Successful habits I learned from working remotely over the past 15 years

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Photo by Jonathan Kemper on Unsplash

When I started running my own company and working remotely over 15 years ago, I refrained from letting anyone know I worked from home. I would go out of my way to make sure the dog was outside, the family was quiet, put tape over my doorbell so no one would ring the bell, and simply change the topic if a client mentioned stopping by my office.

Working remotely, back in the day, would usually elicit one of two common responses, “Oh, how does that work for you?” or, there would just be an awkward pause in the conversation. …


Could That Money Have Been Put to Better Use

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Photo by Jp Valery on Unsplash

Over $8 billion was spent in 2020 on political ads, according to Newsweek, many of which were negative or attack ads. I don’t know about you, but I dislike those ads immensely. Every time I see one, I am disappointed that this is the best idea a highly paid group of adults can come up with for their marketing plan. It makes me wonder what impression this leaves on our younger generation.

Yeah, I know that various research shows negative ads work but so does cracking open a walnut with a…


Set A Goal and Don’t Look Back

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Falconry at Gleneagles in Scotland

Growing up in the Midwest meant I was immersed in that good ole Midwest Hospitality and still say “boooat” and “oh nooo” with that midwestern drawl. Even though I haven’t lived in Minnesota for over 20 years, the accent still sneaks in sometimes and makes my husband chuckle.

I grew up in a working-class family and lived in a 900 square foot home for most of my life. Our annual vacation gave me a love for travel and road trips. My mom instilled in me an appreciation for life and its opportunities and…


5 Ways to Manage Purposely Created Fear

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Photo by davide ragusa on Unsplash

Your chest feels tight. Your breathing gets shallow. You feel your heart beating faster. You feel a knot in the pit of your stomach. Your mind is racing. Your anxiety is rising. Perfect, someone or something has just triggered your fear response, just as they had planned.

Fear is a great manipulator and those in positions of power know it. Whether these people are heads of corporations, marketing firms, public figures, media or politicians, fear is an effective tool to create action. …


The Average Person Has 60 to 90 Apps on Their Cell Phone

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Photo by Pocky Lee on Unsplash

Did you know there are more than 5,639,000 apps available in the leading app stores as of the 2nd quarter in 2020, according to Statista? No wonder we are overloaded with apps for everything. The most popular apps fall into 7 different categories: gaming, business, education, entertainment, lifestyle, utility and travel apps.

I don’t know about you but every time I hear “Just download this app…….,” I get a bit annoyed. Why does everything we do need an app? Some apps are helpful, yes, but many are time…


5 Lessons I Learned To Be A Champion Advocate and Caregiver

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Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash

I remember the exact moment my husband was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. When you hear the word “cancer” everything in your world stops and that moment is imprinted into your memory. I remember the room, where I was sitting, where my husband was sitting and mostly, the look on my husband’s face. The color drained from his face and I knew in that instance, I would be in charge of this journey that was forced upon us.

As the doctor announced the course of action, threw out terms we…


8 Ways to Calm the Chatter in Your Head Before You Attempt to Sleep

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Photo by Alexandra Gorn on Unsplash

Now more than ever, stress and anxiety are at an all-time high for many of us. With the pandemic, economic uncertainty, political issues and social unrest creating intense concern, is anyone getting any sleep? Fear of COVID, loss of jobs and income, business and school closures on such a grand scale are testing the resolve of millions of people. On any particular evening, various studies show that between 50–70 million people have trouble sleeping.

I am one of those millions, not sleeping. As the days drag…


The Top 10 Cleaning and Safety Protocols Implemented by Leading Hotel Companies

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Photo by The Anam on Unsplash

We have been in lock down or dealing with travel restrictions now for 6 months and many of us are ready to travel. The question is, have hotels done enough to make travelers feel comfortable to hit the road again? Whether you are looking to take a family vacation, travel for business or just need a change of environment, questions abound in regard to hotel safety and cleaning protocols. I have taken two road trips this summer, stayed in 6 different hotels, and was highly impressed with the new standards in place.

Hotels are taking COVID-19 very seriously and have…


The Running of the SCORE Baja 1000, the Longest Continuous Off-Road Race in the World.

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Photo Courtesy of JTGrey Racing

I never imagined I would be involved in racing in any form, let alone managing a team for one of the most punishing off-road races in the world. When all the pieces fell into place and I had the opportunity to be the Crew Chief for the Lexus LX570 Off-Road Race Team, I did not hesitate to take on the challenge. It was one of the most intense, stressful and gratifying roles I have ever undertaken in my career.

The Race

The SCORE Baja 1000 is a grueling 1000 mile (approx.) off-road race that takes place annually down in Baja, Mexico in…


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Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

My travel career started right after college when I was fired from my marketing job. I was working for a small company that had to downsize and I was the last one hired so the first one that was let go. I was devastated as I really liked my job but regardless, I had to find something new to pay my bills.

As I was perusing the paper, yep, that’s how we looked for jobs back then, I saw a position for something called a “Trip Director”. I didn’t know what a Trip Director was but it included managing corporate…

Teresa Bacal

Always looking for ways to Live Better | Addicted to Travel | Serial Entrepreneur | Outdoor Enthusiast | Event Planner | www.JTGrey.com | www.JustMy2Cents.me

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