Ladies, we live in an age where we are more empowered than ever to discover our true selves and express our personality. So, when was the last time you stepped back and done some serious self-reflection, discovering who you really are deep down?

Often, we find ourselves trying to change or alter our personality to fit society’s expectations, hiding the very quirks that make us unique. However, experts agree that your personality quirks may actually be the key to success rather than a weakness. As Alice G. Walton, Ph.D. wrote in an article for Forbes, “While personal growth and working on our flaws are definitely beneficial, there are ways in which we shouldn’t try to stamp out our quirks too much – rather, we should learn to peaceably coexist with them.” What personality traits and quirks do you possess that will help you to stand out from others? What makes you ‘YOU’?

Need a little help to get you started? Check out what your zodiac sign reveals about what kind of woman you are:

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You were born with a fire and determination that drives you. These traits give you an incredible level of power, however, with great power comes great responsibility. Recognizing this, you resist the urge to exercise this power over others in many situations choosing instead to maintain a light level of respect for those around you. However, you also have an incredible temper. If someone pushes your buttons, watch out! Your temper will take control, and no one wants to be on the receiving end if they know what’s best for them.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)

When you set your mind to something, there is no stopping you. You know what you want, and you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty and make it happen. You are loyal to a fault and will move heaven and Earth for those that you love. You do have a love for the luxuries that life can offer, but you also acknowledge that nothing good comes for free. You work hard, but when the time comes, you also enjoy the rewards from your efforts. Get it, girl!

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20)

You’re the life of the party, instantly bringing a smile to the face of everyone in the room the second that you enter. The combination of your magnetic personality, amazing smile and ‘gift of gab’ means that everyone wants to be your friend. You love this, after all, being surrounded by people is your ‘happy place’. Be careful, however. Your desire to always have fun and make everyone smile can make it difficult for you to be serious when necessary. As much as you would love for life to be nothing but rainbows and puppy dogs, that’s just not realistic.

Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)

You live your life with your heart on your sleeve, which is why you are seen as such a sensitive and compassionate woman. You’re likely the ‘mother’ in your group of friends, making sure everyone is taken care of everywhere you go. This is a responsibility that you don’t take lightly, as you want nothing more than the best for those that you love. Just make sure that you take some time to also take care of yourself along the way. You can’t pour from an empty cup.

Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Powerful, confident, and driven, you know what you want in life and you’re not going to let anyone, or anything, stand in your way. A natural-born leader, you will do whatever it takes to achieve success in all that you do, and in doing so you inspire those around you to do the same. You’re happy to take the spotlight and provide direction but be careful that you don’t take this too far. After all, letting your ego take over can get you into big trouble.

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22)

Whether you choose to see it as a strength or a weakness, you are an incredible perfectionist. You set your expectations both for yourself and others extremely high, and you refuse to settle for less. This can be extremely stressful. After all, the fact that you set these expectations doesn’t make it any easier for you to hit them. You truly want the best for others, which is why you hold them to such a high standard and will do everything in your power to try to help them succeed, even if you’re hurt in the process.

Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)

You have established a life of balance and harmony, and your top priority is to make sure that you maintain this despite the chaos and confusion of the world around you. This includes not only in your own life but also bringing balance to the lives of those that you meet along the way. This is established by having a really high level of self-awareness, you know who you are and what you feel, and in doing so, you enable yourself to make smart, well-thought-out decisions.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

There is no greater passion than that found within the heart of a Scorpio woman, but be careful. Your passion is your greatest driving force, but it can also blind you making it your greatest weakness. When you love, you love hard, and you never give any less than 110% of yourself. You are incredibly honest, some may even say to a fault, speaking your truth without apology. You are ‘too much’ for some people, but rest assured, those that are meant to be in your life will see the incredible heart you possess.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Highly optimistic, you can find a silver lining in any situation, which is a trait that often draws others to you like a moth to a flame. You refuse to live a mundane or boring life, seeking, instead, to find adventure and excitement in everything that you do. This can sometimes lead to impulsive or risky decisions, jumping in without first considering the potential consequences. Be sure to take the time to step back and assess the situation before you act.

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Refusing to be influenced by something as ‘foolish’ as your emotions, you strive to make every decision in your life based on logic and facts. This has led you to be seen as a highly logical and intellectual individual, qualities that those around you look up to. However, trying to ignore your emotions in this way can also be a weakness as it prevents you from getting close to the people that you meet along the way. If you want to establish a real relationship, either friendship or romantic, you must first allow yourself to be vulnerable as frightening as that may be.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You’re a ‘character’, your uniqueness and individuality causing you to stand out from the rest of the world. This is something you hold to be incredibly important, valuing the importance of being ‘you’ in a world that tries to force you to conform. This is going to give you the edge in many situations, as you are able to view the world from a different perspective, seeing solutions that others may be blind to. At the same time, however, it can make it incredibly different for others to connect with you.

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

A true dreamer, you have a vision of just how beautiful and majestic the world can be, and you truly believe that we have the power to make this vision a reality if only everyone could open their hearts and minds to the possibility. You are incredibly sensitive and easily hurt, which can be difficult at times in a world full of such hate and violence. Just watching the news can truly break your heart and leave you reeling. Try to focus on the love and kindness that still exists around you, even if it’s hard to find at the moment. This will restore your faith in humanity and keep you plugging forward in your efforts to make the world a better place.

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