By Joanna, age 20, South Wales, United Kingdom
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I was having a conversation with a friend the other day about how some people we know get brand new cars bought for them and have their university tuition fees paid for them by their parents. As she was telling me about her friend who'd had a new car bought for him, I thought about how lucky I am not to come from a background like that.

This might sound like an odd comment, but what I mean is that I have been brought up to appreciate the value of money and possessions without taking everything for granted in that sense. Of course, not everyone who gets things bought and paid for them takes it for granted, but I'm really only talking about those that do - the spoilt teens that everyone knows who have a tantrum when they don't get their own way and expect extortionate amounts to be spent on them throughout the year, and rely on parents for spending money rather than looking for a part time job alongside studies. The kind of attitude that these kinds of people display shows a selfishness and a lack of compassion and concern for others that I just can't really get my head around.

I grew up with a father who worked seven days a week for several years to support my family, and I think I've taken on board a lot of that myself, as I've always worked to afford the things I want, and am very reluctant to ask for anything from anyone, money-wise. I think that being that way, rather than dependent on some one else's paycheck, is a huge boost for confidence and independence, which is important to a lot of girls today.

Further to that, I saw a shocking piece of news footage recently with regards to the tsunami in Japan. A lady whose house had been swept away was saying to a reporter that all she had been spared was her life, and she wasn't sure yet if that was a good thing or a bad thing. Now I can't claim to understand on any level what that lady and anyone else who has been personally affected by the tragedies in Japan can be going through, but this gave me food for thought. I later realised that most probably this lady had lost loved ones and maybe that's more so what she was referring to, but at first I possibly mistook her meaning. If what that lady was saying was that she was nothing without her belongings, I think this is a sad outlook to have indeed, as who you are is contained within you, not within the things you possess.

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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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