About

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Hi, my name is April. I’m a West Coast based wife, blogger, professional newsie, picture taker and writer with a background in social work (and journalism).

I’m not an influencer. I don’t have the energy, time or desire to take selfies all day and win likes.

So anything I recommend here is working for me in my day-to-day life.

I mostly write for everyday women (like me) and the busy.

With that said, if you have a product you think would be perfect for today’s woman or if you would like to collaborate somehow, I’d love to hear from you!

I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2012 and while I have been declared healthy (thank goodness!) I do struggle with side-effects of chemo medications and I’m coping with menopause.

I know your time is limited. So let me cut to the chase. I believe…

  • Your health and time are the most valuable currency you have and as such, you need to invest them wisely.
  • Your living space should make you feel warm and happy on the inside even on the messy or unthinkable days.
  • Chemicals are like calories, you’re gonna get them somewhere it’s just a matter of where. But with that, I think we should minimize ingredients we don’t recognize and gravitate towards the ones we do.

I created The Lifestyle Brief with the following in mind:

  • To share my personal experiences, lessons, loves and thoughts.
  • And to hopefully empower, motivate and inspire women to make good investments in their personal life and health.
  • To deliver information quickly. I know you’re busy!
  • To introduce you to the people, places, experts and things I think you might want to know about.
  • To continue to grow as a writer.

You’ll find a variety of content curated around womanhood, health, homemaking, business and anything I discover that will help you invest wisely in your personal life.

It only takes 5 minutes to make you feel like you’ve invested in YOU. That’s my motto!

A little more about me if you’re curious and have the time.

My expertise is in women’s affairs including health, domestic violence, sex abuse, grief and the everyday living stuff like career, starting out, starting over, or starting a business.

As a journalist/writer I’ve worked for T.V. and print media including a Pulitzer- Prize winning publication.

Some of my favorite interviews include me and Meatloaf on a golf course at a charity event, and the opportunity to cover music greats like Leanne Womack. She was sick at the time but was kind enough to say just a few words.

Once upon a time… I was fiercely climbing the ladder to entertainment success.

Things were going great, too. The brass ring, as they call it, was so close I could touch it. I knew it was gonna be mine.

But life happens. Good, bad and ugly. And usually, without warning.

As such, my sister (and BFF) died due to complications of juvenile diabetes at age 26. She died two weeks before major network interviews.

Her death was devastated to me and my whole family. She was my best friend. Her death impacted me so bad that I had to step away from my career and endeavors to cope with the grief, depression and shock that ensued.

Within two weeks I lost ten pounds. While some women like that idea, I’m far too tiny to think about losing weight. It felt like my life was over when she died. And that’s because the life as I knew it, was, indeed, over.

It took a long time but eventually, I started to feel like I was regaining balance. I got back on my feet feeling a little wiser and started out, again.

But then, I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in November 2012. Ouch! I’ve since had chemo and a bilateral mastectomy and I have been declared healthy. I am so grateful for this every day and continue to strive for good health.

Those painful and unforeseen occurrences we’re life-changing. They taught me things that one could only learn by experiencing it.

Many in social media tout amazing phrases, quotes and mantras about living your best life, and being true to yourself, and blah blah blah

But, until you’ve walked a mile in the ugly shoes of facing your own mortality or losing someone near and dear to you, it’s all just talk…and feel good advertising

The first thing I realized when my own life was threatened was that I didn’t invest my health and life currency wisely.

That was a painful reality.

Looking back, I couldn’t think of any woman I knew who saw her health, personal happiness and life As the key, and/or jumping-off point to all other successes in her life.

And I think… that’s kind of my inspiration for creating this health and lifestyle journal.

I’m not alone. The odds are, if you’re a woman, you’re putting everyone else ahead of you.

We all have good reasons and excuses to justify why we’re doing what we do. But none of those things are gonna matter when your time here is up.

So, I hope you’ll find something here that inspires you to put your health, happiness and personal life as a prioity.

You’ll find a lot of topics based on good health, mental and emotional, and ways to incorporate you as a part of your life plan, along with anythings related to the life of women.

When I’m not writing I can be found creating recipes, cooking and sipping wine with my husband, researching, taking pictures, working on our fixer upper or watching shows like This Is Us and Fixer Upper.

I do believe that spirituality in relation to my God is an important aspect of good health and well-being for me.

My special interests include helping women improve the workplace culture and any place they’re in, bridging the gap between doctor and patient, green living and image consulting.

Okay friends, I’m gonna stop right here. Thank you for being here. Thank you for your time. I hope to see you again.

I have an ‘ask me’ column so feel free to ask me anything. Or, just say ‘hello.’ Also let’s connect in social media.

((hugs))–April