A Breath of Fresh Air

By Tayler, age 16, California

I have been going through a lot this year, and I must say that it has changed me a lot as a person. I know now that I have to not let myself stay in a relationship that my heart isn't in because it isn't fair for the other person involved. When I got out of my relationship with my boyfriend, I was hurt and I was angry because he had made so many promises to me. He was my best friend for the longest time. And looking back, he did not treat me like I should have been treated. He was immature and an overall jerk.

I am young, and I realize that I cannot just stay with one person throughout high school. I have to allow myself to grow up and not linger on the past because, honestly, it was killing my spirit and who I am. After we broke up, my friends said I looked really good because they hadn't seen me this happy in a long, long time. It was a relief to not be in a relationship with him anymore, and on top of that, the fighting had brought down my grades, and I couldn't handle it anymore.

I know that the journey of high school is meant to prepare myself to be an adult, and letting him hold me back from really growing up is something I couldn't do anymore. I had to be free, and just live a little. People have been taught to hold back what they are really feeling to a point that it destroys every ounce of them. And I will admit that's how I was. I needed a breath of fresh air to help guide me on my way through the rest of my life. I am glad that I was able to fall in love, and fall out gently, because people just get tired of each other after a while, and getting space makes one really see true colors that the other expels.

I still haven't met someone worth giving my heart to again, but I know one day I will because I believe that someone else is out there, and they are going to make me feel like I am truly awake, and that is what I am waiting for - a breath of fresh air in spite of the storm.

Let love in, even though you have been hurt before, and allow yourself to feel something for someone again. If you don't get your heart back out there, then you won't ever know what is waiting on the other side.


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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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