Embrace the Unknown

UNPREDICTABLE

O no I meant to order that maxi dress in an XXL not a LARGE! What if this bohemian peasant dress doesn’t fit right? I’m just not sure. Should I go ahead and cancel the order? I don’t want to deal with the hassle of return fees. Hmmmm….maybe I’ll just wait for it to arrive and see what happens?

Does this sound like you? Do you ponder on mistakes you’re unsure about the outcome? Don’t feel bad, we all do it. When you’re curious about situations, I think it actually makes you more creative and wiser. Curiosity introduces new questions and different perspectives pertaining to the outcome of your dilemma, which is beneficial to your personal development because you learn how to solve problems in a new way and gain the strength of perseverance.

Being curious is normal, it’s worrying that’s the problem.

Don’t let your curiosity turn into heavy worrying. Worrying takes one issue and snowballs into many other problems. Let me paint a picture for you by elaborating on the wrong dress size issue I gave in the beginning of this post:

So you’re scrolling through tons of dresses from Boohoo while deleting and adding different items to your shopping cart. You finally settle on one dress and confirm the order. After reviewing the order in your email, you realized it’s in a LARGE instead of XXL.

Immediately you start having regrets and your mind drifts to curiosity. As you dive through a couple of possibilities like, “what if it’s too small?”, your mind starts to swim in the lake of negativity. You wonder: How do I return it? What if it’s too tight? Is it too late to cancel this order? I guess I could get a refund? Am I’m gonna have to lose weight to wear this dress?

Don’t get me wrong, I understand if you know what you want, then go for it right. Meaning, those who are certain about correcting their mistake immediately before it becomes a bigger issue. If you know how to solve the problem, then solve it.

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I’m talking about those minor problems that feed off our insecurities making it into one huge issue that may not be super serious, such as ordering the wrong dress size. Sure you could cancel the order and get your correct size but what about embracing the unknown. What if the dress actually fits? You could walk away feeling confident that you took a risk. If it doesn’t fit, you still leave with the attitude that you took a chance which automatically increases your self-esteem.

Don’t let your mind swim in the lake of negativity. Jump into the ocean of all the positive possibilities.

I had this exact issue last summer when I tried on shorts for the first time in 10 years and let me tell you, I was so unsure about those flower cuties. Ever since I learned how to be positive everyday, I’ve developed a tolerance for unpredictable moments.

How I Embrace the Unknown

Living with a security based on faith and optimism that everything will work out for the best makes it easier for me to embrace the unknown. I renew my mind by changing my daily conversation to more positive words and phrases such as self-love affirmations.

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Nowadays, whenever something goes unplanned, I change my thinking to positive thoughts only. I seek and expect the best outcome from unpredictable situations and everything always works out in my favor. I believe miracles come out of mistakes because life is a learning process, which we all should embrace with enthusiasm and joy that everything will work for our benefit even before we see the results.

Miracles out mistakes.

Not all mistakes are bad for you. Sometimes you need those mess-ups to propel you in a new direction. Just think, if we knew what to expect all the time and everything was predictable, life would get kind of boring don’t you think? We all know it’s important to tackle challenges because it helps us explore our potential. So cheers to personal development through embracing the unknown.

What steps are you taking to embracing the unknown?

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41 Comments Add yours

  1. Char says:

    Oh my goodness I adored this especially as someone with anxiety – thank you! Love Char // https://lunarchar.com/ xx

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Char I’m so happy this post sent positive vibes your way and helps your anxiety ❤️

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  2. Lovely post! I feel really positive about challenges after reading this post. Personally I worry about uncertainty, and often find mistakes challenging to overcome. But I’m definitely working on embracing challenges and living more in the moment, rather than worrying about what ifs. Thanks for sharing! 😊

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    1. justnatonya says:

      So glad this was encouraging for you Shannen! Yes we must live in the moment and worry less, it takes away the stress. Appreciate you reading and commenting 🙂

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  3. julietlylillyrose says:

    OMG! I love this quote,
    Don’t let your mind swim in the lake of negativity. Jump into the ocean of all the positive possibilities.

    This is the way I need to live my life. Thanks for always being a source of positivity and inspiration.

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    1. justnatonya says:

      So glad you like that quote, I made it up! 😂

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  4. elenmaii says:

    This year I adopted the approach of “if I can’t fix it, I’m not worrying about it” and it’s worked wonders for my mental health! There are some things out of our control and you just have to roll with it. A positive outlook is key when embracing the unknown! x
    El | Welsh Wanderer

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Absolutely! You must maintain a positive attitude towards the unknown because you attract the energy you feel 🙂

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  5. Ruth says:

    Have I mentioned that I just LOVE your mindset?! Reading your posts makes me so happy. I’m TERRIBLE at embracing the unknown, but you’re absolutely right that some mistakes turn out to be good things.

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Thanks Ruth! I try to make sure I’m seeking the positive in every situation, even the little things 🙂

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  6. Chloe Chats says:

    Great post! You’re so right, we shouldn’t worry about all the mess-ups we do because more often than most, those mess-ups lead us to better directions as you said. I am such a worrier, I do really need to work on that, sometimes I’ll worry about something that’s happening in the day ahead, and then it’ll get to the evening and I’ll be thinking, ‘why did I even worry about that?’ That’s happened a lot for me. I always try to pick out a few positives every day, even if you’ve had the day from hell, there is something that will have been positive, even if that’s just that you had a great cup of tea. Lovely post as always ❤

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Such a great way to stay motivated by finding a few positive things from a bad day. You’re so right Chloe, we should find value in the small things, even if it’s a cup of tea ❤️😊

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  7. I totally get this xx

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Thanks Sarah ❤️😊👍🏾

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  8. Bexa says:

    I love this post Natonya! Your positivity and optimism is so contagious, I always feel so inspired after reading your posts. I agree with your way of thinking, sometimes a ‘mistake’ can actually turn out to be something great or at least a lesson we can learn from. The unknown can be scary but it also can be exciting depending on our attitude towards it – like you say, we need to embrace it 🙂 Thank you for sharing, fab post as always! ❤ xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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    1. justnatonya says:

      I’m so happy I continue to inspire you Bexa! It means a lot that my energy sends you good vibes, I just want everyone to see the best life has to offer and try to put a positive spin on things through my posts 😁❤️👍🏾🙌🏾

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  9. You hit the nail right on the head! I’ve never nodded along to a post as much as I did with this one. It’s not the unknown that I fear, I actually embrace the unknown and always try going into anything with a glass half full approach! My issue is serious overthinking. I’ll waltz my happy butt right into the unknown, and then halfway through come up with a million and one questions?! Great read as always!

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    1. justnatonya says:

      I wrote a post about over thinking things, I need to link that too😂👍🏾. I used to do that a lot, I’ll come up with this incredible idea and then moments later, start thinking of ways it won’t work. I had to maneuver from that way of thinking and renew my mind to healthy possibilities. So glad you liked this post! ❤️❤️❤️

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  10. sugisays says:

    It’s definitely the small things that really simmer away in your darkest thoughts. They’re the hardest to see in the shadows of our minds. Very wise piece! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Thank you so much, so happy you liked this post!!

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  11. Jade J says:

    Oh mehn! Sadly this is me all the time, I could literally get a headache just rethinking my choices. I’m learning to embrace the unknown especially this year and every time I’m trapped with the fear of unknown I encourage myself with, “at least you’ll have a good story to tell”
    Great post, girl xx

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    1. justnatonya says:

      O Jade that’s an awesome way to look at it, it’s all about having fun along the journey and sharing the story to how we made it to our destination, great point!

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  12. Ashley Firth says:

    What a wonderful outlook to have! It’s so true, how minor considerations can overwhelm us and take over! This year I decided to embrace change – I love your phrase “embrace the unknown” xxx

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    1. justnatonya says:

      Thanks so much Ashley. I like the idea of embracing change because life is all about change, growing and exploring your potential 👍🏾❤️😊

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  13. Ashli says:

    YASSS!!! Fear of the unknown held me back for a long time – and now I have my own shop (which is still new) I’m blogging more and more AND I have my own podcast! If I would have been afraid I would have done none of this!!! I am so glad I did!!

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    1. justnatonya says:

      CONGRATS Ashli! You out here doing big things and being a positive inspiration! Cheers to your success and to kicking fear in the butt ❤

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      1. Ashli says:

        Thank you!! It’s definitely still scary – but I’m trying to not focus on that! ha!

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        1. justnatonya says:

          Totally got this! Embrace this challenge because it’s growing you into a stronger person 🙂

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  14. Ugh, the unknown is terrifying. I’ll be the first to admit that I used to make ‘excuses’ because of my fear of the unknown. I would say no to applying for a job because I had no idea how to do it or what it entailed, I said no to starting my blog because I was fearful of what kind of judgment was out there, and I said no to traveling because I was fearful of being by myself… I held myself back FOR SURE. I began to have a new mentality in 2018 and hope to continue that in 2019 (if not, take it a step further too!) Ahh, I can go on and on about this topic lol. But you’re right we need to stop being skeptical or afraid of the unknown. (My ride is coming so I need to cut this short) Great post girl! Loving the photos too!

    xx, Des | https://www.itsbetterinheels.com/

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    1. justnatonya says:

      YAAASSS Des! We must stop being super skeptical and just go for it. I think when we stop overthinking everything and just live life, we began to grow more confidently in ourselves. I’m glad you released your blog because it’s my go-to!!

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  15. Embracing the unknown is something I struggle with since I love to plan things. But I realize I can’t plan everything which allows me to stress less!

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    1. justnatonya says:

      I agree when you stop planning everything and go with the flow, you worry less, which reduces stress. Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. This is such a great post and really resonated with me – I always used to be scared of change and the unknown as you so aptly put it but over the past year and a half, my mind has changed so much on it. Now I’m way more easy going and realising what is really important in life (: I think it helps to document your journey and make a list of what you’re grateful for and also what you want to manifest x

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    1. justnatonya says:

      YES! Making a list on what you’re grateful for is an excellent idea 🙂 Cheers to kicking fear in our rear-view mirror 🙂

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