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! ♡

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.

Radiant in red to honor heart disease victims

As you all know (if you saw yesterday’s post, that is) today is National Wear Red Day! Yesterday, I wrote about the reason behind National Wear Red Day—to honor the women and men who have passed due to heart disease and/or stroke. I also explained what we can do as support towards the strides to lower these statistics. And one of the most predominant strategies that I mention was wearing red!

But, of course, it wasn’t enough to just say what we can do to support this amazing cause: I wanted to put my words in action. Check out me and Goodmommy looking radiant in red as a tribute to American Heart Month.

Of course, we had to do our normal routine and take an entire photo shoot once we got home, LOL. But I’m happy that we were able to make a statement through both fashion and color: two different methods of expression that blend to a tee.

Any time with Goodmommy is a treat, but we sure had a lot of fun going out today. Even though we mostly did just errands, Goodmommy was super sweet to buy us both a strawberry milkshake with red cherries on top. We didn’t actually eat the cherries. But the color of our milkshakes were pink, a color in the same family as red. So technically, we second-handedly added another red(ish) element to our National Wear Red Day.

I hope you enjoyed this quick read. Hopefully, you had fun celebrating National Wear Red Day, as well!

Have a beautiful, blessed, and red day, y’all! God is Good! ❤️✨❤️

Picture Blog – Goodmommy’s Birthday Celebration! 🎂

Hey y’all! Today, I’m going to do another picture blog! Me and Goodmommy went out today to celebrate her birthday, which is actually tomorrow. I just want to say how much I appreciate her for all that she’s done and is still doing in my life. She is and has always been a true blessing from God to me. Please comment down below #happybirthdayGoodmommy with any birthday emoji to show her some love, which she absolutely deserves!

Alrighty, let’s get into the pictures!

Afterwards, we went shopping at Five Below and got some cute new gingerbread houses, so look forward to a post on that, in the future! We then went to eat at an all you can eat buffet, but the food wasn’t good, so we got our money back and got Chick-fil-a instead, lol. To be fair, it was still really good!

Oh, I almost forgot! Here’s a TikTok that we made. Goodmommy was a little lost while driving today! Please follow us on our new TikTok account @GoodGrands!

@goodgrands – Here’s the link to the actual video! :>

Together 💖

I hope you all enjoyed this short and sweet picture blog of me and Goodmommy celebrating her birthday! Don’t forget those #happybirthdayGoodmommy comments down below! 🥳

Have a beautiful day, everyone! ✨

The Story Of My Flying Beta Fish (Reblog)

Note: This is a sweet story about my flying beta fish, Joyus! I miss him so much, so I decided that I would reblog the post about him, and my other fish, Easter, today!

Hey guys! It’s Princess Q, back with another fun post! So, do any of you have pets? If you do or have had one, I’m sure that you know that pets pretty much become family to their owners. You may have a dog, cat, bird or maybe even a fish! No matter what type of pet you have, they are all just as amazing! ✨

Okay, so a dog would’ve been my first choice, but at this point in my life, I lived in an apartment, so we decided to get a beta fish! However, I don’t regret it, one bit. To be honest, these creatures are literally the mermaids of the sea. …Well, unless there is a such thing as actual mermaids.

So, anyway, me and my Goodmmommy (grandmother), decided to name her Easter, since we got her the day before Easter. She was a beautiful pink color. Although, we were never confirmed her gender, I can tell she was a girl because…well, keep reading to find out.

So, Easter was a great pet. She watched me while I slept next to her on the couch and she was really happy and joyful. Fast forward two years, and, at some point, she stopped eating. Now, being the Christians that we are, we obviously prayed that she would be healed. However, a few weeks later, she passed away.

I admit, I was super sad. Who wouldn’t be if their fish died? However, she died when I was in school (I was at in person school at that time, which was about 2015). Thankfully, my Goodmommy flushed her before I could see her in that state.

R.I.P. Easter! 💖💖

Okay, so shortly after (probably less than a year later), we got another beta fish, and we named him Joyus. This time, we knew that he was a male, since we saw it on the small container that he came in. He was a mix of different blues.

After we took him home, he was a lot like Easter, except more energetic. He watched me when I slept, he was always rambunctious and he almost never stopped moving. Thankfully, he never experienced any health issues, either.

He lived a super happy life…until a Friday that I remember quite vividly. This was in about 2016, and I had just started homeschooling. Therefore, my Goodmommy had to help me with doing my schoolwork until I got used to the system. Anyway, I had a lot to do, and I needed to get it done before 12:00 a.m. Saturday.

So, we were finishing my schoolwork, and on a break, we saw that Joyus’ tank was getting a little dirty. As a result, it was a natural reaction to go ahead and change his tank. Now, to change the tank, we would have another tank ready, right next to the dirty one. Then, we would take a net, and quickly pick up the fish from the dirty tank to the clean one. Now, this had never been a problem with Joyus or Easter until now.

Although we kept putting the net in, Joyus knew exactly what we were about to do. He kept trying to swim away from it. This was a surprise to us since, out of all the times that we’d changed the tank, he had never done this before. After a little bit of struggling, we finally scooped him up, but, to our shock, he flew out of the net!

Okay, so of course me and Goodmommy were in absolute panic! Meanwhile, Joyus was flipping and flopping on the kitchen counter. We tried to scoop him back into the net, but he was wobbling around so much that it was too difficult.

So, at this point, there was some soapy dishwater in the kitchen sink, and Joyus must have smelt it, because before we knew it, he had jumped in! Now, you would think getting in water would be a good thing, however, this was not the case, since;

  1. Beta fish need a special serum in the water to breath.
  2. This dish water was soapy, which is obviously filled with harmful chemicals.

Yep. You guessed it.

R.I.P. Joyus! 💖

Of course, I was devastated, and I still am disappointed to this day. However, when I think about it, I realize that Joyus was a really smart fish! I also know Easter had to be a girl. How do I know? Because, she would never fly out of her tank!

Okay, everyone! I really hope you enjoyed the story about My Flying Beta Fish! If you have any stories about your pets, please comment them down below!

Have a happy, healthy, and positive day, amazing people! ✨

Pizza and Cupcakes – A Sweet and Savory Story

Here’s probably one of few things that almost all people have gone through: bullying. Since I’m homeschooled, I don’t experience much, if any, bullying now, but I was in in-person schooling until 3rd grade, and, of course, I dealt with some bullies.

Today, I’m going to tell you all a story about how me, and my Goodmommy (a.k.a. grandmother) dealt with a bully without any direct confrontation. And this story has a sweet and savory twist to it!

So, are you ready? Let’s get started!

This event in particular took place in about 2nd grade. I had always been a good student (I got As and Bs), and I was well-known for getting “🌟 Star Student 🌟” in my class almost every year. Overall, I believe that I was very similar to how I am now, just younger and less confident.

There was this girl that always liked to mess with me…let’s call her Riri. So, Riri was pretty much your typical bully. She didn’t include me in her “friend” group, she called me names like “fat”, etc. Of course, I wasn’t nearly as confident in myself then as I am now. Not only that, but words can hurt, if you let them.

Keep in mind that there was an option that students had during lunch, where our parents came with food, and we could choose 2 of our classmates to go out to lunch with us. The funny thing was, I chose Riri and one of her “followers” every time. Yep. Every. Single. Time. …🤦🏾‍♀️

I know right.

My grandmother had talked with Riri several times to try and keep the peace between us, and even though she would be nice in front of her, the bullying didn’t stop. Of course, me and my Goodmommy tell each other everything (since we live together and we’re very close), so I told her all about the situation. Eventually, she had an idea.

Not very long after, she came to lunch, again, and she brought a Dominos peperoni pizza and some cupcakes. This was by far the best meal that she had ever brought to my school. Of course, the whole class raised their hand, hoping to be one of the two people that I chose. I mean, what second grader wouldn’t want some yummy yummy pizza and yummy yummy cupcakes? Riri had the hugest smile on her face. She literally knew that I was about to pick her.

The thing was, Goodmommy told me not to, and I didn’t. I also didn’t pick any of her “followers.” Instead, I picked two girls who were always kind. People who never called me any names, and I enjoyed being around.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget the look on Riri’s face when she asked why I didn’t choose her. I sincerely replied, “Sorry,” and went outside to lunch. I truly didn’t have any bad wishes on her or anything. I knew that she had to be acting that way for a reason. However, I knew that if I had just stayed silent, the behavior would have went on, and maybe even gotten worse.

I still haven’t forgotten about this event, even after all of these years.

This wasn’t an attempt of revenge or a way to get back at Riri, but more of a lesson that we both learned that day. I don’t know if she ever bullied anyone else after me, but if she did, I know that she’ll always think about what happened. It was also a learning experience for me, and something that I’ll always remember, as well.

So please, be kind, and if you are being bullied, remember that you do not have to take any of that. Just remember to talk to those who you trust about the issue, and take care of the matter in a way that will be peaceful and beneficial.

If you want me to post more stories about my life experiences, please make sure to like this post and comment down below #stopbullying and #bekind.

Have an amazing day, everyone! ✨

Celebrating my Birthday #BirthdayVlog #Teenager

Hey everyone! Today, me and my Grandmother had an amazing time celebrating my birthday! I must admit, it was one of the best and most fun birthdays that I’ve ever had! In fact, I wanted to share all of the fun things that we did to celebrate with you all. ✨

And you know what makes it even better? I’m going to provide pictures in between!

So, let’s get this birthday party blog started!

First, I want to say that yesterday, my grandmother gave me these absolutely beautiful balloons. To be honest, the largest one was one of the biggest and most beautiful balloons that I had ever seen! Seriously, just look at the size of that thing!

I mean…the picture speaks for itself.

Okay, so that was amazing, but that wasn’t all that was in store for me! Afterwards, we went to the mall, and my grandmother got a beautiful bracelet for me. She also got me a charm. The front had a family tree on it, and the back said the words “Family is a circle of love.

Besides life, this is probably my favorite gift of this year’s birthday. My Goodmommy (a.k.a. grandmother) knows how much I love my family!

Me right after we picked up my bracelet. You can see my smile even with that mask on, lol. ✨

Afterwards, we went to a restaurant and had some delicious food. I got some chicken breast, a loaded potato, and some a French onion soup. Everything looked and tasted delicious. However, the most delicious part was…the bread!

Have you ever been to one of those restaurants where they can give you free bread before you get your food? Well, this was one of those restaurants! With a little bit of butter, the bread tasted even better! I had firsts, seconds, and the waiter was kind enough to give me and extra bag to go, lol.

Even though we took a lot of our food home, me and my Goodmommy both had a great time laughing and chatting during dinner.

Oof, I’m making myself hungry!

You would think that this was everything we did for my birthday, but it wasn’t! After eating, we both went to a store to get some cool items! I got a new sketchbook, AirPod holders, some scented pens and (non-scented) mechanical pencils for school and art class, two board games, etc.

After that, it was time to go home, and me and Goodmommy played a really exciting game of Jenga! It was one of my favorite parts of today!

It got pretty intense! Also, after a long game, Goodmommy won. But, I still had a great time! ✨

So, overall, I had a really fun birthday, and I’m glad that I got the opportunity to share it with you all! Comment down below what you love the most about birthdays!

Have a happy, healthy, and exciting day, everyone! ✨

Do You Like My Braids? #NaturalHair #BlackIsBeautiful

Hello, everyone! How has your day been? Today, I went to the hair salon and got a hairstyle that I really love! Read further to find out where the inspiration for my style came from! ✨

So let’s get started!

About 1-3 weeks ago, My Goodmommy redid her hair in braids that went to the side. Of course, I absolutely loved this hairdo, and wanted it for myself, as well. Of course, I had just gotten my hair done at that point, so I had to wait for three weeks to get my hair redid. Omg 😩

A day or two before my next hair appointment, my Goodmommy asked me what style I wanted. I was glad that she thought of asking me this, because I hadn’t figure that out yet. However, when I thought about it, which style do you think I picked?

Yep. The braids in a bun! ✨

This is how my hair looks after the stylist blow-dried and combed my hair. Yep, I have a lot of it, lol.

Overall, the experience was really enjoyable, especially since it was my first time getting a completely braided style at a salon. What I really love about braids, especially on natural hair, is they can last for up to 3 weeks, especially if you sit under the dryer for about 15 minutes!

This was especially convenient, considering that my birthday is coming up super soon! And, who doesn’t what their hair to be fashionably fashionable on their birthday, am I right?

I am absolutely in love with my natural hair! 💕

Okay, everyone, I really hope you enjoyed this blog post about my natural hair! ✨

Also, comment down below if you prefer me to post things like this, where I give you a glimpse of my real life, or when I provide tips and advice to you guys about different things. Maybe you like it when I do both! Whatever you prefer, please comment your opinion down below! If you like both, please let me know which one you want me to do more, and I’ll try my best to satisfy the requests!

Have a happy, healthy, and joyful day, everyone! ✨

A Story About My Flying Beta Fish

Hey guys! It’s Princess Q, back with another fun post! So, do any of you have pets? If you do or have had one, I’m sure that you know that pets pretty much become family to their owners. You may have a dog, cat, bird or maybe even a fish! No matter what type of pet you have, they are all just as amazing! ✨

Okay, so a dog would’ve been my first choice, but at this point in my life, I lived in an apartment, so we decided to get a beta fish! However, I don’t regret it, one bit. To be honest, these creatures are literally the mermaids of the sea. …Well, unless there is a such thing as actual mermaids.

So, anyway, me and my Goodmmommy (grandmother), decided to name her Easter, since we got her the day before Easter. She was a beautiful pink color. Although, we were never confirmed her gender, I can tell she was a girl because…well, keep reading to find out.

So, Easter was a great pet. She watched me while I slept next to her on the couch and she was really happy and joyful. Fast forward two years, and, at some point, she stopped eating. Now, being the Christians that we are, we obviously prayed that she would be healed. However, a few weeks later, she passed away.

I admit, I was super sad. Who wouldn’t be if their fish died? However, she died when I was in school (I was at in person school at that time, which was about 2015). Thankfully, my Goodmommy flushed her before I could see her in that state.

R.I.P. Easter! 💖

Okay, so shortly after (probably less than a year later), we got another beta fish, and we named him Joyus. This time, we knew that he was a male, since we saw it on the small container that he came in. He was a mix of different blues.

After we took him home, he was a lot like Easter, except more energetic. He watched me when I slept, he was always rambunctious and he almost never stopped moving. Thankfully, he never experienced any health issues, either.

He lived a super happy life…until a Friday that I remember quite vividly. This was in about 2016, and I had just started homeschooling. Therefore, my Goodmommy had to help me with doing my schoolwork until I got used to the system. Anyway, I had a lot to do, and I needed to get it done before 12:00 a.m. Saturday.

So, we were finishing my schoolwork, and on a break, we saw that Joyus’ tank was getting a little dirty. As a result, it was a natural reaction to go ahead and change his tank. Now, to change the tank, we would have another tank ready, right next to the dirty one. Then, we would take a net, and quickly pick up the fish from the dirty tank to the clean one. Now, this had never been a problem with Joyus or Easter until now.

Although we kept putting the net in, Joyus knew exactly what we were about to do. He kept trying to swim away from it. This was a surprise to us since, out of all the times that we’d changed the tank, he had never done this before. After a little bit of struggling, we finally scooped him up, but, to our shock, he flew out of the net!

Okay, so of course me and Goodmommy were in absolute panic! Meanwhile, Joyus was flipping and flopping on the kitchen counter. We tried to scoop him back into the net, but he was wobbling around so much that it was too difficult.

So, at this point, there was some soapy dishwater in the kitchen sink, and Joyus must have smelt it, because before we knew it, he had jumped in! Now, you would think getting in water would be a good thing, however, this was not the case, since;

  1. Beta fish need a special serum in the water to breath.
  2. This dish water was soapy, which is obviously filled with harmful chemicals.

Yep. You guessed it.

R.I.P. Joyus! 💖

Of course, I was devastated, and I still am disappointed to this day. However, when I think about it, I realize that Joyus was a really smart fish! I also know Easter had to be a girl. How do I know? Because, she would never fly out of her tank!

Okay, everyone! I really hope you enjoyed the story about My Flying Beta Fish! If you have any stories about your pets, please comment them down below!

Have a happy, healthy, and positive day, amazing people! ✨