Hello. My name is April. I’m a happily married West Coast creative type, with a professional background in social work and journalism.
I’m an advocate of accepting the imperfect moments in life. It seems everyone is right now. Being imperfect is the trendy way to profit at this time.
But I started this theme on another blog long before was cool to contrive or profit from imperfection. My thoughts and views on imperfect living TM are inspired by my own life experiences, therefore, the things I say or promote are not a passing trend.
I’ve worked for TV and print media, done motivational speaking and I’ve had the honor of working with people from a variety of backgrounds. Many coping with issues ranging 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 I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. The doctor said it meant chemotherapy, hair loss and surgery. At the time, the doctor made my outcome look grim. It was a horrible time in my life. While all experiences teach us something, cancer was the one encounter that changed everything for me. And it started right there in that moment of diagnosis.
It quickly occurred to me that the wealth, success and happiness we pursue is dictated to us by society via magazines, advertisements and programming. I had been working so hard to be the next Oprah, Barbara Walters or Diane Sawyer that I didn’t invest any time in my own definition of good living.
I knew right then that the “herd mentality” was a bad way to govern my life. I promised myself that if I survived cancer, I would change the way I was living and my approaching to helping others. I now focus more on life strategy and individual definition of success.
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