April, barefoot and fancy free, at one of her favorite places on the Central Coast. Protected by copyright laws

Hi, my name is April. I’m so happy you’re here. I created The Lifestyle Brief to:

🌺 Find myself after cancer.

🌺 Share my personal experiences, favorite people, stories, places and things.

🌺 To cover topics related to the life and health of women with an emphasis on prevention, recovery and thriving in transition and after setback.

🌺 To encourage women to put their health, happiness and sanity at the top of the list.

🌺 To deliver the information quickly.

My Life is not Perfect—the nutshell version

Once upon a time I was climbing the entertainment ladder with the goal of acquiring the same success and status that Oprah had. It was an exciting time for me.

After receiving formal education and training in television and film production and broadcast news, I was interviewing celebs, up and coming politicians and football players. I was backstage at concerts and invited to attend and cover celebrity events along with everyday topics, too.

I was going places. But in order to get there, I had to sacrifice. That’s what society says, right? Sacrifice now and play and enjoy life after you achieve success.

But then, the unexpected happened—my sister died. I was so shocked, torn and broken after she died that I walked away from my career and all opportunities to cope with my new role as surviving sibling and the terrible pain and depression that ensued.

I took a LONG timeout from life.

In time I picked myself up off the floor and I started to get back on my feet and back into career-mode. And then, another unforeseen occurrence happened. I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. 🤦🏻‍♀️

When the doctor told me I had cancer it was like someone kicked me in the center of chest. I think when you have one life-changing occurrence you should never have another (or have to pay a parking tickets). But that’s not how life works.

How Cancer Changed Me

As I listened to the doctor ramble on about my possible demise and the inevitable hair loss, I saw the life I lived flash through my mind like snippets of a movie. I saw the things I did, and the things I still wanted to do.

The things I still wanted to do seemed so simple. Things like see my kitchen remodel to fruition. Learn to garden. Learn to play the guitar. Make bread.

(I had no idea in 2012 bread would be the cool thing to do).

It was right then and there that I realized I didn’t invest my life, time and health currency, wisely.

I followed the herd-mentality without even thinking about my own definition of success and happiness or even my own health. I was always so focused on the next step in my career.

I arrogantly assumed I would be here, forever. Even though you know that’s not possible your choices say you think you have time to squander.

Society promotes an unhealthy and imbalanced lifestyle. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re the CEO of your own business, a well known brand or that of your home and family—the pressure to constantly be doing and sacrificing (as women) is ALWAYS there. All you have to do is turn to social media for proof.

But to be sure it wasn’t just me and the women in my circle, I took to my LinkedIn women’s groups and asked the question “How important do you think downtime is to personal happiness and success?”

The backlash I got was shocking.

I was called a selfish loser. Some called me a spoiled brat. Others said I should never be allowed to have kids (or pets!). One woman called me a joke. I was attacked for even suggesting women take a timeout for themselves. What kind of woman for Pete’s sake would suggest such a thing?

That’s when I knew I wasn’t alone.

Something to think about. We secure our future financially and then do nothing to contribute to good health and longevity so we can be here to enjoy the rewards of our hard work and contribution. That sounds like a terrible investment.

Just to be clear, I don’t think career success is bad. I had some great experiences and I love the work I’ve been able to do. But there was no balance in my life and I never had enough time to do it all. I now see the value in putting the oxygen mask on MY FACE, first.

The one thing all women have in common is that we never have enough time. The Lifestyle Brief is written entirely in short read articles. You don’t have sit in one spot for too long and you can get it on the go. On the occasion the article is longer than usual, I usually note that.

My mission statement is actually a quote.

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

That famous quote can apply to just about everything in life. My articles and content will be with prevention at the center of it. 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: 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 believe in what I call, intuitive eating, keeping in mind allergies and gluten.

Career highlights: Won an award for a documentary 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 skin care and beauty, Helping medical 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.