Being Yourself

By Annuh, age 15, Alabama

What's "in" this season? Honesty, Silliness, and Being You!

Ever notice how lying about who you really are gets you hated and not popular? I mean, you may be in the spotlight for a little while, but the guilt (or the lies themselves) will catch up with you. You can't have two personalities and get away with it forever. Only one of them is the true "you" personality.

So, why is everyone trying to shift away from it? It's a mistake. Personally, I've been there. The outcome: Not so good. To make a long story short, I tried to expand my social life to other groups of people. When I saw the way they were, I tried to change the way I acted and my whole personality to match theirs. But everyone could see right through me. It would have been much better approaching them as me, not as who I thought that they wanted me to be.

Being yourself is so much more fun than being who you think everyone wants you to be. Like, DUH! Besides, your true friends are your true friends because of you, not who you pretend to be. That's what makes your "you" personality so special. No one else possesses it except you. Why try to mimic another personality and be like everyone else? Unique is definitely "in". So is being yourself!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
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- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
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- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
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- The 30 hour famine
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- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
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- To hesitate or dive in?
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- I don't care (poetry)
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