Growing Up as a Teen

By Tifney, age 17, Maryland

Growing up as a teenager is always hard. You have to deal with boys, clothes, school, jobs, family life, and tons of issues that make it hard for you to even want to go on! I am a teenage girl living in a bland, boring place - Maryland! There is nothing here, absolutely nothing. And it doesn't make it any easier that I have to live in a three story home with seven people, share a room with my younger sister, and have her copy every little thing I do! You think you have it hard? Guess again!

But here are some tips for continuing to go forward and striving to be the best you can be while having these little issues:

1. Don't let anybody tell you what you can and can't do. This is your life. You only have one. Live it how you want to!

2. Don't let anybody discourage you. If you want to do it, just put your mind to it!

3. Love who you are and how you look. Nobody can judge you. Love yourself!

4. Don't take anything or anyone for granted. You may think that your best friend will always be there, but don't take her for granted. One day she just may up and leave you because of the decisions you chose.

5. Have fun! Don't let school be all boring! HAVE FUN! Like I said before, you only have one life, so live it to the fullest!

6. Don't let boys define who you are. Boys will be boys, and that's all they will ever be. So if one acts stupid, honey, don't let that stop you! It's just another chance to aim higher and try harder, and maybe you'll get that boy you thought you could never get!

7. Last but not least, be yourself. If you think becoming or acting like someone else is the right thing to do to make friends, then you are so wrong. Only you can be you, and if you just act like yourself, maybe everyone will love you just the way you are!

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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)
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- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
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- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
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- The 30 hour famine
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- 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?
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- I don't care (poetry)
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