Author Kelly Nerdzilla Mendenhall

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

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The books that have inspired me

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered

A dual-memoir by Karen Kilgariff Georgia Hardstark. The two women that inspired me to start my own podcast and helped give me the courage to open up in my own memoir.

You are a Badass

You are the hero of your own story, we all are. Every great business coach (including me) will tell you so. And everybody loves a hero. Stop short-selling yourself.

Stop Doing That Sh*t

This book was recommended to me by a dear friend who also bumps up against upper-limit problem and self-sabotage. It gives you actional steps to take, to stop getting in your own way.

Hear me out! I too love actual, physical books. However, some are heavy and wear me out. #SpinalFusion
I recently invested in an iPad to help make my work more accessible and comfortable for me, and I love having my Kindle App on it. It is also very handy for hospital stays.

Dead Set on Living

My therapist made me order this book and I understood why about five pages in. 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 and services I swear by

Chilla  Cooling  Weighted Blanket

Chilla Cooling Weighted Blanket

Living with chronic pain as well as PTSD and Major Depressive Disorder, nightmares & night terrors can be overwhelming. This blanket provides a lot of comfort for better sleep without roasting me to death. It is also the most affordable weighted blanket I’ve found for my weight and height.

Drive Medical Aluminum  Rollator

Drive Medical Aluminum Rollator

Some days I don’t need support when walking, but on days that I do, I am glad to have the Rollator. I used this at PodX when my podcast performed live for the first time. The built-in basket is great for carrying my wallet, snacks, phone, and spine remote. The breaks are helpful for walking downhill!

I love  Muletown Rec  so much, I became a spokesperson.

I love Muletown Rec so much, I became a spokesperson.

One of the smartest things I’ve ever done is hire my rehabilitative personal trainer, Jacob Chinander. There are a lot of reasons to hire a personal trainer, and for me my main reason was avoiding further injury. If you’re in Middle Tennessee, please consider Muletown Rec as your new rehabilitation home! Tell Jacob that Nerdzilla sent you.

color street   nail strips are my  favorite.

colorstreet nail strips are my favorite.

Listen: It’s a small thing, a tiny luxury. But it can feel like a big deal. Being disabled, most of us don’t have disposable income for mani-pedi trips. If you’re like me with shaky hands and a sore back, painting your own nails isn’t an option either. Enter colorstreet! Brilliant strips of real nail polish that you just stick to your nails! So easy I can do it on bed rest.

The first ever  zero-waste retailer  in the US,  Thrive Market !

The first ever zero-waste retailer in the US, Thrive Market!

I don’t just live with chronic pain and illness, I live with a laundry-list of food allergies. Corn, wheat, glutens, sesame… it can be incredibly difficult (and expensive) to find groceries that suit my needs and keep me on track with my diet! Thank goodness for Thrive Market, I’ve saved $290 already in 2019! You can try it out for a month and save an extra 25% by using my affiliate link.

SONGMICS Bamboo  Laptop Desk  Serving  Bed Tray  Breakfast Table

SONGMICS Bamboo Laptop Desk Serving Bed Tray Breakfast Table

Spoonies have to get creative, friends. With spending so much time recovering from various surgeries this year and time on ordered bed rest, things were getting boring, quick. I’m so glad my mom ordered me this bed desk, which I use daily now for writing, reading, hand-crafting, and eating. The leg height is even adjustable, and it’s vented so that your laptop doesn’t burn your legs.

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.

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.

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