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Here is this week’s 8 Good Things. This is my year-long weekly gift containing everything from articles to books to quotes to videos that are meant to be helpful, inspirational, aspirational, and informational. Please make sure to scroll all the way down to see our Upcoming Sojourn Events!


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1) For you film buffs. 13 Los Angeles Locations Every ‘La La Land’ Fan Should Visit. The Griffith Observatory at night is absolutely beautiful.

2) Capturing Everest in VR! “The first bottom-to-top climb of Everest in virtual reality…Last spring was the first climbing season on Everest after two years of cancellations due to bad weather and safety concerns. The climbers recorded their seven-week climb in 360-degree video.” So awesome!

3) Do you know the number one most visited urban park in the States? Hint: they get about 37.5 million visitors every year.

4) 7 Reasons Why Spending Money On Experiences Makes Us Happier. One is that “experiences define your purpose and passions.” Find out the other six.

Picture Happiness: Take a Shot

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5) “Your value is not based on your valuables…What are you doing with what you have been given?” Eleven years later, this TED talk still holds up.

6) How to Live a Life With Purpose. It starts with becoming very still.

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your heart.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

~ Carl Jung

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7) This book sits on my coffee table at home. Every time I pick it up, its pages offer just what I need at that moment. The President’s Devotional is written by Joshua DuBois, who was with President Obama during his first term. It’s a collection of inspirational stories, quotes, and prayers. Given how people feel these days about the world around us, I wanted to share this book with you.

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8) On a lighter and fun to eat note…Here’s How To Eat A Little Healthier This Week. Think about slicing up a bowl of fruit on Sunday to make fruit-infused water during the week. More ideas.

Upcoming Sojourn Events

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Los Angeles, Saturday, May 27th.
Will Rogers State Park Hike and Picnic, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.

It’s been a long time since I have visited Will Rogers State Park. Thought it would be fun to check out again.
Trail: Rustic Canyon Loop/Inspiration Point Trail
Hiking Distance: About a 6-mile loop | Time: 3 hours (est.)
Picnic afterward
It would be awesome if you could donate $10 to Stand Up To Cancer: Our SU2C Crowdrise Page | Meetup RSVP.

Los Angeles, Tuesday, May 30th. I am leading an evening Prayer of the Heart Meditation session, 7:30 – 9 pm at the Huffington Center. We start with a topic discussion, followed by a guided meditation. Details: Picture Happiness Facebook Page.

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

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