One of the truly great things about practicing a more mindful approach to life is that you are able to notice much more quickly when things start getting off track and one finds themselves reaching for the autopilot button. This is how I have been feeling the last couple of weeks. It all started with attending a conference on the East coast that took place from midweek to Sunday when I flew back home. As enjoyable as it is to have an opportunity to attend conferences, any sort of traveling really seems to throw a wrench in the flow of my everyday life. I have yet to master the ability to maintain a semi-regular schedule when traveling that includes the typical things that I do like exercise, actual work, and going to sleep at a decent hour. To make matters worse, I caught a pretty bad cold halfway through the conference, and spent the last day and half mostly lying in my hotel room, and really did not start feeling well until the middle of the following week. My husband also was down with a cold, and we are only beginning to get back to our normal routine. It is extremely difficult to overcome the inertia because our routine definitely takes more effort than just coming home at the end of our respective workdays and watching Bar Rescue marathons until we’re ready for bed. But you know what, I am proud of that. It is very rewarding to know that my husband and I have committed ourselves to living a fuller, more purposeful life, and that it feels odd when we are not practicing this. It kind of reminds me of when people who eat really healthy all of a sudden have a Bic Mac, and they don’t feel well afterwards (or so they claim, who are these people anyway?). If you hold yourself to a higher standard it will be much easier to pick yourself right back up and continue on your journey towards greater happiness.