11 signs you’re a strong, independent woman (and proud of it)

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Are you self-sufficient, confident, and capable of achieving your goals on your own terms?

Do you value your independence and refuse to settle for anything less than what you deserve?

If so, congratulations! You’re a strong and independent woman – and there’s nothing more empowering than that.

In this article, we’ll explore 11 signs that indicate you’re a force to be reckoned with.

Let’s dive in and celebrate the amazing woman you are!

1) You’re confident

Confidence is a key trait of strong and independent women.

It means that you believe in yourself and your abilities.

And when it comes to success in all aspects of life, confidence is essential.

Think about it – when women are confident, they’re more likely to take risks, speak up for themselves, and pursue their goals without fear of failure or judgment.

Makes sense, right?

Plus, if you’re a strong and independent woman who exudes confidence, you’re probably proud to be a role model for other women and girls, encouraging them to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams!

2) You don’t need anyone’s approval

If you want something, you go for it.

If something needs to be done, you’re on it.

You don’t waste time wondering “What will others think?” or “Would they expect me to do things differently?”

Being a strong and independent woman means that you trust your instincts and make decisions based on what you think is right, regardless of what anyone else might think.

You’re self-aware and you know what you want. You know right from wrong and won’t be easily swayed by other people’s opinions.

And when you do something, you do it for yourself, not to impress someone or because it’s what you think they want you to do.

3) You speak your mind

Women have been silent for way too long.

In some parts of the world, they still don’t get a say. In fact, even in places where we are free and vote and are supposed to be equal to men, a lot of the time we’re expected to keep our heads low and act “ladylike”.

And if we speak out? If we’re loud and opinionated, if we don’t back down easily, and if our opinions aren’t popular?

Well, then we’re labeled aggressive, emotional, or even hysterical!

And guess what – if we were men, we’d be called assertive and brave.

Here’s the thing: Strong and independent women like yourself won’t be silenced. Oh no!

You’re not afraid to voice your opinions and speak up for what you believe in, even if it’s not the popular choice and even if you get judged.

You have a voice and you’re proud to use it!

What can I say other than “You go girl!”

4) You take risks

As we’ve already determined, you’re not afraid to say what you think and you don’t need everyone to like you. I have to say, that’s pretty ballsy.

But that’s not all.

You don’t just take risks when it comes to speaking your mind but in all areas of life.

The thing about a strong and independent woman like yourself is that you understand that if you want something, you need to work for it, fight for it, and take some risks to get it.

That’s why you’re willing to step outside your comfort zone and take risks to achieve your goals. This brings me to my next point…

5) You don’t give up easily

It would be so easy to give up when things get tough, nobody would blame you if you did. But you don’t.

You’re a self-made, strong, and independent woman and you know that if you want to accomplish something in life, you have to persevere.

The truth is that nobody is going to hand things to you on a silver platter, and you wouldn’t want them to!

And sure, it’s not always easy, there will be some challenges and setbacks along the way but that’s just part of life.

Knowing that every failure is an opportunity to learn and grow is what keeps you going.

6) You’re financially independent

“All the women who independent
All the honeys who making money
Throw your hands up at me
All the mamas who profit dollars
Throw your hands up at me”

– Destiny’s Child

One of the essential things about being independent is being financially independent.

I mean, you can’t be truly independent and rely on others to support you financially – not your parents and certainly not a man!

Independence is all about being self-sufficient and that means being able to pay rent and groceries, and buy all those pretty things that you want.

Plus, if you’re anything like me, you’ll take pride in your ability to earn money and buy yourself whatever you need.

7) You prioritize self-care

So what’s self-care got to do with being independent?

Funny you should ask…

You see, prioritizing self-care is important for several reasons.

  • First, taking care of yourself is crucial for your physical and mental health. When you prioritize your own needs and well-being, you’re better able to handle the demands and stresses of your daily life such as work, caring for loved ones, and pursuing your personal goals.
  • Second, there’s a high chance you’ve experienced societal pressures and expectations that can lead to burnout. Maybe you were taught to prioritize the needs of others above your own or that you have to be perfect all the time. That’s where self-care can help you break free from these harmful patterns and prioritize your own well-being.
  • Third, as a strong and independent woman, you probably recognize the importance of setting a good example for others, particularly for younger generations. So, by taking care of yourself and prioritizing self-care, you’re basically showing other women that it’s possible to prioritize your own well-being, achieve your goals, and even contribute to society!

8) You don’t settle for less than you deserve

And why would you?

When it comes to your career, you know what you’re passionate about and what you’re capable of achieving, so why should you settle for anything less? Why should you be okay with a menial position or low salary?

And when it comes to love, you deserve to be happy with the love of your life and not just settle to avoid being lonely or to make your parents happy. Trust me, you’re much better off by yourself than with someone you don’t love or who doesn’t make you happy.

All in all, if you know how much you’re worth and you won’t settle for anything less than you deserve, it’s a surefire sign of your strength and independence!

9) You’re not afraid to be alone

What’s to be afraid of? You’re in good company.

An independent woman is self-sufficient, self-aware, and enjoys the freedom to pursue her interests and passions without worrying about other people’s expectations or opinions.

Does that sound like you?

If you’re comfortable in your skin, enjoy your own company, and don’t need someone else to make you feel complete – it’s because you’re an independent woman who’s not scared of being alone. And as I said earlier, it’s better to be alone than with the wrong person.

10) You have boundaries

Strong and independent women are aware of just how important boundaries are.

Let me explain: Boundaries help to define what is acceptable behavior from others and what isn’t.

  • Boundaries are there to protect your physical and emotional well-being.
  • Boundaries are helpful when it comes to establishing mutual respect in relationships.
  • Boundaries can help prevent others from taking advantage of you.

But wait, there’s more!

Did you know that setting boundaries can help you feel empowered?

It’s true! By recognizing that you have the right to set boundaries you’re basically recognizing your right to say “no” to anything that doesn’t align with your values, priorities, or wishes.

In short? Boundaries are there to help you take control of your life as well as your interactions with others.

11) You take responsibility for your life

Part of being strong and independent is being responsible.

That means being accountable for your actions.

It means admitting you’ve made a mistake, saying sorry, and working hard to set things right. It also means learning from your mistakes so that you can do better next time.

What it doesn’t mean is shifting the blame on others or waiting for someone else to solve your problems for you.

The bottom line is that you’re proud to take ownership of your life and make your own decisions, even if they’re tough ones.

Jelena Dincic

Jelena has a background in photography and film-making and has spent the last few years as a content editor and copywriter. Jelena is a citizen of the world who is passionate about travel and learning about new cultures. She’s a foodie who loves to cook. And, as an art lover, she is always experimenting with new art mediums. When she’s not at her computer, she’s usually out and about in some forest with her dogs.

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