I love strong women. Not just because I consider myself to be a strong woman, but because strong women inspire me. Seriously, who didn’t want to be Beatrix Kiddo in that yellow jumpsuit, kicking ass and taking names in Kill Bill? Who doesn’t, from time to time, imitate Michonne with her katana (Come on. Don’t act like I’m the only one)? Looking back over my life, strong women have always inspired me to chase my dreams and live life, on my own terms. While a strong woman’s awesomeness can’t be boiled down into a simple list, here are 10 signs I’ve found to be true of strong women:
1. A Strong Woman Doesn’t Pay Attention to Negative Sh*t:
Everybody’s got an opinion and they seem to go out of their way to make sure you know it. And 9 times out of 10, it’s negative. Strong women know that if you ever plan to do anything or be anybody, you can’t pay attention to negative sh*t. At all. Period.
2. A Strong Woman Help Others:
A strong woman knows that it doesn’t take anything away from her to help someone else. In fact, she knows it adds something positive to her – the joy of knowing she’s able to help someone else.
3. A Strong Woman Creates Her Own Opportunities:
A strong woman doesn’t sit around and let life happen to her – she goes out, rolls up her sleeves, grabs life by the horns and makes things happen. And chances are, she’s doing it in 4 inch heels.
4. A Strong Woman Admits When She Needs Help:
A strong woman is smart enough to know she doesn’t have all the answers and confident enough to know that seeking help, when she needs it, doesn’t make her weak.
5. A Strong Woman Doesn’t Seek Validation Outside Herself:
A strong woman knows her worth, even if no one else recognizes it. She doesn’t look for others to validate her – she knows she’s one in a million.
6. A Strong Woman Is Comfortable In Her Own Skin:
A strong woman accepts herself, warts and all. Even though she’s always looking to make herself better, she recognizes that while she’s not perfect, she’s already pretty amazing.
7. A Strong Woman Knows When To Say No:
As women, we tend to want to please everybody and fix everything. You know, because we don’t want to offend anyone, etc. A strong woman knows that’s a recipe for disaster and has no problem saying no when necessary.
8. A Strong Woman Inspires Others:
I’ve never been inspired by anyone mediocre, have you? Looking back over my life, the woman who’ve inspired me were always feisty, scrappy, smart women, who weren’t afraid to do things their way, even if it defied conventional norms.
9. A Strong Woman Is Always Looking to Learn:
A strong woman knows when you stop learning, you become stuck and stop growing.
10: A Strong Woman Isn’t Afraid To Let Go:
A strong woman knows when to let go of things that no longer serve her, no matter how scary and uncomfortable it may be. Whether it’s a job, a friendship or her favorite pair of jeans, a strong woman knows holding on to the wrong things will only hold her back.
11: A Strong Woman Isn’t Jealous of Other Women:
A strong woman doesn’t see other women as competition, she sees them as possible allies. A strong woman knows that, as women, we always work better together.