Resolution 101

By Mayra, age 17, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Hello ladies!!!!

January is here, and along with January comes its superbest friend, the so-called "New Year's Resolution"! Ha-ha, righhhhhtttt. Setting a resolution for yourself is the easiest, simplest thing in the world, so why is it so darn difficult to actually go through the process of accomplishing?

I know ... I know ... So many questions and no answers! Well, today I have the honor of walking you through some of the things you need to do to ensure that you reach success.


The first thing you need to do is brainstorm. Think of the things you want to fix. For example, you might be like me and decide to try and eat healthy foods, or even attempt to drink water! Whatever your goal may be, make sure you are going to stick with the program!

Set a Plan

Now even the best set up a plan! So think of some of the ways you can carry out this resolution. For example, instead of eating McDonald's after school or on the weekends, you might just want to eat in at home and prepare a salad. You could also decide to eat healthy foods on weekdays and eat fast food on weekends!

Stick with the Program

When I say "stick with the program" I mean stick with the program. Like mom once said, "No ifs, ands, or buts!" Be loyal, and remind yourself that you aren't doing anything wrong. A resolution is a positive thing which will lead to positive results!

Compliment Yourself

The best thing about resolutions is realizing how much of a better person they're making you, and that feeling is priceless! So if, like me again, you're resolved to eating healthy foods, you probably will start noticing that: a) your skin looks extra fab, b) you have more energy, or even c) your mom gives you a high five! (lol)

Celebrate Your Accomplishment

Hurray! After several weeks of intensive dedication and work, you, my friend, will reach a little thing called success! And with that comes the celebracion. (That's Spanish for celebration.) Give yourself a day of pampering! If you're like me this will be your first New Year's Resolution accomplished!

Keep it Going

Time for a quiz! So first you set a goal, then you worked hard and accomplished it. Then you celebrated ... Yeah, so what happens now?

a. you party more
b. you continue your resolution
c. you forget it

If you chose a or c, child, please go back to the intro of this thing!

The correct answer is b! The objective of creating a resolution is to not only achieve it, but to carry it out and make it part of your daily routine.

Pass it On

A leader not only shows it off and flaunts it, but also makes sure that others can do the same! Therefore be a good friend and try to persuade a friend to set a resolution. You can even be some sort of coach to them by helping them out.

Whatever goal you might have in mind, set it, plan it, and accomplish it. There aren't any barriers to the things you can do, only the barriers your mind creates.

With that said, "Hasta la vista, ladies".

Love && more love from me to you all,
Mayra B.

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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!!

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- 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
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- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
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- Reasons I love writing for SDM
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- The 30 hour famine
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- Dear John
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