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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! Make sure to scroll all the way down to see our upcoming expeditions, programs, and nonprofit causes we support!


1) Why “Transformative Travel” Will Be the Travel Trend…beyond 2017. I am a US Ambassador for the newly formed Transformational Travel Collaborative that is mentioned in the article.

2) 9 Thanksgiving facts we bet you don’t know. One fact, “If Ben Franklin had his way, the turkey would be our national bird. An eagle, he wrote in a letter to his daughter, had bad moral character. A turkey, on the other hand, was a much more respectable bird.”



3) 100-year-old Grandma Inspires the Streets of NYC with her wisdom. How? Through a special “video chat booth” Eileen shares her joy and advice.

4) When we listen: an emotional thank-you to a teacher. This video will inspire you to thank someone who has made a difference in your life.

5) How to Make Everyday Moments Extraordinary. How to infuse more peak experiences into your life.

6) A thought from me to you. If you often find yourself asking why you are not getting what you want, consider asking a different question. Try reframing it into something that comes from a positive, proactive angle, like what more, or what else, can I do? What is a creative way to get what I want? Then see what comes up for you. You might be surprised and inspired!


7) The Art of Storytelling. An exploration of how Pixar tells stories.

8) Richard Branson’s top 65 books to read in a lifetime. Number seven is one of my all-time favorites, The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling.

“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life
in which chance has placed us,
but is always the result of a good conscience,
good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

Sojourn Expeditions


In partnership with
Great Plains Conservation’s Wild Studio

Photographic Safari and Mindfulness Workshops
Kenya, March 3rd – 8th, 2018
Botswana, Inquire About 2017 Dates | 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.


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.

Sojourn Cares

Operation Puerto Rico Holiday Gift-Lift | In partnership with Spirit Airlines

Giving a shout out on behalf of my friend, Lara Richardson, and the Operation PR Care-Lift Team. They are raising funds to purchase gifts, toys, books and holiday items for the people of Puerto Rico. Also, will be throwing a children’s holiday party in Aguadilla. You can donate to the purchase of gifts, toys, books and holiday items.

Camino de Santiago Fundraiser | UCLA Neurosurgery
Late September, I did a sojourn along the Camino de Santiago. I did the last 100kms of the French Way as a fundraiser in support of UCLA Neurosurgery and the groundbreaking research they are doing.

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
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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