photo of a Woman and man hugging, posing for photo, Parque Juarez, San Miguel de Allende,

Brenda & Ron bringing a bag of pastries to Toller Cranston for one of his “famous breakfasts.” San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

We are Brenda Reid and Ron Van Dyke, digital nomads from Vancouver, B.C., Canada currently “on assignment” living between Canada and the Unesco World Heritage site of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico (also voted as the best city in the world to live by Condé Nast) fulfilling our dream of making a living from freelance photography to supplement and support our travel habit.

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Ron & Brenda Rooftop, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Brenda & Ron, sitting at a table for 2 drinking a glass of wine and beer Guadalajara City plaza, Mexico

Guadalajara City plaza, Mexico

Photo of a couple posing for a picture Beach Biking, Boca de Iguanas, La Manzanilla, Mexico

Boca de Iguanas, La Manzanilla, Jalisco, Mexico

photo woman model standing on street wearing Sindashi Fashion Shoot, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

Sindashi Fashion Shoot, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

Ron has recently completed a fashion photography shoot for a high-end women’s “art made to fashion” retail clothing store, Sindashi, in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.

We recently completed a photography project in San Miguel de Allende, supplying interactive photos of people in Mexico, for a client in Canada who writes educational language learning workbooks for a global audience.  

By “showing up” we have had opportunities come knocking at our door.

More Sindashi fashion photos can be viewed at Ron’s SmugMug Gallery

Sindashi Fashion Shoot, Van Dyke, San Miguel de Allende, GTO., Mexico

PURE PLEASURE

Horseback riding Careyes Beach, Jalisco, Mexico, travel, photos, travel photos riches

Ron and I have had some wonderful and unexpected experiences. We had the pleasure of a private invitation to the home of Gian Franco Brignone, the founder of the exclusive, luxury Costa Careyes Resort, Jalisco, Mexico and to his an annual Mayan solstice ritual inside the wonder of his architectural creation, La Copa del Sol, meaning “sun cup,”  seen in this photo in the distance, perched on the edge of the cliff. We had the pleasure of riding professional polo ponies on the secluded, pristine Playa Teopa at Costa CareyesWe knew that in order to open the doors and embrace ongoing travel experiences like this, and others, we had to make major life-style changes to our familiar work situation and routine back home in Canada.

CUTTING THE DOCK LINES

“It takes a lot of courage to do what you guys did.”

 Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada,We first set out to Mexico for a 2-year stint. In November, 2012 we packed up our 3-bedroom house on Bowen Island, a charming artists haven thirty minutes ferry ride from Vancouver, B.C., Canada, put everything in storage, quit a cushy government job, cut the dock lines, crossed Canadian, U.S. and Mexican borders in our overflowing VW Jettta, and eventually arrived on sunny Mexican soil with our one year temporary retirement visas, known as, ” Visa Temporals”.

Prior to us embarking on our adventure, wide-eyed we soaked up the stories we had heard of others who had done it , cut the dock lines, and we yearned for the possibility ourselves. And now that we have done it, we still get commented on our courage and feel an admiration from people close to us and also from new people we meet along the way. And we notice that “familiar look,” a longing that one day they might also find the courage to adventure and/or retire in a new land as well.

This is our story. Our candid personal account. A glimpse into our emotional journey. In hopes that we may encourage you to cut your own dock lines and set sail to exciting new destinations such as beautiful, sunny, vibrant Mexico or wherever your dreams and desires take you.

We yearned for opportunities to re-invent ourselves, and to do so, had to abandon the security of the familiar.

Ron Vancouver International Airport with lots of luggage




When nothing goes right Go Left

We needed the COURAGE to:

  • Leave family and friends behind.
  • Go to a new place and new culture.
  • Learn and speak a new language.
  • To re-invent ourselves.

We felt FEAR of:

  • Being out of our comfort zones of  the “safe, familiar and predictable.”
  • Boredom.
  • Lack of finances/income.
  • The unknown.
  • Trying new things.
  • Fear of failure.
  • Fear of physical fitness and health issues.
  • Fear of age.

By showing up….we have embraced new adventures… and… great things have happened!

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