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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!

Photographic Safari and Mindfulness Workshops in Kenya and Botswana, Africa.

View Kenya and View Botswana

Also: Walking the Camino de Santiago, Spain and Sailing and Hiking the Greek Islands.

View Spain and View Greek Islands

Ongoing Program (Beta) Happiness: The Art of Life Balance.

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1) How to help Victims of Hurricane Harvey.


2) Hurricane Harvey Photos.


3) Flooding trapped workers at a Mexican bakery for two days. They spent it baking for Harvey victims. “For two days, the trapped bakers churned out hundreds of pieces of bread, filling the shelves again with bolillos, kolaches, and their signature pan dulce.”


4) This Is the Extraordinary True Story of the First Camera Phone. And it had nothing to do with Steve Jobs.


Picture Happiness: Take a Shot

5) Gratitude: The Short Film by Louie Schwatzberg. Love, love watching this one. “You think this is just another day in your life. It’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you today. It’s given to you; it’s a gift. It’s the only gift that you have right now and the only appropriate response is gratefulness.”


6) 21-Day Gratitude Challenge. Wonderful idea, a shareable online gratitude journal.


7) Resilience may be the new word for balance, something we can all benefit from these days.


8) How to Transform Your Stress Into Insane Productivity, According to Harvard Psychologists. “…[train] your brain to recognize stress as a byproduct of your success, rather than as a dread.” Another good piece of advice, “focus on what you can control.” Read more.


“Technology is nothing. What’s important is that

you have faith in people,

that they’re basically good and smart,

and if you give them tools,

they’ll do wonderful things with them.”

~ Steve Jobs

Upcoming Sojourn Events


In partnership with

Great Plains Conservation’s Wild Studio

Photographic Safari and Mindfulness Workshops
Kenya, November 14th – 21st, 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.

View Kenya View Botswana


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 90-day program. It is designed to be an ongoing curriculum that can fit into anyone’s schedule and can be joined online anytime. You will learn to manage your day-to-day world in a way that is sustainable. For a complimentary consultation, please contact me.

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Los Angeles, September 9th

I am leading a Prayer of the Heart Silent Meditation Walk and Picnic 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at Will Rogers State Park. Hiking level: easy to moderate. Length: 2-mile loop. We will meet in the parking lot, next to the polo field. Bring something for a picnic.

1501 Will Rogers State Park Rd

(Off Sunset Blvd)

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272



Camino de Santiago, Spain, September 26th – October 3rd, 2017
This pilgrimage has long been on my travel ‘hit’ list. For years, I have heard inspiring stories about it. We will stay in quaint farm houses, 17th-century stone-made mansions. Eat well, drink well. Pray, meditate, breathe. Of course, walk. Go home happy. *the trip cost includes my Happiness: The Art of Life Balance program.

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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

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


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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