This or That #7 – Hobby Edition

I just checked my This or That category on my blog, and it’s been almost 4 months since I added to this series…let’s change that today.

For those of you who have never seen this series from my blog, I will explain all of the rules. During every This or That episode, I list a series of questions with two options each (for example cat vs dog) and I have to choose which of the items I like more and/or prefer. Today, every question will contain two options that are related to hobbies or extracurricular activities. So, without further ado, let’s do this thing! ✨

1. Video games 🎮 or board games 🎲 ?

While I love a good board game during family night, I’m going to have to pick video games. I play them almost every single day, while I play board games only on certain occasions. Both of them are really fun, but video games are a more natural choice, for me.

2. Writing ✍🏿 or reading 📚 ?

This one is super tough, considering that reading and writing are some of my favorite hobbies. In fact, I think I might need to make it a tie; I love them both equally. Plus, a person can make a living off of either reading audiobooks or writing their own story. Not only are reading and writing fun, but they both give you plenty of opportunities to make a profit while doing so.

3. Blogging 📝 or vlogging 📷 ?

In case you aren’t familiar with the difference, a blog (such as my blog, The Joys and Trials of a Christian Teen) is a website that contains frequent posts, commonly filled with informal or casual writing from a person, such as myself. Vlogging is pretty much the same thing, but in video form.

This might not be a shock to you, but I definitely prefer blogging. I posted occasional vlogs on my YouTube Channel for about a year, but eventually I stopped and transitioned to blogging. I find it much more convenient since a blog post requires much less time, editing, and required equipment than vlogging does, in most circumstances.

4. Mobile games 📱 or console games 🕹️ ?

“Easy” is the first word that came to my mind when I thought of this question. Mobile games, all the way. Again, this response has to do with the one that I use the most. I tend to play the mobile game “Roblox” most days of the week. And while I have an Oculus Quest 2 (and I really love it) it’s not much of a go-to game. Since my mobile devices are super easy to pick up and play on, I tend to find myself using them more often.

5. Novels 📖 or comic books 💥?

YAYY!!! Another easy one. For me, the answer is definitely novels. I would agree that comics tend to have a lot more color, therefore they are really good for those who prefer visuals over pages of words. But there’s nothing that compares to a good novel, in my opinion. Novels (including graphic novels, which are somewhat similar to comic books) are definitely some of my favorite types of literature in the universe.

Answer Key:

  1. Video games 🎮 or board games 🎲 ? – video games 🎮
  2. Writing ✍🏿 or reading 📚 ? – both ✍🏿📚
  3. Blogging 📝 or vlogging 📷 ? – blogging 📝
  4. Mobile games 📱 or console games 🕹️ ? – mobile games 📱
  5. Novels 📖 or comic books 💥? – novels 📖

As always, this episode of This or That was such a blast, especially considering that it was focused on hobbies. I’m curious, what are your preferences from each of these This or That questions? Feel free to share your answers in the chat below.

Have a beautiful and blessed day or night! May God bless each and every one of you! Peace in! ✨

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!

For more amazing content like this, please follow my blog for notifications every time I post another masterpiece.

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

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.

We redid Peace’s tank..and he loves it! | Betta fish tank decor

Happy Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope you all are doing fantastic! ✨

So, as you know, I got my new Betta fish, Peace. He’s doing absolutely amazing, and I wanted to give you guys another update on him. If you’ve been reading my most-recent content, you probably saw our set up for Peace’s fish tank. While the castle was a very beautiful addition, we wanted to switch things up for Peace and buy him some new decor.

And, you probably guessed by now that it looks absolutely stunning! Well…I’ll just let you guys see for yourselves.

This morning, Goodmommy went to Petco to get this really cool realistic, rocky background to tape to the back of the tank, this cool pink and green glow-in-the-dark synthetic plant and a new house with Archangles (from the Bible) carved on the outside. As soon as we added all the ne decorations, Peace immediately started to check everything out. He’s so inquisitive and always wants to know what is going on.

I was somewhat surprised to see how quickly he went inside his new house, though I’m glad that he seems more energetic then ever. He already has a few favorite spots.

He was so excited that he didn’t even notice his food that we put in his tank. Thankfully, we were able to feed him after he explored everything and calmed down a bit.

Fun fact: Bettas love food, and Peace is no exception. He literally swam to the very top of the tank once we opened the lid to feed him his pellets.

It was super heartwarming to see Peace’s response to his tank. Honestly, we do spend quite a bit on him, both in time and money, but it’s all worth it. He really is such a sweetheart and I thank God for placing him into our lives. It makes me happy to see Peace happy and healthy.

And no—Peace is not spoiled.

He’s loved. ❤️🐠💙

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! ✨

5 Ways to Stay Motivated (Reblog)

Hey everyone! I hope that you are having an amazing day, night, afternoon, or morning! You know, whether we are trying to do our best at school, get healthier, or just go through life and thrive, we all need to stay motivated. I mean, motivation is what pushes you to keep going, and not give up, even when things get tough. Without motivation (whether it’s from others or yourself), as well as determination, then I’m sure that we would have all given up on at least one or two things, in the past. ✨

This is exactly why I thought that it would be a great idea to discuss 5 Ways to Stay Motivated with you guys! 

So, are you ready to get/stay motivated? Let’s get started! 

  1. Surround yourself with a good support system. 

It’s easy to give up when you have a goal if you don’t have anyone to support you. Usually, there is at least one or two people, even if it is God, that will be able to push you to reach your goals. If you do have a person or people like this in your life, then those are the people that you want to stick around. It can make some people feel more secure and confident when they have people that support them to the fullest, even if the group isn’t very large.

2. Put up motivational messages in your room or as your screensaver. 

Perhaps you are the type of person that prefers to stay to themselves (which I personally think is a good thing). Then sometimes it’s best to just give yourself a little bit of motivation! Something that I enjoy doing is putting up motivational posters and decorations in my room. I also might add an inspirational quote or message to my screensaver! These are just little every day reminders that can help remind you how capable you are. And, let’s be real, a lot of us could use that reminder, sometimes!

3. Make the journey to your goal fun! 

If you often aren’t motivated to do something, and you still have plenty of time to do it, this could be because you simply don’t enjoy it. Whatever your goal is, make sure that you try to make it fun. And sure, I know that doing homework or being on a diet probably aren’t the most enjoyable task. However, making games to help you practice your algebra problems, working with a friend, or giving yourself a sweet reward after you eat your vegetables can make the experience at least a little more enjoyable.

4. Separate your goals into small sections. 

It’s a lot harder to be motivated to reach your goals when they are impossible to reach. It is a great idea to separate your goals into small sections or steps. Therefore, they will be easier to hit, and less likely to cause you to give up. For example, while writing my current novel, I try to set a do-able goal for myself (such as 100-250 words per day). This way, I don’t get discouraged, and I can hit my goal without it taking 1,000 years! It’s a win-win!

5. Celebrate your successes and achievements. ✨

Did you just reach one of your goals? Well, celebrate that! You know, a lot of times, we can actually forget that we need to reward ourselves when we actually set a goal for ourselves, then achieve it! Besides, after the hard work that you likely did, you really do deserve it!

…Lol. ✨

Alrighty, everyone! I really hope that you enjoyed these 5 Ways to Stay Motivated! Never forget that whenever you set a goal, try to stay motivated. It will help you push through and reach your goals, even when it’s a struggle! Trust me, you will be happy that you did, in the end! 

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

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! ❤️✨❤️

This is how I spent half of my weekend…a jigsaw puzzle!!!

Note: Happy Saturday, y’all! I decided to do a Reblog since it’s National Puzzle Day! I absolutely love jigsaw puzzles, including this one that I completed about two weeks ago in under 24 hours. Enjoy! 

I think that jigsaw puzzles are so relaxing. When you’ve placed every delicate piece in the right place, it’s so satisfying to see them all as one, a single image is put on display. It’s almost like a type of meditation, all while being a great way to spend your time when you’ve got nothing else to do. 

One of my Christmas gifts for last year, from my great-grandmother, was a 300-piece jigsaw puzzle. At the time it had been a long while since I completed one (at least 2 years), but it was a great experience, and I love the painting that I saw as the final product.

Both me and my Goodmommy were honestly surprised at how big the whole thing was, especially due to the small size of the box and poster. However, none of us complained. The colors are so vibrant in real life, and it almost looks like a true landscape.

I even zoomed in to get a look at some of the beautiful details. I must admit that now, I want to get some more puzzles like this. Though I want the next one to be 350-500 pieces, instead. Keep in mind that these pictures are from the poster, not the actual puzzle. :))

I had started the puzzle at approximately 6:12 p.m. yesterday, Saturday, January 16th. I finished at 6:05 p.m. today, Sunday, January 17th. So basically I finished it in just under 24 hours (with long breaks in between.) Without the breaks, including sleeping, I think it didn’t take much longer to complete than 4 hours. Not too bad, right?

If you know some methods for how to frame a puzzle, and/or you like puzzles yourself, please comment down below some tips.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful, blessed day! 🧩

This is how I spent half of my weekend…a jigsaw puzzle!!!

I think that jigsaw puzzles are so relaxing. When you’ve placed every delicate piece in the right place, it’s so satisfying to see them all as one, a single image is put on display. It’s almost like a type of meditation, all while being a great way to spend your time when you’ve got nothing else to do.

One of my Christmas gifts for last year, from my great-grandmother, was a 300-piece jigsaw puzzle. At the time it had been a long while since I completed one (at least 2 years), but it was a great experience, and I love the painting that I saw as the final product.

Both me and my Goodmommy were honestly surprised at how big the whole thing was, especially due to the small size of the box and poster. However, none of us complained. The colors are so vibrant in real life, and it almost looks like a true landscape.

I even zoomed in to get a look at some of the beautiful details. I must admit that now, I want to get some more puzzles like this. Though I want the next one to be 350-500 pieces, instead. Keep in mind that these pictures are from the poster, not the actual puzzle. :))

I had started the puzzle at approximately 6:12 p.m. yesterday, Saturday, January 16th. I finished at 6:05 p.m. today, Sunday, January 17th. So basically I finished it in just under 24 hours (with long breaks in between.) Without the breaks, including sleeping, I think it didn’t take much longer to complete than 4 hours. Not too bad, right?

If you know some methods for how to frame a puzzle, and/or you like puzzles yourself, please comment down below some tips.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful, blessed day! 🧩

My Favorite Posts that I Believe Everyone Can Enjoy

My Favorite Posts that I Believe Everyone Can Enjoy

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Hey everyone! Believe it or not, I’ve written over 125 posts on my blog! What a blessing! And, to be honest, although I think every post is great, some of them stand out to me. I really want to make sure that people who need them are able to read my encouraging words.

Today, I will be sharing some of my favorite posts on my blog, The Joys and Trials of a Christian Teen, that I believe everyone can enjoy!

1 Month, 1 Pic – 2021 Selfies

I really like this post, because I got to see all my selfies together (one pic for each month of 2021 until November) and see the person that I’ve become this year. I think I’m improving in so many ways, but in others, I have stayed exactly the same! Memories are everything!

5 Things to Consider if You’re Holding a Grudge

I think that we all need to sit back and just think sometimes. Holding grudges are not uncommon in places all around the world, and I really wanted to share why I think that doing so is unproductive in more ways then one. These are the type of posts where I step back and think about what I’m writing. It’s important to me that I can connect to what I’m telling my readers.

A Teenager’s Ultimate Guide to Fashion

If you can’t already tell, I absolutely love fashion! Not only do I enjoy it, but I also love seeing other people smile when they feel confident in their outfits. I love how this post really went in depth with the topic of fashion, and explained how everyone, teenager or not, should wear clothes that make them look and feel amazing!

20 Inspiring Quotes to Boost Your Self Esteem

This is absolutely one of my favorite posts. I really enjoyed researching quotes by public figures, that many people look up to share their wisdom. I love to talk about self esteem and self love, since I feel like it is so lacking in society, especially in my generation (Generation Z). I think the quotes that I was lead to include hold a lot of truth and power in a nutshell.

5 Qualities that I Value in a True Friend

Real friends are rare these days, and when you have one or a few, it’s important that you cherish them. Although everyone is not a friend, I believe God’s Word to be true, which says, “but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24)


I hope you all liked me explaining which posts I hold dear to my heart, as well as my explanation of why. Feel free to go check out the links of each post (or the headings) if you haven’t read some of the other pages on my blog already. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have a beautiful day, y’all! 💜