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Do you want to learn from pros, pick their brains, have fun and meet ambitious girls like you?  Spark something! At the 2nd Annual Surefire Girls Conference in Santa Monica, California!

What’s more, we’re giving away a VIP ticket to the event!  Want to enter?  Submit a 250-500 word essay or a 60 second video that answers the question If you were in charge, how would you change the world and why?   E-mail a word document or YouTube link to submissions@missheardmagazine.com by October 3 to be considered.  (Please note: we cannot pay for your transportation or hotel costs.  This contest provides a VIP ticket, you must provide travel and other relevant charges.)

- See more at: http://missheardmagazine.com/surefire-conference-ticket-giveaway

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In Egyptian mythical culture, there is a bird called the phoenix. However, this isn’t an ordinary bird chilling on telephone wires or singing and dancing in the film Rio. The Phoenix is a bird that consumed itself by fire after five hundred years, but then rose again from its own ashes. It’s an incredible bird that demonstrates strength, resilience, and the power of refusing to compromise.

- See more at: http://missheardmagazine.com/rising-up

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his inspiring article, and others like it, appear in our third issue!  

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She looks fine on the outside. All you see is a pretty girl walk up to her friend and start a conversation. As she talks, nobody notices she has trouble focusing on her friend’s words or her endless finger tapping. Only she can feel the motor that won’t turn off, also known as severe ADHD.

As always, she struggles to keep her brain trained on the conversation. It is tough for her to hold a conversation for more than six minutes. Her habit is to float from friend to friend, until she loses attention and interest. She likes to call herself a social butterfly. That girl is me.

- See more at: http://missheardmagazine.com/sneak-peek-hayley-gripp

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"I want to be a NASCAR driver. My mom said that our family is too poor to buy a nice car for me but she said if I’m a good boy Santa will give me the car of my dreams. But right now it’s only July so I’m pretending this box is my prefect car."

I never really put much thought into the cliched platitude of “A picture is worth a thousand words.” A year ago, I thought a picture is just a picture, just a collections of pixels that captured a moment or a face. Nothing more, nothing less. Little did I know, photography soon dominated my life and showed me how a picture can not only be worth a thousand words but tell life stories of both strangers and loved ones alike who undeniably changed my life.

- See more at: http://missheardmagazine.com/humans-of-vietnam-by-therese-ton

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Welcome to Skateistan by Kaleigh

Skateboarding was never really something I was good at when I was younger. While I was entirely fascinated by skateboarding, I lacked the balance needed to skate. You’d think that since I can balance on a quarter inch thick blade of steel, I’d easily be able to balance on four wheels. Unfortunately, once I step off the ice I lose any balance I had. Despite the fact that I was absolutely horrendous at skateboarding, I still maintained an interest in the sport. I loved watching shows like Rob & Big and Nitro. I soaked up anything and everything about skateboarding. So when I learned about an organization called Skateistan, I was immediately interested.

- See more at: http://missheardmagazine.com/welcome-to-skateistan-by-kaleigh

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Everywhere you turn, it seems like there is a new recommendation about how to look, dress, and act.  If you turn on the television, there is a disturbing abundance of commercials about women’s cosmetics, apparel, and even perfume! Magazines proclaim a five step guide to appearing like every other woman, and to be honest, I’m tired of it.

While our society takes looks heavily into account, you are more than what you wear. I can’t remember what I wore last week, let alone a year ago…so why do we stress so much about its present form? The average woman spends about $15,000 in her lifetime just on cosmetic supplies; of which $3, 770 goes solely to mascara. Why do we spend so much time about what we wear, when half the time it isn’t noticed in the first place?

- See more at: http://missheardmagazine.com/more-than-what-you-wear-by-julia-s/