Hold On

By Mayra B., age 16, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

The feeling of being trapped is unbearable. I'm talking about suffocating under all your problems and drowning with no idea how to resolve them. As much as you might think you can't hold on, I'm pretty sure you can.

I like to think of it this way: Whenever you feel like you're slipping from the rope, tie a knot and hold on tight. There are many people like you with ordinary lives having the same problems or even worse. There are kids with no parents, families without homes, and so on. Reflect on these things and surely you will realize that you're not alone in your pain. Someone out there is going through the same situation, thinking the same things. Remember what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.

I come from a torn up family, and I saw myself struggling to continue, but I was strong. I found the strength I needed to carry myself to where I am now. These so-called "bad experiences" aren't so bad at all. It's experiences like these that mold you into who you are. It's up to you to make the best out of them.

Nothing is ever guaranteed in this world. So next time cry it out and then smile. You don't have time to waste in a deep depression. The next time you feel like you can no longer continue, remember all those people who need you.

Take my thoughts into consideration. Make the best out of them.

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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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