Monday, September 25, 2017

Make it Happen Monday! Focus Your Thoughts on These Things

Philippians 4:8
From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise.

Philipians 4:8 brendamueller.com - autoimmune disorders/diseases

A positive mindset really is a choice and it is something that I believe has to be renewed every day.

It is so easy to get caught up in the negative thoughts when things aren't going our way. Getting an autoimmune diagnosis is one of the things that I could choose to spend my time thinking about in a negative way. It can be very easy to get depressed with thoughts about living with an autoimmune disorder. I could choose to spend my time thinking about these things:
  • What will my life look like five or ten years from now?
  • Is my health going to deteriorate rapidly or slowly?
  • Will I be able to continue doing all of things I can do right now?
  • Is there really no cure for what I have?
  • How will this affect my husband and family?
You get the picture.

I do not believe we are to bury our head in the sand and live like nothing has changed. Autoimmune disorders are serious and they should be looked at in a serious way. Once you have asked yourself questions like the ones I have listed above, and thought them through, don't dwell on them.

The scriptures tell us: Therefore, stop worrying about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34 Ain't that the truth? Today will have it's own set of challenges, so we should not add to them by dwelling on the negative. 

When you have a negative thought come into your mind, ask yourself these three questions:

  1. Where does this thought come from?
  2. Where will this thought lead me?
  3. Will this thought get me to where I want to go?
Here is a change-your-mindset-worksheet to help you work through those negative thoughts and change your focus.

  3 Questions to Ask Yourself When You Have Negative Thoughts - brendamueller.com - autoimmune disorders/diseases

These are the things that I have chosen to focus on:

  • I am blessed to work with horses.
  • I am blessed to work outside where I can view the beauty of the mornings with God's favorite colors lighting up the sky.
  • I am determined to do everything I can to live a healthy and productive life.
  • I will always be truthful with my husband about how my body is being affected by my autoimmune disorders.
  • I will answer honestly when I am asked about my health in an upbeat way. I will never have a "woe is me" attitude.
  • I am bless to have a husband who loves me and accepts me with all of my flaws and disorders.
  • I'm going to remember that my flares come to pass they do not come to stay.
  • I'm gonna dwell on everything good!
This is one of my all time favorite songs: "Everything Good" let this be your theme song today.


When do negative thoughts enter in?

There are certain times of the day when negative thoughts enter my mind. They are always when I'm alone and when I am not distracted. I find the best defense is to listen to music that is uplifting and audio books that are on topics that interest me. These two things can keep my mind working in an effective way so that my thoughts are focused on the positive.

When is my best time to dwell on the positive?

I have mentioned in other posts that I have horses. I have two of the most beautiful draft horses. Their names are April and May. They are half sisters. These two girls are a great source of joy to me. It's because of them that I believe that I am so healthy.


One thing you don't know is that my work at the ranch consists of shoveling horse poop! I shovel a lot of it. I shovel enough each year to fill ten to twenty semi-trucks. I have the arms and the shoulders to prove it. While I'm shoveling this is the best time to work on my mindset and to listen to great books and music. Not only do they help pass the time, but I find that my attitude is so much better. I have a better outlook on everything when I can think things through with clarity and without distraction.

Action step: When do you find the negative thoughts creeping in and when is the best time for you to focus on changing your mindset. Please leave your comments below.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Make it Happen Monday! Get Rid of the Clutter

My husband is home on vacation this week, so we are cleaning the house and getting rid of the clutter. I'm actually excited for this stay-cation. I have things that I have been holding on to for far too long. Since I have changed my diet, exercise, career and now it is time to dump the junk! I'm planning on a yard sale, too!

I like going to yard sales, but I do not like having them. I am looking forward to getting a little pocket change for the things I am going to sell.

I found this pricing guide from Pinterest and myfrugalhome.com has a wonderful blog post on organizing a yard sale. I'm going to be using this information.

This de-cluttering is going to make my life less stressful. I hate looking in a room or a closet and seeing it a mess. I'm one of those that will close the door until I'm in the mood. This time of year has put me in the mood!

Here is another checklist I found! This is from nogettingoffthistrain.com. 5 Health Benefits of Getting Rid of the Clutter - brendamueller.com - autoimmune disorders/diseases

Here are 5 healthy benefits of being organized and getting rid of clutter.

Reduce Stress. Stress is a major health factor when we are living with autoimmune disorders. When we eliminate the clutter, we feel more in control and better able to handle the challenges that our body gives us.

Increase Energy. When your environment is organized and free from clutter, you physically feel lighter and you are more able to focus on other meaningful areas of your life.

Lose Weight. Who would have thought having clutter would cause you to gain weight? Having a cluttered unorganized kitchen and pantry, will cause you to want to eat out. Who wants to deal with trying to put together a meal in the middle of a mess, right? Eating out will be so much easier, faster and you can throw everything away or if you are at a restaurant, someone else will clean up. We all know that eating out is usually unhealthy. The portions are too large and everything is cooked in oil and has a lot of salt.
"Changing your physical environment goes a long way toward changing your state of mind in a positive way."  - Monica Ricci - Catalyst Organizing Solutions
Save money. If there is a place for everything and everything has a place then you know how many things you have in your inventory. You will save money because you will not be buying duplicates of things you already have. Money problems are a huge stressor, so if being organized will save money and relieve stress, I'm in!

Visitors are welcome. If you are organized and your home is clutter free, then you won't mind someone dropping in to visit unannounced. Your home will be inviting and clean. You will not have an ounce of stress because of how your home looks. That will make the visit much more enjoyable.
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This kit will make preparing for a grage sale so much easier!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Make it Happen Monday


Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen. Wayne Huizenga
Today is Monday. The day of the week that everyone uses to make a new start. Choose today to make something happen!
  Make it Happen Monday - brendamueller.com - autoimmune disorder/disease

I'm choosing to make my body in the body I have always wanted. It's taking me 52 years to do it, but better late than never! I'm starting to do a new exercise routine of the Supreme 90 Day challenge and my Walk Away the Pounds Miracle Miles.
  Leslie Sansones - Miracle Miles - brendamueller.com

I walk Miracle Miles everyday, but I am pumping up the muscle with the Supreme 90 Day strength training. I'm starting my workout with one Miracle Mile and then switching to the supreme workout and finishing with one or two more Miracle Miles. The walks are great for warming up before and cooling down after the supreme workout.
  Supreme 90 Day System - brendamueller.com

I have used the supreme system a few years ago and it really worked. Now that I'm feeling so much better since I switched my diet to "The Starch Solution" by Dr. McDougall I'm looking forward to the workouts. I have so much energy that I feel lazy if I don't exercise.
  She believed she could so she did - brendamueller.com

Now it is your turn. What is something that you are going to make happen starting today? Please leave your comment below and I will cheer you on in your endeavor!