My name is April Jones, I am 43 years old, and I love sharing wellness information. I’m big on explaining the “why” behind things because I know that I am much more likely to follow advice if I know there is substance behind it. I don’t think I’m alone.

So what is the substance behind me, “why” am I qualified to give you wellness information? I am a Certified Massage Therapist and Health Educator specializing in relaxation, injury management, and stress management since 2012. I hold a B.A. in Public Communication from The American University in Washington D.C. and graduated with honors from the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville, California.

Prior to my shift into wellness, I worked in public relations for nearly 15 years, mostly in the video game industry. I would fly all over the world at a moment’s notice to manage media tours and trade shows. I created strategies and programming to promote my companies and our products, often working with budgets that were hundreds of thousands of dollars. I managed teams in the U.S. and worked closely with teams worldwide. I also lived in Norway for three years, working for a video game company there, leading international promotional efforts for the company and our products. I understand stress and time pressures first hand.

At the peak of my career, I was the Director of PR for a large company when I was laid off during the recession. What no one knew was that as I was trying to juggle all the pressures of such a high stress career, I was also battling severe depression and anxiety. The lay off gave me something I’d never had before; time.

I now consider myself so fortunate to have been laid off. I was given the opportunity to truly explore my mental and emotional wellness and then shift my career into a direction that has helped me find true joy. I am honored now to share all of this information with you.

Please know that it takes time to wrap our heads around true wellness and to create new habits that will bring lasting results. Be patient with yourself. Keep notes. Read and re-read information that seems to speak to you. Your dedication to yourself will pay off immensely over time but it is not a quick fix.

Trust me though; it is absolutely worth it.