Sweet Designs Featured Writer

SDM Staff Intern

Age 21, California

Joined the SDM Team: May 2007

Why I Write for SDM: I write for Sweet Designs Magazine because I simply love to write. Writing has helped me overcome many obstacles in my life and it continues to serve as a positive outlet where I can express my feelings in a healthy manner. I only hope to use my life experiences to motivate and inspire other women to reach for their dreams no matter what the circumstances.

Activities, Sports, Interests: I'm a very active person! I enjoy dancing, drawing, playing sports, and I'm up for trying pretty much any new thing. My favorite activities include collecting seashells, reading new books, shopping, and taking on new projects. I'm also involved on my college campus with my sorority Lambda Sigma Gamma; we serve the community, coordinate fundraising events, and excel academically.

Favorite Authors: I don't have a favorite author, but I do enjoy reading non-fiction books! I love to read the dictionary every now and then; it helps me to expand my vocabulary.

Favorite School Subject: My favorite subject would have to be English. Although many find writing papers as torture, I can't help but love writing them because I enjoy being able to articulate my ideas.

Favorite Movies & TV Shows: My favorite movies are The Notebook, Avatar, Coyote Ugly and Stomp the Yard. Some of my favorite shows include National Geographic, Jersey Shore, Say Yes to the Dress and Cake Boss.

I listen to: Drake, Trey Songz, Ryan Leslie, Beyonce, Ashanti, and Cassie. I'm a sucker for love, so you can usually find me listening to R&B and Spanish Pop.

Most Important Values: My mother always instilled in me to be humble, no matter how big life happens to bless you. She taught me the importance of staying true to myself and more importantly my dreams. She has molded me into a great woman and I only wish to continue making her proud.

I enjoy: Hanging out with my family and sorority sisters. It's always good to spend time with both my families considering they are my biggest supporters. I also enjoy listening to music because it helps me get through difficult days and helps me celebrate my victories!

Mayra's Articles
8-10 On the Cover - Meet Mayra
8-10 Thank Me Later, by Drake
8-10 University vs. Community College
8-10 Paying for Tuition
7-10 Once in a Lifetime
8-09 More Than Summer Love
6-09 Window 116
5-09 Forever and Ever Babe
5-09 The ER
3-09 American Dream
11-08 I Love You
6-08 A Summer Job Guide
6-08 Hot Summer Looks
5-08 The Natural Way
4-08 The "It" Dress
4-08 Prom 411
4-08 The Princess Project
3-08 Alcohol
3-08 Little Miss Confidence
2-08 Blankets of Love
2-08 Perfect V-day Gift Ideas
2-08 The Love Trail
1-08 How the Story Ends
1-08 Resolution 101
12-07 One Wish
11-07 Friendship Fantasy Becomes Reality
8-07 Break Away
8-07 On the Cover - Meet Mayra
7-07 Facing the Truth
6-07 Hold On
5-07 Mis-everything

Future Plans: I plan to major in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish Language Journalism. My ultimate goal is to become a TV Host or Reporter. I would love to work in the music entertainment business, either on the American or Hispanic networks. For now, I'm working on becoming a print model and developing my own website called Beyoutiful!

A Favorite Quote: "You are, after all, what you think! Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts and you are the slave to your emotions."

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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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