A poem to women and girls around the world: Happy International Women’s Day ♡

March 8th is also known as International Women’s Day: a day to acknowledge women and girls, God’s creations, as well as their contributions, progress, advances, and value in today’s world as we know it. Although every day is International Women’s Day, this is yet another opportunity for us to come together and celebrate each other, just as we are, in love.

Of course, I had to slide some Bible scriptures in here. It’s always nice to hear some words of wisdom. Here are a few empowering Bible Verses about women and their strength in the Lord. I hope you enjoy! ❤

Proverbs 31:26
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

Luke 1:45
"Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

1 Corinthians 11: 11-12
Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.

1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

Last but not least is the poem that I wrote today for (and to) women and girls around the world to read with loving and hopeful hearts. I absolutely LOVE poetry, so it’s always exciting when God gives me a new idea to write something new. All Rights Reserved.

Some may think we aren't strong enough
That we must be stout to sit at the front end
But that's far from the big picture, you see
What they may break, we can mend

For although we might not have muscles
That can strike the hardest of steel
We do have the mentality and grace
To love, to nurture, and to heal

Love that's true, love that's real
Love that's in a home cooked meal
A hug and a kiss to seal
Love that no one can conceal

And, yes, we are feminine
But that doesn't mean we're weak
We come in many shapes and forms
And even when we're silent, we speak

Sure, we are different;
Me and you aren't the same
Nor our backgrounds, hometowns, and kin
Nor our names or our frames
But no need to be disdained

Let's come together
Celebrate each other
Love one another
As we would a sister or brother

For, although we’re not the same
At the end of the day
No one can take away our love
Because love always wins
And we’re all sisters beneath the skin

- Words for Women, Written by Princess Q'Zion on March 8th, 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Thank you all so much for reading! Please take this time to share your gratitude to all of the wonderful, strong, and powerful women in your lives who are always there; every step of the way. I definitely thank God for the woman of God that He’s put in the place to raise me with Him. And you see, that’s what this day is about–appreciating the woman who have treated us with kindness and passed their wisdom from the Lord to the next generation.

My FIRST time drawing a still life…

Happy Saturday! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you might be aware that I shared what I got for Christmas of 2021 (post link here). To be honest, there are still a couple of items that I hadn’t used, at this point, so I wanted to change that, today.

One of my favorite gifts from last year was this “Drawing Techniques” art kit. Inside it provides a book of instructions about different types of pencils, focal points, lighting, shading, value, and the list goes on.

It also gives step-by-step instructions for how you can draw realistic portraits that vary from fruit to flowers to animals to people. It also includes a variety of pencils, a kneaded eraser, a sketchbook, a fineliner, charcoals, and more! As soon as I opened this gift from the wrapping paper, I knew that I would definitely put it to good use.

Suddenly it dawned on me that it’s already February and I haven’t completed any of the sketch tutorials. So today, I reviewed the tools, materials, and basics at the beginning of the book, and moved on to the first drawing section: still lifes.

The beginning still life was one apple in 3 different positions. I had never drew a still life before (aside from 3D shapes for math class) so I thought this would be a great way to practice my ability to create realism in my work.

So, here is the basic sketch. It was very interesting to use 3 different pencils (you will see the different shades of pencil in the finished product) to create dimension and make the apples look like they are round.

Afterwards, I followed the guide in the instruction manual (basically the images) and started shading in the apples to add a little more depth. I must admit that it was a little tricky to draw 3D objects on a 2D surface, but it was a challenge that I quite enjoyed.

And voilà—here is my finished product. I must admit, I think I did a pretty good job for my first time ever drawing a still life. If this post gets enough likes (I’ll say at least 3-5) then I think I’ll makes my products from this art kit—and maybe even some personal projects—for you all to view. Please follow me if you’d like to see more of my art in the future.

Question of the Day: Have you ever photographed, painted, or drew a still life? If so, did you like the experience? Please comment down below.

Thank you so much for reading! Have a beautiful and blessed day, y’all! ✨

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.

The best beverage for the winter | National Hot Chocolate Day

I mean…who doesn’t love a refreshing mug full of warm, sweet, luscious, and chocolatey hot chocolate. Ooh, that last part was a tongue twister! Try saying chocolatey hot chocolate 5 times fast. I know it’s a little silly, LOL. But, it’s also fun.

Did you do it? Comment down below.

Anyway, winter time is here! Can you feel it? It’s at this time of year that we need to find ways to keep ourselves warm and cozy. Who needs a fireplace or a blanket when you can drink a nice, warm beverage? And nobody can deny that hot chocolate is the best (or at least one of the best) beverages to sip when its chilly outside.

In my home, me and Goodmommy are hot chocolate fanatics. It never goes out of style, so we like to make sure we keep some in our pantry all year round. So as soon as we found out that it is National Hot Chocolate Day, we knew that we had to have some. And in good judgement. Just look at all the boxes of hot chocolate mix that we have.

As you can tell, we’re stocked up, LOL. And this milk chocolate hot cocoa mix. Let. Me. Tell. You. You have got to try it! It’s delicious! Swiss Miss is one of our personal favorite brands.

One of the long list of perks of hot chocolate is its accessibility. It isn’t crazy expensive and it is extremely easy to make at home. Seriously. All you need is a mix, water, a microwave, a large (and festive) mug, and lots of love, of course. Making some hot chocolate is such a great way to bond with family, in the kitchen. There’s nothing like a warm cup of hot chocolate to put a smile on your face, and your loved one’s faces, too.

And don’t you just love it when you open the mix packet and that oddly recognizable aroma fills the air? The amount of decadence and nostalgia of the smell of chocolate gets me so excited. It’s like a sneak peek of the chocolatey goodness that’s up ahead. I can almost taste it, at this point.

And once everything is mixed together, the mix is transformed into a perfect mug of hot chocolate. You can’t beat it. Delicious. Warm. Simple. It’s got everything that I would want in a drink during a chilly winter night. Or any night, for that matter.

Bon appetite!

While I love hot chocolate, me and Goodmommy are also big fans of tea, hot or cold. I know that othes prefer coffee as their main winter (and yearly) beverage. Feel free to comment down below which one you prefer.

Thank you so much for stopping by to celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day. Me and Goodmommy enjoyed our hot chocolate, and we hope that you have (or will) too.

Have a beautiful day, everyone! I’ll see you later!☕

Be Artful! | I painted a rock…and I love it!

So, for my Visual Art course we were assigned to do Earth Art. From the start I was super excited about it, since when using natural materials, there are so many possibilities! But at first, I was also a little confused about where I would start. Fortunately, Goodmommy (my grandma and guardian) was nice enough to show me a beautiful rock that her friend gave her. And then I realized it would be perfect for my art project.

This was the third time that I’d painted a rock throughout my entire life. According to Goodmommy, the first was in Pre-K. The second was at a week-long event at church (about 2 years ago.) And the third time is now. I find rock painting so relaxing and serene, despite the fact that it’s only an occasional activity of mine. I just love how you can use the form of a rock as a canvas to make a true masterpiece. And the best thing about it is your taking something that’s already beautiful from the Earth, and using it to create something that makes a statement.

At first, it was a little difficult to paint my design. Although I had already sketched it out in my sketchbook, this was my first time making a project with my new acrylic paints. All I had previously before this activity was watercolor and washable paint, both of which do not mix with rocks. Seriously, don’t try that at home! P.S. I would know, because I already did. LOL :))

Goodmommy was super sweet to get my new paints for me. I know that they’ll probably be one of my go-tos, in the future. They’re so vibrant, and I couldn’t help but squeal inside (out of excitement) when I was surprised with them.

You should be able to get this set or something similar at your local craft store. I really love the variety of bright and soft colors. The coverage is fantastic and it’s fairly fast drying. I would recommend them to anyone who wants to make their work high quality.

Overall, I think the finished product is beautiful. I also used some Posca Pens (or vibrant paint pens) to add the finishing details. After everything dried, I added a couple coats of Mod Podge (a type of sealer) to create a glossy sheen. I’m very proud of it and I’m looking forward to showing you all my future artwork!

Oh! And I almost forgot that me and Goodmommy figured out a name for my work of art; The Garden of Eden. We’re Christians, and we both agreed that my design suits the name perfectly. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome!

If you’d like for me to do more rock painting in the future, please like this post and follow my blog for notifications of fantastic daily content to brighten your day.

Have a beautiful and blessed rest of your day everyone! ✨

Words of Wisdom #1

Hey everyone! I was brainstorming about some things that I could write about today, and I decided that it would be nice to start a series that will be called “Words of Wisdom.”

Although the posts in this series will vary as far as dates go, when I do post one, I will share either a Bible scripture, an inspiring quote, or maybe even something that I’ve learn and/or God’s showed me to share with you all. It’s pretty much just a series to spread the Good Word and further inspire people to walk with God, and live life to the fullest, in Him.

So, let’s start “Words of Wisdom” off strong with a Bible verse that I think we all need to hear.

2 Chronicles 7:14-15 NIV - 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 

Read that again, and then I’ll get back to you.

You read it? Good! Let’s continue.

What I really want us to pay attention to is what God said for His people to do before He forgives their sin and heal their land:

  • Humble themselves; be willing to admit that you need God’s help to be healed.
  • Pray; God wants us to tell Him our troubles. He wants to have a relationship with us, and that means that we need to communicate with Him.
  • Seek His face; we must be humble enough, in all things, to seek Him.
  • Turn away from their wicked ways; repenting for our sins is not just saying the words. God wants to see if our actions will correspond with our words.

I hope you all enjoyed the first addition to “Words of Wisdom.” I’ll see you later!

I’m PLANNING for 2022. Are you?

Hey y’all! Thank God for another amazing year! Although I just started this blog in August, I am so thankful that I have been able to make great content for you all. If you’ve already read my post where I shared what I got for Christmas (link is at the end), then you know that one of my gifts was a planner. I’ve already started logging in my monthly goals for January of 2022.

I would consider myself very organized, and I always enjoy having a planner or calendar to keep track of my schedule. It gives me a sense of mind, as it improves my productivity and prevents me having to remember everything that I have to do.

I’m curious, have you all done any planning for next year? Also, if you don’t mind sharing, what was your favorite part of this year, or something that you are thankful for?

Personally, I’m thankful for a loving home, a supportive Goodmommy, straight A’s for the first semester of this school year, a great birthday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and God’s everlasting love and mercy.

What I Got for Christmas – post link here

Have a blessed day, y’all. Take the time today and tomorrow to reflect on 2021, and feel free to use this guide about how to make lasting New Year’s Resolutions. Hopefully, it will help you all when planning for the new year. See you later!