Modeling: Model Behavior

'Ah, you're a model! So, you fly around the world to nice places and you get your picture taken. No skills involved. Easy and overpaid job.'

This is the reaction I have received so many times over the years that a big part of me believed it as well. However, to do modeling as a job involves a lot more things than most people can imagine. I think, especially in the beginning years I would have agreed with those who said this. Yeah, piece of cake.

Modeling is not easy

Yet now I don't agree anymore with this 'modeling=easy' reflex many people have. So what's changed now? The actual work? No, I don't think that has changed for me. I would still not describe it as at the same difficulty level as rocket science. What has changed my mind more and more is all the other circumstances that you must deal with as a model, which are foreign to most other professions.

Think of both job and personal insecurity. Think of the times away from your normal social environment: family and friends. Think of being alone in a very foreign place. Think of what to do when you don't get booked for a while (not sure how many models will admit it, but 99,1% of us do hit the occasional dry spell). Think of the temptations a model faces when he or she decides to party a bit, or a bit too much. Think of how to deal with disappointment if a big option falls through. Think of how to handle too many compliments at a too impressionable age. Think of how to handle too much critique at a too impressionable age. Think of the pitfalls of the irregular life. Think of how to prepare yourself for a life after modeling (it does arrive for most of us) and the difficulties and temptations that come with it. And I'm only getting started!

Being both a student of psychology and a model, I would like to expand a bit on these topics. Not so much to convince readers we got a rough life (tough sell), but more to expand a bit more on the part of the lives of many, if not most models. A part that is mostly overlooked, since it is not so glamorous and possibly also not openly talked about. Yet still a part of the models' life!

Marius and Lonneke for Kuyichi by Pablo Delfos

Who knows, maybe you find it interesting to read, maybe you're a model and you feel like I am overlooking something important, or you just think I am plain wrong. Should be interesting, no? Here are 2 articles I wrote about the subject:

READ MORE: Modeling: How to deal with insecurity

READ MORE: Modeling: The Option

Cheers!

Marius

First published by Marius Hordijk on March 26th 2012, updated in 2019


BREAKING FREE

There's plenty of inspirational reading to be found online, in magazines & self help books to do with becoming the 'best you' you can be. Don't you love that?! Great concept.

Be your best you

Imagine it just for a moment. Close your eyes & visualize yourself living your best life! Your best healthy, gorgeous self!

READ MORE: Beautify with essential oils

I was out enjoying lunch the other day with my family & a simply dressed, radiant woman sat down close by us & we shared a word or two.

What impresses me in another person

What always impresses me most about a person is their smile. Their radiance. Their GLOW. This lovely lady wasn't wearing much make-up - if any, but she was amazing! Healthy, happy & at peace with herself & us as well. She was no supermodel, but bound to brighten up the day of anyone she may have bumped in to! For sure!!... It was raining too... & she had the cutest little puppy. :)

My weekend challenge

Love people. Be kind. Put on something nice in the morning & GLOW all day long. The coolest thing is that being your best you isn't only about you...! Lets break free of our own limitations & be beautiful. Touching the lives of others & inspiring them too. ;))

Love Abigail

Published on April 27th 2012, updated in 2019


Modeling: The Option

Option. What a word. First, let me quickly explain what this word technically means in the modeling world. We all have agencies that try to get you booked for jobs. A client might be looking for a certain kind of model, and will start checking with different agencies which models they have that would fit their idea. The ones they like the best (with or without a casting), they will put on option.

Marius and Lonneke for Kuyichi by Pablo Delfos

What does The Option really mean

Alright, that was the more technical definition. Now here is what it means: we might pick you. Then again, we might not. For now, we just want to know if you're available. And if you're not, get available.

The word 'option' is without a doubt the most hope-giving and disappointing word in the modellng industry. A good option is like having an amazing guy or a girl flirt with you, and you know somewhere deep inside that that person is just too good looking, too perfect for you. Yet sometimes he or she will come and talk to you and other times, well, they go home with someone else.

What makes the option such a difficult concept as well is that the agencies normally don't help. Think about it from their point of view. They want to tell their models they are on option for big campaigns or good money jobs, because it shows the models that they are working for you. We got you an option! Yet it is always surprisingly hard to figure out how many models are on option. This is, of course vital information for your excitement. But in my experience, the answers remain rather vague. There are reasons for this: one agency might not be sure how many models are on option with other agencies. But I think there are also reasons for an agency to keep it a little vague, or to make the option seem stronger than it actually is: they need you to keep that day, or those days free. If an agency tells you you're on option, together with the major part of the models present in New York, you might plan a beach day. If it unsure how serious it is, or they tell you it is indeed serious, you'll be available.

Needless to say, hearing you have a big option is always nice. It's always better than having no options at all. But how to handle this terribly exciting word?

Marius and Lonneke for Kuyichi by Pablo Delfos
Marius and Lonneke for Kuyichi by Pablo Delfos

How to deal when an option falls through

  • First of all, never ever take it personal if you don't get the job. Think of all the times you didn't get a job. If you would have to be personally insulted all of these times, you'll be very busy, have a bruised ego and a lot of spite towards many people you've never even met! And the worst part of it is that nothing changes because of it. They were looking for a different look, a different style. They didn't reject you personally.
  • From the moment you hear you are on option for something big, you're going to try to not think about it too much, but somewhere in the back of your head you booked it, did well, and you're spending the money. So, a second tip: do not count your chickens before they hatch. Do not spend money that's not yours yet, do not claim a campaign that's not yours yet.
  • A third tip would be to not tell too many people about a big option. Think about it, why would you? Sure, it's exciting news, but on the other hand, it's not news yet! And then when the option doesn't go through, you'll be stuck with curious friends with the best intentions constantly reminding you of the disappointment, by asking you if you got it or not.
Marius by Alique
Marius by Alique

My Strategy

My strategy, after some too exciting options that bombed in the end has been to ask my agencies not to always tell me all the options. To let me know when it really gets serious. Like this, I don't get needlessly excited, and I know that if I do get a call about an option, it really means something. And from there on I move around with my fingers crossed.

Maybe by now I've slightly terrified you of this innocent-looking word, and if I did, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to.  I've just been fascinated for years by this word and the implications of it. To end it on a bright note, it's good to remember that no matter how deceptive the word is, you will always first need the option before you get the job.

Cheers!

Marius

First published on May 12th 2012, Updated in 2019


Put Your Life on a Diet by Gregory Johnson

 

Put your Life on a Diet by gregory Johnson
Put your Life on a Diet by gregory Johnson

If you want to know what living in 140 square feet is like, read this book!

I read it, and I found that the writer, Gregory Johnson, has a lot of the same ideas as we have at Organice Your Life®, on living an organized life. So that's why I would totally recommend this book! (it is not expensive to buy!)

The Story of Put Your Life on a Diet

Gregory was overweight, unhappy and not in the right place in his life. He started to detox his life and started living in a super small house of 140 square feet. He showers at the gym and only has the basic necessary things in his home (which turns out that you don't need that much really). Now he became more active, lost weight, and feels happier!

He believes that most people just work to be able to pay for their living expenses. They want to live in a big house that comes with costs, not because they really need it, but they want the space and the status. If you live in a smaller house, you have less expenses, less things to take care of, and then either you have more money in the end or you can work less, and then you have more time to spend with loved ones and friends....

It is an inspiring and interesting story. I wouldn't recommend living in 140 square feet, but Gregory does have a point, and you can learn a lot from his journey in finding out what works best for him!

About the author

"Gregory Paul Johnson is the founder and Director of Resources for Life, an outreach and public interest organization based in Iowa City, Iowa. His study of Urban and Regional Planning with the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) included travel to several South American countries including Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Today, as a technology consultant, Gregory works for the University of Iowa as well as clients served by his consulting firm, the Technology Services Resource Group."

 

Gregory Johnson and fiancee Makur Jain in front of their house

Gregory Johnson and fiancee Makur Jain in front of their house If you want more information on his house, click here. It is actually a really cute house and looks like it comes out of a fairy tale.

To Order Click here -->Put Your Life on a Diet by Gregory Johnson

Love, Lonneke 

First published on January 29th 2013, updated in 2019

Photos by Gregory Johnson


Organice my home on a budget

One year, we had a big renovation in our rental house. Finally we got double (or insulated) windows, central heating, a new ventilation system, new kitchen, bathroom and toilet, and new balconies. Everything was really old and dirty, so we were happy for this big change in our house. Not to mention the mount we would save on our energy bill. We had to move out for several weeks, and when our house was finished we wanted to make a fresh start!

Window during winter before renovation, window winter after revovation
Windows before/after renovation
Old stuff for flea market
Old stuff for flea market
Moodboard of pictures I've made (@ headquarter Humanoid) and pictures we found on blogs.
My mood board

We had the idea to change most of our furniture, but we didn't had much money. So what to do?

A few weeks before our renovation we had to pack all of our stuff in boxes; the house had to be empty for the construction workers. Best moment to make choices: what are we going to keep? And what are we going to throw away?

Or better: what are we going to sell? We wanted to sell all of our old stuff at a flea market, to create money for new furniture! We packed ten moving boxes, got one big clothing rack, and collected so much more.

With a lot of enthusiasm, fun and sunshine, me and my husband had a great day! Sales of this day? 530 EUR (715 US dollars)!!!

So now we had a budget: 530 EUR to buy furniture. We didn't want to buy new stuff, cause we prefer vintage furniture. We love the old look and feel of a used piece. We made a mood board with some pretty things, and then we went searching: flea markets, second-hand stores, internet.

And we found some real good stuff!

Checklist to organice your home on a budget

Old furniture

  • Collect your old stuff in your house. Take your time; do it when the weather is bad, or when you are bored.
  •  Take pictures, and put it on internet (eBay, marketplace, etc) so people can place bids. You can also rent a stall at a flea market in your neighborhood.

New furniture

  • Make your own moodboard. What do you like? Buy magazines, follow vintage blogs, look around, visit second hand stores and make pictures.
  • Make time to search for beautiful vintage furniture on the internet. When you find something you really want mail or call the seller immediately! Place your own bid!
  • When you want to buy something from the internet, don't check everything all the time. Check the new advertisements every day. Look at old advertisements when you have more time.
  • Take your time! You don't have to hurry. Tomorrow is another day to look around. Make your own plan, make it fun. But don't hesitate when you find something you really like: buy it!

Places I visited

I hope you are inspired.. I'm in love with our home on a budget!

Joey 

p.s. Visit my work at Haus of Joey!


Love people & life, Not Stuff

We are ALL in love with stuff — with shopping, with acquiring, with owning, with collecting! I know it is easy to do this. But let’s lust after life instead?

How we live our lives these days

Our obsession with stuff has become unhealthy. When we have a void in our lives, we buy things (we have all done it!) When we have problems, we buy things. And these things are becoming more and more expensive, bigger, shinier … more wasteful ( and NOT Green!)

This obsession with stuff leads to owning a lot, having a lot of clutter … and yet this stuff doesn’t fill our lives with meaning.

We buy things when we’re depressed, we buy things for others to show how much we love them … and in this way, stuff has separated us from actually dealing with our emotions, blocked us from truly connecting with others.

Let’s replace that lust for stuff with a lust for life and here are some ideas and inspirations that help me, but is something I have to remind myself of often... especially when walking past my favorite store! We are all a work in progress, so we need to be gentle with ourselves, but we also have to make good choices, that will help us grow in every way.

Make good choices that will help us grow in every way

  • Rediscover a passion for life. Get outside and feel nature, appreciate the beauty of the world around you. Get active, do some gardening or yardwork, play a sport, go for a walk, take a hike, go for a swim, ride a bike. Feel the life coursing through you. Breathe it in.
  • Give experiences as gifts, not stuff. Instead of shopping for someone come birthdays or Christmas, think of an experience you can give them instead. A date with you, doing something fun, hanging out, cooking, playing, talking, exploring. A fun time at a park or beach. Something other than everyday. An experience is much more meaningful than an object.
  • Connect with others. In real life. If you haven’t hung out with a friend recently, give him a call and go hang out. Go on a date with your partner. Visit your mom or grandparents. And be present while you’re with them — really listen, really be there. Love people, not stuff!
  • Deal with your emotions. If you have a need to buy things, to shop when you are having emotional issues, be more aware of this. Then deal with the underlying emotions, rather than using shopping as a way to forget about them. If you’re depressed, or anxious, or lonely, deal with those. Find solutions, figure out what’s causing them. Good news: experiencing life, getting active, and connecting with others all help you deal with those emotional issues.
  • Disconnect your attachment to stuff.
  • Realize that life, not stuff, is what matters. Objects are just objects — if you lose them, if they get stolen or destroyed … it’s not a big deal. They’re just objects, NOT your life. Your life is the series of moments that is steaming through your consciousness right now, and how you use those moments and what you fill them with is what truly matters, not what you fill your home with. At the end of this short journey, you’ll look back and remember your experiences, the people you loved and who loved you back, the things you did and didn’t do. Not the stuff you had.

So let's all love life & NOT STUFF!

I hope this inspires you to re-think wants VS needs. We all *want* stuff, but do you need it? Internalize this, and hopefully you make the right choice for YOU.

Love xoxo

First published in 2011, Updated in 2018


Blue Zones: How to live to be a 100

Dan Buettner did a very interesting research on how to live a healthy and long life. He found out there are a few areas that he calls 'blue zones', where people live to be over a hundred years old in a measurably better way! Wow, who doesn't want that? Since my sweet grandmother lived to be 98 and I myself am half Costarican (one of the blue zones) I had hoped I was blessed with great genes that made me set for an awesome 100+ life. But...genes are only about 10% responsibe! So....what's the secret of the 'blue zoners'?

1. They move naturally

None of the people he interviewed went to the gym. None! Instead, their lives were naturally filled with movement. They gardened, worked on a farm, or walked to the vineyard down the mountain every day. Also, when they did 'exercise', it was only for fun. Whether it was dancing, playing with the kids, sailing or playing soccer, they purely did it out of enjoyment.

2. They have the 'right' outlook

Work to live, instead of living to work. Also, one of the most important things he found was a strong sense of purpose, having a reason to get out of bed each day and that makes you truly enthousiastic. And...no matter how busy the day is, always have at least one moment of peace and relaxation every day!

3. They eat wisely

Their diets were mainly plant-based, so a lot of vegetables and fruit were consumed. Meat and processed food were an exception! Moderation seemed to be a key word, many of them ate about 80% of what they initially wanted to eat. We have a saying that goes: the eyes are bigger than the stomach, which is so true! Instead of piling up the food on their plate, they took a little less. It takes a little while for the brain to realize the stomach is full, so I personally thought this was a very good idea. But don't think these ladies and gents were depriving themselves of some fun! A couple of glasses of red wine per day turned out be very common.

4. They belong to the 'right' tribe

A strong circle of family and friends, and a sense of belonging proved to be very critical. Often, the 100+ people lived with their children and grandchildren. It kept them young and gave them a sense of importance. Giving life advice to a grandchild is a win-win situation, good for everybody. For some guidance of their own, they turned to a higher power. They all had strong religious or spiritual belief system that made them resilient and grateful. Interesting stuff, right?

Watch the Ted talk video by Dan Buettner:

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To buy the book on Blue Zones by Dan Buettner on Amazon click HERE.

And for more information:

http://www.bluezones.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Buettner

XOXO Maruja


OYL Circle of Five by Joey Holthaus

Here I was, getting ready to go onstage... to supposedly convince and inspire thousands of people... to get unified and to fight the prejudice... you know, that I couldn't even inspire seven dancers. - Madonna TRUTH OR DARE, 1990

Do you know that feeling when you want to change the world? When you want to inspire people? But you can’t even inspire yourself sometimes?

That’s how I felt a while ago. I was lost. I didn’t know what to do. How to begin. How to get the energy again.

My life changed in 2013

Let me tell you about the months in my life in mid-2013 as a lot changed for me. I resigned my parttime job because I wanted to really focus on my company HAUS OF JOEY. I only want to work as a freelance illustrator. A lot of people around me told me also to quit my job. "Just do what you do best. You can do it! Just focus!" So I did. Without a real plan.

I forgot that I always had a job (since I was nineteen). I always had a boss. I always got my money at the end of the month. I had a rhythm every day: get up, go to work, own your money, go to home, spend some time with my husband, go to my friends, etc. I loved it, but I was also used to it. It was regular. Normal. In control. And I love it to be in control. Cause I’m a control freak.

That all ended. Now I am my own boss.
Now I have make my own plans, my own choices, my own rules, etc.
Now I have to make my own money... Oi!

I started too positive. Too happy. Because I had some money. No worries, right? I took some time to get in my new mood, my new rhythm. And it was hard. It felt like I was in rehab.

It’s always busy in my creative head, and I had to do a lot. But how to start? Where to begin?

And then I thought about one episode of Oprah. Rudine Howard suffered from lifelong anorexia, and Oprah followed her story from 1989 to her death in 1994. When Traci Gold appeared with Rudine (age 29 and 58 lbs.), Traci insisted Rudine could overcome anorexia by taking steps to “fill your mind.” Rudine heart-wrenchingly asked, “But how do you do it?” It changed Oprah’s way of thinking.

That is it. That is what everybody wants to know. How? This is the central question in life. - Oprah

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not comparing myself with this sad story, or the woman who suffered from this disease. It’s all about her question. How? How do you do it? How do you get a succesful business? What do you have to do?

The Organice Your Life®'s the Circle of Five

I thought about Organice Your Life®'s the Circle of Five. These 5 steps can help you to organize and improve your home, your finances, your career, your health, your relationships, and your good charitable work for others.

Why not start with that? Just to get back on track. So I did.

1. Organice Your Home

I cleaned up my atelier, my work office. Started with my administration, organiced all my old illustrations (hundreds!!!), pictures (thousands!), etc. It took some time but boy, I’m so happy I did it! Luckely my place at home was already organiced!

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2. Organice Your AGENDA

I started reading “Start from Your Heart”, a book about how to start your company in your own steps, with your own feelings. It helped me to get back to basic. Why do I want to get a successful business? What do I want to earn? What are my goals? For now? And for the next couple of years?

I’ve written everything down, and now I have my own manuscript about how to start my own company. And I did it in the way I wanted to do it. It felt so good. Cleaned up my head again.

2-AGENDA

3. Organice YOURSELF

I love to take care of my body and mind. But sometimes I need structure to get back the focus. I do not drink a lot, and don’t use any drugs. I’m trying to eat better (step by step, with the help of great Organice Your Life recipes, and I’m doing my exercises again. All at home. Low budget.3-YOURSELF-(1)3-YOURSELF-(2)My schedule? In the morning I start with the sun salutation and after that I do my push-ups, or use some dumbles. I run 3 times a week. It gives me such a nice feeling, and my body’s getting back in shape again!

4. Organice Your RELATIONSHIPS

My situation in 2013

Husband - I married the best man in the whole world! He supports me in everything, and he believes in me. Every Wednesday evening is our night, and we do something together: we’re going to the movies, having dinner outside, take a walk. Such good quality time.

Family - I love my brothers and sister. We talk almost every day (thank God for group whatsapp), and once a while we go out together. Crazy nights!

Friends - My friends are really important to me. I really take the time to visit them, to be around them. Good friends are gold. They give me positive energy and love, and I can really be myself around them.

5. Organice Your GOOD HEART

I’m trying to be a good person. A few months ago I found a wallet on the street. Couldn’t find a telephone number inside, but a lot of his (credit) cards. Found his name on the internet and called him, and he was so grateful I called him. I didn’t noticed the wallet was filled with a lot of money (I did not search for it), but when he came back to pick up the wallet he saw all the money was there (think it was more than 1000 EUR). He wanted to give me a reward. I didn’t want it, but he insisted. He gave me 200 euro (!) and walked away. I was flabbergasted. Okay, I could have all the money if I kept the wallet, but I’m not one of those people. It wasn’t mine and I believe in karma. I know this is just a little thing, but a good heart starts with simple things. Be kind. Be helpful. Be a human.

These five steps help me to focus. Focus on what’s important.

Challenge yourself and try it. It really helps!

Joey


water drop

Water!

The earth consists of 70 % water. Your body weight is between 45% and 75% water: you need it to live. It hydrates cells, lungs, and thins blood. Because of water having this important role in the body, It is important to make sure you do not get dehydrated.

In these times, everybody seems to be always running around, running on coffee. Coffee actually dehydrates your body, just like flying, breathing, sweating and alcohol.

It is important to drink between 4-8 glasses of water a day and also food that consists of a lot of water, like fruits and vegetables. Soda and tea also do not count for water. Water can heal, even the worst hangovers can get better with a few glasses of water, since this replenishes the cells which alcohol has dried out. Keep a bottle of water around you at all times, and drink from it regularly.

I usually start the day with a big glass of (hot) water with some lemon juice. This cleanses the toxins out of your insides and your skin. Skin looks much better when drinking a lot of water. And as another plus, drinking water makes you fill up and prevents overeating. So a lot of good stories about water, something we should care about.

Clean drinking water is our most precious asset! It is more valuable than jewelry, money or other assets. And we should all care about it like it is. That means care for our drinking water supplies, and trying to get as many people to have access to clean drinking water. Because once we lose drinking water to pollution, fracking or other manmade mistakes, there is not a way back. Again: water is essential to life on Earth.

Love, Lonneke


I use the Vitality & Energy Mask for a radiant skin

SKIN CARE FOR MEN

As the days are getting colder (well, here in the Netherlands) I have to be extra careful with my skin. Not every man likes to put some effort in his "beauty" skin care for men regime (most men only wash their faces with water and that's it), but I'm a fanatic skin care user for many years now. I don't mind getting older (I'm 33 right now), but with my healthy lifestyle and the help of some natural products I can reduce the process a little bit.

As you know I don't drink any alcohol for almost a year anymore (read: Choose Your Juice), and I can see the effect on my skin! It looks healthier than ever before!

Every morning I use some natural face products for men. Here are the steps in pictures:

Step 1:

Picture 1: my morning face, Picture 2: Intensive cleaning with scrub gel
Picture 1: my morning face, Picture 2: Intensive cleaning with scrub gel

You can scrub your face a few times a week. Always apply it on a moisty face (and neck). Wash it away with lots of hot water.

Step 2:

Gentle facial cleanser by Rituals
Gentle facial cleanser by Rituals

Luxury Face Treat by Rituals

 

I use the Vitality & Energy Mask for a radiant skin
I use the Vitality & Energy Mask for a radiant skin

 

You can make funny faces while waiting (10 - 15 minutes)
You can make funny faces while waiting (10 - 15 minutes)

Wash it away with lots of hot water. You can use a mask one or two times a week.

Step 4:

FACE nr 3: Ultra moistering face lotion by Rituals
FACE nr 3: Ultra moistering face lotion by Rituals
Finishing touch! I use this ultra moisturising face lotion every day!
Finishing touch! I use this ultra moisturising face lotion every day!

After this skin care you are awake and ready to start your day!

Ready to go with my fresh and healthy skin!
Ready to go with my fresh and healthy skin!

I also protect my hands with this lovely lotion:

Hand cream by FACE STOCKHOLM
Hand cream by FACE STOCKHOLM

This rich, concentrated hand cream leaves hands delicately scented, while locking in the moisture that is vital for the maintenance of healthy, hydrated hands. And it smells sooo good!

I hope all the men are inspired to take care of their skin! And if you have other tips: SHARE!

Ps: VALENTINA also shared her beauty skin secrets (for women and men) a few months ago! You can read it HERE!

Good luck!
Good luck!

 


Madonna supports people who are different!

What a night! What a performer Madonna is!

Madonna during her song "Human Nature". Picture: Joey Holthaus

Madonna's concert during her MDNA tour

Queen of Pop Madonna visited the Netherlands with her much talked about world tour called MDNA, and Organice Your Life® was there too! I was there with my husband Mark, and we were some of the lucky ones who won two Golden Triangle tickets.

Green Golden Triangle arm chain & stamp. Picture: Mark Siebelink
Me and my husband Mark, waiting in line @ Ziggodome, Amsterdam

We’ve bought some very expensive VIP Tickets months ago, and we could win Golden Triangle tickets standing in line, hours before the concert. I freaked out when I found out we won (thanks to Mark) cause you have the best spot at the Golden Triangle!

Golden Triangle spot (inside red circle)

My girl and founder of Organice Your Life® Lonneke Engel was visiting the Netherlands, and was invited by her long time friend & Madonna's manager Guy Oseary. She also had tickets for the Golden Triangle, so I was very pleased we could watch the concert together!!!! Guy’s and Lonneke’s friend and magician David Blaine was also there! It was so nice to meet David & Guy in person!

Madonna's manager Guy Oseary, Lonneke Engel & magician David Blaine. Picture: Joey Holthaus
Me and Lonneke inside Golden Triangle. Picture: Mark Siebelink
Mark & Brooke, Lonneke's American friend and her guest. Picture: Joey Holthaus

The whole show was a energetic rollercoaster! It all happened around us, and sometimes you didn’t know where to look! At one point some drummer boys (during the song "Give Me All Your Luvin") were flying above us in the sky. It felt so surreal!

Showtime! Picture: Joey Holthaus
Madonna and dancers from Golden Triangle. Picture: Joey Holthaus

Madonna's speech

One of the best moments of this show was her beautiful speech. Madonna explained what the song "Saggara Jo" was about. It's about smashing apples, and she talked about the deeper meaning of the song.

So Madonna loves apples too! We also do, here @ Organice Your Life®!

It’s so great how she talked about smashing prejudice, smashing discrimination, smashing judgement, and how she supported people who are different!

“Thank God for people who are different! That is what makes the world go round”

She doesn’t have to say this, she doesn’t have to talk about it, but she does. So that’s why I say: thank you, Madonna!!!

I’ve made this illustration, after this incredible evening:

Madonna Beautiful Killer MDNA tour. Illustration by Atelier Joey Holthaus

Beautiful Killer is one of her extra songs on her new MDNA album. This outfit is one of her looks during the concert. Check more of my illustrations @ Haus of Joey

Love,Joey


RAW CHOCOLATE LOVE

Hi loves! Hope you're having a wonderful day :)

I'm so very busy right now working on my first cookbook ~ MODEL CHOCOLATE ~ which is getting closer by the moment! My chocolate brings you more energy, love & beauty with every supergorgeous bite! There are over 50 (more like 60) recipes in it ranging from breakfasts to desserts & even a couple of beauty treatments using raw cacao. In just over a month we'll be shooting the cover & I'll share sneak peaks here via Organic Your Life! Stay tuned...

For now though, I want to share with you a few raw chocolate tips you can do oh-so-easily which will enhance your:

Life  - this oldest living lady a chocoholic? woo!

Beauty - antioxidants second to none on the face of the earth

Love - watch this awesome inspiring  informative video by lord Cacao Wolfe

Health - extra raw cacao nutrition info

Happiness - anything that tastes this good & this good (bravo Val) & is every bit as good for you as it tastes makes you happy inside!! With those two recipes alone you can throw a little chocolate party! MMMMM.

Stock up on goodies:

Raw cacao powder, raw cacao nibs, raw cacao beans, creamed coconut, coconut oil, organic essential oils like peppermint, orange, lavender. Spices like cayenne & cinnamon, dried fruits such as blueberries, mango, incaberries. Organic fresh & frozen fruits & superfruits! Sweeteners such as raw honey, raw agave, maple syrup, coconut sugar. Organic nuts & seeds. Superpowders such as mesquite, lucuma, maqui berry, hemp protien, acai berry, maca. SOO GOOD.

Now you can do anything...!

Try:

Adding raw cacao, coconut oil, shavings of creamed coconut, cacao nibs, spices to nuts & seeds or organic fruits in your day. You can make simple fresh fruits exciting by adding yogurt & raw cacao nibs on top. You could add a sprinkling of raw cacao powder over a bowl of oatmeal before drizzling on honey & cinnamon. Rolling medjool dates in superpowders, mentioned above, & fill with raw cacao nibs or powder mixed with hazelnut butter. Snacking on cacao beans & goji berries is a favourite of many healthy people worldwide & for good reasons :)

Replace hot chocolate drinks with raw cacao hot chocolate. Don't scald it, place almond milk over raw cacao powder first, froth it with spices if you like & sweetener - then pour over the boiling water.

You can add cacao nibs or raw cacao powder into smoothies. I have a supersmoothie recipe in my book which is pretty much just young green coconut water with blueberries, cacao & any choice of superpowders/foods you like! It can taste scrumptious or earthy & medicinal depending on your combinations or needs on the day. A smoothie a day to keep the doctor away!

There's many great recipes available on the internet using raw cacao so have a play. Its worth the effort in all its blessedness... BUT if you are superbusy & want to buy chocolate instead PLEASE PLEASE choose only to buy fairtrade (refuse to support child slavery) for the rest of your life. I'd rather never taste chocolate again than buy chocolate that ruins a childs life. Remember too, buy chocolate that is what I call 'fairtrade by birth'. This means the company has always been fairtrade, rather than just slapping on a logo to keep up with the changing trends.

LOVE & CHOCOLATE

Abigail