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Hi, welcome! My name is April. I’m a happily married West Coast-based wife, multi-hyphenate, freelance writer, and breast cancer survivor. To get to know me at-a-glance, scroll to the bottom of the page.


You can expect to find a variety of topics related to the life, health, well-being, and personal safety of women.

Because my blog is a space where I seek to rediscover myself along the way, I’ll share my experiences, thoughts, challenges, and lessons. I hope you’ll share yours, too.


The Lifestyle Brief is inspired by my need to have a space where I can rediscover myself after cancer as a woman and a writer. And my desire to support and strengthen women on their journey.

Along the way, I hope to inspire you to cultivate your happiness and invest in your long-term health by choosing you (within reason) and without guilt.

A few things I know to be true:

  • Your living space can contribute to good health and success, or it can hinder it
  • Time and health are your most valuable currency, so invest them wisely
  • Don’t wait until IF or WHEN you make that next BIG step in your career or life. Act NOW.

At a glance: April

Career: published journalist, TV reporter, and documentarian. I’m currently a freelance writer/reporter, homemaker and woman trying to find her way back from personal setback.

Career highlights: Won an award for a documentary I produced about domestic violence, worked for a Pulitzer-Prize winning publication, golfed with singer Meatloaf and interviewed Leanne Womack. (I still got my eye on Loretta Lynn). I’ve had the privilege of helping many, many women and children start over after escaping Domestic violence as counselor and advocate and expert witness in domestic violence cases.

Eating habits: I get asked about my diet a lot since my breast cancer battle. I don’t adhere to one diet in particular. I’m more of an intuitive eater, keeping in mind allergies and gluten.

My jam: Music, dancing, recipe development, problem-solving, travel (when I can), sipping red wine with my hubby.

My soapbox: Menopause awareness. Osteoporosis. Breast cancer navigation. Prevention. Bridging the communication gap between doctor and the female patient and gender equality in healthcare.

Worst day ever: There’s two actually: the day my sister died due to complications of type one diabetes, and the day I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.

Best time of day: Early morning or dusk.

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