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Hello! I’m Annien. Welcome to my blog!

I’m going to help you value life and live it to the full, be your best self, manage physical or emotional pain and show you the best way to lose weight, dress well, but so much more! If you’re looking for articles featuring inspiration, or the latest in health and beauty, look NO further!!

I had a car accident in 2012, which left me a “walking quad”. Those who don’t know me well, don’t even pick this up. This can be a plus or a minus… Read further and find out why!…

A HUGE welcome to this motivational Afrikaans and English blog, describing my life transformation and valuable life lessons learnt, where courage and inspiration are offered to previously spinal chord injured people…and everyone else!!


  • Simplify

  • Live each moment to the full

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff

  • Appreciate the little things 

Maybe I can help you as walking quad, or complete spinal chord injured victim… or anyone else that is down in the dumps, to look forward, lift your head up, and still make the best of yourself. I believe that everything can work together for your good. But it depends only on your positive attitude towards life.

Did you know that my God likes to RESTORE things? To what? To what you were supposed to be all along…

This is a Lifestyle and Personal development blog, based around HOLISTIC HEALTH, BEAUTY, and SELF-DEVELOPENT.

We all want to be beautiful, but beauty goes beyond just looking pretty and have flawless skin. We all can learn how to value life, develop into the best version of ourselves and keep growing spiritually.

I want to inspire you towards a fulfilling life!  Just want to live a lighter life with less complications (or with more meaning)? Learn to VALUE LIFE, appreciate what you have and optimize your wellbeing on all levels of your body, mind and spirit. Become healthy holistically!

I am far from perfect and sometimes still struggle with having a healthy self esteem, especially after my accident. I experience that it is so much harder to feel HEALTHY and BEAUTIFUL and act with confidence in my current situation (with physical disabilities or injury complications, pain, lack of balance, and ”unhandiness”).  I often still feel… I am not my best self and will never be able to BE it again!

Did you now, physical pain can evolve everything, every thought. All your focus becomes directed on the pain?

I have the normal frustrations of the ”walking quad.” Self pity (even anxiety) sticks it’s ugly head out when someone says: ”You should be glad you’re not Paralyzed!” as if they don’t see your pain. When the normal is expected of you, you want to answer: ”Please don’t compare me with how I was before! I’m not the same! Or not the same as you!”

I become even more frustrated when I cannot do what I did before, or think about what I WOULD have been able to do now, if the accident didn’t happen. So many dreams were shattered – to name a few:  the dream to still sing with my guitar to others (or teach my kids to play the guitar), play tennis or dance with my children, just pampering them… to become a gym instructor, or continuing my career as spa therapist (and teaching my daughter the ins and outs of beauty therapy!)..

But writing or blogging about Beauty, Health (Lifestyle), and Life surely does help.

How do I make the MOST of my current situation, or make the best of myself? This is what I share with my writings! My blog consists of awesome Afrikaans or English articles, trusted health, beauty and wellness information, my favorite health, beauty and wellness tips, advice and inspiration on HEALTH, BEAUTY, FASHION, LIFESTYLE, and LIFE – tons of free content! Bonus: You will also get in-depth insights and advice from other Health and Beauty experts!

You will also find a collection of my past blog posts.

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I’m an ex-Beauty and Spa therapist. Those days are long gone for me. After the traumatic car accident (when a car hit my car from behind on a major highway in Cape Town) I was paralyzed overnight, for three months, but by the grace of God, I learnt how to eat, write, shower, walk, and everything else, from scratch again… I had to say goodbye to my 20 years in the Beauty, Spa and Fashion industries. But I decided to keep WRITING (at least) on Health, Beauty and Fashion (also sharing with you some of the revelations I received during the years after my spinal chord injury)

This page is my views on health and beauty, and my own health and beauty.

You can be both healthy and beautiful, but only through the help of your Creator, who made you in His image and who wants the best for you and to be the best you can be! Hope this already inspires you:)

I believe in health and beauty on ALL levels – body, mind, soul and spirit. For me… the SPIRIT comes first. (Read my blog: “In body, mind, soul and spirit”). Now, more than ever, I have a holistic approach to Health and Beauty, which means I care about the improvement or development of one’s overall wellbeing – the whole person. With my writing I focus on your OPTIMAL wellbeing. And believe me…the field is so wide, there will always be a fresh topic appearing!

Sometimes, I just like to download my feelings, but I mostly prefer to analize and do research on my interests, and provide regular easy-to-read information focusing on Beauty and Fashion, but especially on Health, Lifestyle…and LIFE in general!

I strive to study and improve my own life, thoughts and actions, as well as those of people around me – spinal chord injured ”walkers” or those who can’t walk at all, and just ”normal” people who appreciate, or don’t appreciate, what they’ve got! I would love to inspire you with my life and views, with what I learnt through my accident, as well as with other’s real-life stories and feelings. 


Are you a victim of trauma, disease, illness, injury, physical or emotional pain, or somebody having to deal with pain on an everyday occurrence? Or a dependent of such a person? Do you feel that life paid you a raw deal? This blog is also specifically for providing guidance and motivation with the management of pain or tragedy to chronic pain sufferers. 

Pain can be a heavy burden. But pain-relieving foods and holistic pain relieving methods can lessen or eliminate neuropathic pain, back and neck pain, general aches and pains, or emotional pain and stress. It is all about taking a natural approach. Natural pain management tools are provided to guide you and help you manage your pain naturally, as well as life skills that will equip you in making the best of your circumstances. Learn how to enjoy your life again!

Discover how to still fulfill your purpose and live the life God planned for you to live on this earth (and the life beyond), decide not to quit but to CHOOSE LIFE…to be brave and lift your head, finding new hope, look at the bright side of things – in the realization that with every negative there always is a positive.

In my fight against pain, I’ve learnt some LESSONS so far:

  • I had to accept my new “normal” or reality – to forget the past and accept who I was NOW.

  • I have to take it day by day, live in the moment and make the best of every little thing, focusing on doing it for GOD alone. When you give your best as if for Him only, it shouldn’t really matter what others think!

  • Maybe for this season of my life, I have another purpose, or more than one.

  • Some weaknesses (in my case my damaged body) – although not caused by God – He ”leaves” with me so I can depend on Him (otherwise I think I can do it all by myself!)


Just unhappy with your lifestyle or unsatisfied with life in general? Learn to live life to the full and become your best self. Keep growing mentally and spiritually. Here is inspiration for everyone who are eager to learn, further develop themselves, grow into the best version of themselves… or become the best they can be! 


Since the internet is already so LOADED with information… and to avoid information overload, please open a special document on your computer, and call it: “Annien’s blogs to still read”:)

Or build up your Digital Library and download my e-books!



Through my website www.beyondbeautiful.co.za,  I want to make Health, Wellness and Lifestyle education accessible and affordable to others through inspiring, life-changing e-books that you can make your own, valuable lifestyle programs you can follow, and natural skin and body products you can order online! I am committed to help creating a lasting difference in the lives of other people through the selling of my books, material and products, and inspiring others. 

If you have any questions about any of my eBooks or suggestions for topics, please let me know via my email address: annienatpeace@gmail.com



This program is for you if you want to “remake” your life, but don’t know where to START getting healthy. You don’t know on what end to begin and are completely confused.

It is also for you if you’re too busy to look for information, or don’t have the time to even think about your diet.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re over or underweight, diabetic, hypoglycemic, have arthritis, a bad appetite, high blood pressure, heart disease, or are tired all the time… this program is designed to help you take control of your health and to get your health back WHEREVER you are!

It will help you transition to a healthy whole-food, plant-based diet, while understanding how and why you need to make specific changes. Loads of tips, guidelines, inspiration and healthy plant based recipes help make it fun & easy for you to become really healthy! You’ll also receive simple formulas that you can use for breakfast, lunch and dinner (which have made MY life so much easier!!) Learn how to do meal planning and not to see it as a chore anymore! Enjoy cooking, even from scratch, by learning what the best cooking equipment, tools and methods are to use. 

Vegan Nutrition Program.


– the perfect program for you if you got weight to lose, have tried everything else and nothing seemed to work. It will help you uncover what’s going on and what’s standing in your way. Through this Vegan Weight Loss program (which you can easily download from the online shop), you can make important changes to your lifestyle that will be sustainable for a lifetime and keep the weight off for good!

Gain an understanding of WHAT to eat and WHY you need to eat some foods and avoid others.

Learn the basic steps to quickly and easily create and eat well-balanced meals EVERY day.

This program extends far beyond a general weight loss program into becoming health focused and following a holistic lifestyle.

Vegan Weight Loss Program




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I am eager to answer any questions in response to your emails. Reach me at: annienatpeace@gmail.com

Cell/Whatsapp: 081 261 0009


With love –

Annien x


”Blogger – Annien Botha. As internasionaal-gekwalifiseerde ex-skoonheid en spa-terapeut en huishoudkundige, skryf Annien oor SKOONHEID en GESONDHEID op alle vlakke. In 2012 was sy betrokke in ‘n ernstige motor ongeluk wat haar beroep as  skoonheids terapeut na 20 jaar beeindig. Maar sy besluit om steeds te bly skryf en blog in haar beroep. Sy inspireer met haar eie gedagtes, aksies en lewenstorie sowel as die van mense rondom haar”.

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15 thoughts on “About this page

    1. Thank you so much Linda! When you write for free..using your limited time for this..its soo great when you find your actual purpose gets fulfilled..and that is to inspire..even if its only one individual..then its worth it xx


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