Valentine's Day

By Emily, age 22, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

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This year marks the first in many years that I have had a significant other for the dreaded Valentine's Day. I've never quite understood why people put so much thought into just another night of the year, but I always assumed it was because I wasn't ever much of a romantic. It's like we're saving up all of our romance and good behavior for that one day, like "Christmas for couples."

As a newly settled girl (six months, as of New Year's Eve), I started feeling these mushy feelings I'd never experienced before, which I've since found out some people call love. Soon afterward, I started having some even weirder feelings - romance.

Now don't get me wrong - at first, these feelings were shocking and sometimes horrifying. Me, the girl who would never commit, wants to be romantic?! I just assumed it was a fever of some sort. Then I began to embrace it and nurture it. Soon enough, the feelings turned into impulses, and the impulses turned into actions, and all of the sudden I find myself in the aisle of a supermarket wondering if I should make chocolate covered cherries.

As these feelings began to settle in my mind, I started to notice that I may want to act on my impulses more often. Like, a lot even. Part of me still thinks it's a fever, but who knows? Maybe that boyfriend of mine softened up this stone heart of mine.

This all brings me back to my original point. Why is it okay to be romantic just one day of the year? Why don't we embrace the inner romantic in ourselves and let it shine? Why not, instead of having one romantic date a year, we just have a romantic, good behavior type evening whenever the mood strikes? Why do we need to save it all up for crappy Hallmark cards, overpriced chocolates, and red roses?

So go on and embrace your inner romantic because I know you want to. We both know it's not just a fever. Don't worry, I won't tell anyone.

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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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