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Miss Independent: Three Ways to Gain Independence and Live Your Best Life

There truly is nothing more empowering than being able to stand on your own feet.

Knowing that if you need to you can take care of yourself alone with no one else’s help is a good position to be in in your adult life. Many of us are co-dependent without even realising it, we rely on partners, friends and family members for all kinds of things and should that help be withdrawn it can leave us not knowing what to do next. Here are some of the ways you can be more independent and improve your life in the process.

Pass Your Driving Test

While public transport can get you around, being able to drive yourself gives you real independence. You can go wherever you want, when you want. If you’ve not passed your driving test and this is something that’s been on your to-do list for a while, then why not make it happen? Book some lessons with an instructor and take it from there. Learning to drive and owning a car can be expensive, but if you shop around you can get good deals on motor insurance especially if you make a wise choice with the car you buy. It’s almost always worth the money, and a life skill that everyone should aim to acquire. Even if you live in a big city now where you can’t drive, having a license is no bad thing as you never know what could happen later down the line. You might move away or need a vehicle to be able to take a certain job.

Learn to Cook

You don’t have to be an incredible chef, but as an adult you should know how to feed yourself and be able to prepare healthy and balanced meals. If you have a partner or family member that loves to do the cooking that’s great, but it’s still worth you learning too. Scour Pinterest for recipes, and have a couple of dishes that you can prepare well and be able to whip up when you need to. That way you’re not simply eating prepared foods, convenience foods and takeout which are unhealthy and expensive. Once you’re confident, you could throw dinner parties to show off your creations to your friends and family, and perhaps even get feedback on how to improve.

Get Savvy With Your Finances

One of the biggest ways we can be co dependant on others is financially. Of course, in some cases this is unavoidable- for example if you’re looking after your young children then it will be your partner that needs to bring in the money. However it’s always good to have your own source of income, and be able to provide for yourself financially where possible. If you’re a stay at home parent, you could perhaps start a home business or write a blog which in time can be a fantastic source of income. If you already work a job, do what you can to get promoted and earn more money. Spend your money wisely by budgeting and ensuring you’re not simply wasting what you bring in. Use a budgeting app and research tips for frugal living to help you make cutbacks.

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