Monthly Wrap Up | October 2022

Hey, hey, hey, everyone! My name is Q’Zion, and welcome to The Joys and Trials of a Christian Teen. And no, we are not dreaming; it’s really already November! To be honest, October was like a fun roller coaster ride, for me. It was super fun, but it also went by crazy fast.

Either way, I really enjoyed myself, last month, and I’d like to share some of my experiences with you guys! So without further ado, let’s get into the October ’22 monthly wrap-up!

My Life

  • It’s been a while since I’ve given you all an update on my fitness journey. While I’ve been a little slow lately when it comes to walking outside three days a week, me and Goodmommy have been finding other creative ways to get some exercise. We’ve even been following along to workouts that we find on YouTube. At first, it took some adjusting but now I look forward to adding more variety to my fitness routine!
  • I officially started National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, and so far, I’ve added nearly 2,000 words. I plan to write about 50,000 words by November 30th. Is it a crazy goal? Maybe a little bit. But I’m so stoked about my new story, and I can’t wait to read the finished product.
  • Experimenting with photography is another thing that I’ve been working on. Lately, I’ve been working with capturing different angles and objects (such as trees, or the sunset) as well as looking at different perspectives to capture a shot. I think that October might be my best month this year as far as my photography goes, because I took quite a few gorgeous pictures!
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Books I Read

While I’ve bought a lot of books, this month flew by so quickly that I wasn’t able to finish any of them. But, there are a few that I started, so I’ll be sharing a brief review of my first impressions of each one. However, you may look at my more in-depth opinion in my last book haul. Let’s go!

  • The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin — Basically, this novel that I found at The Dollar Tree (yes, you heard correctly) is intriguing and confusing at the same time. It’s about a small school that consists of grades 1-8. It takes place in a class of 11 students–also known as the entire 7th grade–who idolized their classmate Paulie Fink. It’s kind of at a stand-still right now. Like, I know what’s happening but I don’t know what’s happening. Either way, it seems like a pretty fun book, so I’ll likely get back into it when I’m not so busy.
  • Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: Book I by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Kimberly Kirberger — honestly, Goodmommy was the one who ended up picking out this book for me. I really love the originality that it includes with a variety of true stories, poems, and other types of creative writing by teenagers and adults about their teenage years. There’s so many lessons in this book that I think that any teenager could learn/benefit from!
  • Savvy by Ingrid Law — to be honest, I couldn’t have read much more than 20 pages of this one (if that many) but it’s probably because beginning took a long time to get off the ground. Everything was so slow paced that it kind of lost my interest quickly, which was suprising because its one of my new books that I was the most excited about. But considering that it’s just the beginning of the book, I’ll get back into it eventually to see if things get more exciting.
  • Better with Butter by Victoria Piontek — Out of all the books that I’ve read this month, this one has got to be the cutest! In a nutshell, it’s about a shy girl with anxiety who gains confidence when she saves a baby goat named Butter. So far, the beginning of this novel has been pretty promising, and I’m super excited to see where this story goes next!
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Series I Watched

  • One of my favorite series ever is The Mysterious Benedict Society, which is an exclusive series on Disney+. It’s about a group of smart, yet neglected kids who make a band of do-gooders to save their city from a conundrum called the Emergency. To me, this series is the perfect mix between adventure, mystery, fantasy, and the wholesome friendships that dominate a film. And what’s even cooler is that they just released season 2!
  • It’s been a long time since I’ve binged-watched this series, but I recently took a dive back into That’s So Raven. I think most teenagers and young adults can agree that it’s probably one of the most nostalgic sitcoms of the 20th century. While Raven’s Home is a decent sequel, I don’t think it compares to the original.
  • I have a lot of Disney Channel shows that I really love, but one of my ultimate favorites is Good Luck Charlie, just because it’s such a wholesome and quirky show. No matter how much I see the episodes, they never fail to make me laugh 100 times over.
  • Occasionally, I also tend to watch the show Walk the Prank. In about the 3rd or 4th grade, I used to watch this show almost every day after school. And while I don’t watch it all that much now, it’s really nice to look back at it when I need a little laugh. There’s something about childhood shows that’s just so comforting.
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My Favorite Posts of the Month

I wrote and published a total of 13 posts, this month! Hooray! I’m honestly not mad at the number, because I think every single post I made was super good, and that’s what matters most as a writer! While I loved all the posts that I published in October of 22′, there were a few that stood out to me:


And that was the monthly wrap-up of October of 2022! Hopefully, you all enjoyed seeing the highlights of last month for me. Please comment down below, which post of mine last month did you enjoy the most? Also, what was YOUR favorite part of last month?

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

Monthly Wrap-Up | September 2022

Hey, everyone! My name is Q’Zion, and welcome back to my corner of the Internet! Oof, I just realized that it’s been 5 days since I last posted. I’m so sorry, y’all: it’s been a really busy few days! But thank God I got through it with flying colors! And I’m back with my monthly wrap-up of September of 2022.

Today I’ll be discussing some of my favorite moments from this month, with some of the novels I’ve finished and films I’ve watched sprinkled in between. Okay, okay–enough of the chatter. Let’s get started!

My Life

  • My birthday was this month, and I’ve got to say that it was the best birthday ever. (But just wait until I say the same thing next year.😂) My favorite gift was probably my second ear piercing! I got my first one when I was a baby, so being able to experience getting a piercing for the first time was an experience that I’ll never forget. You can look at my 2022 birthday post here!

  • I realized that in the past few months, I’ve been reading (and actually finishing) more books! In fact, ever since I joined Book Club last year, I feel like I’ve started getting into the swing of things again when it comes to reading every month. And that’s a huge relief, because I could never imagine my life without books!
  • Goodmommy and I spent a lot of time in the kitchen, this month. As part of our fitness journey, we’ve been experimenting with flourless cookie recipes, and so far we’ve made peanut butter cookies, dark chocolate oat cookies, and fudge chocolate cookies, which were made from hot chocolate mix. While the peanut butter cookies were my favorites, they were all fun to bake and taste!

  • I’ve had at least one club meeting for each of my clubs now (which are Creative Writing, Glee, and Teen Driving Club). Even though most of the clubs are way different then what I was anticipating to join, this year, I couldn’t be happier with my choices! They make school days so much more, eventful, if you know what I mean.

Books I Read

  • Guts by Raina Telgemeier (link to review) I’ve been a fan of Raina’s books since I was eight years old, and after finally getting my hands on the triology of her Smile series, I have to say that it didn’t disapoint. From the protagonist’s quirky character to the elementary school nostalgia, this book is the perfect gift for any tween or teenager–not to mention the perfect new addition to my growing graphic novel collection.
  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullay Hunt (link to review) Although I love to read more than most things in this world, I’m hard to impress when it comes to giving a book five stars. But Fish in a Tree is one of the few novels to win that award. From the lessons of friendship, self-esteem, and being yourself, to the character development, iconic quotes, and heartfelt moments, this novel is officially one of my new favorites.
  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks – I don’t want to reveal too much about this one because my review on it isn’t out yet . . . but this was SUCH an inspiring book! Zoe reminded me so much of myself, and the pace of the story was just right to keep things moving without being hard to follow. It’s so hard to believe that this was Janae Marks’ debut novel. In fact, her second novel, A Soft Place to Land, is now on my TBR (to be read) list!

Movies That I Watched

  • An Unlikely Angel – This film was such a beautiful reminder and demonstration of how God gives us second chances. Overall, there were a lot of funny and tense moments in this movie–a bit of an emotional roller coaster for the protagonist as we follow her on her journey to learning how to be a mother. If you’re a Christian who likes sweet movies that are perfect for family movie night, I would highly recommend watching this film on Pureflix.
  • The Mystery of Her – To be honest, I was really excited to watch this movie as soon as we turned on the trailer. And for the most part I liked it . . . that’s kind of all I’ve got. This film was about a teenage girl who tries to find herself after loosing her memory in a car accident. At first, it was good, but it slowly became more and more confusing. The end was pretty open, so it kind of left it up to you to imagine how the girl’s story ended. Not my favorite kind of ending, but it was an okay movie overall.
  • Grace Unplugged – This. I absolutely LOVED this movie. The main character, Grace, is a newly-eighteen-year-old girl who dreams of becoming a pop star–like her father, who was a rock star that threw away his fame to sing at their local church. I really appreciated how this movie showed young audiences–especially Christian teens–what it means and looks like to go down the wrong path. But there were also some amazing characters in the film that helped Grace get back on track with pleasing the Lord–and finding herself in the process. This film is definitely a must-see for any Christian teen/young adult.
  • The Way Home – To be honest, I didn’t watch the first half of this movie because I was busy watching YouTube videos and playing Roblox lol, but the second half was super emotional and pretty good, overall. And considering its about a community working together to try and find a missing two-year-old I expected that from the beginning. The ending was super heartwarming, and the fact that the film is based on a true story made this movie that much sweeter.

My Favorite Posts of the Month

So, we wrote a total of 11 post this month, 12 including this wrap-up, and I’ve got to admit that although I didn’t post a lot, I’ve written some really awesome posts, this month. I think I deserve a little self-pat-on-the-back. Anyway, here are some of my favorite posts of the month.

If you’d like to check out all the posts that I’ve written, this September, please check out THIS LINK!


I hope you all enjoyed reading what I was up to for the entire month! Overall, I really enjoyed myself these past thirty days, and I pray you all have, as well. And speaking of prayer, please send your prayers for all the victims of Hurricane Ian around the world. Your kind thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

What were your favorite parts of this month? I would love to hear your responses in the comments!

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everybody! God bless you all and have a splendid weekend! ~ Q’Zion ♡

Happy Resurrection Day ♡

Thank God for a beautiful Resurrection Day! Me and Goodmommy, as well as some of our family, had a great time during praise and worship at today’s church service, this morning. All though we were tired from waking up so early, it is always a blessing to be in the House of the Lord with other followers of Christ.

Despite the fact that we are sinners, and we have all fell short of God’s Glory, He sent His one and only son to come on Earth and pay for our sins with the ultimate sacrificial love.

Although I didn’t write the poem the I will be sharing today (which is instead from an online article) it summed up what was in my heart perfectly. I hope you all enjoy it! 💛

He was bruised and brought healing!

He was pierced and eased pain!

He was persecuted and brought freedom!

He was dead and brought life!

He reigns and brings Peace!

The world can’t understand him,

The armies can’t defeat Him,

The schools can’t explain Him, and

The leaders can’t ignore Him.

Herod couldn’t kill Him,

The Pharisees couldn’t confuse Him, and

The grave couldn’t hold Him!

Nero couldn’t crush Him,

Hitler couldn’t silence Him,

Other religions can’t replace Him, and

The world can’t explain Him away!

He is light, love, longevity, and Lord.

He is Goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, and God.

He is Holy, Righteous, mighty, powerful

He is Jesus, the Sweetest most powerful Name that I know, and I L💛VE Him!


Have a beautiful and blessed Easter Sunday, everybody!

Remember that God is love, and regardless of what we do, His love for us will never falter; this is what He showed us when the Son of God, Jesus Christ, died, rose, and lived again. Then, now, and forever. 💐

The Biblical Meaning of a Rainbow – Words of Wisdom #11

Psalm 145:13 New International Version (NIV)
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...The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
and faithful in all he does.

There is no doubt that rainbows are beautiful. Whenever I see a line of beautiful colors, it makes me feel happy to know that God put it within my eyes’ reach. As soon as I saw that it’s National Find a Rainbow Day, I knew that this would be the perfect topic to blog about.

And, speaking of rainbows, the question of the day is, what exactly is God saying to us when He places a rainbow for us to see? What message does a rainbow convey? Thankfully, the answer (just like the large majority of the questions that we may have in life) is found in the Holy Bible.

Genesis 9:13-16 New International Version (NIV)
13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.

As scripture confirms, the rainbow is a symbol representing God’s promise to us that He will never flood this Earth again to destroy life of all kind. In other words, He will not repeat the same scenario that occurred when He flooded the Earth and commanded Noah to make an ark to carry himself, his family and a male and female animal of every species.

The rainbow is evidence of how The Lord is a promise keeper, and He will do what He says He will do. It is one way that God shows us who He is and how much He loves us. Thank God that He is not like man, who will break a promise in a heartbeat. Let’s talk real, people: If God was like man, we wouldn’t be here.

That’s exactly why whenever I see a rainbow, I always say: Thank You, Jesus.

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

When was the last time you told your family ‘I love you’?

In my home, we tell each other ‘I love you’ multiple times a day. In the morning when we wake up, throughout the day and before we go to sleep. And by family I don’t necessarily ONLY mean people that are blood related–I mean the people who love us, care about our well being, and are present in our lives.

We all have people who are constantly supporting us through it all, and those are the same people who deserve an ‘I love you’ for their contributions in our lives.

To be honest, I believe ‘I love you’ should be spoken as well as showed through actions. The words are extremely colorful in the sense that they can be said (or shown) in more ways than one. And these are some examples:

  • give them a hug
  • treat them to breakfast in bed (only if you are 16 or older and/or your parents allow you to cook unattended)
  • be patient and listen more
  • leave a motivational note
  • spend quality time
  • let someone else choose what movie to watch or game to play during family time
  • say ‘I love you’–that’s probably the simplest, of all of these ideas LOL

Showing our family that we care about them isn’t hard~all it takes is a simple ‘I love you’ and a few actions to show it, here and there. Out of all the people in the world, it’s those who love us the most who need to know that we appreciate them. Don’t forget; the next second, the next minute, the next hour, nor the next day on this Earth are promised for ANYONE.

Therefore, make the most of every day, and never let a day go by without telling your loved ones ‘I love you.’

Have a beautiful day, everybody! God blessed you all! ✨

Wherever You Go, Sprinkle Love – Words of Wisdom #10

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV (New International Version)
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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. …

If you’ve ever wondered what true love is, then this scripture sums it up completely. God is love, and He showed us how much He loves us when He sent His only Son to die for us and give us eternal life, so long as we confess with our mouth that He is God and believe in our hearts that He died for us and rose 3 days later. (Romans 10:9)

As followers of Jesus Christ, it is important that we continue to be evangelists for God by spreading His love. There are many different ways to spread God’s love to others. Whether you do something for a specific person, or a simple act towards a complete stranger, spreading the love of God is always a blessing that we should act upon in our everyday lives.

Here are a few simple ways to spread the Love of God:

  • Be proactive in loving like God — If you ever have trouble with this one, please write down the scripture at the top of this post. We are told to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. (Leviticus 19:18)
  • Do simple acts of kindness — The Love of God can be shown in many ways. Sometimes, all it takes is a little kindness.
  • Learn to forgive others — Forgiveness does not have to be for the other person. Nor does the person who hurt you have to remain in your life. When we forgive, we are making sure that we are right with God and that we maintain a spirit of love and a pure heart.
  • Be a cheerful giver — This one sort of speaks for itself. The Bible says that to be a cheerful giver, we must “sow bountifully” if we want to “receive bountifully.” In other words, we need to be willing to give freely and without hesitation in order for God to bless us abundantly. (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
  • Pray for people — This can be tough, sometimes. Particularly when it comes to praying for your enemies. But the Bible says to love your neighbors and your enemies. (Matthew 5:43-48) Sometimes praying for people means asking God to help someone that you hold close to your heart (family, friends, etc.) Other times, it can mean that you are asking God to teach us how to forgive, and to help our enemies to see His glory.

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Words of Wisdom is probably one of my favorite (if not THE favorite) series on my blog, and I hope you enjoyed this new episode. Thank you so much for reading about sprinkling love.

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Have a fantastic rest of your day, everybody! And always remember that God is love.

A Day in My Life | The Joys and Trials of a Christian Teen ♡

Hey, y’all ~ how are you doing? Fantabulous, I hope!

Today, I wrote a post that will show you guys who I am outside of my blog and learn more “about the author.” I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while, and today is the perfect day to show you all a day in my life. Basically, this will be a review of how I spend my average weekday. Plus, a few updates on my life (my schooling, pet, art, etc.) along the way.

Considering that the idea for how this post would come together has been brewing in my mind for so long, I hope that you all enjoy experiencing a day in my life!

Let’s get this party started!!! ✨

8:30 AM ~ Time to Wake Up + Breakfast

Usually, it’s at about 8:30 in the morning when I wake up (thank God) to the sound of Goodmommy’s voice. This is the time that I’m getting ready (clean my bed, brush my teeth, etc.) to start my day. After I get ready for school, I come downstairs to eat breakfast. However, I don’t have to go anywhere, since I’m homeschooled, as most of you know.

And if you’re new, welcome! Hopefully that explains why I don’t wake up at around 6:30 in the morning LOL.

10:00 AM ~ Schoolwork

Now, it’s time for me to get some work done. My weekdays consist of approximately 7 hours of school time each, with an hour lunch break, in between. Every day, I tend to have these live classes in Zoom with my teachers and peers to go over the topics we will be learning in the week. And guess what, y’all~I’m maintaining all high A’s!!! YAYY!!!

Let me explain the fan LOL. So for my Science live classes, which are every Thursday, we pick a color that we all wear along with an accessory. We realized that we hadn’t worn brown yet, and I came up with the idea to bring some type of fan. It’s super fun to get all dressed up and interact with my classmates. Live classes are definitely one of the highlights of my school time.

2:00 PM ~ Lunch Break

This is pretty much straight to the point. Around this time, I’ll eat my lunch, browse the National Days for that day, and maybe even post something on Instagram if I have time. Today we ate some cabbage (with bacon bits) and some air-fried frozen fish fillets. It was delicious!

3:00 PM ~ More Schoolwork

After my break, I do a couple more hours of schoolwork to finish what I started. It consists of a lot of reading, typing, quizzes, and note-taking. This is the time where I feel very productive knowing that I was able to submit a lot of assignments.

I hope you enjoy my aesthetic note picture, LOL..

6:00 PM ~ Family Time

At this time, I usually go upstairs to see what Goodmommy’s doing in her office, have a snack, watch TV, read a book, and/or do something artistic to continue to polish my art skills.

Below is a drawing that I did yesterday of Camilo Madrigal from Encanto, since he’s one of my favorite characters from the movie, which I love, by the way. Especially for my first attempt to draw this character. P.S. I posted a video of how I did the drawing as well as a comparison from this frame in the movie on my Instagram account @princessqzion. I would really appreciate it if you checked it out!

All Rights Reserved. Rate my sketch from a 1-10. ✨

And of course, I have to say hello to my fish baby after I’m finished with my work. Peace, my betta fish, gets super excited whenever he sees me come up to the tank. It’s shocking that such a little fish can swim so fast~especially when he’s really happy. I got this gorgeous picture of him today. For some reason, I think he knows that I’m filming him; it’s almost like he poses for the camera.

8:00 PM ~ Blog Brainstorming

Eventually, it’s time to get back to my creative space and begin to brainstorm what my daily blog post will be. Sooo…today, I actually got this idea, a day in my life, really early, but the time that the idea pops into my head or spirit fluctuates. After all, no day is the same.

9:00 PM ~ Video Games + YouTube

After all my work for the day is done (school ✔️, blog post ✔️) then it’s time to have some fun! I usually browse YouTube videos and/or play Roblox on my iPad or Beat Saber on my Oculus Quest, too. This is my time that I might catch up on social media, too.

This is a video making slime based off of Cheetos. Fun Fact: I LOVE food-themed slime videos. You know when you used to absolutely love something…and one day you stopped liking it. And then, a year later, you love it again? That’s my relationship with slime videos in a nutshell.

10:30 PM ~ Dinner + Family Time

Afterwards, it is dinner time, family time, and the time where we rest before it’s time for bed. Me and Goodmommy, who is my grandmother and guardian will usually watch our favorite cooking and/or judge shows. On Fridays, we love to watch Moriah Elizabeth, a YouTube star who paints on almost anything imaginable.

This is the time where we really get to bond and check up on each other. Spending time with Goodmommy is one of the best parts of my day. P.S. Goodmommy works during the day and night, so that’s why we eat so late. ♡

12:30 ~ Bedtime

Finally, it’s time to get ready for bed. After another beautiful day, there’s nothing better than giving God thanks for a beautiful day and getting a good night’s rest.


Thank you so much for reading about my daily schedule. I hope you all continue to have a fabulous day and night! God bless you all!✨

ABC, All About Me Tag | 75 follower special 🎉

What’s up, peeps! Guess what, y’all–we have officially reached 75 followers–76 including email! YAYYYYY! Before I say anything else, I want to give a huge thank you to you all. It has been less than a year (only 7 months and 2 weeks) since I’ve started The Joys and Trials of a Christian Teen, and we’ve already hit 76. I thank God for continued growth and support from my family and you all. <33

I remember that I said that I would do a special after we hit 75 followers, and so here I am. Posts that are more personalized and allow you all to get to know me better are some of my favorites. Therefore, today I’m going to do a tag called ABCs All About Me where I use each letter of the alphabet to tell you a little more about myself.

I found this idea on someone else’s blog, and I thought it was really great! I ended up changing a few of the tags to make it a little more original, so I hope you all enjoy it! <33

A – Favorite animals

Dogs, swans, dolphins, elephants, and flamingos.

B – Best facial feature — in my opinion

I would say my smile and my eyes.

C – Largest collection

I have a lot of collections, but the largest ones would probably be books–at least 150. What can I say? I love to read.

D – Dessert that I love

Cheesecake is my all-time favorite dessert. I want to have it at my wedding, in the future LOL.

E – Most preferred form of entertainment (books, movies, tv shows, video games, etc.)

It’s a tie between books and video games. But I really love tv shows and movies, too.

F – Favorite soul food

If you are unfamiliar with soul food, it is a type of cuisine that is traditionally prepared by families in the rural south. It’s eaten by people all across the country. My personal favorites are fried chicken, mac and cheese, and cornbread.

G – Greatest decision

The greatest decision of mine is the choice to follow Jesus and become saved.

H – My height

Although I don’t know my exact height, I am approximately around 5’1-5’3. I’ve always been one of the tallest kids in my class.

I – In love with

Reading–there’s nothing like the wonders of a good book.

J – My dream job

An award-winning, published author and business owner.

K – What most people don’t know about me

I accepted Jesus as my savior at the age of 4 in a Sam’s parking lot.

L – The languages I can speak

It’s probably obvious by now that I can speak fluent English LOL. I’ve also been in a Spanish class in Preschool and then again in 6th and 7th grade (Beginner and Intermediate.) My grandfather is Spanish. I’m definitely not an expert, but I’m not necessarily a beginner either. I can also do a little American Sign Language. One of my cousins is in the deaf community, so that really made me want to learn–yay for progress!<33

M – Favorite music genres

I actually have several; number 1 is gospel, then following that would be classical, pop, and jazz. I’m a music lover in general, so I also enjoy music from other cultures, too. I couldn’t image a world without music.

N – Real name

Although I am known as ajoyfulChristianteen or Princess Q on my blog, my real name is Q’Zion.

O – Unpopular opinion

I think vegetables do taste good–most people just don’t season them enough.

P – Personality

I am very godly, intelligent, quiet (but more outspoken once you get to know me), a perfectionist, funny, sometimes serious, artistic, an optimist-realist, responsible, and unique. Laughter is one of my favorite qualities–I’m that one friend who’s not afraid to laugh with you when you do something funny. And maybe laugh at you too, LOL.

Q – Quote I live by

Psalm 27:1 ~ The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

R – Largest relationship priority (family, friends, etc.)

Honesty. I don’t think that any relationship can be a healthy one unless both people are honest with each other. It’s one of my most predominant values and parts of my personality.

S – Number of siblings

I have 2 siblings–a little brother and sister. As a little extra fun fact, I’m also the oldest in my generation with 6 younger cousins.

T – Favorite television series

To be honest, this varies according to the type of series.

Cooking/baking shows: Cake and Cupcake Wars, Beat Bobby Flay, MasterChef

Animated shows: The Owl House, Amphibia, Big City Greens, LEGO Friends: Girls on a Mission, SpongeBob SquarePants, Miraculous Ladybug

Live-action series: That’s so Raven, Good Luck Charlie, Sam & Cat, Alice (a sitcom from the 70s that Goodmommy watched as a kid. I watched it and immediately fell in love with the show.)

U – Unique quality

Considering that I already know what I want to do as far as my career goes (writer, entrepreneur, after college), I would say that makes me unique. At my age, most teenagers are contemplating what they want to do after school, but I already have a plan for what I want to do with my career.

V – Dream vacation location

I think it would be super cool to go to Hawaii, France, and/or Africa, one day!

W – Worst habit

I honestly don’t have a lot of bad habits, at all–definitely not any of the ones that are harmful for my health. However, one of them would be biting my nails. At one point, I had stopped doing so when I frequently got my nails painted, but now, I prefer to keep them polish-less unless its for a special occasion. That probably has something to do with it LOL. Goodmommy is very supportive in always helping me to make progress towards breaking the habit. I thank God for her.

X – X-rays I’ve had

None. I’ve never broken any bones, before. I guess you could count the x-rays that you get at the dentist’s office, though. In that case, probably about two. P.S. I’ve never had a cavity in my life.

Y – Your comfort movies
Comfort movies are basically feel-good movies that you like to revisit over and over–a favorite movie that makes you feel better when you need a little cheering up. Some of my comfort movies are Overcomer, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, and the Secret Life of Pets.

Z – Zany memory

One of my zaniest memories was the day my last betta fish before Peace, Joyus, jumped out of his tank during a water change. It’s definitely not a secret, since I’ve written about it before, but it’s definitely a memory that I won’t ever forget.


Giving you all some more “background information” on myself, my interests, and my personality was a lot of fun, and I really hope you enjoyed this post to celebrate this awesome new milestone on my blog.

It truly is a blessing to be able to have this creative outlet to spread the Good Word and every day positivity to you all, and I truly am thankful for this opportunity to spread the love of God.

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everyone! Peace in! 🎉

My 2022 Goals – How am I doing?

On January 2nd of this year, 2022, I posted some of my goals for the year as well as an explanation for each one. Although, I know it is only February, I thought it would be a cool idea to give you guys an update on how I’m doing with each of the goals on my list.

Have you guys set any goals for this year? If you have, how are they coming along? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Without further ado, let’s get started! ✨

Spend more time with God. To be honest, I think I have been doing pretty well with this one. Me and Goodmommy will occasionally watch one of our favorite pastors on YouTube, watching both the praise and worship (while joining along) and taking notes on our iPads during the teaching. We love to listen to Gospel music together, so I really love how we make worshipping God a family endeavor.

Finish writing the first draft for my novel. I have been working on my book, from time to time. I have been contemplating some new ideas for how I can finish my current chapter (chapter 21.) This goal is definitely going at a slow but steady pace, so far, but I’m glad that this year, I am working on ways to improve my novel more. 20,000 words is very doable considering the time that I have left in the year. I’m excited to look back at my progress in December!

Eat a salad 2-4 times every week. Now this one, we haven’t been doing much, at all. Although we do eat well-portioned food and we make sure we get our vegetables, and protein, we haven’t been eating much salad lately. We have ate some this year, though (the salad that we make is just the spinach with some cut up pieces of chicken and dressing, which I find delicious.)

Step out of box and practice new art techniques. Since I’m taking an art class, this goal is definitely progressing. At the end of January, I painted a rock to get more in-tune with making creations with nature. Right now, we’re studying different types of paper art. Art comes in many different forms, so I really enjoy learning new techniques and using that in the occasional art project, both for school and for fun.

Reach (at least) 200 followers on this blog. Considering that when I listed these goals, I had 51 followers, and I have 68 followers as of now (thank you so much! ) I would say that we’re making pretty good progress in this department. It warms my heart to be able to see more feedback from you all and be able to spread God’s Word whilst doing something that I love: writing!

Continue to stay active in my clubs and extracurricular activities. Yes, I am happy to say that I definitely have! I’ve been reading to participate in book club, learning new sign language, and attending club meetings. All of my club selections for this school year have each been a fantastic experience! In fact, I might take some of the same ones next year.

Read (at least) 12 novels. I’m really happy that I said “read” and not “finish” for this one LOL. I have finished one book, so far: The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. Technically, I have read 2 novels, one of which I haven’t finished, yet. Reading is definitely a hobby of mine that I always enjoy, and I’m about to start another book, so look out for book review #4 in the near future!


This post was not just to write something, but it also serves as a little bit of a self-check. It is holding myself accountable when I review my ambitions as well as how I am doing on all of them. If you’d like to read the post where I announced my goals for 2022, please click HERE.

Thanks so much for reading! Peace in! ✨

Think Before You Speak – Words of Wisdom #5

James 1:19 NIV (New International Version)
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

In my lifetime, I’ve heard the words “be quick to listen and slow to speak” so many times, I can’t even count. And I’m grateful that I have, as in this short scripture lies a lot of wisdom that everyone should know and follow.

When some become angry–which in my case, isn’t often–it can be tempting to do or say something that they shouldn’t. All this is is the devil knocking on a door; trying to destroy a relationship, an opportunity, or the peace in our homes and hearts that he doesn’t want us to have. But just like any knock, it’s up to us to choose whether or not we will answer the door.

The Bible says “Refrain from anger” In other words, it is telling us to think before we act and speak out of that anger. God is slow to anger. And as followers of Christ, its important that we follow in His footsteps.

Now, keep in mind that its normal to be angry sometimes, specifically when we are wronged or deceived. While we should be slow to anger, being angry is not the only factor of this equation. It is also how we act even in our anger and how long we allow the anger to effect us.

Ephesians 4:26-27 NIV (New International Version)
26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

Okay, okay, so let’s wrap up this addition to Words of Wisdom with some key points:

We, followers of Christ should…

  • be quick to listen and slow to speak: we need to listen–and think–before we act.
  • refrain from anger: no matter what, we should be slow to become angry.
  • NOT sin in our anger: even when we may get angry, we must NOT sin.
  • NOT give the devil a foothold: just because he knocks doesn’t mean we have to answer. DON’T answer that door. Instead, we need to follow God’s path for us.
  • NOT let the sun go down while we are angry: this means we also need to learn to let go of our anger and learn to forgive.

Remember that it is a wonderful, and crucial, thing to ask God for help if you struggle with refraining from acting out of anger and being slow to speak but quick to listen. I find myself asking Him for wisdom, too. As long as we humble ourselves enough to admit that we need Him, and we obey His words, He is always able and willing to help us in all things that will give Him ALL of the glory.

Have a happy, healthy, beautiful and blessed day, y’all!

And remember, God is Love.