Welcome Letter

Hi, my name is April. I’m so happy you’re here. Welcome to my little place on the web.

As a busy woman and wife, I know you’re here with very little time and a long list of things to do, so let me cut to the chase.

I believe

  • Health and time are the most valuable currency you have so you need to invest them wisely.
  • Your home should make you smile on the inside and feel like a soft, warm, blanket—even on the unthinkable days.
  • Personal success and joy are the jumping-off point to all other endeavors in your life.

I created The Lifestyle Brief with the desire…

  • To inform, empower, motivate and inspire women to make good investments in their personal life and health.
  • To deliver information quickly.
  • To share my experiences, journey and the lessons I’ve learned from them, along with my favorite people, places, experts and things.
  • To continue to grow as a writer.

You’ll find content curated around womanhood.

From tools, resources and tips to health, menopause, cancer, career, home-making, businesses and aging.

I’ll share my struggles and challenges. And bring you the people, places and things that have caught my attention.

So grab some tea or wine or whatever you enjoy and come on back.

It only takes 5 minutes to make you feel like you’ve invested in YOU. If it’s a good day, maybe you’ll take 10.

Meet April

copyright: April. TLB
Photographer: Karen Bystedt

Hey ladies! Thank you for being here. In case you’re wondering about me here’s the lowdown.

Like all other women I know, I wear a variety of hats in my day-to-day life.

I’m a wife, breast cancer survivor, daughter, sister, dancer, newsie, chef, dishwasher and maid. You name it!

I have a professional background in social work and journalism. I’ve dabbled in acting and PR.

I have 20 years of experience coaching and guiding woman coping with multiple issues.

Some of them are homelessness, 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.

I’ve covered a variety subjects and interviewed celebs and politicians and covered the stuff you see on TV.

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

Things were going great. But then, I experienced some personal, painful and life-changing setbacks.

My sister (and best friend) died due to complications of Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. And in 2012 I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.

I’ve since had chemo and a bilateral mastectomy and have been declared healthy. Something I am so grateful for and continue to strive for.

When I’m not writing I can be found creating recipes, taking pictures, working on our fixer upper or watching This Is Us.

I’m currently coping with the aftermath of cancer, chemo and the menopause that came with it.

You’ll find personal stories about that, here.

For the most part I think I’m like everyone else in that I’m just trying to get by and get through the challenges that life brings.

My special interests are improving the workplace culture, bridging the gap between doctor and patient, green living and image consulting.

Okay friends, I’m gonna stop right here. As I said above I know we all have so much to do.

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.