I really can’t believe we’re here on yet another Christmas Day.
The years are flying past, and I can tell you, 2016 will be forever etched in my mind.
As I reflected on this year, there were many, many things that stood out.
Trying to capture them all into one word wasn’t easy… then it hit me. 2016 was the year we lived “BIGLY” ; I think we had no choice really.
We started the year as most of us do I suppose, filled with hope and great intentions.
I usually choose one word to carry me through the year and I chose MIRACLES.
Well … little did I know how much of a role “Miracles” would play in my life.
In February, I launched my online cause May Cause Miracles, based on Gabby Bernstein’s best-selling book. And so the Miracles began…
As a Physician, I’ve saved many lives, but teaching this course made me realize that “saving” an emotional life , by changing how someone looked at their World would have a much greater impact and would be bring me infinitely more joy and satisfaction.
My website was launched a few weeks later, another one of my “miracles” – for it had taken 3 tries with different domain names, designers and platforms before it became evident that this would be it!!
With trepidation, and loads of excitement, http://tanyabeaubrun.com was launched with the intention of changing even more lives.
Last year, I rediscovered my love of writing and had the joy of having a regular column in SHE Caribbean magazine as well as on Lissa Rankin’s Owning Pink website. How I loved producing the articles as I got to release the words and thoughts and feelings that had been hiding deep within my heart and soul.
At the end of 2015, I had boldly claimed that the following year, I would be published on Huffington Post.
2016 brought me the fulfillment of that dream:
2016, also brought me the gift of becoming a published author. I was part of a collaborative book that became an International bestseller on Amazon:
I had the joy of participating in an Intuitive Art Course and discovered even more about myself as I played with color and texture and making bold strokes.
I lived for these classes and was filled with awe and gratitude as I learnt more of who I was and what I was capable of...
There was much to celebrate and I celebrated with grace and immense gratitude, always giving thanks that God had led me onto this new journey.
I gave thanks “BIGLY”
2016, also brought me some of the greatest shocks of my life.
BREXIT ??? TRUMP???
I had some of the greatest “WTH’s” this year.
I just couldn’t get into that thought process – I was all about peace and love and hope and togetherness, but these showed me the darker sides of our humanity.
But you know, these also brought me the greatest lessons, for I realized that we needed to shine light on our darker areas , on those parts of us that we are ashamed of, that we keep hidden.
For only then would we be able to acknowledge our humanity, and embrace our duality
Because we must ( we need to) acknowledge that we all have these areas of darkness within our lives - the gossip, envy, resentments , guilt , that we carry around afraid that someone would peek inside our hearts and see them.
And in order to appreciate the Light, we needed to embrace the darkness.
And there are now so many of us willing to serve as Light- workers – owning up to who we are, and who we are meant to be.
Owning up to living our life purpose and using it to serve the World. Because it is my belief, that what this World needs NOW, are people ready to own up to their purpose and power and who are willing to use it to improve their families, their communities and the World.
We will serve “BIGLY”
I cried and shed more tears than I’ve ever done.
Had the biggest belly laughs that I’ve ever had.
Took some of the biggest chances that I've ever taken.
I experienced great disappointments – some of my biggest to date, but in facing these, I learned how strong I was and that every experience we go through is being directed by a Higher Power, grooming us for greater things.
I learned to surrender to the will of the Divine in my life – “BIGLY”
And THAT was one of my greatest life lessons this year – leaning in to every challenge, every triumph, feeling them deeply, “BIGLY” , owning up to who I was and who I was meant to be.
I felt the pain of loss “BIGLY” – the loss of one of my mentors, loss of far too many friends, the shocks of sudden deaths seemed to rock my World – teaching me how to cry, to comfort, to shed some of my biggest tears to date.
To feel some of my greatest grief to date – I grieved “BIGLY” – and was reminded of the fragility of Life, and that we should not take the people and moments of our lives for granted.
Today, I will celebrate the joy of family and friendship, acknowledging that though we may have our differences, there is always a link of love that connects us and that this link needs to be nurtured and celebrated.
Today , I will LOVE “BIGLY” – pouring my heart into this day, into this Season, sending love and light to the people of Aleppo and the Middle East. My heart goes out to them as I pray for Peace.
I will continue to hope that Peace will prevail, that children will no longer be found under buiding rubble, that parents will no longer have to flee their homes , all in order to protect their families from the ravages of war and terrorism .
I will continue to hope "BIGLY"........
I will pray “BIGLY” – digging deep into my heart for the answers and lifting my prayers to the Heavens; assured that there IS a Higher Power guiding each and every moment of our lives.
That much I’m sure of. For 2016 taught me some of my BIGGEST Life Lessons.
I learnt to dive into Life and LIVE “BIGLY”
I wish you all a Healthy, Happy and Peaceful Holiday Season.