The joy of letting go


With all of the amazingly wonderful events that have happened in my life recently, I have experienced the absolute joy of letting go. This is a new experience for me, because I love to plan, set goals, make lists and work on lots of things every day. This has been the way I’ve operated for quite a long time. Now that I have changed my story and really stepped into lots of amazing, new, different character traits along my path I am discovering the power of making dreams come true in a different way than I had before.

On the wall of my office I have lots of visuals of places I want to travel to, things that I’d love to experience and more. I do see these images and writings often, but I don’t deliberately look at them for long periods of time. I once read in the book “Creative Visualization” by Shakti Gawain that it is not necessary to look at your goals and visuals every single day for them to be part of your world and to show up in amazing ways later on. She describes how goals that she wrote down many years ago have now materialized, as she looked back at pictures she had cut out or goals she had written down and put away.

I was so intrigued that many things had come to pass this year on my vision boards, goals boards and also on a list of 100 goals that I had written down around a year ago. I was amazed to see that I had accomplished 16 of those goals already! I hadn’t looked at that list in over a year! Some of those include:

-replacing our old deck

-going to Puerto Vallarta on a family vacation and visiting with my friend and her daughters

-re-doing my website

-study personal development

-do a community project (charity bake sale next week)

I was so amazed at how much I had accomplished by simply writing down those goals and setting my mind to it. We can create so much more joy in our lives than we can even comprehend!

I also realized that goals that I wrote around a month ago and posted were already coming into my reality. The most amazing one I found was that I wrote on a post-it for a 2-5 year goal:

“Partner with coffee/pastry people in a co-owned high end shop.”

I was amazed when I thought about what had just happened. I have just started to work at an amazing organic farm in a kitchen with other wonderful chefs and kitchen staff using beautiful local ingredients in a lovely farm store/deli/pastry shop. So, that goal really came to be quite quickly.

Never doubt that you can achieve so very much more than you have ever imagined. It really is all possible. Write down your dream list of 100 goals, post pictures, get inspired! This joy of letting go is real and it is such an amazing experience.

I had a very different approach this time to achieving my goals. Of course I made the lists and did the tasks and many other material things like that. However, I also made a very important choice. I chose to do things along the way that were really fun and creative. If I don’t have client work to work on, I work on a fun creative baking project to build on my skills and have a great time doing it. Building joy and fun into your day is part of the creative letting go process.

I’d love to know from you:

Have you written down your list of 100 goals?

Do you have visuals of your dreams?

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With lots of love,


Trista Ainsworth

I am a professional organizer and decluttering expert. I help clients create more peace, joy and freedom in the spaces in their homes and businesses.