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 found me! Welcome! If you’re a busy women whose life is not perfect then you’re in the right place. I believe a well- lived life is one filled with a variety of moments—good, great, bad or sad. I hope you’ll find something here that speaks to you.

I created The Lifestyle Brief after fighting breast cancer for a number of reasons. Here’s a few:

🌺 Find myself after cancer. When something so unexpected and painful happens like illness or personal loss, it has the ability to knock you off your orbit. Cancer turned me and my life upside down. I didn’t recognize myself in the mirror physically, or any other way. The things that used to matter to me like the wealth and fame and certain career endeavors no longer interested me. The big things before cancer were little after. Blogging seemed like a good way to re-discover myself. It’s been a little challenging because I’m used to writing for news publications. But I really wanted to find me.

🌺 Share my personal experiences, favorite people, stories, places and things. I hope sharing my personal experiences can help another woman. I also hope to bring other women to you who will share their stories with us. The benefits are endless.

🌺 Cover the topics that matter to me as a woman, survivor and new menaopauser. This part is really important to me. Covering what I know from experience can help women make choices. And, I’d like to focus on these things with an emphasis on prevention, recovery, surviving and thriving in transition or after a setback and finding the funny in the challenges. So many women are in transition right now. So many families.

🌺 (Hopefully) encourage women to put their health, happiness, safety and sanity at the top of their list. Women have a tendency to put themselves on the back burner. It’s who we are. We are givers by DNA. But, if we don’t start choosing ourselves, first, then we cannot be the best whatever it is we want to be. Additionally, if you want to be here in your late life to enjoy the rewards of your hard work, then you have to see yourself as an investment. It’s never too late to start. I know this firsthand.

🌺 Deliver the information quickly: I know you’re busy. And if you’re in menopause, like me, then you might even be impatient too. So all content (for the most part) is written in briefs.

A little extra

You can also expect to find some newsy-like pieces and pop culture and some pictures.

I know for sure life is not perfect no matter how many pretty pictures and optimistic quotes we post on social media (or our T-shirts). So I don’t back away from the uncomfortable or difficult topics. If it’s on my mind or yours, then I’ll probably talk about it right here.

If you have a story. A product. A book. An idea. If you’d like to be featured or have me sample your product, please send me a message via the contact tab at the top of my page. I’d love to hear from you.

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.

-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 our hard work and contribution, late life.

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: professional 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 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.