Be Natural. Be Beautiful. Be YOU.

Beauty is skin deep. Sure. It may sound a little cheesy, and you’ve probably heard it a zillion times. You might even be tired of hearing it. But, despite how cliche it might be, this saying is absolutely true.

Valentine’s Day is about love, which is wonderful because God is love. And while February 14th is centered around the love we have for others, we also mustn’t neglect appreciating and loving who God made us to be.

Tomorrow is International Natural Day, also known as International Day of Self-love. Y’all already know that that’s a biggie on my blog. So, of course, I had to discuss it today. Whether you have a partner or not, the days before Valentine’s Day are to help remind us that we don’t need everyone’s validation.

It is a chance for us to realize and believe that we are all precious in God’s eyes. He said that we are the apple of His eye. And don’t be mistaken; God doesn’t look at what we look at. People will look at height and outward appearance. But God looks at our hearts. And as long as our Heavenly Father is pleased with us, both how we live our lives and who we are inside, then that is all the validation that we need.

Valentine’s Day is a day for us all to celebrate both inner and natural beauty. It is also to show those who we love, and who the Lord has placed in our lives to love us just the way we are, that we appreciate them, care for them, and are thankful for them.

And mind you, self-love doesn’t mean that we should be cocky or arrogant. It doesn’t mean that we should be putting ourselves on a pedestal. The first commandment is to love the Lord our God with ALL our soul, with ALL of our mind, and with ALL of our strength. The second is to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. (Mark 12:30-31 NIV) God ALWAYS comes first.

When I say “self-love” I mean coming to terms with the fact that we are fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image. Living our lives as Jesus Christ sees fit, and respecting ourselves because we know that God loved us enough to give His one and only son to die for our sins.

“Self-love” is knowing that we are worth it because God sees worth in us. If God, the King of kings and Lord of lords loves us so much as to give up His only child, then we must be worth loving. We are worth loving because God loves us.

Have a beautiful day, everyone! Always remember that God IS love! ✨

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! 💜

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! ✨

Be Selective with your Battles

Hey everyone! I have a question for y’all. Are you the type of person who always wants to get the last say? Maybe you’re having an argument, and you feel the urge to prove your point. If so, then no shame! However, it is this topic that I want to discuss today.

Truthfully, it’s important that we are selective with the battles that we choose to participate in. What does this mean, exactly? It means that having peace in yourself is better then winning a battle. We might want to act in some situations, and sometimes, that is okay. Other times, the best thing to do is leave the situation alone or take a break until you can speak in a peaceful manner.

Keep in mind that walking away from an unhealthy situation does not mean that the other person wins. It actually means quite the opposite, because you didn’t escalate the situation to an unnecessary level. Once you have confidence in yourself, you will see that getting the last say isn’t important. In the end, knowing that you walked away without feeling the need to be the “winner” is a great accomplishment, and something to be proud of.

So, remember that not every battle is meant to be fought: love always wins! ❤️

1 Corinthhians 13: 4-7 NIV 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.

4 Inspirational Quotes and Bible Verses

One thing that I know is that everyone needs a little bit of inspiration from time to time. Sometimes, it is hard to get so much done everyday, and we need a little quote or verse to help us continue to tomorrow. ✨

If you are in need of some inspiration, feel free to read these 4 Inspirational Quotes and Bible Verses that I hope make you smile today! Also, if there’s any quote or verse that sticks close to your heart, then feel free to comment them down below to share what gives you inspiration!

Let’s get started!

Quote 1: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

Always remember that nobody else can be you, and therefore, you cannot be anyone else. Embrace who you are, and see the beauty in your authentic self. You are original, beautiful, and one of a kind.

Verse 1: Matthew 5:14 – You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. ✨

I really admire this Bible verse. It tells us how it’s important that, in all the darkness of the world, we stand out, and be the light. Blending in with the crowd isn’t always the best thing. Therefore, it is best to do things that make you stand out, in a positive way!

Quote 2: “You are braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. – A. A. Milne

This quote can be very much true in some situations. Sometimes, we don’t see the potential that we really have, and how amazing we really are. However, we are brave, strong, and smart individuals, even if the world cannot see that.

Verse 2: 1 Timothy 4:12 – Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. ✨

The Lord says to us, that just because we are young, doesn’t mean that we should be looked down upon by adults. God gives us the will to set an example to others through our actions in love, faith, and purity! Therefore, don’t be afraid to spread God’s word! We are all his children!

Quote 3: Making mistakes is better than faking perfections. – Assan Jallow ✨

A lot of us have probably felt the pressure to be perfect. However, let’s be honest: this is unrealistic for anyone except God. Therefore, it is okay to make mistakes sometimes. Our mistakes are part of what make us who we are. Just be yourself, and don’t sweat it when you make a mistake! Your effort is what matters most!

Verse 3: Galatians 6:9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. ✨

We can be easily tempted to do wrong things in times of trouble. However, always remember to do what is right in the Lord’s eyes. If we do, then we will “reap a harvest,” or benefit from our actions, afterward.

Quote 4: You are enough, just as you are. – Megan Markle ✨

Although this quote is very simple, it holds a lot of truth. Whenever you feel as though you are not enough for a position, a person, or a task, remember that you are enough. You are worthy. As long as you tried your best, you did not fail.

Verse 4: Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” ✨

If you ever feel intimidated by someone, such as people from school, remember that God is always with you, and he will protect us and take care of us! He never leaves our side, even if we cannot see him as we can each other.

I really hope that you enjoyed these 4 Inspirational Quotes and Bible Verses! Always remember to be yourself and trust in the Lord. He will not give us more then we can handle, and who we show up as in the world should be a light in all of the darkness.

Have a fantastic day, y’all! ✨

3 Effects of Negative Peer Pressure

Hello again, amazing people! Princess Q’Zion is back for another amazing blog entry! So, calling all teenagers, I have a question for you: have you ever been in a situation where all of your friends were doing something, (it could be smoking, drinking, dating, skipping school, etc.), and you felt like you had to do it, too? ✨

If you read my post a few days ago, then you probably already know that this is called negative peer pressure. I gave you all some tips on how you can positively deal with negative peer pressure. But, I never told you the actual effects of it.

You might not know this, but according to a study, 90% of teens has reported of being a victim of peer pressure. This is exactly why I wanted to share with you guys the effects that negative peer pressure can effect a person.

So, are you ready?

Let’s begin!

  1. It can decrease a person’s self-esteem or confidence.

When a person feels forced or teased about something, it can make them feel bad about themselves, as they can begin to feel like they aren’t as good or worthy as those who are participating in the negative behavior. It can also cause them to feel as though they need validation or approval from others, therefore causing them to feel lesser about how they feel about themselves.

And, if the situation gets worse, this can actually escalate to medical conditions that relate to anxiety or depression. This is just one of the possible affects of negative peer pressure.

2. A person’s grades can lower of fluctuate.

As teenagers, a lot of us feel the need to be accepted by our peers. We have the want to fit-in, have friends, and be accepted by everybody else. Sometimes, in worse cases, this could even mean that acceptence becomes a priority over a person’s grades. If a teenager is pressured to skip school or classes, then their grades could easily turn for the worst.

This not only affects their academics, but, depending on what their skipping school to do, could ruin their future, as well.

3. The person being pressured may begin to engage in self harm.

If a person feels anxious about a situation, or like they don’t belong, then eventually, it could cause them to want to harm themselves. No matter how hard this truth is to face, a lot of teenagers have actually committed suicide as a result of peer pressure or bullying.

It is easy to think it’s funny when you are pressuring a person, but it’s not so laughable once you realize what it can do to a person.

Okay, everybody! I really hope that you learned from these 3 effects of negative peer pressure.

If you are going through this, please always remember this:

The person or people who are pressuring you are doing it because they are being pressured to do it, and/or they have low confidence or self-esteem. Also, never be afraid to ask for help. Your peers might say that you are a ‘snitch’, but standing up for yourself isn’t a bad thing. Just, make sure, that you never use violence to do so. We must remember not to fight back in violence, but fight back in love.

I hope you all have a wonderful, healthy, and happy day! See you next time, amazing people! ✨

7 Positive Ways to Deal with Negative Peer Pressure

Hello again, my lovely viewers! 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 in, think 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.

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