My New Life

By Emily, age 21, Texas
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

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For 7 years, I was the perfect child, according to my parents. I went through high school and made nearly perfect grades. With the exception of an eating disorder, I had the perfect life. And I had my life all planned out - I was going to do a Political Science degree and then become a journalist. Then I went to university.

Once I actually got to university, I discovered that I hated politics, and my grades reflected it. They dropped dramatically and I began dabbling in things I'd never even considered, like casual sex, binge drinking, and even drugs. I even became a stripper for a short time. I mean, don't get me wrong, I don't regret the things I've done. But looking in hindsight, I might have done things differently.

So recently, I dropped out of school to avoid wasting all that money. I moved back to the United States, became a make-up artist, and got a cat and a car. I even picked myself up a boyfriend. I'm getting to know all of my old friends again and I'm just loving my life right now.

Some people say that moving is the worst thing that ever happened to them. But in my experience, moving has always saved me in so many ways. It always brings bigger and better things to the table.

So I suppose the point to all of this is that change really isn't as scary as I thought it would be. I used to have a phobia about change, and now I sort of accept it as a really fun part of life. So embrace change!

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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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