Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Age 22, California

Joined the SDM Team: March 2008

Why I Write for SDM: I write for SDM because, on top of loving everything the magazine stands for, I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with girls. It's really important for me to be able to feel like I'm empowering women.

Activities, Sports, Interests: First and foremost, I'm a writer. I'm a poet and an aspiring novelist. I've been a cheerleader and I'm a cheerleader at heart, but I also enjoy playing soccer on some occasions. I enjoy working out, aimless walking, watching movies, and dancing.

Favorite Authors: My favorite authors are currently Stephen King and Anne Rice. The books I enjoy most by Stephen King are Thinner, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon and 1408, which is a short story. My favorite books by Anne Rice are a part of The Vampire Chronicles, which include Interview With the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, and Queen of the Damned. I love them the most because of their use of description and literary techniques. I think they're really amazing.

Favorite School Subject: I love French and history most of all. History teaches us a valuable lesson and I believe that it's to help us make better decisions in the future. French is an amazing language, so much so that I like it better than the English language. The verb tenses and verbs are very well defined. I'm hoping that in 10 years I can speak it fluently.

Favorite Movies & TV Shows: My favorite show right now is Grey's Anatomy and I'm completely addicted. I think I like it so much because Meredith and I have so much in common. Also, it's easy to identify with most of the characters because they are all from different walks of life. My favorite movies are V for Vendetta, Shake Hands with the Devil, and Sicko. They all deal with very controversial things such as terrorism, genocide and government, and are amazing to watch.

I listen to: My favorite bands currently are Depeche Mode, The Blood Hound Gang, and Goldfrapp. Also, I really enjoy listening to the music from the musical RENT.

Most Important Values: My most important value is honesty. I've often been told that I can be too honest, but in my own opinion, there is too much lying going on in the world and we just can't handle the truth very well any more. We have to accept the things we can't change. Another thing I find important is education. It's really important that we go to school and make something of ourselves. We live in a very technologically advanced world, and in this day and age if you don't have an education you're pretty much getting left behind.

Future Plans: After I get a degree in political science, I'd like to head to law school, where I'm thinking about specializing in divorce. What I'd really like to do is go to Sudan and do some humanitarian work and get something good done. If all else fails, I'd like to be a politician.

Emily's Articles
2-12 Valentine's Day
12-11 Growing Pains
11-10 The Weight Game
11-10 Settling (Part 2)
10-10 My New Life
5-10 On the Cover: Meet Emily
5-10 Commitment
5-10 The Thrill of the Chase
5-10 Settling (Part 1)
5-10 The Pregnancy Epidemic
5-10 Nuva Ring: My Experience
4-10 Too Much Information
4-10 My Life as a Dancer ... Or Not
4-10 Accutane: My Experience with This Acne Medication
2-10 Love Gone Wrong
12-09 My Life as a Dancer
11-09 Universal Health Care
11-09 The Secret Life
9-09 The Power of Religion
9-09 The Power of Words
8-09 Kicking Addiction
6-09 Forget Regret
6-09 My Favorite Makeup
6-09 Piercings
5-09 Things I've Learned in University
5-09 Living with an STI
4-09 Cheerleading as a Sport
1-09 Cheaters
1-09 Studying for Exams
1-09 Complicated Relationships
12-08 Secrets
11-08 Relapse
9-08 Players
9-08 Beautiful
9-08 Original Fiction: Helena
8-08 Eating Disorder Communities
7-08 OCD: How to Deal
6-08 On the Cover
6-08 Fast Food: Friend or Foe?
6-08 Appreciation
6-08 Turkey
5-08 Disordered Eating
5-08 The "D" Word
5-08 Addictions

What I'm All About: I'm all about helping people and unconditional love. Also, I'd like to empower women from third world countries. It's really important to me.

A Favorite Quote: You're alive. Do something. The directive in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act.

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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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