Daydreams and Real Dreams

By Molly, age 13, California

Looking back on my life I have many regrets. I haven't done well in school; I was always a B student. I never put time and effort into anything I did, except my thoughts. I have the biggest imagination. Every day I just think about my social life and my plans. Any types of plans - future plans, school plans, social plans ... Every night I have big, crazy, and wild dreams about anything my mind leads me to. If the dream is good enough, I write about it. Normally, I think and think about it until finally I have a story.

During the summer following seventh grade I changed. I am now focused on schoolwork and being good friends with everybody, which means being nicer and dressing better. I don't daydream anymore and I have more realistic dreams. I am smarter and more focused on my goals in life. My old life was a lot more fun, but now I have a lot more things going for me.

Do you ever think about how your life would change if you had decided something different in the past? Taken a different road? I think about it all the time.

I don't think back to a lot of moments; I think back to one. In third grade my friend and I started this pencil business. We got really into it and didn't study our math. My teacher never found out, but it wasn't about getting in trouble; it was about learning. If I had decided to do math instead I wouldn't always be trying to catch up. Now I am a normal student. At our school we could be put into Algebra 1 or Geometry. But if I had done my Math in third grade, then I would be higher up in Math today. My teacher in third grade was a great teacher. Beyond that, my teachers didn't push me to be better; they put me in a group of kids who went at a slower pace, thinking we weren't as smart as the other kids and couldn't handle going faster and being better.

That's what I really wanted. I wanted to be smart and be up there with the smart kids. I didn't like feeling dumb. Once I reached seventh grade I failed all my tests. Then my dad had to start working long hours trying to make me understand the material. After a while I started catching up and acing my tests. If I could go back, I would go back to third grade and do that whole year over again. Everything, even if it was hard.

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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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