8 Wellness Tips for a Healthier (and Happier) Lifestyle

What’s up, everybody! This is Q’Zion, and welcome to my blog! I hope all of you are enjoying the prime of summer!

As you all know, we recently entered the month of August. But did you know that the 8th month of the year also promotes wellness in our everyday lives? If not, then today’s the day! In honor of National Wellness Month, I have created a list of 8 simple tips to help us live our happiest and healthiest lives possible. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get this show on the road!

1. Start your mornings with something productive

The morning is one of the most important times of the day; it’s a time for us to get our gears moving and create a fresh start for a brand new 24 hours. After we finish our regular morning routine, we might as well do something to boost our energy. Stretching with some yoga poses, finishing another chapter of your new book, and learning a new language are a few options. You never know–after you begin to start your day doing something you love, you may even become a morning person.

2. Go outside and get some sunlight

Exercise is just as good for our minds as it is beneficial for our bodies. And that means that it’s one of the best ways to maintain a healthier lifestyle. A quick jog around your neighborhood or a local park is a great way to enjoy what nature has to offer while burning a few calories, before dinner. What’s not to love?

3. Eliminate negative self-talk

Wellness isn’t technically something that’s hard to achieve–but the progress starts with us. In order to transition to a state of better mental health, our mindsets have to be a reflection of that. This means that in order to make the progress that we want, we’ve got to be kind to ourselves by promoting positive words in our heads everyday. It’s much easier to reach a goal when we use our inner voice as an outlet of encouragement, rather than negativity.

4. Get a green thumb

Have you ever heard that people who garden tend to be happier? Well, then that is in fact correct. Multiple studies have shown that plants have a way of helping people feel more relaxed and content, similar to the effects of riding a bike everyday. Plants can even help increase concentration, your ability to breathe, and quality of life. So taking up the hobby of gardening might be a good idea to consider.

5. Creatively eat more fruits and veggies

Although we’ve all heard it thousands of times, we really do need to get our daily intakes of fruits and veggies. But just because we want to make an effort to make our diet more nutritious, doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun while doing it. Feel free to experiment with creative–and delicious–ways to eat healthier. Fruit smoothies, colorful salads, and veggie casseroles are a few tasty ways to spice things up in the kitchen.

6. Create something

I don’t know about you, but it always feels good when I take some time out of my day to be creative. There are so many options for what you can make–whether it’s a few quick doodles, a portrait, a paper craft, or even your own book. All it takes is a little imagination, and thousands of productive possibilities are within our reach!

7. Make sleep a priority

One of the things that we all need everyday is our beauty sleep. Without it, there’s no way that we could get through each day. So even if you find yourself busy as a bee, make sure that when your work for today is done, you get your 8 hours. This way, you can put just as much energy in the work that tomorrow has in store, and feel great while doing it.

8. Stay hydrated

The golden rule to a healthy lifestyle is to keep water in our systems. Not only does water reduce the risk of a large number of diseases, but it also does the basic job of maintaining high energy levels and keeping our brain functioning at its best. Considering all it’s benefits, drinking water is definitely a goal that we should all commit to.


Working towards a healthier lifestyle can be a challenge for some, but with a few simple changes here and there, achieving our wellness goals is a piece of cake. I challenge you all to take the time during National Wellness Month to make a few goals for yourself to pave the way for a healthier, and happier life. Hopefully, these tips were a good way to start your journey!

Let’s Chat~What are some of the methods that you take to achieve wellness? Feel free to share your response down below.

Have a blessed rest of your day, everyone! I’ll catch you later! ♡

I got my booster shot! | teenage experience

What’s up, y’all! My name is Q’Zion and welcome back to my blog! ♡

Chances are, if you’re familiar with this blog, you know that I’m a homebody–that means that going out of the house is very rare for me. Even so, me and Goodmommy always make sure to wear our masks when we go outside of the house and both of us got vaccinated as soon as they were available for our age groups.

It’s been a year since I’ve gotten vaccinated, and me and Goodmommy have remained COVID free, thank God! However, since we are planning on going to a special event in a few days, I figured that it would be practical to get an extra layer of protection–on top of our masks–and get my booster shot. In my home, we take safety as a top priority, so as soon as I shared this with Goodmommy, she was quick to schedule an appointment for the next day.

In case you are someone who is hesitant about getting vaccinated for COVID, or you are simply curious to learn about a teenager’s experience, today I wanted to discuss some of my takeaways from getting the booster shot. Let’s get started!

This was just a selfie that I took in the car before entering CVS. It was such a gorgeous day outside, so I had to take advantage.

Goodmommy got her booster shot a couple months after they were released. And while she had a few symptoms after her COVID shot (Johnson and Johnson), she also shared that she experienced no symptoms from the booster shot. And considering that I hadn’t experienced any symptoms–aside from a little soreness–after receiving both doses of the Pfizer vaccine, I was quite confident that today’s experience (with the Pfizer booster shot) would be quite similar.

Overall, the entire process was quick and easy. While the pharmacist was actually injecting the vaccine, I only felt a little pinch for about 2-3 seconds. Immediately after, I felt some soreness in my arm, but that was about it. After about 30-45 minutes of receiving the shot, even the soreness began to clear up, a little.

So, just in case any of you are wondering, you could say that as time went on, I had little to no symptoms from the booster shot, and I didn’t take any type of pain killer medication. I was even able to complete a larger Rainbow Loom project, which I made completely on my hook–this means I was actively using my hands for about 4 hours, with little to no discomfort.

While the fact that I am young and don’t have any underlying health issues may have some relation to why I didn’t have any symptoms, Goodmommy didn’t either. It really depends on the individual as well as the type of booster shot they receive. Either way, I’m thankful to God that it was completely pain free, for the both of us, and I hope you enjoyed hearing about my experience!

Have a fantabulous rest of your day or night, everybody! God bless you all, and until next time, peace in!

5 Reasons Why Self-Care Should Be A Top Priority

On this blog, one of the most frequent topics that I discuss is self-care. And as a teenager who recognizes its importance, it gives me joy to be able to share that with other people through my writing. Therefore, when I saw that it’s International Self Care Day, I knew that giving ourselves some love would be the topic of today’s post.

However, I wanted to do something a little different with this one. Usually, I’ll make lists providing ways that we can incorporate self-care into our daily lives. Instead, this will be a list of 5 reasons why taking care of ourselves should always be a top priority. Let’s get started!

Self-Care is a Way to Develop A Relationship With Ourselves

A relationship doesn’t necessarily have to be between two people. In fact, one of the most important relationships of all should be the one that we have with ourselves. Self-care helps us to find out who we are, learn how to love ourselves–physically, mentally, and spiritually–and have a more at-peace way of life through a few minutes of mindfulness everyday.

Just keep in mind that just like any other relationship, creating a self-relationship requires a little time and effort to grow.

It Helps Us Preform At Our Best

If we neglect the things that we need to do our very best in life, eventually we will shut down in one way or another. For example, if we don’t get any sleep for a few days, chances are we would end up tired, confused, and easily irritated. Why? Because sleep is a form of self-care that gives our bodies the energy that they need to function. When we take care of ourselves, we are then able to complete all of our daily responsibilities with flying colors.

Self Care Improves Our Overall Mental Health

Self-care speaks for itself in terms of what it means; it’s taking some time out of our day to give ourselves some tender love and care– just as we do for those around us on a regular basis. When we use self-care, we are acknowledging our needs to be the best version of ourselves. And when we are our best, we feel our best.

Think about it; it’s only natural to feel lighter on your feet after doing something that makes you happy or relaxed.

It Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Just as self-care increases happiness, it also helps reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Many self-care activities–such as meditation, warm baths, and reading–are those that keep us calm while releasing happy chemicals into our brains, such “endorphins” and “serotonin.” So you can basically think of self-care as a simple, daily way to keep your mental health in check.

Self Care can Help Improve Relationships

To some, the term in which this post revolves can seem a little too self centered. But the truth is, self-care isn’t selfish; the only way that we can take care of others is if we care for ourselves. If we have constant anxiety, or we aren’t doing what we need to keep our bodies healthy, then it’s very unlikely that we will be able to do our best at being there for those around us. This may be a tough pill to swallow, but it’s also a crucial one. We have to be our the best version of ourselves to be the best friend, partner, or family member that we can be.


I really enjoyed writing about why self-care is such an important practice, and I hope you did, as well. In my opinion, self-care is not just about ourselves, but being able to be our best in everyday life. And that’s something that we should all take as a priority.

LET’S CHAT~What are some reasons why you believe self care is important? Feel free to share your thoughts down below in the comments.

Have an amazing rest of your day or night everybody! May God bless you all! Peace in! ♡

So . . . Many . . . Chips! ♡

Okay, so I have a secret to share with you all: me and Goodmommy have a knack for snacks. Well, not to the point where every time you look at us we have something in our mouths. In fact, we don’t eat a lot, in general. But we definitely like to stay stocked up so that way when we have a taste for something, it’s within arm’s reach.

That being said, today I was shocked to see that after a quick trip to the grocery store, Goodmommy came home with 5 bags of chips for us to taste for the first time.

Was this a surprise–yes. Am I complaining–not in the slightest!

What I really appreciate about Goodmommy is that she always looks for healthy–and delicious–alternatives for us to snack on. Today, she brought home some original ruffle chips that we have had before, sea salt ruffle potato chips and white cheddar Cheetos made out of organic products. We did a little taste test on both of them, and they ended up being pretty delicious! In fact, we ended up liking them so much that she plans on getting some more for us, tomorrow.

I think that this is a reminder that while there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a few chips or another one of your favorite snacks, we should also keep in mind that eating healthier can taste good if we take the time to look for alternatives that are both tasty and good for our bodies.

After all, who doesn’t love a nice bag of chips?

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everybody! See you next time! ♡

5 Simple Tips for Staying Fit This Summer

In many parts of the world, the temperature is getting hotter than ever. And while there are some benefits to the summer heat, some may find it hard to stay active underneath the blazing sun. Even though it’s hot outside, we still want to enjoy our summer by feeling and looking our best. But the thing is, how do we maintain a healthy fitness routine when it’s over 90 degrees outside?

Well, that’s where I come in: today I will be sharing a few simple tips for how you can stay active this summer, so we can all use summer break as an opportunity to live our happiest, healthiest life.

What are we waiting for? Let’s get this party started! ♡

1. Consider doing water workouts.

Most people spend much of their summer time swimming in pools and dipping their toes in the ocean. And while these are standard things to do to have some fun in the sun, they also can make for a great underwater cardio workout. Keeping yourself fit while working out in the water can help add some variety to your weekly routine. Not to mention you’ll stay cool, while doing so.

2. Drink plenty of water to beat the heat.

If there’s any tip that I could give to stay fit in the summer, it’s hydration. While we should make sure that we keep ourselves healthy even in the heat, we still need to make sure that we keep fluids in our system, in the process. So, make sure you bring a water bottle with you when you work out in the sun. Trust me, you’ll be thankful when you begin to feel some sunshine vitamin D.

3. Work out during the coolest time of day.

Not a big fan of working out in the oven of summer? You may want to consider keeping up with the temperature forecasts. The mornings and the evenings–around the time the sun rises and sets–tend to be the coolest times of day. Therefore, a jog around the park during those hours can keep your workouts cooler and a lot less overbearing with sunlight.

4. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Earlier, I mentioned how water is a great way to stay hydrated. And while drinking water itself is the best way to keep yourself refreshed, most fruits and vegetables contain a large percentage of water, as well. Not only will this give you your daily dose of fruits and veggies, but there are several ways that you can incorporate fruits and veggies in your diet. Salads, smoothies, crepes, and omelettes are a few tasty examples.

5. Consider taking community classes.

For many people, working out is much more fun when they are doing so in a group. If you are a fitness lover who prefers to avoid exercising independently, there are many community fitness classes that could be wonderful options to satisfy your need for socialization. Whether you enroll in a class that teaches zumba, yoga, water aerobics, pilates, cycling, or many other types of workouts, you will likely have a great time working out alongside your peers.


Staying healthy is always important, no matter what time of year. There are so many ways to be creative with what we do to keep ourselves healthy, both inside and out. And I hope that these tips will help you do just that–and have fun while doing them, too.

LET’S CHAT~What is your favorite way to stay healthy during the summer?

Have a fantabulous rest of your day, everybody! See you next time! ♡

We started our 2022 salad challenge . . . ♡

Hey, everybody! Welcome or welcome back to my blog! ♡

For those of you who were here when I wrote my 2022 goals, one of them was to eat salad 2-4 times every week. Let’s just say that I was a little slow with putting this goal into action. Still, the year is not over, and it’s never to late to make a nutritional change in your diet. Yesterday, Goodmommy and I began a 2022 salad challenge consisting of one salad per day for a sum of 31 days.

At first, I was a little skeptical to do this challenge, considering that we hadn’t yet mastered creating variety in our homemade salads. However, after Goodmommy showed me an article with some of the health benefits of eating a salad a day–including stronger bones and heart, fiber, weight control, and the regular perks that happen when you eat fruits and veggies every day–it helped me to understand that completing this challenge would be really good for us, in the long run.

Today, July 7th was the second day of our salad challenge, meaning that we started on July 6th and will have completed our salad challenge on August 6th. I took a picture of me and Goodmommy’s salad so you all can see what we incorporated.

This is my salad for today, which consists of green leaf lettuce and Romaine lettuce–one of the most nutritional leafy greens in the world– some air-friend chicken, and some French dressing. Even though I had the exact same thing yesterday, Goodmommy tossed all the ingredients together today, so I could automatically taste the improvement!

This is how Goodmommy’s lunch looked before her salad was tossed. It is pretty much exactly the same as mine with the exception of the sweet beets–the little red bits. Although I’m hesitant to add them into my salad, Goodmommy really enjoys them. I have to admit that they give the salad a really nice pop of color, which I like.

To keep you guys in-the-know about our progress with our salad challenge, I will try to post our salad once a week, so you all can see how we add more variety into our salads as we further master making them at home. I thank God that we have the resources to be able to buy the ingredients that we need to better our health.

While salad may not be many people’s first choice when it comes to lunch, it really is benefitial to keep your insides just as healthy as your outside. And in my opinion, when you are healthy on the inside, it eventually begins to show through in how you think on a daily basis. And the more that we can do to keep ourselves healthy and happy, the better.

LET’S CHAT~Have you ever done a nutritional challenge? Did you enjoy it?

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everybody! See you next time! ♡

Prayer is a Powerful Weapon – Words of Wisdom #14

What is prayer? And furthermore, how do you pray?

Prayer is a huge part of Christianity.And if you’re anything like me, you pray every single day, multiple times a day. Chances are, you’ve heard the word prayer several times in your life. But have you ever really learned what the true definition of prayer actually is?

For this addition of Words of Wisdom, in celebration of the National Day of Prayer (May 5th), I will be sharing why prayer is so much more than bowing your head and putting your hands together. Prayer is having a conversation with God; it is a resource, a weapon that God has equipped us with. But it’s up to us to use it. Let’s get started! 🙏

How Do You Pray?

Matthew 6:9-13
"This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

The reason why I feel like this scripture is important is because it explains exactly how we need to pray, even in today’s time. Here is a breakdown of what this scripture reveals about the power of prayer.

  • “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,” — first of all, it is important that we acknowledge that we are talking to the Lord. In this way we are giving our conversation with Him our undivided attention. Prayer is our spiritual and intimate time with God. Therefore, we need to remember to stay focused on Him, when we do pray.
  • “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” — this is how we say, “let God’s will be done,” as we are admitting that God’s way is the best and only way.
  • “Give us today our daily bread.” — a huge part of prayer is to ask God to bless us. If we have the desire for something, we need to humble ourselves and request it of our Heavenly Father. He already knows what we need. But He also wants us to come to Him so that He may meet those needs. Never forget that while we can give out requests, we should also thank God for what He has and is blessing us with.
  • “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” — in prayer, we must be sure to ask God for forgiveness of our sins. And in order to gain God’s forgiveness, we need to forgive others that have sinned against us. In order to be forgiven, we must forgive. (Matthew 6:14-15)
  • “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” — prayer is a weapon because it is a way for us to protect ourselves against the temptations and attacks of the enemy. As we ask God for Him to deliver us, we can be released from the attempts of the enemy to distract us from the Lord and all that He has in store for us.

What are the Benefits of Prayer?

Although I already talked about some of the reasons why prayer is powerful, I would like to wrap up these Words of Wisdom with just a few of the endless benefits of prayer.

  • Prayer helps strengthen and further develop our relationship with God.
  • Prayer gives us the answers that we need.
  • Prayer helps us resist giving into temptation.
  • Prayer can ignite miracles.
  • Prayer gives us inner peace.
  • Prayer allows us to lift up other believers, and whoever God puts on our hearts and minds.

If you get nothing else from today’s post, just remember this: we are able to talk to God 24/7. He is never too busy, and He is always anticipating our call. He has given us a gift to be able to access Him in all times of need. And we must admit that even if He doesn’t answer in the way we expected He will always answer. God is good like that.

So never take the power of prayer for granted; because prayer is a powerful weapon.

God bless you all! I’ll see you next time! ✨

6 Easy Tips for Physical Fitness – Reblog

Author’s Note: What’s up, y’all? To celebrate World Health Day, I will be reblogging a post where I share 6 simple tips to promote physical fitness. Enjoy! ✨

No matter what time of year it is, or how old you are, it is always important that we keep our bodies, minds, and spirits happy and healthy! Now, I know that my most recent posts have been centered on mental wellness and health, but, I think it’s about time that we discuss how we can keep our bodies healthy, as well.

Also, please keep in mind, that this is not an article about me telling you how to get skinnier or bigger. I truly do believe that, regardless of how you look on the outside, the most important thing is that your body is healthy on the inside, even if you are the only one who can see it. As long as you feel your best, then that’s what matters! ✨

So, without further ado, let’s get into the tips!

  1. Get lots of sleep (just not in class, lol) 

Getting a good night’s sleep every night is actually really beneficial to your body and mind. After you get a night full of peaceful sleep, you will feel refreshed and energized, when you awaken. Even better, it will cause you to be able to have better concentration and focus. If it helps, it might even be a good idea to play some peaceful music, while you lay down.

2. Try being more active. ✨

Using exercise as a tool to be healthier can be very successful. Exercise not only keeps your heart and lungs working to their full potential, but it also helps tone (or give firmness to) your body! It even helps to improve your speed, endurance, and lower your risk for medical issues, such as a heart attack, as an example. Hey, sounds like a pretty good bargain to me, am I right?

3. Increase your water intake. 

I know. Most people consider to be nasty and tasteless, but, once you get used to it, it’s actually quite refreshing. Drinking water actually brings lots of nutrients to your blood cells, flushes bacteria from your body, normalizer your blood pressure, regulates your body temperature, and, well, the list goes on!

4. Eat more fruit and vegetables. 

Alright, alright! Here me out on this. Fruits and vegetables can actually be good when prepared/cooked correctly. As well, they are completely packed with fiber, minerals, and vitamins, all in which experts recommend we consume, every day.

Tip: If you have a favorite vegetable or fruit, or at least one that you don’t dislike as much as you do the others, they try eating that vegetable or fruit, more often then others.

5. Use more seasonings to your food. ✨

Seasonings are a great way to eat more vegetables and other healthy foods! Believe it or not, a lot of seasonings have some major health benefits, such as;

  • Ginger, which helps reduce nausea or vertigo.
  • Garlic, which keeps your heart healthy.
  • Cinnamon, which lowers your blood sugar.

If that’s not a great way to eat your vegetables, then I don’t know what is!

6. Track your exercise and eating habits. 

Thanks to something called technology, it is super easy to get an app that helps you to track your exercise and eating habits. Doing so allows you to be cautious of how much your are eating and/or exercising. If you would like something a little more mobile regarding tracking exercise, I would definitely recommend a watch, like the Apple Watch, as it is automatically attached to your wrist, and you don’t have to carry your phone every time you start walking or working out.

Alrighty, everyone! I really hope you enjoyed those tips on How to Keep Your Body Physically Healthy.

Remember, that no matter how you look on the outside, or what others think about you, as long as you feel good about yourself, then that is what is most important. The health of your mindset is extremely important, as well, no matter what circumstance you are in!

Okay everyone, I hope that you have a refreshing, relaxing, and beautiful day! See you next time! ✨

A warm smile is an act of kindness

There’s nothing like a nice, warm smile that can completely change the tone of someone’s day.

Smiling is a simple way to spread joy, sometimes without even knowing it. And it doesn’t require any money or commitment; you don’t even need to know a person to smile at them.

At times, it’s the simplest things that can make the biggest differences in how we live, act, and think. One smile can make someone else smile, and their smile can make another person smile. It’s a chain reaction spreads a positive result; a message of hope for the future. It doesn’t need to be big or fancy. It costs absolutely nothing in cash to brighten someone’s day with a grin.

Let me tell you a true story about a man who jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge. During investigations, officers found a note that said: “I’m going to walk to the bridge. If one person smiles at me, I will not jump.”

A smile can be all it takes to completely change someone’s life. And guess what, knowing that will make you feel good, too.

It never hurts to smile! In fact, here are just a few reasons why we should SMILE every day. ☺️

Smiling helps us stay positive — When we show off our pearly whites, it helps us to focus on the positive side of any situation. It’s tough to be sad when we have a smile on our face. It automatically decreases stress hormones and releases a chemical called endorphins to make us feel happier.

Smiling is contagious — One of the best parts of a smile is that it’s contagious–when we see a bright grin, we can’t help but replicate the smile on our own face.

Smiling is good for our hearts — Just like laughing, smiling is known to reduce our chances of contracting heart disease. It also helps us remain stress-free, which reduces the amount of strain on our bodies. Smiling is good for the soul, mind, and body.

Smiling is a friendly gesture — A smile is like a magnet; it attracts people to you. Not only does smiling help display our friendly personalities, but studies have shown that it also makes us look more attractive. It’s only natural to assume that someone has a nice personality when they’re smiling.

It costs absolutely nothing to smile — I think this one seriously speaks more for itself. Smiling is a free and kind thing to do. There’s no reason not to smile. If anything, it costs more not to smile than to do so. We have absolutely nothing to loose with a grin–it feels so good!


All in all, it really never hurts to smile. In fact, it does quite the opposite for us and those around us. Why stand by and wait for someone else to smile? Sure, smiles are small–but small things can be powerful.

Let’s be the ones to make a difference, today. Comment #smile in the chat to spread some love.

Have a beautiful and blessed day! Peace in! 💖