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Hi, my name is April. That’s me in the photo.
Like most women I know, I wear a variety of hats: I’m a wife, home maker, writer, editor, blogger, breast cancer survivor, bacon lover (shhh) and so on.
I have a professional background in social work and journalism. My expertise is in women’s affairs and violence against women and children.
I’ve worked for T.V. and print media and worked in the nonprofit sector as a counselor/advocate/public speaker and director.
I live in sunny California with my husband and a tortoise.
I chose the title “The Lifestyle Brief” because in this fast-paced world we live in, leisure time is limited. I write with the busy and impatient in mind. I call it get-to-the-point journalism. (Something I’m still working on, by the way).
On a personal level I appreciate anything that fuels my creativity like cooking, music, dancing, taking pictures or taking strolls.
I enjoy learning about other people and hearing the wisdom they’ve acquired on their journey–whatever that is for them.
Once upon a time I was going to be the next Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters or Katie Couric. Things were going great, too.
I was being looked at for morning show host positions in multiple states. I had done a little acting. I received an award for a documentary I produced.
I interviewed celebrities, politicians, musicians and of course covered the hard news stuff we see every day.
I was on a high.
But as they say, what goes up must come down. And when I came down it was fast and hard. My younger sister (and best friend) died due to complications of type one juvenile diabetes.
She was only 26 when she died. We were too young to have to think about death. But that’s the reality of life more so today than ever before.
As I watched my sister on her death bed, I felt helpless. I didn’t know what to say to someone who was dying.
I always tried to find the positive in every situation to keep me going or to help others stay afloat. But sometimes, there is no positive.
Sometimes you just have to muddle through it.
And while it took me a few years, I eventually picked myself up off the ground, gathered the pieces of my life and career and started out again.
This time feeling a little wiser.
In the process I met my now husband, did some traveling and started to laughed without guilt.
But then, another unexpected event happened. November 2012, I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.
The cancer process was equally as painful and emotionally and physically draining as the day my sister died.
I have since had chemotherapy treatments and opted to remove both breasts. I am so grateful to be here though recovery has not been as easy as I’d hoped. Accepting that has been a challenge. But I’m doing well overall.
Those painful experiences have given me the ability to see what matters most to me, and a chance to start over with balance and appreciation.
Cancer taught me despite my personal loss, and the wisdom I acquired from it, I still made the mistake of following the herd-mentality.
I continued to accept society’s definition of wealth, “happyness” and success, without even asking myself what those things looked like for me on a deeper, and more personal and spiritual level.
And I’m not alone. All you have to do is turn to social media to see what I mean.
Everyone wants to be famous for something. You’ll find either contrived perfection or contrived imperfection.
And although I point it out, I don’t think I’m better than anyone else. I did it once, too. But, I will say, it does give me an advantage.
The bad experiences in my life gifted me with clarity.
The things I now know to be true based on those harsh experiences is that the overlooked ingredients to successful living are: personal fulfillment, good health and a living space that makes you SMILE and feel warm inside, even on the bad or unthinkable days.
For these are the things that contribute to and support all other pursuits we have. If you’re happy at home, you’ll be a lot happier everywhere else.
Your home IS your launch pad.
With that said, I hope you’ll find something here that inspires you to invest your life and health currency, wisely.
The Lifestyle Brief is in it’s early stages so bear with me as I make changes and grow as a blogger. While I do have a professional background in writing and reporting, blogging is different.
You won’t find “perfection” by society standards here because my life is not perfect by anyone’s standard. (laugh)
Please join the conversation by chiming in. Send me your thoughts and suggestions or just say hello! If you’d like to be a guest, I’d love to have you so let’s talk!
If you have a product you’d like me to review, please reach out to me. And thank you for being here.
My tips to living a more fulfilled life
- Invest wisely: Life and health are the most valuable currency we have. Invest it with the same care and concern you would cash for retirement.
- Act now: Don’t wait until, if, or when something bigger and better happens for you to live the best life you can. Act now!
- Stay within your means: This means whatever your pocketbook will allow you do to do right now, do that! Start right where you are with what you have. I’ll write more about this in my posts.
- Re-define terms: The definition of words like success, perfection, “happyness” and wealth is based on what society says tells us via advertising. Re-define those words to fit your values, visions and lot in life rather than subscribe to one image as sold to us.
- Be flexible: Unexpected events happen. You have to be willing to bend and move when unforeseen things happen. So don’t be married to your 5- or 10- year plan. Think of it as an outline.
PERSONAL FULFILLMENT The goals and things that bring you happiness outside of your career. It encompasses your mind, body, health, family and environment.
Warmest, Imperfect April
The Lifestyle Brief ™