Hi, my name is April. I’m a happily married former news writer/reporter, social worker, and workaholic.
I’m so happy you’re here!
(Side note: The Lifestyle Brief is currently under (re) construction. Please hang in there with me).
Like you, I wear a variety of hats in my day-to-day life: I’m a wife, homemaker, writer, consultant/coach, breast cancer survivor and commoner and so on!
There never seems to be enough time in the day, right.
Once upon a time, though, I tried. I juggled it all with ease. Kept my magazines in order.
Exercised, packed lunches and if you needed a favor I was the woman for the job!
And I did all if while climbing my way up the entertainment ladder with the goal of being the next Oprah Winfrey, Katie Couric or Barbara Walters.
That’s what society says we do if we want to be successful.
Things were looking good for me, too. I was becoming a familiar face in news business circles.
I’d interviewed celebs, politicians and athletes. I produced a documentary, and was preparing for network interviews.
But as they say, life is what happens when you’re busy making plans.
And sometimes…life ends.
While I was busy pursuing wealth and success my sister was in a terrible health crisis.
A crisis that killed her. She died at just 26 due to complications of type one diabetes.
Her death catapulted me into a painful depression. I felt–and still do–that a part of me died with her that day.
From that moment on I couldn’t sleep. Focus. Or remember anything except the loss and pain I felt.
Regret that I lived such an imbalanced life.
Fast forward a few years: Eventually, I got the help I needed to cope with the loss and started to find balance in my personal life.
After a long hiatus I started working on regaining momentum in my career.
Once again, things were going well. As well as they could go considering my personal loss and pain.
In fact, I finally met the right guy (now my husband), and I was back in the game feeling a little wiser.
But then, in 2012, I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.
I felt sideswiped! It felt like someone kicked me in the center of chest.
I couldn’t catch my breath. It was a terrible time for me. A terrible time for us.
But as with all experiences, challenges and setbacks, there are lessons and takeaways.
Here are few things I know, with absolute certainty, after surviving cancer and personal loss:
- Life and health is the most valuable currency we have. Invest it wisely!
- Act within your means to create the life, health and environment you desire, right now! Don’t wait until, if, or when something bigger and better happens for you to live the best possible life you can.
- Re-define success, perfection, “happyness” and wealth based on your values, visions and lot in life.
- BE flexible. Unexpected events happen. You have to be willing to bend and move when they do. So don’t be married to your 5- or 10- year plan. Think of it as an outline.
I have a keen interest in helping you invest wisely in your life, and your home environment.
The Lifestyle Brief aims to be a quick read guide addressing the stuff we all deal with it at sometime or another:
money, homemaking, relationships, health, food, business, personal loss, divorce.
You’ll find tips, practical solutions to coping with the setbacks and challenges.
I enjoy family time, cooking, learning about other people and taking pictures.
On a personal note: The aftermath of cancer has left me coping with Post Traumatic Stress and some ongoing health issues including chronic fatigue and menopause.
I was nicknamed “the reporter with a heart” so you can expect to find my heart in the story.
Please share your thoughts and suggestions with me! Do you have a story you’d like to tell? Are you struggling with an issue? Ask me! Message me! Be featured!
PERSONAL FULFILLMENT The goals and things that bring you happiness outside of your career. It encompasses your mind, body, health, family and environment. It’s dictated by individual desires, passions and inspirations rather than those pushed on us by society.
In case you’re wondering…
- I think guilty pleasures and “me time” are powerful tools to healthy living
- I believe we should minimize chemically laden skincare, cosmetics and food and gravitate towards whole foods and ingredients we recognize
- I prefer to focus on eating for your body type and health rather than subscribe to popular diets and trends
- I always say, 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).
- I believe life is filled with a variety of moments, interruptions and complications that make up our individual story.
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