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.



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

  2. 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.

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

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

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

  8. 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! 🙂

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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.”

  20. 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

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

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

    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,

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

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

      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!

  31. 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!

  32. 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.

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

  34. 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.

  35. 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. 🙁

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

  37. 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!

  38. 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.

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