Thursday, February 18, 2010

a happy escape

I have stared at either, my computer, some room in my house...or in my closet...and felt a we bit overwhelmed this week....
and I'm sure I'm not alone in this "oh-I-don't-even-know-where-to-begin-staring-at-things-look"...
and somehow in my little swirly-ness of "oh-goodness-ness"...I have realized how important it is to have your "therapy escapes"....
My therapy escapes this week have been:

making videos...I enjoy making videos for you guys so much...it feels like I am getting to spend time with a friend as I talk to you all through the camera...

I have even done some "computer-window-shopping"...yes surf-shopping the interweb...
places I escaped to:
www.ikea.com (i dreamed of furniture I'd love to buy, and someday decorating my dream house...
I am trying to go through everything in my house...
so, perhaps I can have an "online garage sale of all my stuff that has to go"...since I won't be able to have a real garage sale....it'll be a "garage-ebay sale"..ha ha ha

I think it is important that we have a "happiness escape" everyday....whether it's a few minutes of looking at some fun things on the computer...
walking through our favorite store and just looking at all the lovely things, and taking deep breathes of yummy fragrances...
flipping through your favorite magazine...
and maybe even busting out the big guns...GOING TO SEE A MOVIE...
escaping with a friend or loved one to entertain your tastebuds and your heart with a tasty meal and companionship
...whatever it is that lights your "happiness-candles"...do it....
if you like to sing, dance to music on the radio, plunk out a melody on your favorite instrument...whatever it is...make sure you make time to do that "happy-starting" thing everyday...

when I was younger, I loved getting ready...I loved picking out my outfit, standing in front of my dresser, with my drawer of make-up, and carefully applying my "face decorations".....I'd sit and imagine my life in the future....I had a fake looking wedding ring, and I would imagine myself being interviewed for something successful I was doing, and talking about my wonderful husband...and I would think that all the guys who had hurt me...would be watching my "interview"...and regret every mean thing they had done..ha ha ha ha (my teenage mind at work)...I would imagine myself as an artsy, vintage-clothe-wearing, girl who had moved to NY to pursue her dreams...I loved to escape into my "dream-futures"....

If you are having a less-than-terrific day....escape into your "happy-making-zone"...and watch your day feel like it got a vacation and a recharge!

I have to go to a bunch of things now, that are less than-desirable...ha ha ha....but, this, this typing has been a little sunny spot of my day...I hope it shines some sunny-ness on each one of you!

huge happiness and love to each one of your hearts....kandee

60 comments:

mdlc5 said...

oh my gosh... u look so cute in this picture!!! love the look
love ya lots!!

Bearxo said...

Kandee! I love this and you!
please check out my blog?
www.xobear.blogspot.com

LoveLifeFashionMakeup said...

Thats beautiful Kandee. I love to window wed search haha or whatever you call it. And YAY do a GARAGE EBAY SALE!!!! can't wait. yOUR AMAZING!!!!

jess said...

Kandee, you are just too sweet for words... My "happy-making zone" often includes letting you teach me new make-up tricks via youtube!

joycexc said...

Did you dye your hair in this picture?! You look absolutely stunning! :) You are such an inspiration! I've been watching your videos and reading your blogs for some time now and I'm very glad I have because every time I have a "not-so-great" time in my life.. (I have a few of those..) I always come to your videos and blogs. Your videos and blogposts are one of my happy escapes! You are an exceptional person and I'm sad all those 'not so great' things are happening to you and your family.. I hope all of those things become better for you! You are one person who does not deserve any of those.! You are like a sister I never had with all of your encouraging words of advice! May all good things shine on you and your loved ones!
With love,
Joyce :)

Margarida said...

Thank you so much for these beautiful words, Kandee! I completely understand what you mean about escaping into your "dream future". Having had a very rough time in school, I used to dream up my future all the time. But this week I was accepted to an excellent college in the US, my first choice school, and suddenly all the hardships I had to endure and all the obstacles I had to overcome had a purpose and I made it... Finally!! I've found great comfort in your words and I've learned a lot from your make-up videos :) All the best...

Kathleen said...

Kandee, your blog is my sunny spot for the day!

Giedre said...

Second most beautiful photo of yours :)

BOOM! Your love and sunshine reached my heart, I'm sending you one back!!

Yours Giedre (gianthuuug)

Angel Ramirez said...

Reality are dreams materialized.

Lets make our dreams our reality and lets try to always be in our happy-making-zone and enjoy every moment because for every sad or hard thing we live there will be a happier and awesome-er moment!!

thank you KanD!

with love
Angel Ramirez

tackyblueeyeshadow said...

Oooh I love your nail polish...gorgeous! :) xx

locke said...

aww, you're such a sunshine for me today! i really thank God for using you to inspire others like me.i've been very busy, stressed out and i already forgot that i need time for myself.i'm gonna remember that "happiness escape" coz that's what i've been missing.thanks so much kandee muah muah! everyday is a blessing.we should thank God for it and be happy and strong whatever comes our way.have a great day! =D

Michael said...

right here, in kandee land is my happy place. You light my happiness candle, Kandee!!

--luv ya sweets!

Michael (aka saline_queen)

ALSO; I'm making a tribute video for you soon.

Your Every Colour said...

When you put up a blog or when you put up a video, those are my "happiness escape" moments. I feel so beautiful when I do my makeup like you show me, and your attitude is so contagious!

Thanks for everything Kandee!

its.natassya said...

your posts always make me smile :] !!

p.s. looovveeee the gold nails!

BreakingOutOfTheShell<3 said...

love your ring i have the same one! lol

I just think your lovely Kandee! U always make me smile, your awesome girl!

Thanks
Shell

http://breakingoutoftheshellblog.blogspot.com/

Leah said...

Whoa, I just blogged about this yesterday! I've been feeling stressed and I think a big part of it is that I haven't taken time to really do something I enjoy this semester. I guess God is trying to tell me something. :-) I will perform better in school if I take time to rest, too. Thanks for being my double -reminder!

Leahnoel.WordPress.com

jeyr said...

I love this entry. I totally understand about finding the things that gives us our happiness. Finding therapeutic ways to make each day that much better. I've been single for months now and I wanted to be single but I never realized how hard it would be. Friends have been absolutely invaluable and I'm also finding that I'm more likely to do things on my own. Which isn't too bad =)

Kristy said...

thanks you are always the sunnyness in my day! thanks kandee!

shauna lenny said...

ur an insperation .... love u kandee :D ...xxxxxxxxx

hershey__1986 said...

Hey kandee!
Love you post today
When we didnt have a garage we did a house walk through put price tags on everything we wanted to sell on the main floor and let people run come in our house and look through stuff...just an idea its was fun we placed a other rooms off limits just shut the door etc. and put a do not eneter sign but its just a thought have a wonderful day! and don't forget to Smile laugh and have fun!

Diana said...

Kandee , you really are becoming an inspiration to those who are going through bad moments (like me) or people who live their life not caring for themselves. I have seen ur videos and read ur blogs and absolutely love them. btw cute picture you should put more. ;)
Diana

xSantyx said...

Oh how weird?!
I had last minute happy therapy tonight,my friend took me to the cinema to cheer me up!

Also i love this photo of you, i love your colour! :)

P.S i have that exact same ring, but in blue. xx

californialove3 said...

"Fear never wrote a symphony or poem, negotiated a peace treaty, or cured a disease. Fear never pulled a family out of poverty or a country out of bigotry. Fear never saved a marriage or a business. Courage did that. Faith did that. People who refused to consult or cower to their timidities did that. But fear itself? Fear herds us into a prison and slams the doors."
- Fearless by Max Lucado

*** said...

I LOVE your makeup on this picture!! Seems very 60-ish!
Please do an amazing 60's look with white inside-liner and all!
That would be fabulous!!
:D
Love you Kandee, you are the precious-est girl out there!
You simply are the best. Thanks for sharing.
(p.s. I know the world has some amazing things and luck for you, you gotta believe it kiddy! ;)

A Beautiful Catastrophy said...

Kandee, you have the biggest heart! You always know how to put a smile on a lot of peoples faces and make us feel happier! God bless you and your family. xOxo..
Sheena

Charity said...

I just love this photo :)

I used to HATE sitting in front of the mirror getting ready to go out. I'd change my outfit ten times and keep washing my face because I was such a perfectionist for other people :( But after finding you I've realised for the first time this feeling pretty being pretty thing is all for myself and it is my happiness that makes all the difference for everything in my life! You're the best :D Hang on in there, we love you bunches!

p.s. I went to a late night "THERAPY" showing of Wolfman yesterday and although nobody seems to like the film I really loved it cuz it had that horror flick feeling that died away after the 90s and the costume makeup was way cooool!~

Nichole with an H said...

Hey Kandee, I watch all your videos and subscribe to your blog. I love both! Your so sweet and happy I have tried to adapt a happy mantra this year. Of course its hard cause life throws stuff at you! PS every time I watch a video I either order or go buy more make up! And my collection is already HUGE because I am a hairstylist/on the side I do make up. So I keep adding, the Alice in wonderland pallet, new brushes, the pink lipstick you used on the Pink makeup video and even the Lady Gaga pink. I know, I know its definitley an addiction! But a happy colorful one! Thanks again for the videos and blog xoxo Nichole

katekeetch said...

hey!

i work at a historical village where we dress up as different people from the 1800's and teach people about the everyday lives of canada's first loyalist settlers... i have a BEAUTIFUL dress that was tailored just for me... its navy and white with a handmade straw 'milkmaid kissing' bonnet... I would DIE and go to HEAVEN if you could suggest a make-up look to go with this... i dont know anything about what these ladies used for makeup ... my time era is 1860... it would just be so amazing if i knew how to do a makeup look to complete my 'costume.' Thank you Kandee! We love you here in CANADA!

Katie Keetch <3

Rosy Soto said...

Thank you for such lovely blogs :)

missy. said...

found you through brooke. love it.

i hate ikea. i live right by one and it totally drives me nuts. but the pretty furniture is nice to dream of.

much love.

Rosie Baby said...

hahahah oh lordd, im fifteen & i totally spend heaps of time pretending to be interviewed etc. shhhhh ;)
loveyou kandeeee x

LovelyLor said...

Gorgeous look and what cute nails!

coco said...

Kandee,

I think you look incredible in this picture. I love your hairstyle and color. Are you still going to your stylist that you have shown on your blog? I know that you used to cut your own hair and I was wondering if you still do. Please post a video on how you style your hair.

Kimee said...

This picture is so cute! I loved reading about your dreams when you were a teen... it was so cute!! I love the part about the interviews and talking about your husband! You are so inspiring! Thank you for talking about your dreams because it has reminded me to find mine.. Thanks for all you do. Everyday I click on my bookmark "Kandee's Blog" and I cant wait to see what you have written for us. I always leave your page with a smile on my face. They make my day brighter! Hope you can come to Pasadena, CA for a glaminar!! Much love and support, Kimee <3

Veronica said...

I LOVE your makeup look here and your hair. I would really like to see how it's done :) Your blogs and your videos are my escape. I had a really tough week and just being able to go on and get a bit of encouraging words really helps a lot. You are such a blessing to so many people. Thank You so much!
Keep them coming, can't get enough :) my daughter and husband say I'm obsessed but really, it just puts a smile on my face when I learn a new makeup technique or read some inspiring words. God Bless You!

STYLEEZTA said...

Hi kandee. i was perusing the tarte site and found this awesome photo. do you think you can do a tutorial???

http://www.tartecosmetics.com/
its the girl with the blue/sea green makeup and long eyelashes.

Diane said...

Your blog it's one of my escape things to do each day :)

Waiting for new videos!

kiss

katie. said...

Love you Kandee...you are such a beautiful soul!!!

xo LA girl next door

Could you follow me??


lagirlnextdoor.blogspot.com

Brody1991 said...

Your words & videos cheer me up because you're such an awesome person!

stay gold! :]

Allison said...

Hi!! Just to tell I totally agree with what you said in this piece, it's exactly what I think every day! And I had fun reading your "dreams of future" because I also do the same, especially imagining the guys that hurt me regretting haha!(yeah, maybe I still have a teenage mind lol!)
Well, my therapy escape this week has been: watching your videos, recreating the make up looks you showed and... hearing my friends say: "Oh my gosh, your make up is so beautiful!" So now I guess you'll get more fans in Belgium too haha! Thanx to you for making these videos and have a reeeaaally good day!

thedicegirl said...

You remind me of Kat Von D here :)

Anna said...

Oh, with this you sure did shine some sunny-ness over me today! Thanks =) Even though I live in Latvia your words reached me :D and you sure have some magic powers, because your recent posts (not just this one) answered many questions I had asked to myself!
Btw, one of my happy things are watching your tutorials, especially hair, and then redoing it myself :) Have a nicest day! (or morning :D )
Anna

Joni said...

Kandee. Keep your dreams alive- God has given us dreams as a gift. He put those dreams inside of us long before the foundation of the world. Better said, your dreams ARE His dreams. What can stop the very One who created the universe? J
Here's a message from God " With man this is impossible. But with God, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE."

Katri said...

haha...I've had the same dreams and thoughts. Nice:)

Take care!!

Katri

Natasha said...

That is so true! Thanks Kandee. By the way, u look gorgeous here! And is it me or does ur hair look longer :) hugs

Suzanne said...

Kandee....Looks like you have some New Orleans Saints colors on!!! I love it. Who Dat!! Your Awesome!! Thank you for sharing with the world!!

Heidi said...

Kandee, are you feeling any better today? I really appreciate all your words of wisdom!! It's way too easy to get caught up in the mundane and be overwhelmed. Hand in there. We are all in this together!

benedita said...

I whant to send LOVE to you too =D And thank you for making this blog, I love you for that :) And I love you for being the most beatiful person I have ever "met" ^^,

Have ha good wekend :)

Kristine said...

hi kandee I love reading your blog I come here everyday just to see what's new keep up the good work :)

http://ktbeautyplace.blogspot.com

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Senita Tang said...

Haha I totally agree! A "happiness escape" is very important! X)

mariam said...

You are so adorableeeee I was just watching your video on side swept bangs, it was so helpfulll and Im gonna cut mine in like 10-20 minutes


http://www.littlevoguette.blogspot.com
im new :)

Sara said...

Kandee. You are always so postive. I wish I was more like you. I let things get me down sometimes and i try to be as positive as i can but somedays it feels impossible. Thank you for doing what you do and making peoples lives more brighter and happier. I look forward to reading your blog and watching your videos. lots of love sara!

niea999 said...

haha, I enjoyed reading your dreamy part ^^
I wanted to be a singer and a princess ! and of course, all went wrong XD
but we will continue to dream ! (I don't have choice, if I don't, I'll be depressed.. I am not strong enought I know, I usually think, even if believe in God, that life is too often unfair.. hard.. and I don't really know where I am, where to go, and what to do, these years.. so yes, this is an empty moment for me in my life, haha ! oh, and excuse my english.. again >,<)

earth said...

Let us know if you do put things on eBay! I would definitely be interested in buying some stuff from you. :)

$hOrTy said...

i love this kandee! i needed one of these haha :) God uses u for me alootttt!<3 thank you so much for putting ur time into ur blogs, and ur videos to encourage others!!! MAY GOD BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY! PS. you look soo pretty in the pic! :)

Marisol said...

i cant wait for the nail video! and your other blog blocked me! sad day!

Sue said...

Mrs Kandee J, my hero, I just love these words and how you make house work seem like nothing. Love the pic as well, your nails are super hot! Lol!

Jill said...

Well, I just spent the whole day reading and watching everything and I am hooked (and I'm a 47 yr old woman). It makes me wish that I had taken a different path and could go back and do it over, but hey, it is my path.

Just wanted you to know that you are a treasure, a gift,and an inspiration! Have you ever hears the expression, "Put your oil on"? Well, ducks have oil in their feathers that makes the water slide off their backs. So, when people or life gets to you, you "put your oil on". Of course it is sometimes easier said than done....Hope that inspires.

On a side note, the flower rings you wear....yellow, green, black...where do you get them?

Oh, and, fellow Johnson's unite!
Hugs,
Jill Johnson

Mellion said...

Kandee, I have to tell you, you are my "happy-making-zone"! Watching your videos always cheers me up and makes me smile, no matter what.

I know you've heard it before, but you seriously are a ray of sunshine!! You're bright, vibrant, refreshing...you're Vitamin KanDee!

Thank you so much for doing what you do...You have no idea how much you've inspired me. <3

~M

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