Your Voice

By Yangchen, age 14, India

How many times have you gotten this stomach churning feeling that everyone in the room is staring down at you and commenting and judging you? The fact is, everyone gets those feelings. Have you ever avoided a major party or a day out with friends just because you thought they wouldn't acknowledge you?

Well, let me tell you something. To hell with their opinions. Why do you want to spoil your day by letting them get into your head? A good friend will never judge you. This is the word out. This is your life so go make it what you want it to be like. Your life is the clay and you are the potter.

I know, when you are going through low self-esteem, it seems like the whole world disapproves of you, and the worst part is you want to impress them; you want to be a part of them and make them like you. Well, let me remind you that people are different, different in their own way, each one voicing their own opinion. Two people will never be the same no matter how close they are or no matter if they grew up together. That's why we don't have the same fingerprints! If all of our fingers would be of the same length then we wouldn't be able to write or draw, and we'd probably still be cavemen! My dad used to tell me, "Don't feel scared to do something. If you fail anytime, well, who doesn't? You just got to make your life what you want it to be like."

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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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