We all love to think we're independent and can make it on our own, but being independent is a lifestyle, not just a saying. You can't simply convince yourself that you don't need a man to be happy, you need to actually believe it. Think you already do?
Let's find out how many of the independent woman qualities you possess.
You Don't Need Permission
You don't need to let your man know what time you'll be home, who you're going with, and how many other men will be present like you're reporting to your mom as a 10-year-old.
Instead, you build trust, and if you notice a man being possessive, you let him know he's crossed a boundary.
You Don't Wait Around For A Text
You're done spending a whole evening checking your phone every five minutes instead of enjoying drinks with the girls because your mind is racing imagining all the worst-case scenarios of why he hasn't texted you yet.
You know that the right man will make the time for you, but you're too busy to worry about that anyway.
You Have Your Own Goals
You have an idea of what you'd like to do with your life, whether it ends up blending with someone else's or not.
You look for someone who will complement the goals you've set for yourself, not rewrite them for you.
You Don't Work On A Timeline
You don't trap yourself in expectations. You're on your own time and trust that some of your milestones will take longer than others.
You don't live to please or impress others and you don't care too much about fitting into standards.
You Like Who You See In The Mirror
You don't avoid mirrors and when you look into them, you like what you see. You're grateful for the body that allows you to be you every day.
You take care of yourself and feel good in your own skin.
You Embrace Change
Change makes you nervous but it doesn't scare you away. You rise up to the challenge and know that this is the only way to push yourself to grow.
You use your past experiences to enrich your future ones.
Your Happiness Comes From Yourself
You're only human so it's natural to occasionally be hurt by others. However, you don't let your happiness be defined by someone else's actions.
You know you're the one in control of your mood. While you can't control others' actions, you can control your reaction.
You Refuse To Settle
You're not willing to accept a person or situation simply to stay comfortable or fill a void.
You're willing to compromise on certain expectations, but some of your standards like values are non-negotiable.
You Don't Need A Relationship To Feel Complete
You look for someone who will add value to your life and not just take up space in it or drain your energy.
You understand that for you to be equal in a relationship, you must first feel complete on your own.
You Don't Wait For Things To Come To You
You don't wait for someone to chase you. You make the first move and go after what you want.
You know that life is short so there's no point wasting time waiting around for others to take action when you could just get an answer yourself.
You're Proud Of Yourself
You can look back at your accomplishments and recognize your efforts. You worked hard to be where you are, even when it seemed impossible.
You're proud of the person you are and you look forward to seeing what else you're capable of.
You Take The Time To Feel Sad
You don't just push your feelings aside or pretend that you're okay when you're not.
Rather than bottling in the feelings you know you're entitled to, you take the time to feel them out. You know that this is how you can move on from them and avoid their repetition.
You Feel No Need To Fix Anyone Else
You've done enough work on yourself and feel like others should take ownership of themselves to do the same.
You're willing to support others but you know that no matter how hard you try you can never help someone who won't do the work to help themself.
You're Not Afraid To Ask For Help
Life is hard and you don't need to know how to do it all by yourself.
Being a strong, independent woman means knowing when you have to figure something out on your own and when it's okay to ask for assistance without being too hard on yourself.
You Confront When Necessary
You know that the foundation of any good relationship is communication. You don't try to play mind games or act passive-aggressively hoping they'll figure it out on their own and apologize.
You express your feelings and needs so that you can hold them accountable if they then don't listen.
You Know When To Walk Away
You try hard and give your all to the person you care about, but you also know how to set boundaries.
You know the difference between giving up and respecting your needs, so you're not afraid to call it quits without looking at it as a failure.