Good morning, gorgeous! Happy New Year!

Let's start 2014 off right, with an attitude of gratitude.

Maybe you’ve heard of this excellent idea before: Start each day with a mantra. I know I have. And every time I hear it, I think… what a great idea! I subscribe to the belief that positive thoughts have a tremendous impact on our lives and well-being. And what better way to begin each day than with a positive thought to focus on? Only, when morningtime rolls around, my mantras have long been forgotten. I’m waking up, scrambling for coffee, opening up my laptop… and then it dawned on me. Why not take the time that I’m making coffee to use as my meditation time? This isn’t about sitting down and spending 20 minutes on the floor each morning -- though kudos to you if you are ... this is about finding a few minutes in each morning, whether it’s doing some light stretches, laying in bed a few extra minutes, whatever works for you... to focus the direction and energy of your day. For me, I know that I will absolutely make coffee every day, so I’m increasing my chances.

You can start with any mantra you like, but I believe gratitude is the most important because it focuses us on appreciating what we already have. Gratitude turns what we have into enough.

Likewise, I believe that happiness is found by truly connecting with yourself; everything we need to make us happy is within. I find that if I wake up and think for a moment on being connected to my own inner source, then I’ll trust in the rest of the day and anything it throws at me more readily. I’m grateful for this relationship with myself, and my faith in the universe, more than anything else.

I’m grateful for many other things, of course. For my friends and family, my health, my career, this beautiful earth we live in… You can choose to focus on anything that you feel connected to. But the point is, focus on what you have, not what you don’t. (Approach eating well with this same mentality: Focus on getting the good stuff -- vegetables, fruits, grains, etc. -- and naturally there will be less room for the bad.)

Show the universe you are grateful, and you will attract more things in your life to be grateful for.

And if nothing else, it’s a great excuse to make another round of coffee in the afternoon. ;)