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Here is this week’s 8 Good Things. This newsletter is my year-long weekly gift containing everything from articles to books to quotes to videos that are meant to be helpful, inspirational, aspirational, informational, and just fun to read!

Please make sure to scroll all the way down to see our Upcoming Sojourn Events and Special Shout Outs!


1) “Fridays will never be the same again.”


2) The Internet Is Freaking Out About the First Friday the 13th Happening in October in 11 years.


3) Paraskevidekatriaphobia, the morbid fear of Friday the 13th. Learn more about why this date is so scary.


4) Why is Friday the 13th Considered Unlucky? This is the most widespread superstition in the US; estimated 21 million, or about 8% of the population.


5) Friday the 13th: Relax, it’s not that bad.


6) Friday the 13th: Flight 666 makes it safely to HEL. The Finnair flight took off from Copenhagen, Denmark, in the 13th hour of Friday the 13th. This successful flight occurrence has happened twenty-one times over the last eleven years. However, as of today Flight 666 will now be Flight 954. Why press their luck?


7) Why Friday the 13th Spelled Doom for the Knights Templar.


8) Friday the 13th: The Original Marketing Viral Stunt? Margaret Downey has held ‘anti-superstition’ parities almost every Friday the 13th since 1996. These parties are based on a tradition that goes back 150 years. Starting at 1:13 pm, the group walks under a ladder, spills a salt shaker…and has lunch!


“Friday the 13th,
but still blessed! Spread the love.”
~ Unknown

Upcoming Sojourn Events


In partnership with
Great Plains Conservation’s Wild Studio

Photographic Safari and Mindfulness Workshops
Kenya, November 15th – 24th, 2017 | March 3rd – 8th, 2018
Botswana, November 23rd – 30th, 2017 | March 21st – March 28th, 2018

Great Plains Conservation’s Wild Studio was started by award-winning National Geographic filmmakers Beverly and Dereck Joubert. Whether you are a pro or an amateur, you will have the extraordinary experience of photographing lions, leopards, elephants, and buffalo. Best part is that there will always be a veteran wildlife photographer there to give you tips on getting great shots. Leave with an amazing portfolio of your wildlife adventure. Africa has long been my favorite place in the world, and I look forward to sharing it with you. Please join the Wild Studio Team and me on a uniquely curated safari that will tap into your true inner-photographer.

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Ongoing Program (Beta), Happiness: The Art of Life Balance
I am committed to helping those who sit in the overwhelm, constantly feeling out of time, and always stressed. As a longtime TV producer, I have been there many times over and have spent the last eleven years studying what to do about it. My promise is to get you out of the crazy and into the happy. To do that, I have put together a program that can fit into anyone’s schedule and can be joined anytime. For a complimentary consultation, please contact me.

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Greek Islands, May 25th – June 2nd, 2018 | Memorial Day Weekend
If you romanticize sailing and hiking the islands in the Aegean, then come along with me. Explore, meditate, do restorative yoga, energizing breathwork, eat great food, dance. Find your inner Zorba. Opa! *the trip cost includes my Happiness: The Art of Life Balance program.

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“Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying
has the good fortune to sail the Aegean Sea.”

~ Nikos Kazantzakis, author of Zorba the Greek

Special Shout Outs

Puerto Rico Disaster Response | Global Communities, Partners for Good

This is a call for support. Drawing on a decade of experience in partnering with communities to recover after natural disasters, Global Communities has staff on the ground in Puerto Rico to provide limited emergency assistance while assessing immediate and longer-term needs resulting from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. They are seeking up to $10 million in resources to deliver significant, tangible reconstruction assistance warranted by the scale of the disaster. These funds will allow them to rebuild homes, local infrastructure, and livelihoods across an estimated twenty communities. To join their effort, please contact Ann Nicocelli-Bailey, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, 301.587.4700 |

Camino de Santiago Fundraiser | UCLA Neurosurgery
I recently returned from my sojourn along the Camino de Santiago. I did the last 100kms of the French Way as a fundraiser in support of UCLA Neurosurgery. It was a walk I have wanted to do for a few years, and fantastic in so many deeply meaningful ways.

Why my sojourn? A couple of years ago some friends shared that their son was suffering from a neuroendocrine tumor. These tumors can occur anywhere in the body where endocrine cells exist, including the pancreas, intestines, lungs, and brain. In the case of my friends’ son, it was his brain. The initial news was devastating to all as you can imagine. However, the great blessing is that he eventually got through it. At the time, I wanted to be supportive and do a fundraiser to raise awareness about the groundbreaking research that was, and is, being done at UCLA Neurosurgery, though I was not able to do it until now. I have raised some money and would like to raise more. I plan to keep my Crowdrise fundraising page active. Donations can continue to be made. Whether you can donate $10 or $100, it all counts. All funds are distributed through the Network For Good and the UCLA Foundation.


Happy Weekend! Love,
Maria and Team Sojourn
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Maria Baltazzi, Purveyor of Happiness and Conscious Living

Founder of Sojourn Explorers and Picture Happiness: Take a Shot, Emmy-winning Producer, Seven-continent Distance Walker, Fundraiser

Certified Studies (partial list): Science of Happiness, Science of Thinking, Spiritual Psychology, Metaphysics, Primordial Sound Meditation, Restorative Yoga

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