By Mayra, age 16, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Everywhere I go I always end up being stereotyped, misjudged ... mis-everything. A lot of people judge me by the shoes on my feet or the labels on my back. I'm pretty sure almost all of you have been in this situation at some point. Truth is, there are a lot of things you won't find out about a person by one simple glimpse. A person is made up of many more elements than just physical beauty.

I used to try to please everyone just to fit in ... that was until I realized that I was living to please a bunch of people who weren't worth my time. Now I say if they want to be my friends they have to love me, flaws and all.

Today I'm the girl who burst out laughing at some random stupid joke. I'm myself. I'm not afraid of not being liked, of not fitting in. Why would I want to fit in? Why blend in when I can stand out? People who are your friends will love you for who you are no matter how you look or how you appear. The people who take you in are your real friends.

So don't live up to something you don't believe. Don't be afraid to come out of the box. That's what makes you unique and simply beautiful.

I want to share something I wrote the other night:

Don't Care, by Mayra B.

I'm not asking for your acceptance
Nor your contempt
I'm not here to please you
Neither praise you
I'm an individual looking for self acceptance
Looking for the space where I can feel free
Free of the corruption
The self-poisoning
The attempt to satisfy an image below my standards
Call me this
Say I'm that
It won't hurt a bit
Your ignorance
God I pity
For you are losing an opportunity to meet a great human being
Because that is just what I am

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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)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- 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
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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