Hi, my name is April.
My husband (an ad man) would say that photo of me isn’t the best choice for my website (laugh), and he would be right. This picture is not perfect by my own definition and certainly not by society standards.
My hair is blowing all over the place. My eyes are staring off at I’m not sure what, and I was cold as all get out.
But… I love this image because it’s a rare photo of me truly “in” the moment.
I was in D.C. and even though it was so cold I couldn’t stand still, the cool air on my face and the snow on the ground was captivating. I was taking it all in. I, was present.
For most of my adult life, I was all about the pursuit of ‘happyness’ and ‘success’ as defined by society. And let’s be honest; success, money, fame and pretty material objects are the things society directly connects to personal happiness.
But in 2012, I got the wake-up call of my life. The whole brick wall that was my life came crashing down on me. I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. The arrogant looking doctor said “We don’t know if you’ll survive or not.” What he said was wrong to say, even if he believed it when he had no reason to think it was terminal.
But in the moments following his horrible words my brain and emotions were all over the place. I held back the doors. I felt with shock and emotion. My mind was racing with questions, thoughts and memories of the people in my life, and the places I had been to. The places and things I still wanted to do.
While the doctor was dishing out me the details of cancer like burger menu (and terrorizing me with them), it hit me like a ton of bricks, I did not invest my life, time and health currency, well. I’d put up with people I shouldn’t have for far too long. I stayed in abusive work environments because I thought doing so would get me to my next level. I put off invites and opportunities to have fun, for things that weren’t that important, after all.
All things society encourages.
But right then and there, while Dr. Doom was babbling about my demise, I promised myself that if I survived that battle, I was going to manage my life better. I would invest more wisely in people. With my time. With my health. And, I am. I am now living a more balanced, slower and mindful life. I am more connected to my faith and my God than I have ever been in my life. The things that used to seem so big and important, have been replaced with the seemingly simple and mundane.
The cancer process exposed me to the truth about cancer and the cracks in our healthcare system. Surviving the unthinkable gives one knowledge that could help others in their crisis.
My personal experiences coupled with my professional experience inspired me to create The Lifestyle Brief.
It is my desire to inform, empower and inspire. But I know how busy we are as women. So with that in mind all content, here, will be written in short-form column. Thank you for joining me in this adventure. I hope you’ll come back and visit with me on my virtual sofa.
I believe there is no business greater than your home. Your health. And the people around you. —April
The Lifestyle Brief is a place for the busy woman. You’ll find content related to everyday living and womanhood from all angles: health and homemaking, wine, food, business and personal safety. You’ll find information on cancer, prevention and the practical tips to surviving the unexpected and unthinkable. I’ll share my lessons, experiences, favorite places, people, deals and things.
A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT ME
I have a professional background in social work and journalism. I’ve worked for T.V. and print media and I’ve worked in the nonprofit sector in a variety of capacities including counselor/advocate/public speaker.
My experience is vast but I consider my expertise to be in women’s affairs and abused children. I live on the West Coast with my husband and a tortoise. I appreciate anything that fuels my creativity like cooking, music, dancing, taking pictures or taking strolls.
Once upon a time I was fiercely climbing my way up the entertainment ladder with the goal of being the next Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters or Katie Couric or Lesley Stahl. But personal loss and cancer happened, and that changed everything.
I enjoy connecting with others and hearing the wisdom they’ve acquired on their journey, so please chime in and share your thoughts, experiences and tips in the comment section. If you have something you’d like to offer my readers please send me a message. Maybe I could feature you or we could collaborate.
PERSONAL FULFILLMENT “The goals and things that bring you happiness outside of your career. It encompasses your mind, body, health, family and environment.” –The Lifestyle Brief
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