I started studying ASL | Journaling update #1 ♡

We are more than halfway through August of 2021–where has the time gone? Anyway, I hope you all are having an amazing day or night. For those of you who aren’t aware, I recently started 9th grade, and one of my two electives is American Sign Language (ASL). One of my older cousins is Deaf and uses sign to communicate, so I’ve always wanted to learn ASL so that it would be easier to have conversations with her.

Turns out that my school offers an American Sign Language course as a foreign language. And voilà; I’m officially studying ASL!

I decided that I would get a little creative and do another page in my journal. And I decided to go all-out and make it inspired by some of the highlights of my first week of my studies. Today, I’m going to share some of the things that I’ve learned, so far, with you guys.

ASL has always been so fascinating to me; probably because it’s pretty much speaking English, the only difference is that you are communicating with your hands instead of your mouth. Almost like a shadow puppet, where every sign means something new and you use your hands to tell a story. Sign language of any region is all about sight, and using your eyes to hear the world around us in a different way.

Deaf culture within itself is another topic of the course. Although most hearing people are probably unaware, the Deaf community has not only developed their own languages (including sign, lip reading, and oralism—or speech training), but also their own art, values, technological advances, and history. Learning more about the contributions of the Deaf community to make the world a more equal place is definitely something that I’m looking forward to.

I’ve already memorized the entire alphabet, so I make sure that I occasionally practice my finger spelling by writing down practice words—as you can see in my journal—and trying to sign them as fast as possible. I think that this technique is a really good method to improve both your memory and speed, which has already proved itself to be pretty helpful when learning ASL.

The last thing that I’ve learned and want to share with you all is that despite what we may think, ASL is actually a very precise language. If the shape or the way you move your hands is even a little off, it can completely change the meaning of a sign. Crazy, right? That’s why it’s super important to watch demonstrations—and copy them while looking at yourself in the mirror—to make sure you’ve mastered each sign.

The truth is, every little detail counts when it comes to ASL. And if you ask me that only makes the visual language that much more creative and beautiful.


I am so thankful to God that I was able to take this course, in the first place; even though I’m just starting, it’s already one of my favorite courses for the year. In fact, I may even post updates here and there to share my progress with you guys.

Hopefully, you all were able to learn a thing or two from this post, as well. ASL is so much more than making shapes with your hands; it’s a part of an entire culture and community. I truly encourage anyone who has curiosity about the language to learn it for themselves. Either way, I hope you had fun reading about my takeaways from my first week of learning ASL.

Was there anything in this post that surprised you? Also, can you speak a sign language (of any region and/or country)? And if not, have you ever thought about learning? Feel free to share your responses in the comments! I would love to hear from y’all!

Have a fatabilous rest of your day, everybody! God bless you all and I will catch you next time! Peace in! ♡

20 Simple Tips to Promote Relaxation

Hey, everyone! My name is Q’Zion, and welcome to my blog! Since school is back in session for most of us, there might be less time within our day for us to sit back and relax. But the thing is, we shouldn’t put the priority of getting some rest on the back burner.

August 15th is National Relaxation Day, and that means that today is an opportunity for us to find different ways to unwind, even throughout busy weeks. I have created a list of 20 simple tips to promote relaxation in honor of this day of tranquility. Let’s get this party started!

1. Stop and smell the roses . . . literally: Plants are known to be very beneficial for our lungs and decrease symptoms of stress and anxiety. Perfect for any nature lover trying to relax.

2. Begin journaling: Writing about how you are feeling, the best part of each day, or even what you’re grateful for, can be a great way to unwind within just a few minutes of your day.

3. Read a book: On those late-summer days where it’s too rainy to go outside, there’s very few things that are more satisfying than snuggling up on the couch with a book in your hand.

4. Drink something warm (green tea, hot cocoa, latte, etc.): When it comes to relaxation, anything that involves a warm temperature has a soothing affect on both our bodies and minds. But sipping on a toasty beverage is definitely one of the most relaxing of them all.

5. Spend some time with your pet(s): Nobody can deny that our animal babies are always there when we need some companionship.

6. Try a face mask: Skin care is a great option for those who want to ‘feel the zen’ and touch up their pores. A face mask is a wonderful way to unwind just before bedtime.

7. Do some house cleaning: For those of us who can’t stand to see anything out of place, putting in some extra work to keep your house spick and span couldn’t be more gratifying.

8. Take a nap: I mean, do we really need an explanation, here?

9. Take a warm bath: Again, heat and relaxation are a match made in heaven. Keep in mind that if you aren’t into baths, a hot shower may also do a trick to help you relax.

10. Watch some TV: A 30-minute family sitcom or a little nostalgia with a show that you loved during your childhood is sure to make any day a little more lighthearted.

11. Do something creative: There’s something about taking simple things and making them into something beautiful that’s so rewarding. That makes it a perfect option for anyone with some time on their hands.

12. Get some exercise: While this may seem a little counter-productive, studies have shown that exercising is not only beneficial to our mood, but it also helps reduce depression and anxiety, therefore making it easier to relax. Cool right?

13. Think of who and what makes you the happiest: I mean, it’s pretty hard not to be relaxed when thinking about the support of the people who we love the most.

14. Just breathe: Sometimes all we need to wind down is to take a few deep breaths. Each time, breathe in through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Sure, it’s a simple technique. But it’s probably also one of the most effective methods on this list.

15. Get busy in the kitchen: Perhaps you are a person who enjoys making dinner for your family, or you’d like to learn a recipe that you’ve been eying. Considering that cooking can be relaxing for some people, now might be a good time to get busy. Just make sure that if you’re not an adult, you cook with the attendance and permission of a parent or legal guardian.

16. Do some light stretching: For those of you who are looking for ways to relax on the go, stretching is an instant way to remove some tension from your muscles and improve your blood flow, therefore making it much easier to ‘take a chill pill.’

17. Go bird watching: I think that birds–especially the ones in our backyards–are some of the most fascinating animals to watch. And if you have nothing else on your to-do list, bird watching is a great way to take your mind off of triggers of anxiety or stress. And what makes this even better is that you can make bird watching a fun summer outing by attending an event with your family or close friends.

18. Know your limit: Or in other words, when you feel that your mind or body needs a break, try to remove yourself from the situation and take a few minutes to recharge.

19. Ask for a hug: You know, most of us has that one person who’s hug always hits the right spot, even if we don’t have a furry friend to snuggle with. Hugs even release a ‘calm chemical’ called oxytocin in our brain, which helps us feel more at peace.

20. Do something that helps you relax: There’s one person in this world who knows what makes you calm–besides God, of course–and that person is you. Try thinking of things that make you feel happy and relaxed. Then, schedule time throughout you day for you to do what comes to mind.


Writing these tips to help us relax was really fun to do! Hopefully, you found a few suggestions here that will help you incorporate a few minutes of peace and quiet into your day. After all, there’s nothing like the boost of energy that we feel after a little bit of relaxation.

What are some of the fun and simple things that you do daily to relax? Also, which tip on this list did you find the most helpful? I would love to see your responses down below in the comments!

Have a fantabulous rest of your day or night, everybody! God bless you all and I will catch you later! Peace in!

MEGA back-to-school shopping haul! | 2022 ♡

Greetings, everyone! Q’Zion, here, and welcome back to The Joys and Trials of a Christian Teen! Yesterday was my first day of high school–which is ninth grade in the United States–even though I started doing my work a couple days before school was officially back in session. But I don’t mind because I am absolutely in LOVE with all of my classes.

Even though I attend a public virtual school, we still have to do a lot of notetaking throughout the day. And that means that we need a lot of supplies to last us for the next nine months. Now that all of our school shopping is complete, I decided to do a what’s in my backpack sort of post and show you guys some of my brand new school supplies for this year. Let’s begin!

Here’s a little sneak peak into my backpack. I know that I don’t really need one because I don’t go to a building–my school is also my house. But it’s really good for storing extra school supplies that I can’t put in my office area. Plus, I’m a little obsessed with the coral and sky blue color combination. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Although Goodmommy already ordered about 25 70-sheet notebooks in a variety of colors, you really can’t go wrong with a bunch of notebook paper. I plan on using this binder and sheets of notebook paper for extra-curricular notes, like my clubs for this year. Well, technically, my school’s Club Rush isn’t until next month . . . but at least I’m prepared!

This is just a close-up picture of the notebook paper. A.k.a. my attempt to make them look more aesthetic. 😉

I’ve got a little secret to share with you all: I actually use more pens in my notes than I do pencils. For whatever reason, pencils seem to have a “chalkier” look on the pages. I think smooth ball pens look much more crisp, which is how I like my notes to look. BiC is one of my favorite companies to shop from for pens, so I’m super pleased that we were able to catch these before they flew off the shelf.

Okay, so just because I don’t use pencils that often doesn’t mean I don’t use them at all. Even though I use standard pencils for sketching, most of the time, mechanical pencils are also a personal favorite of mine while jotting down notes. I’ll probably jeuje up a lot of them with pencil grips that I make on my Rainbow Loom. That’ll be a nice challenge to complete, on a weekend.

One thing is for sure; I won’t be needing any more erasers for a long time. But the truth is, I love this mini pack of pencil toppers so much because of how colorful they are more so than because of their actual function. I also have a simple pencil sharpener to match.

So I don’t know if I’ll have to turn-in any art projects this year–considering that I won’t be taking any art classes–but I do plan to join the Art Club, so hopefully I can put together something vibrant with these markers and crayons to show to my fellow club members some time this year. Either way, I can always use some more art supplies–especially since it’s been years since I’ve use a marker or crayon.

Crayola absolutely slays when it comes to markers. And the skinny ones are probably my favorites, so I’m glad I was able to get some!

A large portion of my notes are actually provided by my school, where they give us guided notes to print out before starting each lesson. Then, it’s up to us students to fill in the blanks with what we learn. As a result, glue sticks are absolutely essential for keeping all my notes in my notebooks.

You know how I said that I prefer to write with pens in my notebooks? Well, there’s one little disadvantage that comes with that preference: pen is permanent. As a result, we always have to keep a couple bottles of the BiC Wite Out liquid solution, which you can apply on a permanent writing mistake, let it dry, and then write on top of it. I actually have to use this pretty often, so it’s always handy to have some available.

The main scissors that I use are pretty large and sharp on the tip, which I actually replaced for a pair of pink classroom scissors because they didn’t cut that well. But this blue pair of scissors looks like they have a decently sharp edge. Plus, the royal blue color and the design are absolutely adorable!


I had a lot of fun collecting and photographing all of my new school supplies, and I hope you all had just as much fun seeing what I have for the 2022 school year. I didn’t mention earlier that I also got some more ink for our printer, as well as a few neon highlighters, but I was so excited that I’d already opened them by the time I began taking pictures lol. Either way, I’m super glad that my freshman year is starting off to a great start, and I pray that all of yours are, as well.

What are some of your favorite school supplies items that you bought this year? Do you go to school in-person or virtually? And finally, are you excited to start school again, or do you wish summer break wasn’t over, yet?

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everyone! God bless you all and I’ll catch you later! Peace in! ♡

I attempted to make TWO positive affirmation collage boards . . . ♡ [REPOST]

A/N~Hello, everyone! It’s Q’Zion here and welcome back to my blog. One of my favorite posts on my blog is the one where I show you all the process of how I created these two positive affirmation collage boards. Considering that a lot of students have gone back to school, or will be going soon, I know that there are many kids out there who are in need of some encouragement. Hopefully the positive messages on these collage boards will do just the trick. Enjoy this repost! ♡

I have completed about four craft kits by Creatology, all of which I purchased at Michaels, my favorite craft store. As my older followers probably know, I have fallen in love with the craft kits by this particular brand, and I make sure to buy a new one every time I get the chance. Approximately 2-3 days ago, me and Goodmommy saw some more cute Creatology kits right before we got to the registers.

The kit that ended up catching my eye was these two ADORABLE positive affirmation collage boards!

The way that this kit in particular differs from the other Creatology kits that I’ve purchased (and loved) is that it doesn’t include any paint. Instead, it has tissue paper and decorative stickers as the main mediums, which I was a little skeptical to work with for the first time, mainly because of the translucent paper. However, you’ll see later on that I was pleasantly surprised!

Least me say that this kit is LOADED with nice quality supplies. It even came with a ‘supplies included’ list on the back of the box. Overall, it provides 2 card stock boarders, 2 pieces of chipboard, 4 acetate sheets, 1 mirror sticker, 10 paper stickers, 3 glitter foam stickers, 2 colors of yarn, 35 adhesive gems, 180 pieces of tissue paper in a multitude of colors, and an Instruction sheet.

All I needed to complete the project that was not included was scissors and a glue stick, both of which were easily accessible.

Obviously, the kit gives you more than enough supplies, which I found really helpful, especially if you want to give your piece some extra details. I was even able to save some for a possible future project like this one.

The very first step was to add your multi-colored tissue paper in a mosaic design along one of the acetate sheets. I found this step really interesting, considering that you had to work with the rectangular shape, and the arrange the colors to get them to match the border color.

Considering that the one above was for the pink border, I tried to use more hot pink, yellow, and orange to make the color pop!

For the blue boarder, I used more blues, whites, and light pinks to give the piece a more mellow and relaxed feel, since that’s the emotion that I tend to associate with the shade of the blue boarder.

It’s really cool how the two color schemes of the collages have a different vibe about them, despite the fact that I used the exact same colors, LOL.

Afterwards, I glued the side of the acetate paper without the tissue paper on to a piece of chipboard. On top of the tissue-paper-covered acetate, I glued the card stock border of the desired color.

For the final step of assembly, I punched out the two holes at the top of the piece for my string.

After the assembly of each collage was complete, I added the positive affirmation stickers to each. For the pink, I used the 3D sparkly stickers. For the blue, I used the huge star mirror sticker. As the finishing touch, I applied the jewels along the cardstock boarders of each college. And voila! These two masterpieces were complete in only 120-150 minutes.

What can I say? I’m a fast learner! 😋💖🎨


I honestly don’t know what to say about these except that I AM IN LOVE!!! What I appreciate the most is the amount of short positive affirmation messages. Me and Goodmommy decided to hang them up in my room so that I can see them every morning and remember to believe in the princess that God has called me to be.

Every finishing detail was spot on, and I can’t wait for my next kit by Creatology! Each one is getting better and better! To see my other Creatology kit posts, please click HERE.

LET’S CHAT~Have you ever hand made a collage? If so, what did you use to make it (photographs, digital photos, newspaper, etc.)?

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everybody! May God bless every single one of you! Peace in! 💖

We finally completed our salad challenge! ♡

Hey, everyone! This is Q’Zion, and welcome or welcome back to my blog! How is everyone doing? Amazing, I hope! I can’t believe I’m saying this, but today is the finale of our 30-day salad challenge. One month ago, I was almost dreading eating a salad every single day. But now, a day in my life would seem incomplete if I didn’t have one.

One of the best takeaways from participating in this challenge was that not only are we going to continue eating salads, everyday, but it has also inspired me and Goodmommy–my grandmother and guardian–to continue incorporating healthy snacks into our diet. Some examples are some chips made of organic products, yogurt-covered pretsels–which are delicious, by the way–fruits like peaches, bananas and grapes, and dark chocolate covered raisins.

Me and my Goodmommy have even been thinking about some new ideas for another nutrition challenge for us to do in the near future. But for now, we’ll continue eating a salad a day and continue looking for different ways to add more nutritious–and delicious–foods to our diet.

What are some of your favorite fruits and vegetables? Also, do you like salad? You’re welcome to share your responses to these icebreakers in the comments.

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everyone! God bless you all, and I’ll catch you later! Peace in!

30 Last-Minute Things to do Before You Go Back to School

Happy Friday, y’all! Woah, has this week went by fast? I’ll answer my own question: yep. Although many of us are about to go back to school–or just beginning school–that doesn’t mean that we have to throw in the towel with having summer fun just yet.

To make this summer break even more memorable, it’s important that we take the last few days and weeks before school begins and check off a few last-minute additions to our bucket lists. As some creative inspiration for things that you can do to kick-off the beginning of a new school year–and the climax of summer–I’ve provided 30 activities to give you a head-start! Let’s go!

1. Watch a highly anticipated movie at a theatre with your family (Minions: The Rise of Gru, D.C. League of Super Pets, The Bad Guys, Lightyear, etc.)

2. Make one last stop to the beach

3. Go on a road trip to a new place.

4. Make a movie with your friends.

5. Visit a waterpark.

6. Do some back-to-school-shopping at your local mall (clothes, school supplies, etc.)

7. Go fishing.

8. Have a lemonade stand in your neighborhood.

9. Volunteer at an animal shelter.

10. Complete your summer reading with a book that you did not finish.

11. Create a wrap-up of your summer in doodles.

12. Unplug for a day and go outside.

13. Go to an ice cream shop that you’ve never visited.

14. Go to a drive-in movie with family.

15. Challenge yourself and a friend to make a tower with pencils: see who can stack theirs the highest.

16. Draw chalk-art on the sidewalk.

17. Team up with your siblings or best friends and cook a meal for your parents.

18. Bake a cake. Then, try to decorate it while blindfolded. (P.S. have some paper towels on hand! ;))

19. Attempt to break a (safe) Guinness World Record–with permission from a parent and/or guardian, of course.

20. Visit a National Park.

21. Read the Bible to get rid of back-to-school jitters.

22. Try listening to a new genre of music.

23. Go camping in your backyard.

24. Watch the sun rise and set. And don’t forget the photos!

25. Start a prank war with your family or friends.

26. Go mini-golfing on a sunny day.

27. Enjoy your last all-nighter of your summer break by throwing a sleepover.

28. Visit a science or kids’ museum.

29. Enjoy a family game night with your favorite board games.

30. Plan a scavenger hunt for your family and friends.


We tend to have a long list of things that we want to do when summer begins. And even though the time flies by, doing fun things like this is the perfect way to recharge and relax before a brand new school year! Remember, summer isn’t over yet–let’s make the most of it!

What are some things that you plan to do before back-to-school? Also, what are your thoughts on your next year of school? Feel free to share your response down below in the comments.

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everyone! God bless you all, and I’ll catch you later! Peace in! ♡

12 Random Facts About Me ♡

What’s up, everyone! My name is Q’Zion, and welcome back to my blog! I pray that you all are doing amazing. This last week of my summer break, I’ve honestly been in the mood to write about random, fun things. So after searching the web for a colorful arrangement of blog post ideas, I figured that a post to help you guys get to know me better would be a great choice.

I came up with 12 random facts about me, and I hope you all enjoy them! Let’s get started! ♡

12 Random Facts About Me

1. I’m not a candy lover in any shape or form . . . but my love for chocolate is never-ending.

2. I’m super good at poetry, but not the best at songwriting. I find it pretty difficult to write a song from scratch, just because I try to imagine the melody that would pair with the lyrics mid-stream. But poetry has always been a walk in the park, for me. So if I ever do want to compose music, I try to treat it as a poem and go from there.

3. Cooking competitions, house hunting shows, animal documentaries, and reality judge series are my main sources of entertainment. It’s not necessarily that I don’t watch cartoons, movies and shows at all, but many of the shows that I DID watch took a long break or ended. I think at that point I was like; yeah . . . let’s watch something new.

4. When I was little, this family friend gave me this stuffed bear with a bow headband and a white dress with my first name, “Q’Zion” embroidered on the front. I call her “Q’Zion-Bear” because of her signature dress, and she remains my favorite of my many stuffed animals to this day.

5. I love reading just as much as I love writing. In fact, I think that the books that I read have a huge impact on what I write.

6. I’ve never learned how to ride a bike. Though I really want to work on that, soon.

7. Crying is an extremely rare sight in my book. Not just because I’m a happy person, in general, but I’m also not very emotional. In fact, it kind of runs in my family.

8. When I was little, I was always one of the tallest kids in my class. But apparently, my growth stunted a bit when I became homeschooled, because now I’m on the shorter side at 5’1.

9. In my house, I’m the literal grammar police. Seriously though: when you’re with me, slang does NOT slide.

10. When watching animal and veterinarian series, I’m usually fascinated by the surgeries. The way I see it, learning about how animal procedures work is pretty good knowledge to have. But Goodmommy . . . yeah, not so much. Still, shows that are about animals are some of our favorites to watch together: especially Critter Fixers and The Zoo.

11. In the future, I’d like to learn how to speak French, Korean, and Japanese. In fact, I recently have enjoyed learning about different cultures and languages.

12. As a little girl, I was obsessed with the color pink. But now I’m more of a purple girl.


Yep, this was definitely the fun post that I was itching to write! It makes me happy to post simple things about me with you all–I guess because they’re just me writing about some of the authentic, funny, and happiest parts of my life. Hopefully I was able to make you smile with what I had to share.

What are some random things about you? Also, do we have anything in common, on this list? Feel free to share your responses in the comments! ♡

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everybody! God bless you all, and as always, peace in! ♡

My Blogiversary: 1 Year with WordPress!!! ♡

What’s up, y’all! It’s Q’Zion, here, and welcome back to my blog! On August 1, 2021 I was a soon-to-be eighth grader who was looking for a way to share my writing with the world. I didn’t exactly know what to expect from having an entire website to oversee. In fact, I wasn’t even for sure if I would genuinely like blogging. But it turns out that the same day I started my blog was a day that I discovered a new passion of mine; using my writing to inspire others.

Now I’ve been blogging for a whole YEAR (a year and 2 days, to be exact.) And I can’t thank God enough for putting me on this journey.

While this past year has flown by in a lot of ways, I think I’ve learned a lot in this 12 months, as well. Blogging has taught me a lot about patience, perseverance, and commitment, considering that while many people think it’s a simple job, it also takes work and a willpower to keep pushing. I want to thank God, my Goodmommy, and each and every one of my followers who have walked with me on this journey. I pray that I will continue to inspire others in my writing in a way that gives God the glory. From the beginning, that was my goal, and it still is to this day.

In celebration of this important milestone, I’ll be doing a little reflection on the past year of my blog, as well as my plans for the future. Let’s get started!

Last Year’s Statistics

113 Followers (111 WordPress, 2 Email) — Honestly this is such an awesome achievement for my first year as a blogger–seeing my community and audience grow is such a blessing!

367 Blog Posts — It turns out that I’ve been blogging for exactly 367 days–every time I didn’t post for a day, I’d make up for it and write two posts the next. I’m just thankful to God for giving me the strength to be so consistent.

1225 Likes — Out of all my stats, this has got to be the most mind-blowing! This is definitely much more than I was expecting, but I’m so grateful!

208 Comments — One of the most significant improvements on my blog is that now comments are much more common! It feels awesome to be able to communicate with my family, friends, and fellow bloggers through my website.

Will there be any Major Changes?

For the most part, I tend to keep my website the same–in terms of content and appearance. But this next year I plan on doing a few more posts about nutrition and health. I’ve also been thinking about doing monthly wrap-ups, where I give an overview of some of the highlights of each month (what I’ve read, where I went, my progress in school, etc.)

The most major change that I think I will put into place once I get into school in a week is how often I post. Instead of posting daily, I’m considering creating new content every 2 days, which is about 4 times a week. Not only will this give me more time to focus on school and come up with new content, but it will also allow me to work on adding new content to my YouTube Channel, most of which will likely be tutorials and reviews for Rainbow Loom, as well as some other Roblox and lifestyle content.

Goals for Next Blogiversary

By August 1, 2023, it’s my goal to have reached at least 275 followers on my blog! I can’t wait to see my blogging community grow as I continue to stay consistent with creating awesome content for you all!


Once again, a huge thank you to all of you for pressing the “SUBSCRIBE” button on The Joys and Trials of a Christian Teen! I’m so thankful to God that I have made it to this blogiversary, and I pray for many more wonderful years of blogging filled with inspiration, growth, and lots and lots of love.

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

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! ♡

Wishing You a Happy August + my monthly goals ♡

Hey, hey, hey! Happy August everyone! We have now entered a month of more fun in the sun, a brand new school year for kids around the world, and a new beginning. I hope that all of you will have a productive, relaxing, and memorable month of August.

Since I will be starting high school this in about a week, I think it’s super important that I create some personal goals for August to start ninth grade off strong. Here are just a few of the goals that I look forward to reaching throughout the rest of the month and year.

My Monthly Goals for August

Through the last few weeks of my summer break, I’ve been reading more often than before, and I plan to keep that going. During the event that me and Goodmommy attended a couple days ago, I found three Diary of a Wimpy Kid novels in a box of free books, which I happily added to my formally small collection of the series. I’ve already finished one of them and began another. Hopefully I’ll be able to buy some of the books on my TBR list, within the next couple months, too.

As soon as I’m able to begin working on my new courses, I plan to get straight to work. It gives me a huge piece of mind when I’m able to submit assignments a couple weeks before they’re due. Being ahead prevents me from getting in a crunch, while giving me more free time for my clubs and other personal goals.

Lately, I’ve been writing about our 30-day salad challenge, and even though it’ll be over in a few more days, I plan on sticking to a salad a day from now on. Already, I’m seeing a huge improvement in my quality of sleep and my energy everyday. I can’t wait to see the progress that I make with my nutrition journey.

Finally, I want to take some more time this month to study God’s Word in the mornings to start the day. Some words of wisdom are always the best way to start my day, so doing a little meditation and Bible study when I wake up will be a great way to kick of a new month and school year.


LET’S CHAT~What are some of your productive goals for the month of August? Feel free to share your response down below.

Have a fantastic August everyone! God bless you all, and I’ll catch you later! Peace in! ♡