The Rose View

By Emilie, age 13, California

My view on life is through a rose colored glass. The reason I choose to be so optimistic and fun is because I dread the way people treated me, learning from their mistakes as I walk through the forest of wisdom. But I have cons ... I run away from every problem by avoiding it, ultimately leading to my own demise. If I don't fix this problem soon, I will be blinded by such faux happiness that I won't be able to decipher reality from a dream.

I have another dilemma. It's hard for me to tell whether I want something or I need it. I wouldn't consider my life as messed up, although it may seem that way sometimes. I would rather say that it's hard to get over the obstacles people throw at you. Whether it's a cheating boyfriend or an abusive childhood, everyone goes through the same types of pain, chronologically different or in a different scenario. This also means suicide is not an option.

I'm still young. Heck, my taste buds are still developing, let alone my height, but I will learn a lot. I mean, my mind is still opening to the bad and good sides of the world. For instance, just because the person living next to you is rich doesn't mean he or she is a good person. (Hopefully you should know that by now; if you don't, well, now you do.)

My advice for the next generation is: Don't be scared of being who you are. Don't let the world show you what beauty is. So what if you aren't America's Next Top Model or in Teen Vogue? Do what you want to, not what makes you look good. Set your own standards - don't follow other people's. Be successful - make the people you love proud. Don't just stop at the first sign of pain - keep on going.

People wonder what their reason to live is, what their oxygen tank is. Truth is, the only person you should be asking that of is yourself, because if you ask someone else they might just give you a fake answer. People can only guide you to your motive, not do it for you.

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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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