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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! I genuinely hope that you have enjoyed the things I have shared over the last twelve months. It has been a lot of fun putting these together.

Wishing you and yours a happy, prosperous,
new year filled with great adventures!

Make sure to scroll all the way down to see our upcoming expeditions and programs.


1) TIME Picks the Best Viral Photos of 2017. These images are fantastic! Love this one of Obama kitesurfing post-election. Seems like a man who no longer has the weight of the world on his shoulders and is enjoying his new life.

2) Travel Photographer of the Year Contest 2017 Winner.

3) The top 20 travel destinations of the Year.


4) How to Start Mindfully Creating Your New Year’s Resolution. An article that I wrote. Hope you find it helpful.

5) The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2017. My favorite: “young people aren’t the only ones who need a sense of purpose.” Ah… I think we ALL do!


6) The 100 Best Reviewed Movies of 2017. “Get Out” gets the number one slot, starring Daniel Kaluuya.

7) The New York Times Best Sellers, December 24, 2017.

8) Our Favorite Books of 2017. “Greater Good’s editors pick this year’s most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books on the science of a meaningful life.” Brene Brown’s latest book makes the list, “Braving the Wilderness.” She is always worth reading. Looking forward to this one myself.

“The power for creating a better future
is contained in the present moment:
You create a good future by creating a good present.”

~ Eckhart Tolle

Sojourn Expeditions


Photographic Safari and Mindfulness Workshops
Kenya, March 3rd – 8th, 2018
Botswana, March 21st – March 28th, 2018

Breakfast with hippos floating around in the background, simply idyllic, and there is so much more to experience. This is a FANTASTIC adventure! I recently took a guest to Kenya, and it was indeed a transformative experience. If Africa is on your hit travel list, I urge to go and go full out. 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 love sharing it with others. Please join the Wild Studio Team and me on a uniquely curated safari that will tap into your true inner-photographer.


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!

Sojourn Programs


Happiness: The Art of Life Balance (Beta)
I am committed to helping those who sit in the overwhelm, continually 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.

Personalized Teaching
Offering sessions in Mind-Body Centering (includes Restorative Yoga), Mindfulness Meditation, Primordial Sound Meditation, and Prayer of the Heart Meditation. Available in-person or on Skype.

Happy Weekend! Love,
Maria and Team Sojourn
Learn More About Us | +800-869-0538


Maria Baltazzi, Ph.D. Candidate
Purveyor of Happiness and Conscious Living

Founder, Emmy-winning TV 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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