Meet April

Pieces of my life in pictures including me after my cancer battle. >Images and copy protected by copyright laws. >The Lifestyle Brief | 2020

The Lifestyle Brief is a blog written with busy (or impatient women, like me). Life, health and time are the most valuable currency we have. With your time in mind, my desire is to share content I hope will inspire and empower you to make strong investments in your personal life and living space.

Because I’m not a one dimensional creature and neither are you, you’ll find a variety of subjects, blurbs and interviews related to day-to-day living—and getting my groove back in midlife and after a health crisis.

Why I blog

Hi, my name is April. Thank you for being here. Please feel free to send me a message. I enjoy connecting with others. I started blogging as a way to rediscover myself after fighting breast cancer.

I was literally ran over my a massive tank truck when I was diagnosed. The whole process stole my smile and my glow. When I came out on the other side to I was forever changed. I didn’t feel like I fit in anywhere. I was no longer interested in the pursuit of things. I was yearning for simple things.

Thankfully, I have the privilege of being able to stay at home and work towards a healthier body. I do some freelancing when and where I can but my health and personal life are most important.

Things have been challenging. Chemotherapy drugs catapulted me into menopause. There was no time in between to “bounce back.” I write a column entitled Menopause Brain. You’ll find that twice a month on a Monday. Sometimes I refer to it as MenoBrain (TM) for short. I recently created a Facebook group under the same name. If you’re seeking support, truth and fun, find us on Facebook.

I believe…

  • Women have to start putting themselves at the top of their list and seeing it as investment in their future.
  • Your living space and what you surround yourself with can contribute to good health, emotional well-being and success, or inhibit it.
  • Downtime is an essential tool to good health, balance and happiness.
  • A life well lived is filled with a variety of moments—good, bad, great or sad and imperfect.
  • You have to start right where you are and work with what you have. You’ll see me doing that here.
  • Chemicals are like calories, you’re going to get them somewhere… It’s just a matter of where and how.

Something to think about. You secure your future financially…why not do what you can to ensure you’ll be here to enjoy the rewards of your hard work and contribution by taking cate of you. By stealing time for yourself. Even if it’s five minutes at a time.

My mission statement is actually a quote

“An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.”

This famous quote can apply to just about everything in life. It doesn’t matter whether it’s health and wellness or relationships and food, prevention is always on my mind.

Get To Know April

Career: published journalist currently freelance writer/reporter with a background in social work. Health and wellness motivational speaker. Expertise in women’s affairs and issues.

Eating habits: I don’t adhere to one diet in particular. I’m more of an intuitive eater, keeping in mind allergies and gluten.

Career highlights: Won an award for a documentary I produced about domestic violence, worked for a Pulitzer-Prize winning publication, golfed with singer Meatloaf.

My jam: Music, dancing, recipe development, problem-solving, sipping red wine with my hubby, gluten-free food.

My soapbox: Menopause awareness, Breast cancer navigation, Abuse, Healthy skincare and beauty, Helping health professionals create a positive experience for the patient, and bridge the communication gap between doctor and patient.

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.

Pet peeves: People who plagiarize, don’t thank you for supporting their work, and never support back, contrived perfection—and contrived imperfection—arrogance.

Best time of day: Early morning or dusk.

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