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I have not posted on this site of Maria’s in way too long! She worked so hard to secure the name, Design To Live, that I’m certain I must continue in some form to keep postings up. This is Maria’s site, so I feel I must honor her dreams and wishes. I’ll do my best. She has left so many notes, journals, etc., and it continually increases my joy and gratitude in being her mum! I heard this statement a couple of days ago on the radio and I actually stopped and wrote it down. “It’s not happiness that makes us grateful. It’s gratefulness that makes us happy”. It was so profound to me. A year ago, right about now, I realized my precious most amazing daughter was at a point of departing this physical place very soon. Within hours of my sharing that with my dearest friend, and Maria’s dearest friends, they were all texting and booking tickets to Pittsburgh. No words are adequate for my gratefulness to have Tia, and those 9 young, beautiful amazing friends of Maria’s drop their personal, professional and family lives for 3-5 days! They came from around the country and Europe to be with Maria and to support me. They were so present, joyful and loving. There was music, laughter, chanting, eating, lots of tears and so much kokua (loving help) for me! I am grateful. Maria wanted me to be happy, I am happy. So, perhaps she orchestrated so much for me to be grateful for that happiness is a given? Hmmmmm…that would not surprise me! It’s a lovely thought and a lovely place for me to be as the year near begins. The article from the MidPac Today, posted by Sachie, is a perfect example of the kind of friends Maria was blessed to have at MidPac in Hawai’i. Mahalo to all of you, and to all of her New Zealand friends, and Pittsburgh friends, who continually give “likes” and comments on her Facebook. It is healing to me to feel your love of Maria! She for sure was a “Force”. Peace, Love and Blessings for 2017. ~Suzi (I love this picture of Maria leaping into the sky. She is at peace.)
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Eternal Beauty
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“The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.” ~ Rumi As I reflect on a life filled with such beauty and tenderness ~ sweet amazing Maria ~ I’m reminded of this... Read More

A Journey Completed
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It’s been one week since we took sweet Maria out into the beautiful Hawaiian waters for her final paddle. There are few words to describe the sacred magic of this day for me.... Read More

Maria returns to the ocean in one week
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Aloha everyone ~ We are one week away from sweet Maria’s celebration, and I’m figuring so much out…especially technical stuff! I call upon Maria constantly for HELP and miraculously I seem to get... Read More

Sweet Maria ~Home in Hawai’i
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I have now safely arrived in beautiful Hawai’i with these two precious girls, in my carry on, traveling with me.   I felt Maria’s enthusiastic, joyful energy throughout the trip.   Miraculously, from... Read More

The Love Well

Here you will find daily quotes or "feel good" thoughts to inspire and fill your heart. As important as water, love is key to survival. If ever feeling like your cup is running low, come fill up at "The Love Well". Keep your body and your heart hydrated! xo

Your Design Journal

Soon you will be able to sign in and get your own Design Journal. A place you can both save and share your favorites from the website. As you find the things that make your heart sing, quotes, recipes, DIY blog entries, pictures, informative articles or maybe meditation exercises... simply save them here for easy access :). Start designing your life, this a positive place you can come daily filled with your happiness.

Fun Facts & Finds

I love those crazy bits of trivia you here, similar to the "Did You Know" books, random home remedies using something under your kitchen sink for example. lol Slowly collecting them since I came up with Design To Live four years ago, a new one will be here every week to start...maybe more. Get ready for a random crazy, but useful new info resource!

Daily Happy News

Every day you see the hardship in the world, but they seldom show the inspirational news, the things that happen that give hope and build faith and leave you going to bed with a big smile and a happy heart. Any time I see a great news item that is filled with positivity, this is where I will be sharing the link! Goal - one article a day, a mini happy news channel for all to think about instead of the fear placed by tv news. :)