Birla was ready for anything that would come her way. Although the majority of Norse women were responsible only for duties pertaining to the home, having no family of which to speak, Birla was on her own. By dressing in layers she had an ease of movement while maintaining warmth. Her leather pants, fur shawl, and fur boots were a reflection of her Pagan beliefs and the gods of nature she worshipped. Whether farming her land or defending it, Birla held her own against anyone.