Just a Little Too Late

By Mona, age 17, Philippines

It's a new year, time to start over. I had lots of fun spending the holidays with my family and friends. Now it's time for me to get back to the reality of facing school and all its problems. Back to long tests, papers, and listening to the teacher.

I look back to 2008. My life was a whirlwind. I can't imagine a year has passed. Time does fly very fast. I had my heart broken over the past year, and I want to start over this year. I have been liking this guy. (Remember my October 2008 article "Just a Fan"?) Well, this year, I have decided to step up and make things happen. I don't want to be a fan anymore. I'm sick of having to look at him in awe every time he passes in the school corridors. I'm sick of having to know more about him through magazines. I want to know him personally.

When you read stuff about someone in a magazine or on the net, a lot of people can see it. I want to know a secret about him. I want to be his friend. I have thought about ways to become friends with him, but every time I start devising a plan something always gets in the way. "It's too hard," I say. My friends encourage me to just go up to him and talk, but the last time I recalled, this isn't my fantasy dream, it's the real world. And in the real world, things don't always end the way you want them to end. You have to go and do something about it if you want to make things happen.

So there I was on the first day of school after our Christmas break, ready to face the world with the new me. The me who plans to step up and talk to the guy I have been looking at for so many months now. The guy who has been in my dreams since the first time I saw him. I looked for him all over the campus. Finally my friend shouted, and I turned and faced her.

And there he was. My practiced lines were running through my head as I slowly approached him, and then it happened. He turned and he was talking to a girl. She was a pretty girl. Maybe the kind of girl he'd fall for. Not someone like me who was far from the looks of that girl. She was smiling, and twirling her hair as he stood in front of her smiling and laughing. They picked up their bags and walked away together. I felt my heart break. That's it. I was too late.

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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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