In this episode of The Optimized Mind, Dr. Kate talks with Maria Baltazzi, an Emmy-winning TV producer, wellbeing teacher, world traveler, and luxury travel designer specializing in transformative adventures.
The discussion focuses on Maria’s unique perspective on the idea of conscious living and her own path to living consciously as a way to preserve her own sense of well-being. The discussion also focused on Maria’s upcoming book – Take a Shot at Happiness – How to Write, Direct and Produce the Life you Want. The book provides invaluable insight into the idea of how we can all create happiness within our own unique context.
Maria Baltazzi is a Happiness Explorer. Her calling is to help you become happier and live more consciously. Maria’s experience as an Emmy-winning TV producer, wellbeing teacher, world traveler, and luxury travel designer specializing in transformative adventures has given her a unique lens into conscious living.
Like all of us, Maria has faced challenges personally and professionally. Instead of letting life setbacks defeat her, Maria was inspired to embark on a life-changing journey where she realized eight Happiness Essentials that create a happier, more fulfilling life. Now, Maria helps you discover your path to happiness in a fun, creative way that combines journaling and phone photography.
Maria holds an MFA in film from ArtCenter College of Design and a PhD in Conscious-Centered Living from the University of Sedona. Additional studies include Mindfulness Meditation Teaching Training with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach, Primordial Sound Meditation Teacher Training from The Chopra Center, Happiness Studies with Tal Ben-Shahar, Positive Neuroplasticity Training with Rick Hanson, Spiritual Psychology with Ron and Mary Hulnick at the University of Santa Monica, Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, the Science of Happiness at the University of Berkley, and an Inner MBA from MindfulNYU.
In her own happiness journey, Maria finds joy in giving back. She has walked over 7500 miles to raise funds for charity, including marathons on all seven continents, and is still going. Maria’s adventurous life has also involved climbing the 15,000-foot trail to Machu Picchu, leading African safaris, making pilgrimages along the Camino de Santiago, summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro twice, and trekking to Everest Base Camp.
Maria has developed and produced shows throughout the world. She was one of
the original supervising producers of the TV mega hit, Survivor.
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