Kara Nothnagel
Simple Authentic Living




Hi there, my name is Kara.

Married. Mom of two. Born & grown in London, shaped in South Africa – roots remain in Jesus. 

So, my favourite thing is being a wife and mum but in our spare time the hubby and I get to live life with and pastor a beautiful tribe of guys and girls at our local church. We also own our own business, Pure Identity. Simple and authentic living is everything to us. 

Why this blog?

On my 27th birthday a dear friend said to me, ‘I see you sitting at a desk and above the desk is a frame and its full of quotes that you have saved. And I hear a voice saying “The time is now. It’s time to write”’. Laughter and tears followed because those were my Father’s words, for me. Spoken again at just the right time. And so, here I am.

Well crafted, timely words stop me in my tracks every time. The Bible says that in the beginning was the Word. And from the beginning, words brought forth life.

Words create life, provoke change and unlock understanding. Writing things down speaks to me of both vision and legacy and the passing on of treasure.

I have written journals since I was 10 and those pages are precious, because they are the story of His grace in my life, through it all.

I often get asked about being a wife and a mum and about how to live life well. I spend time sharing about the life God has given us and the condition of the human heart, I'm by no means an expert. Just a girl, with a story marked by grace.  So that is what you will find here.

Although my name is on this blog my life has been built on a platform that I have not earned or qualified for. It’s a gift from fathers and mothers who have gone before me and who have loved me to the place where I feel ready to “press publish” and I honour them for it. Peter and Shelley, Louis and Edna Els, Alex and Dorcas, Andre and Marike... Because of your love, support and challenge my story landed in victory and not defeat. To my  friends who relentlessly champion me on, when I write I imagine that I'm just sitting with you talking about life; which is so rich because of each of you. 

My hope is that this will be a space where you will find common themes from your own life. That you will uncover truth here and be inspired and uplifted.

So friend, thanks for stopping by,

With all my love, Kara x