An eternal optimist, a professional organizer and giver of joy

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step

- Lao Tzu

One of my favorite things to do is travel. I have had the honor of traveling to quite a few places in the world so far. This year of 2020 is one of a different kind of journey. Instead of traveling the world, I am taking a trip inward to discover more of myself, and in turn, teach others the joys of learning about life. Each and every day, I take a step towards that inner world by writing an article or a poem. I feel that…

How to listen closely to your heart

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First think, second believe, third dream, and finally dare.

Walt Disney

I have very vivid memories of my early childhood, dreaming of the infinite possibilities that lay ahead.

I had the fortune of growing up in the countryside, surrounded by a forest, vegetable gardens, and a fruit orchard. All of these provided for a ripe imagination.

Most days, I went outside to explore amongst the dappled sunlight.

My grandpa Art, who lived with us, would often ask me, Queenie, what will you do in your realm today?

I can picture him wearing his handknit cap cradled on his bald…

How to find a home in your heart

Photo by Trista Signe Ainsworth. Japanese gardens in Takasaki, Japan in October 2000.

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”
Anita Desai

In October 2000, I embarked on a month-long adventure that would change my life in many ways. It allowed me to find a home in my heart.

I was part of a six-person Rotary Group Study Exchange Team traveling to four cities in Japan. The life lessons I learned on this trip allowed my heart and mind to expand.

Here are five things I learned during my experiences in the beautiful country of Japan.

Thank You Notes #23

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“There is always a forest to refresh our faces; we always find a dry leaf at the end of the sidewalk, showing that there is life and that time is what we determine.”
Alan Maiccon

Dear Lovely Readers and Writers,

This weekend we received refreshing rains here in Oregon. It not only refreshed nature, but it renewed my spirit.

As I walked into my garden, noticing every sprig of new green grass, I felt connected to the Earth and grounded in my resolve. …

How to celebrate a milestone

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“Happiness is part of who we are. Joy is the feeling”
Tony DeLiso

Dear Lovely Readers and Writers,

As of today, we are celebrating 200 followers at Thank You Notes! Thank you for spreading joy with your words of appreciation and gratitude here at our publication! We appreciate you immensely.

You are the reason we are growing and spreading positivity every day.

Every time I get to edit and publish your stories, poems, and essays, I smile with happiness or cry tears of joy. It is an honor to be your editor and curator of uplifting work.

Your work…

How To Embrace Your Gifts

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“Spend enough time putting yourself out there in the world — your sensitivity is not something to be feared.”
Elaine N. Aron, The Highly Sensitive Person

I grew up in a family where others would hide their pain in many forms. As a sensitive person, I could feel it in the silence.

Even without speaking, I knew exactly how everyone felt.

The time gifted to me these past eighteen months has allowed me to see my open heart as a superpower. I had not realized how much I was hiding.

If you are an empathic person, you have a…

How to create a writing ritual to write your best

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“The human soul can always use a new tradition. Sometimes we require them.”
Pat Conroy

If writing is at the core of who you are, you possess a heart ready to share. I believe all of us who create for a living have rituals that help us start each day anew.

I love traditions. I also love changing them.

Some of my habits have stayed the same through the years, and others have shifted. Some rituals remain to help my heart create each day.

I want to share with you three rituals that help me reach deep into my…

Trista Signe Ainsworth

I write stories of love and encouragement from my heart to yours.

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