such awesome quotes. I don’t think I ever would have connected them to struggling with mental illness. Thanks so much!

    1. I love his quotes and so many just fit with mental illness and life in general.

  84. Congratulations on this great site and thanks for the chance to win

    1. Thank you Renee and you’re welcome!

  85. Congratulations on the new blog! I love Wicked Romance And Rita Reviews as well but I love this new blog focus. Thanks for fighting the stigma and speaking out! <3

    1. Thank you so much Deborah! I love knowing that you like all of them.

  86. Congrats on your new blog!

  87. Me and my kids have suffered with depression for most our lives. Both of my kids have been hospitalized in a short-term facility for suicide prevention. We are always there for each other in times of need.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing that and offering to be there Stephanie. I know how huge of a step it is to put yourself out there.

  88. Congrats on the new blog. I believe you will have great success!

  89. This is such an amazing giveaway thank you for the opportunity!! Good luck to all of us!

    1. You’re welcome Rebecca and thank you!

  90. Congratulations on your blog ! Awesome

  91. Congrats and many blessings

    1. Thank you so much Gwendolyn!

  92. This contest is great! Good Luck to all!

  93. This is awesome, just gotta have faith and there is nothing wrong with seeking help

    1. I couldn’t agree more.

  94. Im so glad i was able to find your new blog!

    1. I’m thrilled that you are here as well!

  95. Great blog and contest!

  96. wow awesome giveaway , thanks for the chance.

    1. Thank you and you’re welcome Dave!

  97. This is such an awesome blog and page

  98. I suffer from depression & anxiety and have thought about suicide before (many times) I am in treatment (therapy) and I appreciate what you are doing here so much! Thank you! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Nina. I know how difficult depression and anxiety can be. I know about the suicidal thoughts as well. Stick with your therapy, I promise it will help.

  99. Congratulations on your blog! I had a good read of some of your Mental Illness posts and commented.

    1. Thank you so much Linda!

  100. Just leaving a comment to be entered. Thanks for the chance.

  101. Thank you for your blog. I feel like I am going to enjoy future posts!

    1. Thank you so much Carly!

  102. Good luck.

  103. My mental illness has honestly been struggling so much during quarantine 🙁

    1. I can only imagine how tough it has been. I know that mine has struggled and I have had to work harder to find little ways to make it through each day,

  104. “If I have to start over every day, I will” – I love this concept! Congratulations on the launch, and thanks for the content 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Cheryl!

  105. Patricia Yarascavitch

    August 10, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Congrats on your blog launch!

  106. Your blog is very inspiring and helpful for those of us who struggle with mental illness, and have family member that do as well. Thank you!

    1. Thank you Shannon for visiting the blog and for your kind words.

  107. I have struggled with depression and anxiety myself..

    1. They are a lethal combination it seems some days.

  108. Congratulations on your launch! All the best on your blogging journey!

  109. I love the title of your blog because all three words truly ring true for me! God and fitness are a priority and I too suffer from mental illness….as do a lot of people.

    1. Thank you so much Natalie! Although I can’t take much credit for the title, I swear God pushed me towards it.

  110. Congrats and thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Thank you and your welcome Alexandra!

  111. great prize

  112. I am enjoying your new blog. I always thought I had good control of my mental health until this pandemic hit! For months I’ve been running around and doing for others which is good but I’ve lost a lot of me time. I need to start a new structure since it looks like no end in sight!

    1. Thank you so much and good luck in working on your mental health.

  113. I’m very much into natural supplements and love to learn more all the time. I strive to try and take natural supplements versus prescription meds. I struggle with depression and anxiety, and being only 57yrs old and I’ve lost both my parents, and all three of my sisters, leaves me feeling so sad and alone. I love to read and connect with other people and see how they’re coping with grief and depression. So happy that I found this blog, it’s so interesting to me. Thank you for the opportunity of your giveaway. Good luck with everything.

    1. Thank you so much! I use supplements too.

  114. I commented on the “at my heaviest now” article, because I am also at my heaviest now.

  115. The world needs advice on mental health now more than ever, hope you deliver.
    Good luck with the blog.

  116. Congrats on the launch!

  117. Entering your giveaway here. I REALLY appreciate your website as it is devoted to mental illness as well. I’m bookmarking your blog as future reference so I can read when I feel down. I suffer from extreme anxiety and depression so I thank you for making this blog.

  118. thanks for sharing

      1. As someone who also struggles with mental illness and is working on getting shape, I look forward to reading more blog posts from you!

  119. I just subscribed. This is a great site and I look forward to reading more articles.

  120. Congratulations on the new blog! I love those quotes on perseverance you shared because I can also relate to the “try and try again” mentality. All glory to God along the way!

  121. Congrats on the launch! I know it can be nerve raking to jump into something new!

  122. I found the article on mental wellness especially good. I have suffered from depression for many years and it is something you have to learn to deal and live with. Medicines help some,, but a lot of it is dependent on our coping skills and life habits.

  123. Thanks for the giveaway! Great article.

  124. So glad to read other people struggle with mental issues, helps me knowing others struggle

  125. Always stay positive .Everything with God is posible.

  126. Congrats on the launch! This must be so exciting!

  127. The COVID pandemic has caused stress and anxiety for many people; hoping that your launch can reach some of them.

  128. Thanks for the giveaway!


  130. COngratulations on your launch, I love this article!

  131. Congrats and thanks for the giveaway!!

  132. Thank you for this giveaway and congratulations on your launch 🙂

  133. congratulations ! i love that you have an outlet now !

  134. Congratulations! It’s so good to see something that’s intended for real people with real issues. It’s different and I think I’m going to enjoy reading your blogs.

  135. I’ve struggled and it took me years to find a good therapist…but I have to say that the pandemic has been hard…and I know exactly what you mean about living up to others expectations. 🙁

  136. Thank you very much for the giveaway I hope to win. I look forward to reading your book at the library!

  137. congrats! I struggle from anxiety too

  138. Thank you so much for all that you are doing, it is very inspiring and I appreciate all the work you have put in for your launch!

  139. Such a generous giveaway.

  140. We all can use help! I like the quote from Thomas Edison. I am from Michigan. Thank You

  141. Looking forward to reading your blog

  142. Having lost my job, I have finally had a couple of leads. I could sure use this money as well as everyone else that has entered.

  143. Thank you for an inspirational blog and not one that tears people down. Let’s hold each other up.

  144. I commented on your anxiety post.

  145. Very inspirational. Thank you.

  146. They all 3 have to go together or the whole collapses from within!


  148. This is going to be a great new blog!

  149. So glad that I found this!

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