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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Brian & Deya met in Vancouver Canada. After a few years together we were married and made choices. One was not to have children the other was not to take life for granted. The rest is yet to come.

October 17, 2015

Highlights September-October 2015.

I did not share with you anything in September as I had promised, so please forgive me ;) We have been extremely busy and trying to catch every minute of sunshine before we welcome Winter.

The highlights of the past 1.5 months are summarized as follows:
Once we decided to stay in this area we had to change our plan around our professional development and in many other areas that I won’t go into. Before, we had planned and arranged to consult and contract in the North of British Columbia but the situation for consulting and contracting is slightly different here so we adapted. Now, I have a great opportunity as a Project Manager with a local company, a caring and smart boss, a promising team and lots of room to learn, create and succeed. Brian will continue with his studies and he is also searching for the right opportunity.
We are not interested in jobs but we are interested in opportunity and let me tell you, there is a huge difference. A job simply pays a salary; an opportunity provides with growth in many directions, an opportunity provides a mutual commitment between the employee and the employer or partner, an opportunity involves a greater vision. I will keep my philosophical thoughts for when we are able to converse face to face with you but for now I just want to share with you that we are happy.

Why are we happy? Because in less than two months we accomplished a lot. Once we decided to move to Sooke we began the quest of making a home, re-aligning our future plans based on the recent changes, creating community (by the way people here are fantastic), preparing for some professional examinations, writing my book (I finished and now in the phase of revising), riding lots in the area, exploring the housing market, looking for opportunity and having fun with friends. I am also happy because pretty soon I will be able to collaborate with many more professionals and that is exciting, I like to be challenged and be useful, I like to be a part of a team and create with them, I like to have a mentor who can influence my path positively, I like to simply work hard and smart… and I will.

I will not post anymore until the end of the year because for the next few months I will dedicate all my energy to professional development and adapting to my new environment. Looking forward to making the difference and having a family at work, therefore I must focus and dedicate a lot of time to the process of winning!!!

And tomorrow morning the love of my life will be celebrating his Birthday and look at what I got for a husband (below): a handsome and wonderful man.

-Our home in Sooke-
-Your room when you come to visit-
-At the cabin with friends and family-
At the cabin with Mr. Chuck
-In downtown Victoria with Papa T.-
-Hiking with Taquita, my adorable certified therapy pet-
-Shirley Delicious, a lovely restaurant near our place-
-RRU Friends-
-Other riders, thanks Don for the note on my bike-
-Tim and Elyse thanks for sharing your world with us-

-My lovely husband-
Stay well, stay cool… Como las iguanas!!!
Deyanira MD.

July 25, 2015

Highlights Summer 2015

This Summer has been unique, full of beauty, helpful signs to make decisions and more importantly full of opportunity. Many of you may wonder how is that we manage to live if we travel a lot and perhaps don’t even work. Well, let me tell you, we do work in a very unique way just like this Summer plus we got a support team that understands our end goal.
For 26 months we conducted research through the Americas and at the end of it we were left with business and personal experience that allowed us to grow and understand this world a little better. After that, we worked on our own projects, including but not limited to our retirement project and our social responsibility project. And now, we are working on accessing the right opportunities so we can make meaningful contributions to society and we can live an enjoyable and fulfilling life.
The month of August will be busy with our move to Sooke, writing of my book, getting to know our community, making personal and professional connections, Brian working on his doctoral program and attending his first residence in Calgary, riding as much as possible and taking care of our health/fitness and Taquita’s health/fitness.
By September we should be well stablished with full time commitments but still enjoying our passions. Trying as much as possible to implement what we learned on the road because life is short and there is no point on wasting any single minute.
World, here we come!!!

-Picture taken by an adventurer, Dave B.-

June-August 2015
Highlight #1 Riding brings us together!!! But also common interests!!!
I can’t imagine my life without HOPE and I mean that literally, without my bike (her name is Hope). But I can totally imagine going places and discovering the world in a very unique way offered by motorcycling, I can also imagine long lasting relationships with others who understand how we feel about riding or about certain interests.

While on the Island we have been enjoying assisting Thomas (Brian’s cousin) with getting his motorcycle license by working with him on his riding skills. I am very happy to find another new responsible rider and have the opportunity to create experiences with him.
-Brian and his cousin, one more riding buddy… what a great young responsible fellow-

We also met a wonderful couple in Victoria, Cheryl and Dave, both riders and adventurers. We had our first ride together and the creation of memories have just begun: riding in the morning/afternoon, great market experience in Salt Spring Island, awesome food, piano concert just before closing with a pub night and Deya screaming due to the amazing show put by rats outside the pub!!! I am very content to know another riding couple and to have the opportunity to experience a friendship with a lot of common interests.
-Salt Spring Island with Cheryl and Dave-

I believe in productive relationships and if I can help you clean your house, give you a manicure-pedicure or haircut, cook with you and enjoy life, I am happy...
-Kayaking with Brian U. and Catherine, great addition to our lives!!!-

I am happy to have spent time with my niece; kids always teach us something and I am open for the learning with her. She is a smart cookie!!!
-Our niece, is that a hint?-

Another great get together was with Dr. Sheldon Duff, my professor and kick starter in Canada in my professional development. What a nice and caring person, years have gone by and he continues to be that caring person I met when I arrived in Canada. When I finish writing my book and if you get to read it, you will find out the importance of this character. Thanks Dr. Duff for stopping by to see us.
-Dr. Sheldon Duff and Gloria, thanks for the visit-
With Dr. Sheldon Duff

Highlight #2 Building a deck
This was a total new experience for us and as a disclaimer, we are not builders but we do like to help. I am glad that Michelle and Brian, our friends in Vancouver, allowed us to help build their deck. Few pictures of the “in progress deck” and more to come when the details are finalized.
The heat was our only set back during the time we spent building this deck. Both of us, Brian and I, suffered the effects of the heat and could not function as well as we wish we had but can’t complain because we made it through.
Brittain's patio 2Brittain's patio 1


Highlight #3 August and the new beginning
We moved to Sooke in British Columbia (near Victoria) finally to the neighborhood we liked even though the house is too big for us, I will share some pictures next month. This will give us the opportunity to take another look at the plan while enjoying a beautiful community, a beautiful city without having to be “in” the city and the opportunity to be involved in a vibrant area of British Columbia; we will make things happen.
August was my birthday month and Brian was gone for the entire month to complete his first residence for his doctorate in Calgary. I was of course accompanied by Taquita and friends and did miss my husband; this is the first time we separate for an extended period of time and it is not for us. I had to admit I enjoyed my time and what came with it but having my husband around makes life better in many ways.
I am now 34 years old and I am full of urgency to create unforgettable experiences with Brian, with our friends, with work, with the volunteer work that I have now taken to another level and will share some thoughts and experiences later on when the seeds have produced some products.
For now, I am just sharing some more pictures of what life brought to us in the month of August.

Thanks to all of our friends for sharing time and energy with us!!! 

-Brian just before he left for Calgary and during his trip there, on the road again!!!-

-My great friend Seonaid, who came to visit from Smithers-

-Brian Urkow and his family, an RRU friend-

-Few hours at the Grover's cabin, love them!!!-

-My niece's Birthday-

-Thanks Nicholas for a great visit, RRU has brought good friends!!!-

-At a BBQ with more RRU friends: Courtney and Tim, and their families-

-My Birthday beer-

Stay well, stay cool… Como las iguanas!!!
Deyanira MD.

June 22, 2015

Highlights of May-June 2015

May and June have been really fulfilling months. Some changes in the plan that just spiced our lives a little bit. After all, life without spices is boring.

May-June 2015
Highlight #1 More friends, more family and the spirit of riding
I have always known my priorities and sometimes it is just difficult to exercise them but not impossible. We make life enjoyable or difficult and I personally tend to make it difficult and enjoyable at the same time but always striving for happiness, not just recently, but constantly.
After a day has gone by, the only thing I remember with pleasure is the fulfilling interactions I get to have with people, with my surroundings.

When we came back to Canada I felt so happy to see friends, family and our lovely and fantastic bikes. We have developed such a wonderful relationship with the bikes, Chuleta and Hope, that I can’t explain with words how great they are as psychologists; they speak to us and help us meditate. They are a huge part of our lives and once again they have changed the course of our lives in a way that I can’t still imagine but I can feel it. What am I trying to say? That we are not moving North in British Columbia, we are staying South in a lovely place called Sooke. There are many reasons why and of course the decision was well thought out but I have to give recognition to my bike for allowing me to see more clearly, for giving me the confidence that it will be ok.

We love planning and strategizing and for us the act of planning is much more valuable than the plan itself. As long as we can think, we can change the plan when necessary. I am very happy for this change and will work hard with Brian to make our lives interesting and fulfilling, around the people we love. Once we are settled in Sooke we will let you know in case you wish to visit us!!!

-In Vernon-
-In Summerland-
-In Kamloops-
-On the Ferry to Nanaimo-
-The cousins-
-The Grovers-
-The Fun-
-The Puppy???-
-Lovely Vancouver-
-Doug and Sylvie-
-The Brittains-
-My dear Jun and Gina-
-The Huang can-
-Thanks Craig for the good tequila-
-Awesome Morgan-
-My loving family member-
-Awesome Henry and family-
-An awesome connection with a great friend-
-Other bikers and Meridian friends-
-RRU Connection-
-The cold water with Carmen-
-The Katana Suzuki back on the road-
-RRU Connection-
-My wonderful niece, she is a great addition to this world!!!-
-The Best-
-Back to Chuleta and Hope with Taquita in the back-

Highlight #2 Brian’s Convocation Ceremony
Brian finished his studies and graduated from his program: Masters of Arts in Leadership. For this section I have a piece to share:

Standing on the shoulders of giants!!!
Without those giants it would be harder to see the horizon, to see the end. I am happy to have been that giant because during this journey I also earned a degree without fees, a mental degree of awareness that allows me to be here to cheer for my husband and all of the other graduates. I have to admit it was hard and interesting, enjoyable and challenging, expensive and rewarding, TRANSFORMATIONAL. An experience worth having if today we can see the horizon, we can see opportunity, we feel happy and powerful; it is simply worth having because if nothing at least we know that mental models can be changed!!!
I want to say thanks to all those giants who contributed with Brian’s fulfilling ending of his Masters of Arts in Leadership and exciting beginning to a Doctor of Social Sciences that will allow him to create knowledge and contributions in society. My husband and I want to say: thanks for your time, for the piece of bread, for your energy and simply for believing in us. Special thanks to the Brittains and the Grovers who have been the greatest constant support we have had for a while and who-day to day-show their love without expectation.
“It is not just about me”- Walter Natynczyk

And for you Brian, I just want to say: I am glad to be married to a man who pursues challenge. With you I want to grow and live, with you I want to see the horizon!!!


Highlight #3 My volunteer work
My volunteer work will continue independently of the organization I used to work with: Global Sorority-Passion Foundation. It was a pleasure working with Tia Kelly and will find ways to connect our work.
I will continue to support the group in Merida and will focus my energy and time in developing a model to ensure that children and young adults in this world get an opportunity to grow and succeed. I will connect the dots that are necessary to create sustainable support in communities for children and young adults. Lots to come!!!

-Learning about ice cream and business while having fun-

Stay well, stay cool… Como las iguanas!!!
Deyanira MD.