Know NO

Wow so much has happened since I last gave some love to my blog and how I have missed it. Today I read through some of my past posts and realize how commercial a blog might seem it is also a life story. I read about when I broke my pelvic bone and was not able to walk for three months and how I was still waiting for the right boyfriend and now I am so happily married to my wonderful husband Thiart. He changed my life forever. Today I just realize how important it is to take a few minutes to put your thoughts on ‘paper’. It is almost the cliché thing of going into your own world…but you do. It almost gives a sort of balance to life. We get so busy with constant work and rushing around that this, I never realized it my escape. A big reason for neglecting my love of a blog is because I got so busy with work. Working days on end and seeing writing as a job. I never intended for my blog to be some fashion thing where narcissistic thoughts are shared, I wanted it to be real and when I thought it was another job I stopped.

But in these few months or maybe year or two I realized the power of NO. I am still a rooky in it and struggle along the way because I love people and don’t want to disappoint, but I saw how people can take advantage of kindness. I perceived saying no as not having God’s heart for others. In the end even my health took its toll with me loosing so much weight due to me working hours on end and not saying no to anyone. Obviously there is the exception of people that you can go out of your way to help but having the skill to say no is something great. I realized that I actually felt proud of myself when telling someone that I am not able to do something and sticking to my rules.

I did not intend to write about this but maybe this morning I had to preach to myself, ok but enough preaching I am getting bored with myself. What I wanted to say, although I want to stick to my blog’s concept I will also include a few makeup tricks of the trade because I have many and I need to get them out of my system as well as a bit of fashion for men. Since I got married I saw the need for that, as Thiart is very Stylish and does not have a go to blog . oh yes and maybe cooking as I am a past chef.
So there’s it. Happy to be back kids

Love Nadja 



waar ekke was die tyd

Hi friends sorry for my silent days these few months,
Busy like never before with an amazing new job I started 3 months ago. As I am sitting here I am missing my work-family that is so diverse, interesting and stimulating and I realize all the more how important some sort of a routine in our lives play.
I got a job with an amazing production company as head of makeup and also a presenter for a makeover show. I used to say that I would never do a 9-5 job and guess what God tossed my way??6am to some days 12pm… and guess what …? every moment spent at work made me love people so much more. I had the privileged to listen to stories so many stories and realize how important listening is. I met my best friend there that has seen me tired, happy, sad, irritated …every state and still loves me. In the time I started my job my grandmother also died and it was very difficult for me but such a sweet Lord that knew I needed to be kept busy in that time to not over think things sent me my dream job that I already miss.
This is just a short intro to tell you all where I have been! Much more stories to follow from crying …laughing to being a presenter for a show.
Much love
xxx

live life

The other day I was thinking about how fragile our human life is and we live it thinking we are invisible. It is either spent on working and making money (which is needed if you need to live) but usually it just a gyrating around our self and our needs and we don’t stop to enjoy this delicate thing called human life. Usually when somebody passes away our perspective tends to be shaken a bit and we realize where our priorities should be. I just feel that we should live with that mindset every day and try to enjoy and live this day in total excellence and appreciation for what is around us. Loving our spouse with a sincere love… enjoying tasty food… eating slowly …looking at a beautiful flower...Smelling lovely perfume … talking with God… meditating on His wonderful creation. Taking our thoughts off ourselves and our needs and our lacks… we could become people that other individuals just need to be around for a positive injection … and most importantly not worrying about tomorrow  

Matthew 6: Jesus said:
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear? Our heavenly Father knows that you need them.


Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own

Sweet Market on main

Now working with celebrities day in and day out and having things superficial surrounding me most of my working hours as a stylist and make-up artist (don’t get me wrong I love it but sometimes simplicity is key), I found an outlet that stimulates me both creatively and socially.

Balance in life has always been a very important aspect for me, not that I really master it but to make it easy for me I just remember that God should be number one in my life and He helps me to put stability in the rest.

So back to the new outlet. My husband and I have been playing around with some awesome chicken kebabs that we want to sell for a good price and have it very healthy and yummy. We found the perfect butcher and abrah kebabrah …our product was here. Our name Abrah Kebabrah with the emphasis on the kebab part came to life. We started selling at a zero carb banting market and did exceedingly well and added the addition of a hotdog roll for the non- carb markets having great success.

So we searched for another market to add to our Saturday routine and found an awesome gem! Market on main! It is situated in the heart of the city of Pretoria, South Africa…With a variety of artisan food and treats and marvelous local craft beer. I think what makes me so fond of this market is that it is only four weeks old and already feels like a small family. We have the sweetest lady having a stall next to ours  that sells the most amazing oysters and champagne.  Whenever we are not looking we just see this gourmet oyster with caviar and a champagne glass making its way on our table! Then there is the best sweet treats and amazing beverages. One of my favorites is ‘eat mail’ selling a variety of healthy foods ranging from fresh fish to pea and mint soup! It is a gastronomic extravaganza! Best thing of everything it made me love my city even more. I never went to the heart of the city because it always seemed pretty scary but now I look at my city in a whole new way with a new found love!


Be sure to visit Market on main when you are in South Africa! 

psalm27

Light, space, zestthat’s GodSo, with him on my side I’m fearless,
afraid of no one and nothing.When vandal hordes ride down
ready to eat me alive, Those bullies and toughs fall flat on their faces.
When besieged, I’m calm as a baby.
When all hell breaks loose,I’m collected and cool. I’m asking God for one thing,
only one thing: To live with him in his house my whole life long. I’ll contemplate his       beauty; I’ll study at his feet. That’s the only quiet, secure place in a noisy world,
The perfect getaway, far from the buzz of traffic. God holds me head and shoulders
above all who try to pull me down...

slow down

I was thinking about the idea of slow living and what it actually means.
According to Authors Beth Meredith and Eric storm it is a lifestyle choice. Slow living means structuring your life around meaning and fulfillment. Similar to voluntary simplicity and down-shifting, it emphasizes a less-is-more approach, focusing on the quality of life.
There are a few words that are just blown-up for me: It’s a choice… structuring your life around meaning and fulfillment… it is VOLUNTARY… yes voluntary simplicity and the biggest thing for me LESS IS MORE.
This morning I was just thinking about a new exciting job that I will be doing for the next three weeks and my mental state that needs to be in tip-top shape in order to do this job to the best of my capabilities, but even my capabilities are mediocre and mediocrity is a word that I do not want to have in my vocabulary. So I was kind of chatting to the Lord and asking Him how I could amplify my work that it is not just something good but something amazing. First I felt the Lord clarifying to me that we as humans want our work to be acknowledged and noticed… ‘yes’, I thought. Then it was as if the Lord just said: ‘well skip that one, do your work as if no-one will ever see it except me. You are thinking about the salary that you will receive at the end of the job right? Skip that one too, do it as if you were on a missionary job just for Me where it is voluntary and out of choice without any money attached. Then most importantly rely fully on me for all the hours you will be working… that is how you supersize your work ethic.’
It is as if the Lord wants opposite of our thinking and that is what got me to the slow living concept. I realized that our society is so money orientated and seeking acknowledgement that we base our whole work ethic around it. Yes credit is needed in time but if we build our concept around doing our work for God our standard of work will be of an excellent standard and because we then don’t seek acknowledgment from men but from God we would not be offended if someone might criticize us. So I realized that slow living and work goes hand in hand… our work should also be out of a mind state that it is voluntary, a choice and that less is more and money is something common that gets printed every day.


1 TESSALONIANS 2:4  :our purpose is to please God, not people.