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Mental Health Awareness Month

Hey Nerdy Peeps! I failed at the May blogging challenge and I’m ok with that. You see life has a way of getting in the way and it changes things for me. So, I decided to talk to you today. I’m going to tell you about all of the things that are bugging me. In the light of Mental Health Awareness Month, everyone needs a voice and I want to share mine with you.

My Voice

I’m struggling lately. Like really struggling. My body is exhausted. My mind is exhausted. I can’t explain it but I feel like I’m falling apart. Now, physically I feel fine, other than needing sleep. Mentally I feel overly drained, but I am hanging in there. Despite feeling exhausted, and drained I am doing things that I love to keep my mind off of everything.

So, do you want to know what those things are? Maybe they can help you get through some of the crappy mental health issues you’re trying to fight.

I’ve been painting. It’s really relaxing and I’m learning that I’m pretty good at it.

I am writing like a crazy person. Have you ever had so many stories that you need to get out on paper? Well, I have and it’s hard to keep track of them all, but it has also been a lot of fun.

Books are becoming my greatest escape. I’m listening to Smoke by T.M. Frazier, I am reading Eden by Elle Ward and Streetlamps to Starlight by various authors! (Review coming soon)

Now my biggest distraction happens to be my business. I have finally decided to start a graphic design business call Nerdy Designs by Jessie. I have been creating all kinds of fun graphics and I can’t seem to stop! I have gained my first client and helped her re-brand her business and I loved doing it.

Here is some of my work!

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Mental Health Awareness month is a big deal to me. It teaches me a lot about my mental health and what can help it. Do your research and learn what you can for your mental health or for others you know who deal with mental health issues.

Nerdy Book Life Joined a Gym

Hey Nerdy Peeps! WHAT!? Did I join a gym? Yes, Yes I did! I joined a gym and I couldn’t be happier. So, why am I excited? Well, that’s what I’m going to tell you about.

5 Reasons Why It Was The Best Decision

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Mile 1

My mental health has gotten better. I mean a lot better. Yes, I’m still taking the meds, because I know I need them, but the gym has helped where the meds don’t. When I’m at the gym, my thoughts clear, my stress calms, my anxiety seems almost none existent, and the depression just falls away.

Mile 2

I feel stronger. No, not because of the weights or all the training but because I made a decision to better myself. I made the decision to get healthier and better myself, and that’s why I feel stronger!

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Mile 3

I make healthier choices. Instead of a burger, I’ll get grilled chicken. I’ll order a salad instead of mac n cheese for a side. I drink more water than I thought I ever could, and it has helped with headaches and my energy levels. And trust me I need the energy.

Mile 4

My self-confidence is getting better. I put on a brave face for everyone when it comes to my self-confidence. I’m like “yeah I look good!” but on the inside, I’m like “nope I look like a fat cow, and frumpy, and gross,” but I don’t want people to see that. So, now thanks to the gym I don’t have to fake being brave.

Mile 5

Most importantly, I’m getting healthier. I’m getting to the point where I can walk without wheezing. My legs are getting stronger and I don’t feel as weak anymore. I’ve lost a few pounds, and hey that’s a big accomplishment for me. Last but not least, I am going to be beach ready by vacation time come September!

nerdy book life joined a gym

For me, there are more than just the simple benefits of joining the gym. There are all the benefits of getting healthy plus the benefits of helping my mental health journey. I plan to keep you updated on this journey and where it takes me! We are going to do this together. Well, I’ll be doing all the work, but you Peeps will be reading about it!


Conquering the Feeling of Worthlessness

Hey Nerdy Peeps! I am having one tough day with my depression, but I want to make it better. So, I thought, why not make a post about it. This feeling of worthlessness has got to go.

Conquering the Feeling of Worthlessness

I went to the doctor the other day and I got some not so great news about my weight. In fact, it’s the highest it has ever been and I’m disgusted. Yep, you read that right, I’m disgusted, and I need to fix it.

There are other factors that are weighing in on my feelings of worthlessness, and I need to fix those too. The feelings of worthlessness mixed with my depression is not a great feeling. I’m to the point where I want to stay in bed and forget everything. I want to stop feeling like I’m not a good person because my finances are crap. My house is messy and I have no motivation to clean it. Now, the news of my weight has me wanting nothing to do with anything.

So, what am I going to do?

Healthy Eating 

This is step one in my “conquering the feeling of worthlessness” plan! I am looking up healthy recipes, cutting out Dr. Peppers, and other bad food habits. I am going to get this weight under control.


Yep, the dreaded bad word, but I am going to do it. I’m going to start off slow and at my own pace and when I get stronger I am going to better my routines. Losing weight is going to help me feel so much better about me. This is going to be a great journey.

Get Dave Ramsey’s Book…

The Total Money Makeover! I have great feelings about this book. Our finances need some major help and I am hoping this book will save our credit, and help us manage our money better.

Clean my house

I am going to start this one room at a time. I’m going to move things around, and deep clean anything and everything. The baseboards will be clean, the ceiling fans will be clean, and the blinds will also be spotless. It may take me a few days, but my house will be clean and beautiful. (Now, it’s not disgusting or terrible, it just needs to be deep cleaned!)

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I am not worthless

I am worthy of being the best I can be

My depression does not control me or my thoughts

From this day forward I will be a stronger me

What helps you when you are feeling worthless? I am always up for new tips! 


Guest Post: 7 Tips to Cope With Anxiety

Hey, Nerdy Peeps! Let’s give a big nerdy welcome to Zoey from Zoey-Valuated! She is a fellow blogger and a new-found friend! Let’s give her some love and see what we can learn from her tips!

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Hi there, Jessie’s readers! I’m so excited to be here, been a big fan of Nerdy Book Life for quite a while now! Thanks for having me, Jessie! I’m going to be sharing a few little tips about coping with anxiety with you today.

I have a super rare condition called familial dysautonomia, it’s a mouthful, I know. If you ever want to read more about it, you can go here: With this condition, comes anxiety, something I didn’t want to accept for a long time. But trust me, having anxiety is super common and not something to be ashamed of. Anxiety and any other mental health issues make us all who we are and make us stronger than ever.

Here are some ways I deal with my Generalized Anxiety Disorder…

Breathing – It seems so small and simple, but just taking a moment to take some deep breaths can go a long way.

Accepting – Once I finally realized that this wasn’t “just the way people are”, and that I do have anxiety, I was already on the road to finding some solutions.

Distracting – In the worst cases, I watch Ellen videos or my favourite TV shows… blogging is also one of my go-to’s

Meds – It was hard for me to accept that I needed medication. For some reason, I thought people would judge me, or maybe I was judging myself, who knows? Either way, the medication has helped keep me sane.

Opening up – Being open and honest can be really helpful. I always find this one hard, but I finally learnt that I have nothing to be ashamed of. Talking with my people or with my therapist is always very helpful for me!

Organizing – Maybe its just me, but whenever I’m overly anxious about something, I clean. Washing the dishes, folding laundry, it all makes my worries seem a little less hard to handle.

Dancing – Okay, so this one is slightly embarrassing. There have been one or two times where dancing it out really helped. Who knew, Greys Anatomy got this one right!


Thanks for reading my guest post, and another huge THANK YOU to the wonderful Jessie for inviting me! Hope these tips prove helpful!

If you ever want to check out my other posts, you can go to my blog here:

Like myself, Zoey also copes with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and I know I am going to put these tips to good use! Thanks again, Zoey, for visiting! It’s always a good time working with you!

Our Journey, One year Later

Hey, Nerdy Peeps! This isn’t going to be my usual bookish post on a Tuesday. Instead, I am bringing you an update post on something that happened exactly a year ago today.  My blog post titled The Accident has gotten the most views on my blog and so I thought I would bring y’all an update on how the year has progressed.

Our Journey One Year Later

From November 28, 2016 to November 28, 2017 we went through a whole lot more than we ever wanted to. So, let me start by telling you it has been one heck of a year. We have been through the ringer, but we stuck together and made it through. A year ago today, my husband was almost taken from me in a single vehicle accident. Still, to this day we aren’t exactly sure what caused his accident, and I don’t know if we ever will. All I do know is I am very lucky to have my husband here with me.

As you can see from the accident, I have a very stubborn and strong-willed husband on my hands. From flipping his truck on Nov. 28, 2016, to now, he’s been through several surgeries, but he’s still kicking it with me and doing the best he can to get back to normal.

Despite some bumps in the road and other things that hit our marriage on top of the surgeries, I stayed by his side and fought this journey with him. There were times I was pretty sure we were going to have to move in with our parents, but some how we made it. We held onto everything we had and did everything we could to stay on our feet, and through hope and the strength of each other, we made it.  Now, as of today he is 100% back to himself and has finally gone back to work for an amazing company.  We are far from where we want to be, but by the grace of God we will get there again one day.

My Advice

So, as you can see you can go through absolute Hell, but with the right person by your side, you can make it through anything. Also, hang on to your faith and remember that no matter what God won’t throw you anything you can’t handle. He threw a lot at us in the past year, but we held onto Him and made it through everything one step at a time!

And as always my moto will always be to NEVER GIVE UP!

our journey one year later

Other Links that include the hubs:

Marriage and Mental Health

5 Struggles of Being Married To a Book Nerd

Why My First Year of Marriage Was Hell