The Power of Words

By Emily, age 20, Newfoundland
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

"I wish I could tie you up in my shoes, make you feel unpretty too ..."
- TLC, Unpretty

My parents used to tell me that "Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words can never hurt you." As I grew up, I learned differently.

I was always different when I was a kid. I hung out with boys and was into sports, and I didn't really take care of myself the way that other little girls did. You see, when I was 10 years old, my mom moved out and gave custody of my brother and me to my dad because she had no idea how to support herself. And even though I saw her a few times a week, I didn't really get to learn things that "normal" girls did.

So when I was a kid, other little girls used to tell me that I was ugly and fat, just because I wasn't teeny weenie like them. So I grew up thinking that I had nothing going for me because I hung out with boys and I was unpretty and I was fat.

I believed this for a long time, and even though my mom used to tell me how pretty I was and not to listen to those kids, it was really difficult because I was constantly surrounded by the negative energy. To this day, I have a really hard time taking compliments from other people, and I still find myself looking into the mirror and cringing sometimes.

Before it's too late, you should learn that not everybody is made to be the same shape or the same amount of pretty. If we were meant to be perfect, we'd all be the same. We might not all be drop-dead gorgeous, but we all have something beautiful about us. We should each discover what that is before it affects us for life.

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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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