All of us have the capacity to empower, heal, and love each other, our families, our selves, our communities, and our earth.
‘To Live For’ creates opportunities for you to share your passions and gifts through creative writing, art, music, and story telling.
Your courage & vulnerability to share a part of your self will inspire others to create and share their own moments and experiences that are ‘to live for;’ therefore, expanding empowerment, healing, and love across our sacred earth.
All of us, and our heart led stores, are ‘to live for!’
Update May 2019 – HAPPY 3 YEAR ANNIVERSARY, TO LIVE FOR!
Below is our story: How we met and how To Live For went from an every day expression to a business adventure. Since launching To Live For 3 years ago this month, we have:
>Produced 3 live shows, “Inspired,” in Maine
>Interviewed over 60 really cool people for our interview section of the website and You Tube Channel
>Managed a hotel on the Big Island (Hawaii)
>Worked at 4 different retreat centers in Panama and New Zealand
>Our service has included: greeting international guests, interior design, business planning, landscaping, cleaning, food preparation, painting, beach clean up, property management, and house/pet sitting
>Advanced our surfing skills, swam with dolphins and lots of other sacred sea animals, & went jet boating on a river
>Saw the glow worms and many sacred waterfalls of New Zealand
>Went sledding down sand dunes
>Hung out with scorpions, army ants, snakes, and other jungle animals
>Walked on countless beautiful beaches, hiked many trails, & kayaked in rivers and oceans
>Published 2 books, numerous journal articles, and over 100 website articles
>Provided healing sessions for people & their land wherever we have gone
>Visited over 15 different countries and numerous states
>Most importantly, we have met you, whether it is through our website or social media, through our travels, or working with you. You have inspired us to keep going. Your smiles. Your vibe. Your hearts. Your passion. Your hugs. Your shelter. Your teaching. Your food. You have blessed our journey in so many ways, and for you, we are so very grateful. We are blessed. Thank you.
Here’s our To Live For Resume with some more details.
When we met 7 years ago, the connection was immediate and profound on many levels. As we spent time together, we both knew that we would be ‘working’ together in some sort of humanitarian and uplifting fashion,; after-all, we were both walking on a deeply spiritual, healing, and unique path We both shared a deep commitment and trust in following our hearts and passions, and using our gifts to help others. Different concepts of how we might work together were discussed, but the idea of ‘to live for’ did not emerge until a couple of years into our marriage.
Donna Maria is one of the most positive people you can meet, and one of the ways she exudes this amazing outlook is to use only positive words. She takes ordinary expressions, and ups the anty on the vibe factor. For example,she doesn’t say ‘good-luck’ to people. From her heart, she will say, “God luck!’ Instead of using negative expressions regarding a challenging situation, like ‘that s_ _ ks,’ Donna Maria will say, ‘that’s less than excellent.’ Even when during her rare human moments of being upset, she stays upbeat through word choice.
Well, instead of using the expression ‘that’s to die for’ to describe the ultimate tasting dessert or phenomenal experience such as sky diving Donna Maria will shout out, ‘that’s ‘to live for!’ We were on a weekend escape in Bar Harbor, Maine, when the idea of encouraging people to seek experiences that are ‘to live for’ would help spread empowerment, healing, and love across our communities. As more people believe in and strive for living in their passions and gifts, we believe this would not only help all of us to live in joy, but it would bring tremendous healing to the earth, which we seem to have disregarded the past century. And so ‘to live for’ was born!
Our personal story as a couple is one of profound love, gratitude, challenges, faith, commitment, adventures, hopes, and dreams. We met in the Fall of 2012 and quickly fell in love, marrying nearly a year later. We share many qualities: teenage children, spirituality, devotion to family and friends, nature, a commitment to self growth, healing, traveling, active lifestyles, golf, biking, kayaking, and a deep desire to be true to our hearts, passions, gifts, and to inspire others to be true to themselves.
We hope ‘to live for’ will bring upliftment, positive energy, and inspiration to many people around the world. We are grateful for people like you who support our efforts and who help spread the vibe of joy and love by sharing your own gifts and passions.
Donna Maria Bordeaux
Donna Maria is a mom, physical therapist, dancer, teacher, yogi, and avid exerciser. Her sons, Marley and Quinn, are young adults with brilliant musical talents. Donna Maria is founder, president, and co-owner of Greater Brunswick Physical Therapy (twice winner of business of the year for the Maine midcoast region), which employs 25 people in 5 locations. She has taught hip hop and jazz dancing for 20 years, performed in over 60 shows, and was the founder and director of Light Body Dancers. She has spearheaded many community benefit dance and other programs, and hosts 4 free healing clinics in the Brunswick, Maine area every year.
Donna Maria is also a certified yoga instructor after completing her yoga training in one of our favorite countries, Costa Rica. She loves connecting to Spirit through meditation on a daily basis, biking, dancing, being by the ocean, yoga, surfing, helping people heal, and traveling to sacred places. Life is to live for!
Paul W Knoll
Paul spent nearly 20 years in education as a counselor and administrator at the college, high school, and middle school levels. Once driven to become a leading educator in public schools, a brain injury from toxic mold in his school forced Paul to re-learn basic living and communication skills. This very difficult time helped him to realize that he needed to find a healthier way to live. As a child, Paul was very engaged and intrigued by the Native American culture, so his injury helped him reconnect to his childhood gifts and passions. Through various alternative healing modalities, Paul became very interested in shamanic practices, and has since helped others become more deeply connected with their inner self and with the beautiful nature that surrounds us. He promotes the concept of living in unison and trust with nature, living simply, and caring for each other, our communities, and our globe. Paul was honored to be a story teller for the live production of The Moth Radio Hour at the State Theater in Portland, Maine in June 2013. This story was distributed nationally and world wide in the winter of 2015. Paul’s stories and poems have been published across New England in newspapers and magazines and on radio shows. He enjoys scuba diving, photography, biking, golf, learning to dance, surfing, travel, and just being by the ocean. Paul has two amazing daughters, Ally and Anne, who have supported him during some very challenging times. They are to live for!
Paul has published two books, At Jungles Edge: Lessons from Nature and Surfing (2018, Amazon) and Walking in Spirit (2019, Amazon). He has also produced a CD, Discover Your Animal Spirit Guide, which teaches the listener how to take a Shamanic journey and how to connect with an animal spirit guide (2016, Amazon). Paul also provides consulting and training in Human Resources and Leadership. For detailed information about Paul, you are welcome to review his resume: PaulWKnoll2019.