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 early Valentines gift!!! | The Gift of Giving ❤️

Hey y’all! I hope you are having a beautiful Friday and week! Me and Goodmommy went out today for some errands, and we saw a lot of Valentines Day gifts in the front of our local grocery store. This year, many people are getting gifts for their loved ones early, which isn’t too surprising due to the latest grocery shortages.

While I was in my live class today, Goodmommy came over to my desk with this beautiful chocolate bouquet. She immediately told me that it was from her guy friend: he bought it for me as an early Valentines Day gift. I immediately let out a small “Aww.” Even though I was in my class, I couldn’t help but be touched that Goodmommy’s friend guy thought about me and got me something (after getting Goodmommy a beautiful red rose bouquet, which is absolutely gorgeous.)

I really appreciate that he bought one that comes with a cute glass and a balloon. They can both serve as souvenirs to help me remember the sweet gesture. The next time I see Goodmommy’s friend guy, I will be sure to tell him “Thank you!”

I absolutely love my gift, so much that I don’t want to open it and mess it up, LOL. I took a bunch of photographs with it, and I made a couple of collages, too (such as the one you see above.)

At this point, I think I’m going to wait until Valentines Day to open it. This way, I will be able to savor the gift and take pictures of it with my other gift—Goodmommy already told me that she got one for me. She truly is the best Goodmommy ever!

I thank God for all the gifts I’m my life, and this one is no exception. Giving and receiving presents is a blessing that we can use to spread the love of God. I love how when you give, you can put a smile on someone’s face. Just as this gift did, for me.

We should all remember that it doesn’t take a lot to give. Gifts don’t have to be big to have meaning or be special. The best part of a gift is that, if they come from the right place they are meaningful, no matter the size.

After all, God loves a cheerful giver!

Have a beautiful, blessed, and happy day everyone! God is good!✨

A Go-To Guide on How to Make Successful New Year’s Resolutions | Blogmas Day 16

A Go-To Guide on How to Make Successful New Year’s Resolutions

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While every year is a blessing, no year is perfect. Therefore, many people find themselves wanting to change something and do better the next year. These targets that we set for ourselves as January comes around are called New Year’s Resolutions.

Making these resolutions are a method to practice reaching your goals and bettering yourself as a person, and they are very healthy ways to start off a new year. But there’s one catch: they aren’t always easy to write and do successfully.

Here’s a helpful guide on how to effectively write New Year’s Resolutions that are reachable, productive, and purposeful!

  • Pick a few, realistic resolutions – Many people will fill a sheet of paper or more with resolutions that they might not finish as the year comes to an end. If you are a goal-getter, then go for it! However, it might be a better idea to pick a few goals (realistic ones). This will allow you to focus more on each specific resolution, rather than juggling a dozen. The least we want to do with our resolutions is put ourselves in a crunch.
  • Start preparing ahead of time. Physically and mentally – Truthfully, change can be a hard thing. Resolutions are essentially changes, some of which can be stopping an addiction or an unhealthy habit. Whatever your resolution(s) are, take the time before January to prepare yourself for your goals. It might help to slowly start your goal beforehand, that way your mind and body has some time to adjust to the unfamiliar changes.
  • Write them down Believe it or not, we can easily forget things if we don’t write them down. Having documentation of your goals, especially with a signature, is an agreement with yourself that you will push through and complete your resolutions. Not only that, but it is a visual way to help you remember what you want to do for the year.
  • Be specific – Often, when making our resolutions, we tend to speak about our goals in general. However, in order to set a stable path for success, you need to be specific with your details, making sure that you know exactly what you will be doing, and by when you want to complete each resolution.

Here are some examples of general vs. specific New Year’s Resolutions:

  • “I want to lose weight.” vs. “I want to lose 50 pounds by Christmas Day of (insert year.)”
  • “I want to have a healthier diet.” vs. “I want to eat 2 cups of vegetables every day from this day, (insert date), forward.”
  • “I want to save more money.” vs. “I will only go on a shopping spree (for unnecessary items) a maximum of once a month in the year of (insert year.)
  • Explain your resolutions to a confidant. – Some resolutions might be private, and if so, that’s okay. But a good idea to help you remain determined is by telling your New Year’s Resolutions to a confidant (family member, friend, etc.) Doing so will help hold you accountable to your words, and the confidant of choice can help keep you on track!
  • Make large goals smaller by splitting them into sections. – While healthy goals are great, we as humans may try to put too much on our own shoulders. Instead of making long, complicated goals, split them into smaller sections.

Here is an example of how you can make a large goal smaller:

Main Goal: I want to loose 50 pounds in the year of (insert year.)

  • I will eat 2,000 calories per day.
  • I will exercise for at least 30 minutes every day.
  • I will loose 4 pounds, 2 ounces every month.
  • Be prepared to reward yourself. – If when the end of the year comes around, you have completed your goal, I can say one thing to you: Congratulations! It’s about time that you congratulate yourself with a healthy reward. You worked hard to reach your goal! Now that you have done what’s best for your health, it’s time to give yourself a pat on the back!

If you don’t remember anything else from this guide, keep in mind that change is an adjustment that takes getting used to. Change can be a good thing, however, with work, determination, and dedication, I’m sure that all of your resolutions will be met!

Have a beautiful day, everyone! 🎉

Top 5 Christmas Traditions that Help Make the Holidays Memorable | Blogmas Day 9

Top 5 Christmas Traditions that Help Make the Holidays Memorable

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Christmas is a special holiday, filled with love, family, joy, giving and sometimes gifts. While there are so many things that make this day special, there is nothing like the Christmas traditions. These activities that many people do each year to celebrate can make amazing memories and allow for quality time with our families and friends.

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite Christmas traditions ! ⭐️

Decorating the Christmas Tree

Every year, me and Goodmommy never forget to set up a festive Christmas tree. It’s just so satisfying to add our personality to it with unique ornaments and garlands to add a little texture. And that final angel or star on top wraps it all together like a bow does a gift. To me, Christmas trees are one of the best ways to light up our home with the Spirit of Christmas.

Christmas Movie Marathon

Sitting on the couch, binging classic and new Christmas movies is definitely a favorite in my house! The nostalgia that I get, and the laughter that it causes is so memorable, and a huge part of the reason for why it’s a tradition. Hallmark Christmas movies are our favorites to splurge on as soon as November begins!

Advent Calendars

I think that advent calendars are so whimsical, and bring even more excitement to the holidays as you wait for Christmas Day to arrive. The suspense from not knowing what trinket you’ll receive next makes them so fun to have. Especially as a family.

Gingerbread Houses

A good gingerbread house can definitely be a joy, especially when you have a close family member or friend by your side. Sure, they can be a little tricky, and messy, to put together, but it’s super fun to look at your work, when you’re done. And the best part? They’re edible, of course!

Christmas Dinner

When Christmas Day finally arrives, the anticipation is over. Me and my whole family get together, and we have a wonderful Christmas dinner. A huge part of Christmas is spending time with family, so any tradition that centers around my loved ones is one of my favorites.

Christmas traditions are simply ways that we celebrate the Christmas season. To be honest, these examples are just a glimpse of the many things that you can do with your family this time of year. The list is almost endless with many festive possibilities!

Have a blessed day, y’all! ✨

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! 💜

5 Things to Consider If You’re Holding a Grudge

5 Things to Consider If You’re Holding a Grudge

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Grudges. Chances are, we are all familiar with them. In case you don’t know what a grudge is, it is considered resentment or anger that someone has towards a person. It could be for something that this person did or didn’t do that makes someone else upset to the point where they might avoid contact with the person who upset them for a certain amount of time, whether it be days, weeks, months, or even years.

Having a grudge is common, and it often destroys friendships and even people’s relationships with their family. Personally, I think that grudges can be avoided. Despite the fact that it can be easy to hold a grudge, it’s important that we find positive ways to express our emotions when we are upset with someone.

Let’s discuss 5 Things to Consider if You Are Holding a Grudge! ✨

#1 – Grudges can lack accountability.

You might question exactly what I mean by this. I am trying to say that a lot of times, when we hold grudges, we often try to make ourselves a victim, without fully acknowledging what we could’ve done wrong that possibly caused the falling out in the first place. It’s important that we hold ourselves accountable first and foremost to address the situation correctly.

#2 – Nobody is promised tomorrow on this Earth.

I know that it can be easy to get upset with someone when they do something that has hurt us. However, we should make sure we take time to think about the situation, particularly if we are holding a grudge against a family member or a really good friend. What were the person’s true intentions? Was there a problem with communication that could have resulted in this situation?

We aren’t promised tomorrow on Earth, so it is best to forgive, whether you continue the relationship, or not.

#3 – It is okay to keep your distance if a person has a negative effect on you.

The truth is, there are some people that are unhealthy influences. If you feel as though someone doesn’t have your best interests at heart, or they have a negative impact on you, it’s probably best to move on. Keep in mind that the grudge doesn’t have to continue. You can forgive someone without having to be around them.

#4 – Holding a grudge is not “winning.”

While holding a grudge, we often say things like, “I’m not talking to you until you apologize.

Sometimes, we will say this to mask our true emotions or how we feel. Because we are angry, or sad, or hurt due to someone else’s actions, we try to reflect that anger on someone else by refusing contact.

The point of a grudge is letting someone’s actions affect us in a way that could be dangerous to our health. It can prohibit a person from having healthy relationships, in the future, because they might put a guard up due to possible negative experiences.

#5 – The ability to forgive is a strength — not a weakness.

When we forgive someone, and I mean truly forgive, we are saying, “Despite everything, I love myself too much to allow this to affect me negatively.

When we forgive not only others, but ourselves, we release our anger, bitterness, and sadness. When we forgive it doesn’t mean that we are losing anything. We are winning, not because we are better than the other person, but because we are making a choice that is best for our health mentally, spiritually, and physically.

Forgiveness makes us stronger, because when we are able to forgive, it means that we know our worth.

I hope you all loved 5 Things to Consider If You’re Holding a Grudge!

Although grudges are easy to develop, all they are is an obstacle that we may need to pass here and there. With a little determination and confidence, we can get through it!

Have a wonderful day, everyone! ✨

The Importance of Time With God

The Importance of Time With God

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We all need that time where we sit down and spend some quality time with our Father, God. This time might be meditating on a new scripture, or even praying to him and thanking him for what he has blessed us with. Regardless, there are so many different ways to spend time with our Father.

But why is time with God so important? This is simply because, in order to truly develop a relationship with him, we need to make sure that we talk to him, pray to him, and spend time with him. Not only this, but it will help us become more familiar with who He is, and establish an overall closer relationship.

Think about it. The way that we get closer to people that we can see is by spending time with them, or bonding with them. A huge part of a Christian lifestyle should be having quiet time with the Lord.

Our time with God doesn’t have to be super long. It could be just a simple “Thank you!” or sitting quietly with Him. Even if it is just 5-10 minutes a day, the fact that you are giving Him all the Glory is what matters, the most.

I hope you all enjoyed this blog post about Our time with God, and its important. Remember balance is key!

Have an amazing day everyone! ✨

Romans 12:1-2 NIV – Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

2 Timothy 1:7 NIV – For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

7 Positive Ways to Deal with Negative Peer Pressure (Reblog)

Note: This is one of the very first posts on my blog that I wanted to share with you all. Enjoy!

I’m back today with another fantastic post! Okay. I have something that I wanted you to do. Raise your hand if you’ve ever been a victim of negative (and/or harmful) peer pressure. And if you haven’t, well…it’s up to you what you want to do. ✨

But, let’s be honest, I’m pretty sure at least 95.99% of people can remember a time where they have been pressured, whether the attempt was successful or not, into doing something that they really didn’t want to do, but did anyway, most likely to fit in.

Now, don’t feel bad if you have, because a lot of people have been through it, including me.

Now, since school will be starting soon, I thought that there couldn’t be a better time to discuss positive ways to handle and deal with negative peer pressure. I mean, we all have gone through it. Why not figure out good ways to handle it?

So, let’s get right into it!

Tip #1: Ask yourself if you really want to do what’s being requested of you. 

Let’s just make up a scenario. You’re hanging out with some kids your age, and your “friend” asks you to smoke. Well, the best thing that you can do, before you answer, is ask yourself a question like, “Do I really want to do this?” If your answer is a ‘yes‘, then ask yourself, “Why do I want to do this?” If your answer is “Because I want to fit in,” or “Because I want my “friend(s)” to think that I’m cool,” then, I’ll answer the question for you right now. The answer is no.

Tip #2: Walk away/leave the situation. 

If you’re not the type of person that likes confrontation, (which is completely understandable), then do the most simple thing that you could do in this situation. Leave. If you feel as though you might have a hard time saying ‘no‘, then instead of giving in to the negative pressure, just leave the situation. It might be hard, at first, but believe me, you’ll be glad you did.

Tip #3: Use a buddy system. 

If you have a true friend(s) who is a positive role model and influence, who has the same stance as you on an issue, then work together to stand up for yourselves, and back each other up. I mean, if you don’t have to do it alone, why not let your bestie back you up?

Tip #4: Give yourself some love. 

What’s the point of having friends if all they do is pressure you into things you don’t want to do? Remember that you are worthy of respect and kindness, and that, in the long run, it’s better to be your own, true friend, then have a whole bunch of fake friends who don’t have your best interests at heart.

Tip #5: Find positive role models and/or new friends. 

Let’s get real: It’s always nice to have someone to confide in. Whether it be a new friend or a family member, remember to surround yourself with people who love and respect you. Those who have your best interests at heart will make you feel comfortable and appreciated. And that’s what you deserve.

Tip #6: Think about the consequences if you give in. 

If you are tempted to give in to the pressure, or have already given inthink of the future consequences if you say ‘yes‘ or continue on the route you are on. Trust me, taking time to think about the road that you should take can help prevent a lot of trouble from taking place. I know. This can be hard. But you’ll be thrilled that you did it, looking back.

Tip #7: Don’t try to use negative peer pressure on others. 

I mean, it’s kind of low to complain about getting peer pressured if you are doing it to someone else. Even if it’s subtle, try your best not to put negative pressure on other people. And, if you are doing so, try to apologize and make it right with the person that you’ve been pressuring. After all, it’s important that we love our neighbors as ourselves. (Matthew 22:39 NIV)

Alright, everyone! I hope you enjoyed those 7 Tips on How to Deal with Negative Peer Pressure, and that it will help you during this new year of school!

Comment down below other positive ways to deal with negative peer pressure, as well as your other thoughts on the issue.

You don’t have to take any disrespect, or insensitivity from any “friend” that you have. Just remember, do things, such as the ideas listed, to deal with negative peer pressure in a positive way. You can be serious and get your point across without being violent.

PHave a wonderful, fabulous, and joyful day, beautiful people! ✨

3 Benefits of Learning How to Code

What’s up, my peeps? Today, I wanted to talk about something new! Now, I’ve already told you guys about my Visual Art class that I’m taking, this year. However, I never told you about my second elective: coding! ✨

Also, just in case you don’t know what coding is, it is basically a set of instructions that tell a computer what to do. Coding is used to make a lot of games and websites. They are also used in a lot of companies. Just a few include NASA, Facebook, and Netflix! And, believe it or not, learning how to code can actually give you many great opportunities for the future! Besides, we practically live in a world where most things are centered around technology.

Let’s get started with the benefits of coding!

#1. It can get you a great job, whether it involves coding or not.

Coding can actually be a great skill to have under your belt, especially because it can help you get a great job, even if it doesn’t involve coding. Many celebrities, such as comedian Jimmy Fallon, NBA star Chris Boss, and actress Angela Basset all know how to code. You may not be aware, but, as well, a majority of companies are in need of coders. By learning how to use different coding languages (such as HTML and Python), you can get a great and well-paying job, even at a young age!

2. It can improve your math or algebra skills.

The steps that are required in coding can include using logic, and breaking down the code, or directions, into small steps to type the code correctly. This not only allows you to practice your critical thinking skills, but it can also help improve your sense of logic or analyzing problems, therefore helping you get a better grade on your algebra test!

3. It be a fun hobby.

If you are a teenager, like myself, you might not be too worried about getting a job, yet. Which, is understandable. I mean, that’s years from now. Even if you aren’t concerned about that type of stuff, coding can still be a fun activity to do. From personal experience, I can confirm that it can actually be quite enjoyable. It could even help your social life, especially if you join a coding club. Also, it makes you feel super smart when you’ve just succeeded to do a new code for the first time, lol.

Okie dokie, everyone! I really hope that you enjoyed those 3 Benefits of Learning How to Code. It can be a hobby, a job opportunity, or even a way to help you improve in algebra class. I mean, that all sounds pretty good to me! ✨

If there’s anything in particular that you’d like me to provide tips or other information about (of course, no inappropriate requests, please), then please comment them down below! You never know, I just might write a blog about your prompts, in the future!

Have a fun, happy, and beautiful day, everyone!

3 Tips on How to Positively Cope With Puberty

What’s up, fellow teens? I hope your day has been and will be absolutely fabulous! ✨

If you are a teenager, chances are you are going through (or about to go through) puberty. Me being one of the kids who started puberty earlier than most, I understand why this point in our lives can be tough.

This is exactly why today, I wanted to give you all 3 Tips on How to Positively Cope With Puberty. I know that this moment in our lives can be very uncomfortable, but, trust me, this stage will pass! ✨

So, are y’all ready to figure out how we can all deal with the weird changes in our bodies? Yes? Well, let’s get started!

  1. Try to bathe every or every other day.

    You know, a huge part of puberty is that our sweat glands become more active, so it is completely normal to perspire more than you did when you were younger. However, it’s because of this that a lot of us experience body odor. To prevent it from becoming out of control, try to bathe every 1 or 2 days. If there is anything that I have learned, it’s that, during and after puberty, personal hygiene is a must!

2. Try doing relaxing activities in your free time.

Have you ever felt super optimistic one minute, and then broken into tears the next? Well, if so, then these are called mood swings, when your mood changes abruptly. To help cope with certain emotions, especially negative ones, it is always a good idea to do yoga, breathing exercises, listen to relaxing music, talk to your best friend, or do anything else that calms you down. Before you know it, all of that stress and anxiety will melt away!

3. Create a skin care routine.

Fortunately, my skin has never been an issue, for me. However, a lot of teenagers get spots on their skin called acne. Although, I haven’t really gone through it, I know that this can make some people feel self conscious. By cleaning and moisturizing your face, every day and night, it can help reduce the amount of spots on your skin!

Okay, everyone! I really hope those 3 Tips on Positively Coping with Puberty helped you! Don’t forget, this is just a season, and it is a season that we will all pass. But don’t worry, you’ll be thankful for the season when you are all grown up and looking more gorgeous then you every have before!

Have a wonderful, beautiful, and happy day, fellow teens! Peace! ✨