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! ✨

A landscape painting in honor of spring… ♡

Happy Saturday, everybody! I hope you are all having a beautiful day or night!

Although there are a lot of things that I love about weekends, one of those things happens to be that they give me plenty of time to focus on my hobbies. With no live classes to attend or studying to do, the weekends give me time to simply indulge in visual art, photography, reading, and simply relaxing.

Today, I wanted to take advantage of my free time and make a landscape painting in honor of the beautiful season of spring, and it honestly turned out even better than I was envisioning! As always, I had to show you guys my work of art and the steps that I took to make it. Enjoy, everybody!


First of all, I want to say that I used most of the colors provided in my acrylic paint set for this project. I was expecting to use no more than 10, but I ended up using about two times that. To be fair, a lot of mixing came in to play to get the exact hues that I wanted. However, I really like to experiment by mixing my paints, so this was a really fun process.

The first thing I did to start my painting was paint the sky. I wanted it to have a little bit of an ombre vibe (meaning that the colors progressed from dark to light) throughout the background. The sky starts off as a sky blue, and then transitions into a coral. Underneath that, I added little humps to resemble mountians, yellow for a corn field, and a solid green for grass.

Although I added some finishing touches to the background before adding all of the greenery to the painting, I think it looks pretty great!

After using some more paint to make the colors a little more solid, I decided to add a couple pine trees in the far background, as well as a tree on the right, which serves as a focal point for the entire painting. I also wanted to incorporate the classic spring colors with some flowers, which I painted in an abstract style. I really think that decision added to the simple yet really magical design of the painting.

When I finished adding the finishing touches, I was super happy with what I saw: an absolute masterpiece!

“Spring is Blooming” by Princess Q’Zion on May 14th, 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Painting this creation was a really fun challenge. A lot of thought went into how I could make this painting really come alive to tell the story of spring, and I really enjoyed that. Every piece of art that I make has a vision behind it, and I thank God that I was able to turn this blank canvas into something that exceeded my expectations.

LET’S CHAT~Have you ever painted a landscape? If you have, did you enjoy it?

Have a beautiful and blessed day everybody! God bless you all! ✨

National Apple Pie Day (+ my original poem)

Literally a month ago (April 13th) I was inspired to write a poem about apple pie, since Goodmommy had just bought us one for the first time in a little while. Ironically, today happens to be National Apple Pie Day. Apple is one of my favorite flavors of pie, right after sweet potato. To celebrate this delicious National Day, I will be sharing my original poem “Old-Fashioned Apple Pie.”

Although this will be the second time that I posted this poem on my blog–and you can view the first time by clicking HERE–I wanted to incorporate it into this post to celebrate the National Day and give any of you who have yet to read my poetry a chance to do so.

A golden shell
flakes away
As warm, bright apples 
dance along my tongue
Criss-crossed crust
Gaps every couple bites
Sweet mingles with succulent
In an old-fashioned 
apple pie

In my mouth
the dessert takes flight
Like a butterfly that flutters with grace
Across the light blue sky
Every bite makes you want another
It’s hard to say goodbye
To the perfect treat to munch
On a friendly,
family Sunday brunch

And when the journeys over
You look down at your plate
And see nothing but humble crumbs

— “Old Fashioned Apple Pie” by Princess Q’Zion, written on April 13th, 2022. All Rights Reserved.

It’s really nice when you write something, let it sit for a little while, and then return to it with a fresh mind. I find it almost like how a home-cooked meal tastes better after the flavors blend over time. Now reviewing this creation, I begin to appreciate it more. For my first ever free-verse poem–which is drastically different compared to the tight rhyme schemes that I usually incorporate into my other poems–I truly think that this is spectacular. (Thank God!)

Hopefully this will inspire you that not only is it good to try new things at times, but also that when it comes to writing, sometimes we just need to take a break. And when we’re done, go back and review what we created.

Today’s advice: It makes it easier to see the beauty in your creation when you simply let it sit.

Thank you so much for reading! Have a blessed day, and may God bless you all! ✨

6 Simple Photography Tips for Higher-Quality Photos

Photography is a form of art; it is a skill that can be perfected and strengthened. And even better, anyone can get started! All you need is a camera, whether it is your phone camera, an instant camera, a mirorless camera, or a wide variety of other choices. And considering that May is National Photography Month, it’s probably the perfect time to start taking more photos.

When it comes to taking high-quality photographs, there is a lot of techniques and rules that need to be mastered in order to take your photos to the next level. Whether you are a beginner who is just getting started or an intermediate who wants to learn more, here are a few tips to help make your photos look more polished.

Every photo included in this list was taken by me and therefore belong to me. Therefore, they are not meant for any use by any one who views this list. All Rights Reserved.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

Keep Your Camera Steady

One required element of a photograph is a clear and focused image. That means that shaky hands and blurry images are a no no. This is a skill that I had to learn to master, and I still have to remember to hold my camera steady to this day. When you begin to use both of your hands, with the camera close to your body, you will begin to see a huge difference in the quality of your photographs.

Experiment with Different Angles

Believe it or not, some objects and organisms do have a “good side,” or a pose that allows you to get the essence of the subject. Experimenting with the perspective or angle that is the most flattering for the subject of your choice can make the focal point more obvious. We want the subject to be the first thing that the viewers’ eyes focus on. The right perspective = a more composed photograph with a clear subject.

Take Advantage of Lines

Horizontal, vertical, diagonal, curved, implied, converging, and leading lines can all help improve the amount of visual interest that your photo portrays. Using varying amounts of line in a photograph can make the photo just a little more interesting to look at. In other words, lines can make a statement.

For more information on the types of lines in photography, please click HERE.

Wait for the Right Moment

When you are taking a picture of an animal or person, it may take a little while to get a good shot. You may even have to click a few times before you are satisfied. That being said, sometimes it is best to watch the someone or something that you want to photograph, and wait for the perfect moment to snap the photo. A substantial part of taking good photographs is patience: better photos take practice, and with effective practice comes lots of patience.

Take Photos in the Morning or Evening

You maybe wondering why these particular times would be the best opportunities to shoot your shot. Two words: natural light. In order to get proper lighting in your photographs, you need to consider both the setting and time for day that you take your photos. Besides, sunrises and sunsets make for great scenery.

Digital Editing is Your Friend

In all scenarios, you might not get the exact lighting that you were envisioning. Maybe you want the colors to look more saturated or mellow. Remember that as photographers, photo editing software is our friend. Therefore, if you are considering being a professional photographer, you may want to invest in a good program that will allow you to edit your photos succeeding taking them.


Photography is probably one of the most underrated forms of art. However, as a person who enjoys art in many forms, I will also say that photography is one of the most fun.

I hope that wherever you are in your photography journey, that these tips were able to help you perfect your skills, and take your photographs to the next level of awesomeness!

LET’S CHAT~Did you find any of these tips surprising? Which one helped you the most?

Thanks for stopping by! See you next time! ✨

I read my original poem to an audience for the first time… ♡

Today I had another meeting with my Creative Writing Club. Every month we have an Open Mic Night, where we as students can submit our original works in Google Forms to read aloud to the group. In celebration of April, National Poetry Month, every presentation for today’s meeting was a poem or another short form of writing.

School is almost over, this is the last open mic night of the year, and I had never shared any of my original work with the group. Due to these factors, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to get the exposure that I needed.

I decided to use the poem that I wrote for International Women’s Day, “Words to Women” as my selection. And sure enough, when the club leader announced who would be speaking today, I saw my name as number 5 on the list.

Although I was nervous about the whole thing going into it, I became more relaxed as I heard each student read their original works. A majority of the poems were about self confidence or female empowerment, and they all seemed to connect to each other in some way, which I thought was really cool.

What I love about this club so much is that it gives me an opportunity to meet people who love to write, just like me. Not only did tonight’s meeting give me a chance to learn and gain inspiration from others’ work, but I was even able to share what I liked about each poem, and provide positive constructive criticism if the author requested it.

When it was my turn to read my poem, the whole thing went by very smoothly–I knew that what I had wrote was good. I was a little shocked at the flood of positive feedback that popped up in the chat. Many of the other club members repeated a quote of the poem that identified with them or gave positive comments such as how they liked how I talked about our differences and how they make each of us beautiful.

One of the most rewarding parts of being a writer is knowing that your work was able to touch a person and remind them of themselves. Poetry can be interpreted in many different ways. And one sentence can hold a lot of power.

Overall, I shared this with you all today to remind you that it’s good to step out of your comfort zone, from time to time; it feels so good to know that you conquered a past fear or challenge of yours.

Some things can be nerve wracking to think about doing, especially when that something is sharing your original work in front of an audience. However, when we are doing something that makes us nervous, it shows that we care. Not to mention that it gives us room to grow as people.

I hope this was able to inspire you, today. Don’t forget to be thankful for every moment, because we never know which one will be our last. May God bless you all; peace in! ♡

The Best Advice for ALL BLOGGERS (Wannabes, New, and Veterans)

While being a blogger is an excellent hobby, skill, and for some, job, it can be a little overwhelming for others. About 8 and 1/2 months ago, I remember being very excited to start my new blog…but also slightly nervous. Monitoring your own blog is like a new adventure that can be a little challenging to start, just because most of us don’t know what outcome to expect.

However, just because it’s a challenge doesn’t mean that it isn’t worthwhile. Here is some of the BEST ADVICE for any blogger, whether you’re contemplating whether you want to be one, you just became a blogger, or you’ve been one for years. I bet that in no time, you’ll be blogging like a pro!

Keep a Positive Mindset — The truth is, we can’t do anything to the best of our ability if our mindsets are not positive. Keep in mind that blogging is a good source of income, but it is also a source for you to improve on your writing, spread the word about a topic that matters to you, inspire others, and simply BE YOU! If we start blogging with a negative perspective, then how can we expect to grow?

Don’t Procrastinate–Do It Right Now– If you know you want to do a blog or that you want to be more active on your blog but you keep putting it aside, let me tell you that procrastination is never going to get anyone anywhere different. Obviously, it can be hard to try something new, but if you feel that it would be beneficial to you, what’s stopping you from doing it? If we procrastinate, we are simply saying in the same spot. And sometimes progress requires us to move.

Think about the Journey and the Destination — You may set a goal that you want to earn 100 followers or make $10 a week from blogging. Small goals like this are a great way to think about your future and the progress that you want to make with your blog. That being said, don’t get too caught up in getting so many followers or so much money from it (unless it’s your job, of course.) Instead, think of the smaller forms of progress that you are making. For example, you may be getting more views or comments then you were 1 year ago–that’s progress!

Even if They Don’t Say Anything, People Are Watching– I think one of the main reasons for inconsistency among bloggers is that they aren’t getting the amount of response from their audience as they would like or anticipated. Gaining an audience who will comment on EVERY post can take time to build. Besides, many times people will just read your posts to see if you will be consistent before following you. Just because they don’t like or comment, doesn’t mean they don’t like your content. We just have to KEEP PRESSING!!!

Be Authentic — In all honesty, the blogs that are written by someone who isn’t trying to be like every other blogger are some of my favorites. When I look for quality content, I want to read about someone who I can relate to, learn from and be inspired by. Those are the blogs that are real, funny, and fun to read. What I’m trying to say is, just be your authentic self in your blog–trust me, it makes a big difference.


Posts where I get to inspire others are the most fun to write. As bloggers, we have more fun when we are writing and posting about what we love. We begin to think more about the meaning behind each post and less about statistics. In everything, just remember to appreciate every victory–both the large and small. Each one will help us reach our final destination.

Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you next time! God bless y’all! ✨

7 Things that I’ve Learned Since I’ve Bought My (Third) Betta Fish – Reblog

Author’s Note: Hey, y’all! Today is National Pet Parents Day, so I will be reposting some things that I’ve learned since I got my betta fish Peace. Anyways, I hope you enjoy! ❤️

It’s been a little while since we’ve gotten Peace (about two months or so.) And I must admit that the time has went by so fast! Since I’m able to stay downstairs, where Peace is located, while I do my schoolwork, we have already been able to create a bond. Getting to know him and the different parts of his big (but sweet) personality makes my heart content.

Despite the fairly short time that I’ve had him, I’ve learned a lot about the evolution of betta fish and the type of care that they need to keep them happy. Here are 7 of the lessons that I’ve learned since getting my third betta fish. This post is for current betta fish keepers, potential future betta fish owners, and even those who are just curious to see the care that these small but beautiful fish need.

1. A heater is a must.

Since bettas are tropical fish, it is required to get a heater that will keep your aquarium water evenly distributed with heat. In the wild, bettas are found in places with a temperature between 75-82 degrees. Therefore, when you get a pet betta, it is crucial that you keep the temperature (from minimum to maximum) 75-85 degrees to keep them comfortable in their environment.

2. Healthy bettas are very interactive.

When most people think of teaching a pet tricks, they will likely think of, let’s face it, a dog. While you might not be able to touch your betta as you would a mammal companion, you can still teach them tricks and play with them. Bettas are highly intelligent, therefore, similarly to a goldfish, you can teach them how to swim through hoops, jump to fetch their food from your fingers, and push a ball–either moss or ping-pong–across the top of the tank. When you put the time and love in, bettas can be super interactive, sweet, and loving pets!

3. There is a such thing as overfeeding.

Some bettas have stomachs that are smaller than their eyes, which, if you aren’t aware, are super tiny. This means that while you can feed them anywhere between twice a day to once every other day, you must do so with caution, as bettas can be overfed. This is why some betta owners let their fish fast once a week.

Still, keep in mind that you shouldn’t leave your betta at home or not feed your fish for more than 3 days, and if you ever do this, don’t do so often. While we as fish owners should avoid overfeeding, healthy and happy fish still need to be fed at least 6 days a week.

4. Many fish eat insects.

Bettas are actually known to eat insects, larvae and even other smaller fish, in their natural habitats. While most people tend to feed their betta pellets made from insects, it is a good idea to feed your betta live food such as blood worms or brine shrimp a couple times a week. Keep in mind that this is not required, but rather a couple alternatives if your betta doesn’t like pellets or flakes and/or you want to add a little more variety into his or her diet.

5. Aquarium plants (whether real or synthetic) serve for great places to sleep.

Personally, I see my betta sleeping next to or on top of the plastic plants in his tank quite often. To be honest, it’s probably one of the spots in his 3 gallon aquarium that he loves the most and spends the most time in. Many bettas sleep at night and periodically during the day, so don’t be surprised if you see your betta snoozing on some of the tank plants. 

Bettas can sleep in many different ways–some of which may look uncomfortable or strange–but this is a completely a normal behavior. So don’t panic if you see your betta being still or motionless for some periods of time. They’re likely just taking a nap. Just like we need our sleep, healthy bettas take naps and need their rest to remain happy and healthy. As long as you see their little gills moving at a steady pace, their is nothing to worry about.

6. Bettas get to know you through feeding times and frequent interaction.

Here’s me interacting with my fish baby, Peace. He loves to check out my fingers when I gently place my hand on his tank.

Believe it or not, bettas can grow to love their owners, and healthy betta fish should commonly swim up to the tank to see you and interact with you when you pass by. Most fish associate their owners with playtime, feeding time, as well as simple companionship and a source of love. Therefore, make sure that you give your betta attention throughout the day, give them plenty of things in their tank to interact with (without over-doing it or adding decor with ragged edges), and you will likely feel the connection between you and your fish grow.

7. Bettas can beg (even when they’re not hungry).

Okay, so Peace is a really awesome fish (if you can’t already tell) but he, as well as many other fish, are probably more similar to dogs than you might think. How, exactly? Well…they beg. You see, my betta will commonly stay at the top of the tank just before or after feeding time, which is two times daily. Considering that we feed him quite a decent amount, it is obviously that he isn’t hungry, but instead he just loves to eat.

So, if you see your betta begging, don’t get sucked in by their adorableness. In the wild, bettas will eat as much as they can, as they aren’t sure when their next meal will be. Similarly, healthy domesticated bettas will eat as much as you feed them, and may even ask for more, whether they are hungry or not. I know. It’s pretty crazy and hilarious at the same time.


I hope that these fun facts were very interesting and informative for you all. It was super fun to talk about bettas, which are honestly better pets then they might seem. 

Question of the Day: Do you have any pet(s)? Is there anything that you’ve learned after you got your pet(s)? Also, which fact in this post surprised you, if any? Please comment down below.

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

World Book Day ♡

If you checked out my post from yesterday, you know that it was Earth Day. Coincidentally, I found out that today (April 23rd) is World Book Day. As soon as I heard the news, I knew that I (my book-loving self) had to take this opportunity to talk about books since, I mean…the day kind of calls for it, LOL.

As much as I love reading books, I must say that I also enjoy simply looking around in a library or bookstore–for me, seeing so many books just waiting to be read is incredibly exciting. Whenever I read a good book, I am invested in a new story filled with quirky characters, an unexpected plot, and a life lesson to take with me through everyday life.

Seriously, reading is an adventure that you don’t need to take a step out of your home to have. You can read anywhere and at anytime. You can even write your own book and make your own adventure. The possibilities are endless!

For my birthday last year, I received a Barnes and Noble gift card from a family member, and I was elated, considering that its a really nice book store and I’m OBSESSED with reading. Believe it or not, I haven’t even used it yet, LOL. That being said, I plan on posting a follow-up to this post by sharing some pics inside Barnes and Noble and the books that I purchased. Stay tuned for that coming soon!

In order to celebrate this special day for all book lovers out there, I made a quick Google Form survey with fun questions that you guys may answer about your favorite books, and many other bookish things in between! Just in case you aren’t comfortable with answering on the form, you may also answer the survey questions (listed below) in the comments.

  1. What’s your favorite book genre?
  2. What’s your favorite book and/or book series?
  3. Who’s your favorite book character?
  4. Who’s your favorite author?
  5. What’s a book you want to read in the future?

Otherwise, here is the link to the World Book Day Questionnaire–I’m excited to see all of your responses!

Thanks so much for stopping by my corner of the Internet, today! God bless you all! ♡

God blesses us so we can be a blessing – Words of Wisdom #13

Philippians 2:3-4 New International Version (NIV)
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Try to think of all the things in life to be thankful for….the truth is, there’s probably too many to count. And thank God for it.

Every second, minute, hour and day on this Earth is a blessing from the Lord. But the thing is, it’s one thing to be blessed, and it’s another to use your blessings to bless others.

How can we spread God’s love if we do things hoping for a selfish outcome? In order to be His examples as His children, we should be on the lookout for how we can invest in others, just like God has invested (and continues to invest) in us.

God may show us something or put something in our lives not only so that we may be blessed, but so that we may use it for His glory by doing something kind in the interests of others.

Keep in mind that blessing people is different from letting others take advantage of you. While giving is always a blessing from the Lord, the truth is that there can be people who we may encounter in life who might try to take advantage of our kindness. And if you ever encounter that type of person, always know that its okay to distance yourself from them, if needed. You don’t need to try to be friends with everyone in order to be respectful and kind towards them.

That being said, if you have extra food, why not give it to people who need it? If you have a day(s) on your calendar that are empty, why not take the opportunity to volunteer? If you feel really good today, why not show a smile? And if we can pray for our friends, why not pray for our enemies?

Genesis 12:2-3 New International Version (NIV)
2 I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.

Being a blessing can come in many forms– a smile, a prayer, a hug, or even a few words of encouragement can do the trick. Even when you can’t do something big, do something small. It’s little things that add up.

The more God blesses us, the more we can be a blessing. So who has God placed in YOUR spirit to be a blessing to today?

Happy Resurrection Day ♡

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

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

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

He was bruised and brought healing!

He was pierced and eased pain!

He was persecuted and brought freedom!

He was dead and brought life!

He reigns and brings Peace!

The world can’t understand him,

The armies can’t defeat Him,

The schools can’t explain Him, and

The leaders can’t ignore Him.

Herod couldn’t kill Him,

The Pharisees couldn’t confuse Him, and

The grave couldn’t hold Him!

Nero couldn’t crush Him,

Hitler couldn’t silence Him,

Other religions can’t replace Him, and

The world can’t explain Him away!

He is light, love, longevity, and Lord.

He is Goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, and God.

He is Holy, Righteous, mighty, powerful

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


Have a beautiful and blessed Easter Sunday, everybody!

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