Lately, I’ve been asking myself what it really means to be a strong woman. To me, a strong woman is confident, independent, and knows how to stand up for herself. She’s ambitious, isn’t afraid to take risks, and goes after what she wants in life. Strong women are also compassionate and believe in empowering the women around them.
Some people who come to mind when I think of strong women are:
Meryl Streep, an incredible actress and powerful advocate for women’s rights.
Oprah Winfrey, who overcame immense obstacles to become one of the most successful women in the world.
Serena Williams, for her athleticism and unshakable mental toughness.
In my own life, they’re my mother and my daughters. They’re my friends and colleagues. They are strong, and they are powerful.
Some are even in the shows that I watch on TV! I have to admit these women are more notorious, like the devious Anna Sorokin (better known as Anna Delvey from Netflix’s Inventing Anna). She’s a serial scammer who faked her way into the New York elite.
There’s also the infamous Elizabeth Holmes (from Hulu’s The Dropout), who built a billion-dollar company on lies.
No matter how you define them, strong women are something to be admired. And while it might seem like they were born this way, the truth is that most strong women had to work hard to get where they are today.
All women are born with a fierce inner strength, but it takes time, effort, and practice to bring it to the surface. Here are my thoughts on how to become a strong woman.
Don’t let self-doubt get in your way
We all have moments of self-doubt, but it’s how we deal with them that makes us strong. When you’re feeling unsure of yourself in a difficult situation, take a page out of Anna Delvey’s book and fake it until you make it.
Anna Delvey may have been a fraud, but she was also a great example of how faking it until you make it can work in your favor. When she first arrived in New York, she pretended to be a wealthy socialite and quickly ingratiated herself into the city’s elite. It wasn’t until she was exposed that people realized she was just a regular person who had managed to fool everyone.
Elizabeth Holmes took a similar approach. When she founded Theranos, she presented herself as a visionary genius and convinced some of the most powerful and savvy people to invest in her company. While they aren’t exactly role models, these two women showed just how far confidence and determination can take you when you truly believe in yourself.
It may sound controversial to say, but there’s actually a positive lesson to be learned from these two! And that is: The next time you doubt yourself, trick your brain into feeling confident by changing your body language and speaking with certainty. This small change can make a big difference in how you feel and how you’re perceived by others. The more you practice, the more confidence will begin to come naturally. If you need some inspiration, just watch Inventing Anna or The Dropout! I HIGHLY recommend them!
Stop comparing yourself to other women
One of the most destructive things we can do is compare ourselves to other women. We live in a world that’s constantly pitting us against each other and telling us that there’s not enough success to go around. But the truth is, every woman has her own unique path to follow.
When you find yourself comparing your accomplishments to someone else’s, remind yourself that we’re all on our own journey. Know that you’re progressing as you continue to grow and learn from the woman you were yesterday.
Step out of your comfort zone
Growth, strength, and confidence lie just outside of your comfort zone. To become a strong woman, you must be willing to put yourself in uncomfortable situations that challenge you. This could mean taking on a challenging project at work, trying a workout class that intimidates you, or scheduling an empowering boudoir session.
The key is to start small and slowly work your way up. Once you get comfortable with being outside your comfort zone, you’ll be surprised by how much you can accomplish.
Take your first step
Becoming a strong woman doesn’t happen overnight. Bringing that inner strength to the surface is a journey that takes time, effort, and patience. All you have to do is take that first step, and I would love to be the one to help you do it.
My name is Evgenia, and I am a boudoir photographer. Boudoir sessions are a fun and unique experience where you can feel vulnerable and empowered simultaneously. I’ve created a safe environment where you can step outside your comfort zone and embrace your femininity.
If you’d like to learn more about how boudoir photography can help you tap into your inner strength, I invite you to contact me. We’ll chat about your goals for the session and how I can help you achieve them. I’m happy to answer any questions you have about the process.
Let’s work together to help you become the strong, confident woman you were meant to be!