“It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.” – Doe Zantamata
Miami Vibes manifested during a dark period in my life: the end of a four-year marriage (a seven-year relationship). Almost a decade together and an illusion of a future was suddenly stripped away from me.
“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. – Lee Iacocca
All my life, being in the medical field was all I really knew. With what had just occurred, I found that a 9-5 was not enough to keep myself distracted. So, I started going out frequently and stumbled upon a plethora of talent ra
mpaging throughout Miami. I came across unique
places that were hidden, even to me as a nati
ve to the Magic City. I loved how Miami had become so alive and had me reminiscing of the years I lived abroad in Seville, Spain. Miami was “cool” again.
It suddenly dawned on me. I wanted people to experience Miami through my eyes and relinquish the idea of, “there’s nothing to do” or “there’s nowhere to go” because I discovered that there was in fact too much to do and an abundance of places to explore.
“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Kenji Miyazawa.
I’ve never been an open book and have always been the queen of “everything will be ok.” But, my break-up was one puzzle I couldn’t seem to put together, and keeping it inside was destroying me little by little. Through the magazine, I encountered people that had gone through worlds of hurt and opened up to me about their situations. Miami Vibes created a section specifically called Transform & Manifest as a platform for people to share their stories and experiences. Instead of burying my pain, I learned to embrace it and started to open up to others as well.
The magazine commenced as something to keep my mind off of my situation and was all about events. It turned into an entity to help others and bring communities together. In addition to creating monthly cover launch parties, I incorporated my background in medicine to produce monthly health and wellness events that featured guest panelists who came to share their transformation tools to help others live their best life.
I became an entrepreneur. At times it’s been dark and lonely. However, with every great soul I encountered, my darkness started to sweep away. Tears of sorrow became tears of joy. Not too long ago, I was broken. Today, I am more alive than ever! I’ve learned not to regret anything, rather see every experience as an opportunity, a lesson, or a blessing.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene.
Dr. Cybil Bonhomme
Founder and Editor of Chief of Miami Vibes Magazine