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Happy Fifth Anniversary, SDM!
By Stephanie Lynn, age 27, Massachusetts
*All are still available in the Previous Articles section of the magazine.
First of all, I want to thank our faithful writers, past and present. I remain in occasional contact with several of our very first writers from 2007, including Kate, Mayra, Lauren, and Genny, and every so often I am surprised and thrilled when someone from way-back-then sends along a personal note or feature for the magazine.
Sweet Designs Magazine is privileged to have an amazing team of current writers, producing many of our best issues ever. Their commitment to quality writing provides teenage girls and young adult women the opportunity to express their viewpoints, creativity, and imagination in a supportive environment, and I am grateful beyond words to our writers.
I also want to thank our growing group of faithful readers and fans for spending time with us each month, for their feedback, and for telling others about a place where young women can come and write what's on their hearts, find respect rather than ridicule, and see their efforts edited, published, and read by peers and anyone else who stops by. Thank you.
In this issue, Joanna (UK) looks at "The Differences Between Men and Women." Jasmin (IN) shows us "How to Turn Not-So-Great Gifts into Perfect Presents," and Jayzle-May reminds us of "Ten Reasons to Love Being Single." Candace (CA) has 10 tips too - for smooth airline travel; good to know for when you're on the move without mom and dad there to take care of everything. Cindy (TX) will soon be on the move, "Taking the Big Leap" from small-town girl to a big city college, and reflects on her high school experience.
I have two Editor's Picks for February: First, "Life in the Dumps," by Danielle (SC). It's fun to be 17 and daydream about moving out and living on your own with your boyfriend ... but before you actually try it, be sure to read this!
Many of us believe there are "Angels Among Us," protecting us and guiding us through our lives. They may be ordinary humans who help us in extraordinary ways or invisible guardians from above. Rachel claims 13 angels have helped save her life and turn it into something beautiful, and she shares her gratitude in this Real Life story. Part one appears in this issue, and her story concludes in the next issue.