10 Ways Empowered Women Live Life Differently

Empowered women know their worth. They don’t question whether they deserve the best, because they already know they do. That’s why they never settle for less than the best and therefore end up living more fulfilling lives. That’s the type of woman we should all strive to become, because strong women are happy ones. Here are 10 things you’ll do differently as an empowered woman:

  1. You’re always evolving. Even though you’re proud of yourself now, you know there’s always room for improvement. That’s why you always try to put yourself into new situations, so you can see different places, try new things, and learn more about the world. You grow as a person every single day.
  2. You have strong opinions. It doesn’t matter if someone asks you who you’re voting for for president or who you’re voting for on The Voice. Either way, you have a strong opinion that won’t waver.
  3. You won’t let others tear you down. If a stranger on the Internet insults you, you’ll take it with a grain of salt. You’ll do the same if any of your coworkers make a snide comment as you walk by. And those tabloids that tell you how skinny you should be? You completely ignore those, because you know they’re BS.
  4. You encourage other women. You don’t comment on the clothing other women wear. You don’t comment on their job choice or relationship status, either. As long as they’re happy, you’ll encourage them to keep doing what they’re doing. After all, women need to stick together.
  5. You pick your battles. You won’t start a fight with everyone who looks at you funny. You know when to keep quiet and when to stick up for yourself. That’s why you’re never part of unnecessary drama, but you’re never walked over, either.
  6. You’re self-sufficient. You can pay your bills, cook a meal, and change a tire. You know how to take care of yourself, so you’re not terrified of being alone. In fact, you kind of enjoy it.
  7. You aren’t afraid of failure. You won’t let your fear hold you back from amazing opportunities. You’ll ask out a man, even though he could reject you. You’ll attend a job interview, even though you could get turned down. You don’t worry about the bad things that could happen, because you’re too focused on the good possibilities.
  8. You know what you deserve. You won’t let your boyfriend, your boss, or your mother talk down to you, because you know that you deserve to be treated with respect. You’re the kindest person the world has ever seen, but that doesn’t mean you’ll tolerate anyone’s BS. If they disrespect you, you’ll tell them off.
  9. You believe in yourself. You have big dreams, and you actually take steps to reach them. It doesn’t matter how long it takes you. Eventually, you’re going to succeed. You know it in your heart.
  10. You’re mistaken for a bitch. Empowered women are criticized for their strong attitudes. They know they’re sexy, they know they’re talented, and they know they’re valuable. That’s why some people mistake their confidence for bitchiness. Wear the title with pride.
Holly Riordan is a writer from Long Island, New York who has authored several science fiction and horror books. A graduate of Stony Brook University, she has spent nearly a decade writing for publications including Thought Catalog, Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, and more. You can find her on Instagram @hollyrio and Twitter @hollyyrio.