I read my original poem to an audience for the first time… ♡

Today I had another meeting with my Creative Writing Club. Every month we have an Open Mic Night, where we as students can submit our original works in Google Forms to read aloud to the group. In celebration of April, National Poetry Month, every presentation for today’s meeting was a poem or another short form of writing.

School is almost over, this is the last open mic night of the year, and I had never shared any of my original work with the group. Due to these factors, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to get the exposure that I needed.

I decided to use the poem that I wrote for International Women’s Day, “Words to Women” as my selection. And sure enough, when the club leader announced who would be speaking today, I saw my name as number 5 on the list.

Although I was nervous about the whole thing going into it, I became more relaxed as I heard each student read their original works. A majority of the poems were about self confidence or female empowerment, and they all seemed to connect to each other in some way, which I thought was really cool.

What I love about this club so much is that it gives me an opportunity to meet people who love to write, just like me. Not only did tonight’s meeting give me a chance to learn and gain inspiration from others’ work, but I was even able to share what I liked about each poem, and provide positive constructive criticism if the author requested it.

When it was my turn to read my poem, the whole thing went by very smoothly–I knew that what I had wrote was good. I was a little shocked at the flood of positive feedback that popped up in the chat. Many of the other club members repeated a quote of the poem that identified with them or gave positive comments such as how they liked how I talked about our differences and how they make each of us beautiful.

One of the most rewarding parts of being a writer is knowing that your work was able to touch a person and remind them of themselves. Poetry can be interpreted in many different ways. And one sentence can hold a lot of power.

Overall, I shared this with you all today to remind you that it’s good to step out of your comfort zone, from time to time; it feels so good to know that you conquered a past fear or challenge of yours.

Some things can be nerve wracking to think about doing, especially when that something is sharing your original work in front of an audience. However, when we are doing something that makes us nervous, it shows that we care. Not to mention that it gives us room to grow as people.

I hope this was able to inspire you, today. Don’t forget to be thankful for every moment, because we never know which one will be our last. May God bless you all; peace in! ♡

An open letter to my younger self…

Dear younger self,

First of all, let me say that I love you, and I know what you’re facing: I was you. While I’m not that much older than you, and I still have much to learn, I hope that you will read these words with an open heart. God has given me lots of wisdom, and like you I am learning every day. I still have things that I need to do and I still have imperfections. But through it all, God has always been there for us, and He always will be. This is the advice that I have for you.

Just be you. I know that you may look in the mirror and see imperfections. But God says that you’re beautiful, inside and out. Even with your flaws, you are the apple of His eye. Don’t ever look in the mirror and wish you looked like someone you’re not. From now on, when you look at your reflection, say “If God says that I’m beautiful, then I think so, too.” The more you say it, the more you’ll believe it. Just shine. Be the the light in the darkness that God chose you to be.

It’s okay to have just a couple friends, because sometimes “friends” can be the same people who will try to take advantage of you in your highs and abandon you in your lows. However, through it all, God is your friend. You are your friend. Goodmommy is your friend. And you might even meet one or two more friends along the way~but don’t rush it. For the Bible says that a friend will stick closer than a brother. And considering that we have a great little brother already, I know that can be pretty hard to beat, LOL.

Keeping the peace is more important than being right. I know that you’re a perfectionist. I am, too. Naturally, we want everything to be perfect all the time. Sometimes, we might think that something isn’t fair or that someone owes us an apology. We might think it in our heads. But a rule to always remember is avoid speaking everything that pops up in your brain. Every thought isn’t meant to be spoken. And if you ever need guidance, pray about it. God will tell you what to do. He’s good like that.

Don’t compare yourself to people. There will be times where you may look at someone else and think that they’ve got everything together. They may always have the biggest smile on their face. They may be popular. They may be pretty. They may be rich in money and jewels. But never forget that sometimes only God knows what’s happening beneath the surface. Rich in money is far from the same thing as rich in peace, joy, and love.

Stop worrying about what other people think about you. What do YOU think about you? What do the people who love you for who you are think about you? And most importantly, what does GOD think about you? What does He call you in His Word? These are the voices that you should listen to. The rest is nothing but background noise.

Let God fight your battle. Life might not be easy in every moment. You may need to make important decisions, and sometimes you might not know what to do. If and when these moments come, be still and listen. Let God fight for you, because He’s already won this battle. Some of the trials that we face are simply a test, where God is asking us “Will you keep your faith in Me?” In everything, God is able. And in His timing, the perfect timing, every season will pass. And with each season, God will make you stronger in Him.

With lots of love,

– Your future, teenage self ♡

If you could say anything to your younger self, what would it be? Feel free to share your thoughts in the chat. I’m super excited to hear from you!

Thank you all so much for reading! Have a beautiful and blessed day, everyone! God bless you all! ♡

Who’s Ready for Highschool? | How to Get Prepared

When you’re in 8th grade, it can be a lot to think about your future. It’s the last year of middle school, a.k.a. the time in your life where you start thinking about college and what career you want to pursue, all while trying to find out more about yourself and how you are changing. I know that it can seem like a lot sometimes. However, as a soon-to-be-freshman myself, I’m here to tell you that everything will be okay! We just need to get prepared. And here’s how!

1.) Make Sure You Have a Consistent Schedule to Better Suit the Upcoming Changes ~ Highschool is nothing to be afraid of. Still, it’s a new chapter of our lives that requires preparation. And that means a schedule that will better suit the changes. In high school we will have new classes, teachers, peers, schools and our grades begin setting deeper footprints. This means that we need to make sure that we have routines that will give us plenty of time to stay productive during weekdays.

2.) Pay Attention to Academic Areas that Need Improving ~ Most of us have at least one favorite subject. And along with that, there might be some subjects that you feel like you could improve in. Now is the time to put those feelings into action. If we go through the process of getting more comfortable with the subjects that we need help in, we are setting ourselves up for success in the future and in life.

3.) Maintain Good Study Habits ~ One of the biggest differences in high school vs. middle school is the amount of work. High school is when we really start to prepare for our future, so why not start early? Maintaining positive and stable study habits will help prepare us for what’s to come, making the load lighter when high school is in session.

Recommended Post: How to Stay Organized as a Virtual Student

4.) Ask For Help If (and When) You Need It ~ At one point or another, we’ve all had to ask for help, whether it was from God, a parent, a teacher, a friend, or even our communities. And if there’s any stage in our lives that we need to ask for help, it’s probably now. New stages can be exciting, but for others they can be nerve-wracking. So, whenever you need a helping hand to lay on your shoulder during this time of transition, don’t be afraid to ask for it. Asking for assistance is a skill that we will need to use in all stages of our journeys as people and individuals.

5.) Create an Organized Workspace ~ While study habits are important, the only way that we can study effectively is if we have a constant place to do so. When you come home from school (or when you do your work if you’re homeschooled, like me) it makes it much easier to focus when you have an effective study space to get the job done.

6.) Get Your Priorities in Check ~ Prioritizing what we find the most important in our lives is crucial to preparing for grade 9. Peer pressure is just about everywhere in most public schools, so make sure that you are in check with what and whom you should spend your time. High school is all about preparing for adulthood, and while we still have time left before then, making priorities are a must for another successful school year!

7.) Relax~We Got This! ~ No matter what, remember that as long as you give it your all, you’ve got it together! You are capable. You are smart. You will succeed. You are getting better every day. You got this! Don’t forget to say these things to yourself whenever you need some words of encouragement. We can’t overlook mental health! <33


This guide for How to Prepare for Highschool was such a blast to create! I’m super excited for what high school has in store for me, and I hope that now you are, too. Don’t forget that with effort, the willingness to ask for help, positive affirmation, and academic preparation, high school will be smooth-sailing. All we need to do (besides these tips) is relax and enjoy what’s soon to come!

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Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful and blessed day, everyone! Peace in! ✨

Believe and you can achieve !

Hey, y’all! Happy Tuesday.

So, if you checked out my Valentine’s Day post discussing how we (me and Goodmommy) went shopping, you know that I bought a cute white shirt with the word “SHINE” and small silver beads elegantly placed on the front. I explained how we bought it specifically for a special occasion and that I would share what the special occasion is with you all today. And guess what. I came through with my word, y’all.

I was chosen to attend a Middle School Student Forum to represent my school!!! Just before I went to bed, I was jumping up and down inside with excitement. To have my straight A’s pay off, now allowing me to use my voice to make a positive impact on my community is truly a blessing.

We took a few pictures before we left. It was close to 9 AM, so we didn’t want to wait too long to get there. Though, all the pictures turned out adorable. This one is one of my favorites. Goodmommy is such an amazing support in all of this. My assistant principal gave me a document of some of the sample questions that the board members might ask. Just before bed time, we practiced roleplaying the introductions and sample questions. It’s always a good idea to be prepared. Also, thanks for your help, Goodmommy. :))

It only took us about 25 minutes to get to the building, and believe it or not, I was the first student to get there. To be honest, I was a little shocked. I’ve always been an early bird, though, so it was nice to be able to take a look around at the large auditorium and take some photos as momentoes of this wonderful memory.

The set up of the whole entire room was super organized and well-planned (to my liking.) They even gave each student an assigned table and seat based on our district. We also had a small notebook and pens for notetaking, as well as little tins of mints if we wanted a little snack. I really appreciated how friendly everyone was. They made me feel super welcome and comfortable.

My assistant principal also gave me a printed copy of the sample questions, so I was able to write in my notebook some of my answers regarding the criteria.

And here’s my assistant principal, himself. It was super nice to meet him in-person for the first time! He was nice enough to come over and greet us with a warm welcome as soon as he saw us.

After close to an hour of introducing myself to a couple of my table mates, taking notes, and drinking my Gatorade, it was soon time for the discussions to start. I enjoyed having a conversation with the board member of my district and some other students who attend a variety of public schools in my community.

Being able to hear and give feedback from those familiar with the academic and educational industry as well as hear from other students’ perspectives was really eye opening. I found it informative to learn about what kids my age may experience while attending in-person schooling, as well as how that correlates to my virtual public schooling.

We (including students in all 6 groups) were able to discuss topics like mental health, bathroom issues, peer pressure, connectivity with each other and our teachers and the list goes on. The fact that they are allowing middle and high schoolers to share our input on what we appreciate and would change about our school programs was a wonderful idea that I’m happy was put in place.

It also gave us a chance to get used to having healthy discussions and learning how to speak confidently in front of an audience. Not only giving our input, but being able to listen to the opinions and feedback of others in a respectful way. I found it such a great method for giving back to my community.

Of course, to celebrate this beautiful occasion, some of our parents (including Goodmommy) came over to take a photo of the board member, me and the other students at my table. I appreciate the amazing photography to make this memory last.

All in all, I thank God and all the staff and administrators for the wonderful honor of choosing me to be a representative of my school, the students in my school, and everyone in my community.

It truly was a wonderful experience that I will never forget and always cherish. And it has showed me that when you are committed and believe in what God has for your life you can achieve anything that you put your mind to.

Why positive affirmation is critical…

Everybody needs some positive motivation here and there. When we are motivated, we are driven to create and reach our goals with both engagement and tremendous effort. If motivation wasn’t a thing, how would we get things done? Specifically the things that we don’t always want to do.

Motivation is inevitable. It can come from just about anyone, anything, and anywhere. It could be a well deserved pat on the back or a kiss on the cheek. We can even give ourselves a dose of motivation. Particularly with a tool that I like to call positive affirmation.

I’ve been trying to personalize my workspace, a bit more, so I decided to print some motivational quotes that I can read to myself everyday. Although I just put it up on my bulletin board (after customizing it to add some personal touches) it definitely helps me start my morning off to a great start.

If you have a good support system, then that is a wonderful thing. However, motivational words can’t always really sink in unless you believe them, yourself. You have to have faith, too. This is exactly where the positive affirmation, or positive self-talk, comes in.

Some ways to practice positive affirmation include:

  • Putting up positive messages around your workspace or room.
  • Repeating uplifting sentences when you are getting ready for the day. The more you say it, the more you can start to believe it, increasing your self confidence.
  • Using sentences that start with “I am” or “I can” followed by a positive trait about yourself or a personal goal.
  • Remain optimistic, even through possible bumps in the road.
  • Put in your best effort to reach your goals. Believe that you can reach them.

Using positive affirmation in your daily life may take some time. And when you’ve mastered it, there’s no going back! Just remember that whatever you set your mind to, even if it seems impossible at times, with your best effort and just a little faith, you can surely succeed. You just have to believe it.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

How to Stay Organized as a Virtual Student

Something really important to me as a student that does work at home, and has been for 5 years, is organization. When my workspace is organized, I automatically feel more productive and I can remain focused on the tasks at hand. A clean space can also cause for a clean sense of concentration that will make it easier for anyone to study.

The only catch is organization is not an easy task for everyone. If you happen to be one of these people, don’t worry! I’ve got some great tips for you to help you learn how you can stay productive and confident while completing your work.


Choose a designated workspace.

This first point is a big one, and I’ll explain why: If you don’t have one fixed space where you always come to in order to study and get your work completed, it’s easy to loose track of supplies, notebooks, and other items you may need.

When you have a designated space to work, everything is where you left it, therefore making your whole study experience more enjoyable and a lot less of a hassle.

Have a calendar and/or planner handy.

Personally, I have a lot of appointments, club meetings, and live classes that I like to (and sometimes have to) attend for school.

Let. Me. Tell. You. As far as material items go, planners and calendars can be a homeschooler’s best friend. Not only do they easily allow you to document all of your to-dos, but it can also give you a peace of mind: you won’t have to remember everything by yourself. All you’ll have to do is take a look at your calendar or planner.

Take lots of notes. Organized notes.

Note-taking is a great technique if you want to get a good review of the Module or Segment before a test, and they can be extremely productive, as long as they are organized. There may even be note resources that your school provides, so if that’s available, take full advantage of that! In order to create organized notes, take a look at these bonus tips:

  • Separate your binders and notebooks by course. Every course needs a designated notebook.
  • When you do a new lesson, start a new page.
  • Write down lists with bullet points (the dots before each sentence in this list.)
  • Use highlighters to make key points stand out.
  • Organize the text by headings, always making sure to label each page with a title, explaining which lesson it covers.

Create and maintain a routine.

Things can get a little “messy” when you don’t have a routine. Without some type of schedule, there’s no specific time when you need to wake up, do your work, and meet the necessary attendance requirements your school has in place.

It’s best to create a routine where you set an alarm for when you wake up and have a time frame or fixed goal for how long you need to work or how many assignments you will submit every day. I love this method, as not only does it help create productivity in our academic lives, but it can also help us make time for family, friends, clubs, and other extracurricular activities.

Eat breakfast before you start working.

Usually, I aim to wake up 60-90 minutes before I actually start doing my work for the day. I have to clean the beds in my house, plus eat breakfast, all before I “go to school.”

Therefore, waking up a decent (but not too large) amount of time before your work begins will give you time for a nutritious breakfast to get your mind moving and start off the day strong! A good attitude is a HUGE factor in productivity, no matter how or where you learn.

Take breaks.

While a lot of people would guess that homeschoolers don’t actually have to work, I’m sure me and you know otherwise. It’s possible to spend 4-5 hours every day, Monday through Friday, working in order to complete all of our assignments.

In order to prevent fatigue, take at least one 30-minute break every day that you do your work for over 4 hours. It gives you an opportunity to get a healthy lunch, rejuvenating your energy, hence helping get you through the day.


Hopefully, this list of tips was a great help to anyone who works at home and needs some guidance on how to get and stay organized. Remember, as long as you have determination, a good attitude, and good organization, your online education is sure to be successful.

Have a great day, y’all! ✨

Is There Anything Wrong with ‘Wanting More?’ | Blogmas Day 14

It can be easy to want more: more money, more followers, more friends, more love (true love), etc. Some things may be materials. Others can be an aspiration or goal that holds a meaning that we can discover if we look deep within.

It is natural to want what we don’t have, at the moment. In fact, some ambitions can be helpful and great goals for the future. They can teach us the value of hard work and help us remember where we came from. If we never aim for a healthy change, especially when we are desperately in need of one, then how can we move forward productively?

Meanwhile, if we do find ourselves wanting more of something, I think a question that we need to ask ourselves is ‘Why do I want this?’

At times, ‘wanting more’ may be us wanting to improve ourselves to become a better and healthier person. It could even be for our family or another great cause. However, other wants may be due to comparison or a lack of self esteem. It could be a lack to see the blessings that Jesus has already placed in our lives.

Asking ourselves why we have a desire is kind of a self-check. If we are making sure that we know why we want something, then it can help us think about our actions. This allows us to make responsible and (morally) right decisions.

Wanting more can be a good thing, depending on our motives and purpose. Subsequently, here’s something to think about the next time you want more of something:

There’s nothing wrong with ‘wanting more,” as long as we take the time to appreciate the many blessings right before our eyes.

– Princess Q’Zion

Feel free to share your thoughts down below in the comments! (just make sure they’re respectful, please 🙂 💬

Have a beautiful day, everyone! 💐

How to Be More Kind to Yourself

How to Be More Kind to Yourself

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Kindness is a fruit of the spirit, and a blessing within itself. Showing others kindness (the love of God) is important, but in doing so, we may often neglect showing ourselves a little kindness, which, believe it or not, is just as important.

Life has it’s own trials and tribulations, but I think that we can easily forget that those tribulations can be a result of us mistreating ourselves.

Here is a list on How to Be Kinder to Yourself ! 🌻

  1. Block out self-talk that puts you down – Our feelings about ourselves can often be caused by what we think in our minds. Replace all negative self-talk with positive statements.
  2. Forgive yourself – You and me are imperfect, and no matter how hard we may try, we will always be. Therefore, if you do something invalid, forgive yourself, and try your best to do better in the future.
  3. Don’t develop grudges – All grudges do is keep your mind focused on one specific event, person, or experience. We must learn to forgive others, not for them, but for us, and move on.
  4. Take healthy risks – Sometimes, there are things that God wants us to do, but we let our fear hold us back. It is a good thing to take healthy risks, even if they scare us, sometimes.
  5. Be thankful for another day – Learning to be thankful for the large and little things in life can help boost our mood, and teaches us how to be humble, as the Lord intends.
  6. Embrace your differences – It’s natural to want to fit in with the crowd. However, it’s so much better to embrace who you are, and be yourself.
  7. Learn to be ‘OK’ with having a small amount of friends – Although it can be tough to accept, everyone is not a true friend. Therefore, it’s important that we learn to appreciate the one or two true friends that we do have.
  8. Encourage yourself – In all things that we do, we must speak life. Tell yourself positive things that encourage you to keep moving forward with faithful steps.
  9. Help others – Giving and helping others is being kind to yourself, as it is treating people how you would like to be treated.
  10. Don’t be afraid to laugh – Laughing truly is one of the greatest medicines there is. So every day, take a few minutes to laugh out loud to put an extra pep in your step.

Bonus–Positive Self-Talk

Here are some examples of positive things that we can say to ourselves to increase positive self-talk.

  • “I am a winner, not a loser.”
  • “I am perfectly and wonderfully made.”
  • “I am worthy of love.”
  • “I don’t know everything, but that’s okay.”
  • “I am a blessing from God.”

I hope you all enjoyed this list on “How to Be More Kind to Yourself.” Being kind to others is important, but never forget that we all need a little bit of kindness.

Have a beautiful day! Remember to show yourself some love! 🌻

1 Month, 1 Pic – 2021 Selfies!

Days, months, and years can go by pretty quickly, which is exactly why we need to appreciate every moment that we have! And, one of the best ways to document our memories is pictures, which can also be known as selfies! Today, I’m going to show you one selfie that I took every month from April to November of 2021.

I hope you enjoy! ✨

April – 4.6.21

May – 5.8.21

June – 6.9.21

July – 7.24.21

August – 8.12.21

September – 9.20.21

October – 10.14.21

November – 11.16.21

Well, I guess these pictures prove that my appearance hasn’t changed much, at all this year (besides my height, but you can’t see that, lol). However, I’m happy with that, and I love how all the photos came out! So far, 2021 has been an awesome year, and I’m thankful to God for that!

Question of the Day: Do you like taking selfies? If so, how often do you take them?

I hope you all enjoyed these pics! Have an amazing day! ✨

5 Reasons Why We (Teenagers) Need Responsibilities

5 Reasons Why We (Teenagers) Need Responsibilities

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As a teenager, it can be easy to wonder why we suddenly have all these responsibilities. I mean, as a child, they were minimal, but the moment we turn 13, it’s like an extra bucket of chores are poured on us. But why do we need responsibilities now? We aren’t adults yet!

Today, I’m going to be discussing 5 Reasons Why We (Teenagers) Need Responsibilities. ✨

1. Responsibilities help prepare us for adulthood.

Sure, we aren’t adults quite yet. But adulthood is not too far away. Therefore, it’s important that we learn how to do things on our own now, so we won’t be like a fishes out of water when we are living in our own homes. Imagine if we were living on our own and we didn’t know how to do simple things like do the laundry or wake up to get to college/work on time.

2. Responsibilities teach us how to be responsible.

If we had nothing that we are supposed to do, no duties, no responsibilities, then we would most likely lack accountability altogether. When we have responsibilities, we are training ourselves to get our work done in a efficient way and amount of time. In other words, it is a way to develop our character and work ethic.

3. Responsibilities allow us to contribute to our homes and communities.

Although we might not always feel like doing chores, doing responsible things like recycling and the laundry for your parents are benefitting your family and your community. Most people take delight in having a nice home and community. Since we live in and are benefitting from our environments, the least we can do is help maintain them.

4. Responsibilities increase our self esteem.

Believe it or not, having our own responsibilities is a confidence booster. Why, you ask? Because they give us an opportunity to do things on our own. And when we do these things successfully, it makes us feel capable, as we are showing ourselves that we can do things without as much needed assistance from others.

5. Responsibilities give us self control and logical thinking.

Responsibilities come in many shapes and forms. Your parents might trust you with the responsibility of going to the local park with your friends. Some duties give us a choice on what is logical, and responsible, to do in these situations. This choice comes into play with logical thinking, and the ability to have self control when it comes to our actions and words.

I hope that these reasons explaining the purpose of responsibility have given you a different perspective, as well as something to think about. Of course, responsibilities can be a challenge, sometimes. But what’s life without challenges?

Have an amazing day, everyone! ✨