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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) “Haha no hi,” Happy Mother’s Day in Japanese, where moms are given red carnations. Mother’s Day Giving Traditions Around the World. Thank you Martha Stewart!


2) Mom-cations! My vote is Santa Barbara, CA for wine tasting! Then again, I am biased. I live only two hours away 😉 Read this.

3) So just where did Mother’s Day originate? The woman who started the tradition then tried to ban it!

4) I am just about to hit another 100 Charity Miles in support of Stand Up To Cancer. 92.554-miles as of this writing. Download my all-time favorite training app here. I love that every mile I walk counts towards a charity I care about. I also love that my Hoka One Challenger ATR Running Sneakers keep holding up. There are some serious miles on those shoes. The heel cushion and overall foot support is great. Women | Men

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5) “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” ~ Robert Browning


6) My mom is my heart. She is the most beautiful human being I know; most definitely my superhero. 21 Inspiring Stories That Prove That Moms Are Superheroes.


7) Eighteen priceless Mother’s Day gifts than cost only your time to make. One idea is to make her a Top 10 List.

8) Wanna know a secret to happiness? Try forgiveness. “Forgiveness is a process over time that includes letting go of negative emotions, thoughts, and behaviors, and replacing those with positive thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.Read more about the science behind forgiveness.

Upcoming Sojourn Events


Los Angeles, Saturday, May 13th.
Meditate and Hike Griffith Park Observatory Loop.
Meet at the entrance of Los Feliz Blvd and Ferndell Drive. Street parking. The hike will be about 6-miles. The highest point will be above the observatory, overlooking the city and all the way to the ocean. Meetup Details.

8:00 am if you want to meditate | 8:30 am we begin hiking

It would be awesome if you could donate $10 to Stand Up To Cancer through our Crowdrise page. Though not required for this hike.

Los Angeles, Tuesday, May 16th. 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. This week’s topic: Living a Life On Purpose.
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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