Hi. My name is April. I’m the creator of The Lifestyle Brief and an advocate of accepting the imperfect aspects of life. I don’t mean the contrived imperfection we often see in social media, I’m talking about life. Period. The good and the bad. There is no perfection so I say, just own it!
I’m a happily married West Coast creative type, with a professional background in social work and journalism.
I’ve worked for TV and print media and have had the honor of working with people from a variety of backgrounds including those requiring anonymity and privacy. Issues ranged from the serious, such as domestic violence, sex abuse and homelessness. To those simply trying to navigate the day-to-day stuff we all deal with at some time or another.
Late 2012 my life came to a screeching halt when I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. The doctors said it meant chemotherapy, hair loss and surgery. At the time, the doctor made my outcome look grim. While all experiences teach us something, cancer was the one encounter that changed everything for me.
While I was listening to the doctor ramble about all of the cancer particulars and scenarios, I realized I hadn’t been living the best possible life–for me. My plan for “good living” was dictated to me by society via magazines, programs and advertisements.
There was so much more I wanted to do but in my ignorance I assumed I would be able to do them all when I achieved the level of success we learn from infancy. But even if that were true, that I could do them all at a later time, none of the things I was doing in my day-to-day life reflected the personal goal I have or any of the things that truly mattered to me when my time here was up.
I knew right then that the “herd mentality” was a bad way to govern my life. I promised myself that if I survived the cancer, I would change the way I was living and that I would re-direct my career goals to include helping others to find their level of happiness and success based on the individual definition of happiness and good living. Like you I continue to be a work in progress and I will share the challenges I face along the way.
My rules to good living…
- Work with what you have to create the life, health and environment you desire rather than waiting until, if, or when something bigger and better happens for you.
- Re-define success, perfection, happiness and wealth based on your values, visions and lot in life.
- the most important ingredients to true happiness and success is contentment, simplicity and forgiveness.
- in “simple living” but I don’t think it means I have to sell all of my possessions and move to the middle of the dessert.
- guilty pleasures and “me time” are powerful tools to healthy living.
- we should individually define success, good living and happiness based on personal values and desires rather than let society dictate for us.
- in minimizing chemically laden skincare, cosmetics and food and gravitate towards whole foods and ingredients we recognize.
- we should focus on eating for our body type and health status rather than subscribe to popular diets.
- chemicals are like calories; you’re going to get them somewhere, it’s just a matter of how and where. For me, it’s hair color (laugh).
- time and health are the most valuable currency we have.
- downtime or ‘me time’ is a necessary practice for good health.
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Warmest, Imperfect April