Author: Andy Macia

Light at the end of the tunnel: an addict’s journey to sobriety & entrepreneurship

I remember my first day after prison like it was yesterday. I was so excited to get back out into society, to replace my old addictions with healthier new ones. I had just received a new job opportunity selling perfume and really believed I was able to lead a normal life again. After years of abusing drugs and lying to my loved ones, you would figure that I was ready for a change. Unfortunately, I had to learn the hard way that the path to recovery is not smooth & paved. It’s a rough and rocky gravel road with...

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7 great reasons to stop consuming alcohol & see tangible wellness improvements

Would you believe that the U.S. Congress has never attempted to introduce a nationwide federal smoking ban in the workplace? It’s somewhat crazy, but it’s 100% true. The people who hold power in the U.S. (kind of presuming that power lies in institutions such as Congress) prefer to leave it to individual states to decide if they want a ban or not – whether they consider smoking in the workplace constitutes an unnecessary health risk to employees – or not. Let’s just think about that, for a moment. Excuse me, but is it not 2018? Did I just imagine...

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5 healthy tips to improve your wellness

Nowadays, we are usually so busy that we barely leave any time at all for taking care of our mental and physical health. We always seem to be in a rush; no matter how fast we get things done, there is always something else to do. Especially when you’re a parent. This leads to developing unhealthy habits, such as not resting enough, stressing over small stuff, not eating well, etc. Creating healthy habits doesn’t have to be difficult or disrupt your personal, family, and work commitments. You can incorporate them into your daily life little by little, and sooner...

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Beware of feeling unnaturally good

How to teach your children about alcohol, and drugs I’m not a parent yet, but I’m still young enough to be one in the future. Life is good for me right now. I’m doing well professionally and have a happy personal life. So I sometimes find myself thinking about how my life experience could help the kids I may have one day. I’m an addict, you see. A recovering addict. I’ve been clean and sober for nine years. I have lived a lot in the first half of my three-score-years-and-ten. I’ve seen lots of good things, I’ve enjoyed many...

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5 things I did to lead a fit lifestyle

It feels like every couple of months there’s a whole new dieting and workout craze. I mean sure, a few of them might actually have some merit to them, but they just seem a little too extreme to be able to stick to long-term. Unless you’re an actor, model, athlete, or something else where you literally get paid to be incredibly fit. The rest of us don’t necessarily have a nutritionist, and personal trainer designing diets and workout regimens tailormade to suit us. I mean, if you’re anything like me, you probably have a hard time fitting the transit...

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5 great ideas to seriously improve your employee satisfaction

Have you ever seen an explosive or drug detection dog, a lively English Springer Spaniel, for example, when they’re working? At maybe an airport, perhaps, on your way home from that much-needed vacation? Tail wagging, clearly excited, the euphoria of expectation; in a single word, driven. Wouldn’t you like to see those employees of yours equally driven in the tasks set before them? We’re not talking about a state of euphoria here, and we’re certainly not talking about getting your employees to wag their tails. What we are talking about is that single word – driven. Detection dogs work...

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