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Life Lessons: April Watkins (VIDEO)

Life Lessons:
April Watkins

Don’t let April have all the fun.  We’d love to see what Life Lessons you’d like to share with GEM Nation.  Click here to email us for the questions.  Now take it away, April.

Are you happy at the moment?

I am! I’m happy to be alive for sure and I’m most happy about how my life is shaping up. I’m a good person and I am very conscience on how I treat people. Now, I couldn’t always say that but now I can. My marriage is good and my children are great.

If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?

Are you ready for this one?? Well, if I’m being honest I would say don’t have sex with any and everybody with a good story!! And, your first love will probably not last. And it didn’t!! I’d also say, get your education (college etc.) before starting a family! Work hard and play later, not the other way around.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

I’ve learnt this year that when I put my mind to something I’m unstoppable!!!

What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

I plan on launching of my nail polish line (Srp pronouced syrup) within the next 12 months!

What’s your secret to happiness?

My secret to happiness is knowing who I am! I accept who I am and I don’t need anyones approval or validation. I please me!!!

What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

My daily ritual is twice a day at 11:11, I stop and I either say a short prayer, give gratitude or make a wish! I’ve set my phone and it has become a habit with myself as well as the family when they hear the alarm they automatically do the same.

What’s your biggest regret?

My biggest regret is not finishing college!! This really hurts and I can’t talk about it.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

My most important lesson I’ve taught my children is that they matter!!  I don’t care about people who do not like you, bullies, mean people, mean teachers, etc… The most important person in their lives is themselves, so treat yourself well. No excuses, no feeling sorry for yourself love yourself the way you are.

What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

My bad habit it spending money!  I love it!!! I can spend money anywhere and can justify it. No bueno!!!

Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?

I’m most proud of myself that I am a leader! There were many opportunities for me to go astray, but I followed my own mind and stayed on the right pass. It could have gone bad many times!! Whoo wee, go me!!!!!!!

When were you happiest?

I’ve been my happiest three times in my life and that was the the three births of my children. Point blank!!

What ten words best describe you?

Ten words that describe me would be: honest, loyal, dependable, unstoppable, aware, giving, impatient, thoughtful, crazy, and spontaneous.

April Watkins mother of three resides in sunny California along with comedian husband Royale Watkins. April was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York where she got many life lessons  that you cannot get out of a book. She later moved to Rahway NJ, graduated and went on to receive her Associates Degree at DeVry. April worked at Fedex for 10 years and transitioned into fashion, working at the highly prestigious Wilhelmina Modeling Agency where she became a Modeling Agent. From Wilhelmina she landed at Essence Magazine where she was the Model Editor under Susan Taylor. At the moment April is a stay at home mother and also working on launching her very own Nail Polish Line Srp (pronounced syrup).

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