How a conference, a listing, and a move brought REALTORS® Maya and Rob together
Rob and I met in 2003 at a CENTURY 21 Canada Conference in Regina. For both of us, it was our first national event, and we wore badges for "First-Timers.” It made it so much easier to meet people as it took the intimidation out of networking.
Both being from Alberta, we immediately struck up a conversation. Over the following years, we actually kept in touch, referring clients to one another and occasionally grabbing breakfast to discuss our markets and what we were each doing for promotion. The fact that we both shared an interest in building our careers definitely created a strong, business-oriented friendship.
In 2008, Rob called me to view one of my listings in Sherwood Park. When I followed up on the showings, he asked me out to lunch. Over the meal, I discovered he had divorced and was looking at the home for himself. He actually hadn't realised that I had been single all those years we had kept in touch as colleagues, assuming that I would have been married! By the next morning he was calling me to bring me a coffee and we really didn't spend a single day apart after that.
“We considered that lunch as the start to our relationship – our ‘anniversary’ – and set our wedding for the same day, 7 years later.”
Having been a single parent throughout most of my career, it was very difficult to connect with people outside of the job. The constant need to have your phone on-hand and the last minute cancelations because an offer was coming in, were not things that 9-5'ers understood. With Rob, the fact that he was living the same lifestyle created an immediate understanding and we found ways of building a relationship on the fly. We had an immediate respect for one another as we both were successful, hard-working and enthusiastic about our careers. This is a very important aspect of what makes us work.
Rob does everything BIG and the proposal was no exception. He suggested that we have lunch on the Miami Beach boardwalk during a family trip, and told me there was only one patio with a beach view. While I thought he was being spontaneous, it turned out that he needed us to be on that particular patio at that particular time on New Year's Day. We ordered drinks and Rob asked my son to take a picture of us. Rob then told him to take some more photos which my son (being a teenager) objected to.
So Rob said:
"If you don't want to take a photo of us, then how about taking a photo of that” – pointing to the sky above the beach. Just then, a small plane flew overhead carrying a banner that read "Maya, I (heart) you. Will you marry me? Rob.”
The plane circled and it took me a moment to register that that "Maya" was me! Rob got on one knee to propose while people on the patio and along the boardwalk clapped and cheered. Rob then proposed to both of my children, giving them each a ring that symbolised him taking care of the three of us.
Maybe it was part fate that Rob selected Sherwood Park as where he wanted to live upon his divorce and that it was my listing that was the catalyst for that fateful lunch.
Maya Day is a REALTOR® with CENTURY 21 A.L.L. Stars Realty Ltd. serving Edmonton, AB (visit her website)
Rob Jastrzebski is a REALTOR® with CENTURY 21 Dynamic Realty serving Fort McMurray, AB (visit his website)