I've Learned a Lot This Year

by Lesty, age 14, Texas

I have learned a lot this year. I've learned that if you play with a player you'll end up played. A guy will sweet talk you, and it'll make you feel so good, until you realize he is telling like 10 other girls the same thing. I've learned that if you waste your time pretending to be something you're not you miss out on what you could be. If you let every bad thing that happens to you cut you deep, you'll end up a miserable person. I've learned that I need to just have fun and to stop taking life too seriously. I mean, it's not like anyone ever makes it out alive anyway, so you might as well act a fool while you can :P

I changed to make myself happy, and I feel a lot better =] I am a lot less insecure, and I am trying to stop being shy around guys. I mean, how attractive is that?? I need to step up and show that I am the real deal.

I've also learned that sometimes people just aren't going to like me, but those people don't matter because as long as I have the ones I need in life I will be just fine. I've learned what a best friend should be like :] thanks to Lauren. No one can understand me like she does. It's kinda insane.

I've also learned to accept the fact that I will never be a size one. I need to accept myself the way I am, as hard as it may be for me. For some reason I have became brutally honest. I won't hold my tongue anymore. I will say whatever is on my mind, and if you don't like that, well, too bad. :D

I am not afraid of anything or anyone anymore. I dare someone to try and break me. Come on kids ... I'm waiting. :D

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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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