Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Age 18, Oregon

Joined the SDM Team: June 2007

Why I Write for SDM: Writing is a great creative outlet for me. It has been since I first took creative writing in elementary school. And I love the magazine's diverse topics.

Activities, Sports, Interests: I'm not much into sports, but I like pilates and jogging, and I meditate and practice yoga daily.

Favorite Authors: My favorite author would have to Madeline Warwick. (She also writes under the name Sophie Kinsella.) I also like Kate Brian, Natasha Friend, and anything relating to spiritual enlightenment or nutrition.

Favorite School Subject: English

Favorite Movies & TV Shows: What About Bob?, Stepmom, Grey's Anatomy, Golden Girls (embarrassing, I know =), The Daily Show, and Colbert Report

I listen to: Changes constantly ... I'm usually into the exact opposite of what's playing on Top 40. Some all time favorites would be The Beatles, John Mayer, and Ben Folds.

Most Important Values: The thought of just treating all life with respect and kindness is my most important value.

I enjoy: Most of my free time is spent writing, reading, organizing, baking, cleaning, and listening to music. I also have an obsession with politics. I'm probably the only teenager in the world to find C-Span riveting.

Future Plans: I would like to open a small organic, vegan bakery in Portland, OR. That would be my main goal, but I definitely want to have kids someday too.

Kristin's Articles
5-09 Reusable Menstrual Products - Good Idea?
2-09 Yes We Can
12-08 Coming Out?
7-08 Why I'm Not a Feminist
6-08 What's a Vegan?
6-08 Vegan Meal Plan & Recipes
6-08 Animals Rights: What Do They Mean to You?
2-08 Surviving Divorce
2-08 Simple Things YOU Can Do to Live a Natural Lifestyle
11-07 Must See TV
11-07 Expand Your Musical Universe
10-07 Skin Care: Splurging, Saving, and Some How-To's
10-07 The Stupid Things We Do
8-07 Change the World ... Start Here

What I'm All About: I asked my mom what she thinks I'm all about and she said I'm the girl who wants to save the world. I don't know if I'd go that far, but I would like to bring some peace and happiness to it.

Favorite Quotes: I have a few; these are my favorites:

"I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong." - John Lennon

"May all things that have life be delivered from suffering." - Buddha

"If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian." - Paul McCartney

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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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