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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!


1) I just saw a screening of The Lost City of Z, a story about the life of British explorer Percy Fawcett and his mysterious disappearance in the Amazon trying to find an ancient lost city. I loved the filmic adventure ride. Here’s the trailer. Also if you want to read the book, check out this link. It’s an exciting read too!

2) Looks like traveling is exactly what the doctor asked for. One benefit is that it promotes heart health. Here are five other reasons why traveling is always a fantastic idea.


3) Hey campers! Who loves to cook? Here are 27 delicious gourmet meals you can easily make over the campfire. Banana S’mores and so much more.


4) Special mention for fellow Explorers Club member, Jess Phoenix, who earlier this week announced her 2018 Congressional candidacy for the 25th District here in Southern California. As a geologist, she is all about preserving the great outdoors, and is part of a larger effort to get scientist elected to Congress. Way to go Jess! #jess2018

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5) 8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8am. Top of the list is getting at least seven of sleep! Read more.


6) Habits we develop can impact every aspect of our personal and professional success. Mindfulness can help you become more resilient to stress, improve decision-making, and what I like to do — think positively! Read more.


7) What Good Is Gratitude? Just read the above stats from
UC Berkley’s Greater Good Science Center. Overall positive emotions can add up to 7 years to your life!

8) Spring has sprung! That means allergy season for many. Here are eight remedies that may be helpful. One is to get that spring cleaning done sooner than later.

Upcoming Sojourn Events

Malibu, Saturday, April 29th. Join us for our first Sojourn Explorers’ fundraising hike! Malibu State Creek State Park, 8:30 am – 12 pm. We’re doing the Crags Road Trail that goes by the MASH TV set. It’s a 4.75-mile easy to moderate hike.

1925 Las Virgenes Rd. (at Mulholland Hwy)
Calabasas, CA 91302
Meet at the picnic area. Look for our Sojourn Explorers flag.
If you get lost, call +800-869-0538

All donations will go to Stand Up To Cancer. Minimum $10 payable through ourCrowdrise page | Meet-up details here or
email me | Space is limited, so please let me know if you are going.

Los Angeles, Tuesday, May 2nd. I am leading an evening Prayer of the Heart Meditation session, 7:30-9 pm at the Huffington Center. These sessions are held every two weeks when I am in LA. We start with a topic discussion, followed by a guided meditation.
Details: Picture Happiness Facebook Page.


Bali, August 1st – 7th.
According to the American Institute of Stress, 80% of professionals are stressed out. Wondering where the remaining 20% are? They lead the pack! A relaxed mind is a productive mind! These leaders understand the importance of a quality retreat away from the stress of daily life; it’s what gives them leverage in the ever competitive world.
Avoid burnout! Join me for my Happiness and the Art of Life Balance Retreat at the award-winning Floating Leaf.
Step away from the stressors around you today by signing up for the ultimate 7-day retreat. It was created with your optimal health and happiness in mind.
SPECIAL OFFER: Bring along a friend to earn yourselves a discount of $400 each! Details: Picture Happiness.


Argentina, December 18th – January 6th. Mt. Aconcagua (22,841 ft.), the second highest mountain in the world. This climb is in support of the Green Beret Foundation, led by world-class climbing guides, Willie and Damien Benegas. “We could not be more proud to be working with this great organization, looking forward to sharing this upcoming Aconcagua trip with you all.” Details: Sojourn Explorers Aconcagua.

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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