Hi, my name is April. I’m a happily married West Coast creative type with a professional background in social work and journalism.
I’ve worked with a variety of individuals coping with multiple issues and challenges like domestic violence, sex abuse and homelessness.
As a reporter/writer I worked for TV and print media where my primary desire was to draw attention to social issues important to me, and to highlight people, places, things, stories, issues and hot topics that often end up on the cutting room floor.
If you’d like to share, say hello, or ask me something, I have an advice column. Feel free to reach out to me here.
personal stuff about me
I was diagnosed with breast cancer November 2012. It was scary (as you can probably imagine). Cancer was awful…but the lessons were profound. I came to the realization that we individually and collectively support the idea of sacrificing health and family so that we can have the ‘things’ that make people think we’re ‘okay.’
The more you have, the better you are. When asked how her kids are doing, most mothers ramble on about the grades, the college or the new house and promotion.
I, too, bought into it. I worked day and night to fulfill my goals and dreams. But none of those things mattered when I found myself looking down the barrel of my own mortality. For the first time ever, I had the clarity I had been lacking.
I’d been so busy chasing the images of success and happiness sold to us by society that I was missing the very things that mattered the most to me.
Things like good health, good times, good moments, family and my relationship with God. My love and appreciation of my husband (my boyfriend at the time).
Cancer forced me to take a step back. What I saw was that our days really are numbered. There were things I still wanted to do. None of them had anything to do with the big house on the hill, accolades or labels.
In fact, in the years leading up to cancer it seemed my life just wasn’t good enough. But suddenly, the life I had didn’t look so bad from the outside looking in. And that’s when it hit me that I had spent more time chasing someone elses definition of ‘good living’ when I should have been creating the one I desired, right where I was.
Contentment is the missing ingredient in the recipe of success and happiness.
I am now focused on creating a happy and content life. I have since re-defined my image of success. I am still finding out who I am without the bragging, crazy-busy schedule and the noise of the populace.
- I believe downtime or ‘me time’ is a necessary practice for good health.
- I met my husband while driving on an LA freeway.
- I’m a recovering perfectionist and do-it-all-er.
- My sister (and best friend) died at 26 due to complications of Juvenile Diabetes. Navigating my way through the grief was a difficult, painful and long process.
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I think we should minimize chemically laden skincare, cosmetics and food and gravitate towards whole foods and ingredients we recognize. Having said this, I think chemicals are like calories; you’re going to get them somewhere, it’s just a matter of how and where you want to get them. For me, it’s hair color (laugh).