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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

nerdy book life joined a gym

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!

nerdy book life joined a gym

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!)

conquering feeling worthlessness

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!

guest post 7 tips cope anxiety

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

You Don’t Look Like You Have Depression

Hey, Nerdy Peeps! Let me tell you what my depression looks like!

The common phrase I hear a lot happens to be “You don’t look like you have depression.” Well, I didn’t know depression was something you can see.

The person behind the depression…

Yes, I smile, I laugh, and yes I make an effort in the world, but that does not mean I am not fighting a battle with myself. My depression is something I do my best to hide and if you’ve been following me you can see that in multiple posts. In fact, the main person that sees me at my worst is my husband, and he does his best to make it better.

dont look like depression

Why I make the best of everything

If I get out of bed, I know that I am going to make an effort to make it a great day. I’ll make an effort to be social and make my presence known and I’m pretty good at it. I can fake my happiness pretty well but that’s because I have had a bit of practice. When I make an effort, my depression takes a seat in the back and I can live life how I want to.

What you might not see

When I am alone, I don’t smile and I hardly laugh. I keep a pretty blank face and I don’t really show any emotions.

I’m quiet to the point where it can scare me and that is why you will always find me having some sort of noise going. Whether it is listening to some classical music or having a table fan going I can not sit in the quiet.

I will also find myself eating a lot when I’m alone and it’s something I hate because I am usually not eating anything healthy. Which makes it difficult to stay healthy.

dont look like depression

So, on the outside, no I don’t look like I have depression, but on the inside, I fight the battle every day, and sometimes it is not an easy one. But, I am making it and I am pulling through this journey one foot out of bed at a time.

My advice is to remember that you might not see it, but someone may have an illness you can’t see. So, please remember to be patient and show them as much love as you can. Talk to them, listen to them, and most of all never judge them. You will never know what they are battling on the inside!

Places where you can find my story:

My Fight

A Letter to My Depression

Why I Choose to Take Medication to Help With My Depression and Anxiety