Kelly Nerdzilla Mendenhall

The resources and products that have helped me in business, in my rehab and recovery, and my everyday life.

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The books that have inspired me

Get Over Your Damn Self

This book will get your ass in gear and out of your comfort zone no matter what your business or startup is.

You are a Badass

You are the hero of your own story, we all are. And everybody loves a hero. Stop short selling yourself.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

This book made me want to write my book. Dave Eggers is a personal hero. I dare you to read his work and not love it.

Tuesdays with Morrie

When I was 19 and in the throes of PTSD and overwhelming agoraphobia and depression, this book made me feel safe and warm.

Dead Set on Living

My therapist made me order it. We all have unhealthy behaviors and coping mechanisms we developed to survive. Now it’s time to let those go.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Mark Manson is a Real Ass Human. His no-BS approach to life and what we spend our mental energy on is a must-read for anyone who just… can’t anymore.

The products I swear by

Living with chronic pain as well as PTSD and Major Depressive Disorder, it can be really easy for me to let my mind get stuck in a dark place or allow myself to be overwhelmed by everything and focused on nothing. This planner has increased my productivity exponentially.

Fabletics carries workout gear with something for literally everyone, including us tall drinks of water. Their power hold leggings are some of the most comfortable things I have ever worn. The best part? If you use my referral link, you can get two pairs of leggings for $24.

If you’re like me, you read the word compression socks and think Mrs. Doubtfire and those ugly ass tan things that look like the nylons our moms made us wear in the 80s and 90s. Lucky for us, compression socks have gotten much, much cooler-looking than they used to be!

It’s not uncommon for those of us with chronic back and spine issues to also have some knee pain. This is often caused by inflammation in the patella tendon that sits over the knee cap. These simple patella bands can prevent irritation from things like cardio and squats.

For those of us with chronic sciatica pain and piriformis muscle issues, life is a literal pain in the ass. For some, like me, a tennis ball isn’t sturdy enough for trigger-point massage, and we need something deeper. These yoga balls I found on Amazon are just the ticket.

Spoonies have to get creative, y’all. If I wear this along with the patella strap and compression socks, it can prevent an uncontrollable flare in pain when I do any kind of cardio exercise. When all else fails, compress, compress all of the things.

The websites that keep me going

Backer Nation

Community for individuals with chronic back pain and spine issues.


A website with resources and online courses regarding mindfulness, mindset, and self-care.

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The Mighty

An online community for people living with disability, disease, mental illness, and chronic illnesses.

Self-care is not just an amusing side project for the rich. Self-care is an attitude of being on our own side, it costs zero dollars, and it is for everyone.

Source: DailyOm