8 Things We Can Learn from Taylor Swift

By Vicki, age 21, South Africa

Taylor Swift may only be 21 years old, but that hasn't stopped her from following her own dreams and aspirations. She is known for writing songs about break ups, family values, and friendships. But who exactly is this girl who hails from Nashville? And how exactly has she managed to do things her way all this time, rather than Hollywood's way? In this article we will explore what makes her tick.

1. She's not afraid to try new things.

"I learned to play guitar when I was twelve from this guy named Ronnie who came over to fix my parents' computer."

What's the one thing you wanna do, but you're too afraid of trying? Go out there and just do it! You just might like it so much that it will open up a whole new career for you ... just like it did for Taylor!

2. She's not afraid to grow up.

"I've found that growing up can mean a lot of things. For me, it doesn't mean I should become somebody completely new and stop loving the things I used to love."

3. She is not worried about what others think.

"I like quilts - so much that I shop for them online. My brother said to me the other day, 'Taylor, you're an 80-year-old woman ...'"

She's not shy to express her love for things - geeky or not. She even gave her car, a Toyota, a nickname (Toyoat)!

4. She's happy with where she is.

"I LOVE my town. I love it so much, I feel like I should just roll the windows down in my car and scream, 'I LOVE THIS TOWN!' loudly out the windows."

When you're happy with who you are, you will be happy wherever you are.

5. She knows who she is.

"It's important that you know that I will never change. But I'll never stay the same either."

6. She is realistic about her life.

"These days, I've been trying to classify my thoughts into two categories: "Things I can change," and "Things I can't change." It seems to help me sort through what to really stress about."

What are you stressed out about? Ask yourself, "Can I do something about it?" Make peace with the things you can't change. Life isn't always fair, but you can remain positive.

7. She sticks to her boundaries.

"It's just a life decision. I like wearing pretty dresses and I like trying out new styles, but I don't feel comfortable taking my clothes off."

It's pretty hard to stand by your values and what you believe in, especially when you're young. But if Taylor Swift can do it, so can you!

8. She's creative.

"I write songs about my adventures and misadventures, and about love. Lately I've come to a wonderful realization that makes me even more fascinated by it: I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to love. No one does! There's no pattern to it, except that it happens to all of us, of course. I can't plan for it. I can't predict how it'll end up."

Think big; think outside the box. The world is open to you. Embrace your talents and play with it!

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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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