Monday, February 22, 2010

why I love balloons.....


a little helium can lift not just a balloon....but from the wondering eyes of little kids...to older couples holding hands.....as I walked down the street in New York carrying all these balloons...you see the smiles growing on people's faces....smiled were lifted...
when that happens, hope gets lifted....and hopefully your dreams will get lifted as well...

I read this quote today and loved it...

There is no challenge too great for those who have the will and heart to make it happen...

A bunch of times, something that I was going after seemed "too hard", mildly "impossible, or just frustrating because I couldn't see how it would ever happen...
and make you want to give up....but I never did!

When I moved to Hollywood to pursue make-up...things would be very frustrating, I had to work as a waitress, I worked in a Salon for a day (I hated it!), I would work as an extra on tv shows and movies (you make hardly any money and sit around waiting all day, and you usually get stuck talking to some weirdo for like 8 hours!). I would get stuck in traffic coming home from a make-up job, and I would have to pay extra fees to my sons' preschool, and the fees would be more than I made at my job.
Or a babysitter would cancel on me when I had to work my shift at the restaurant, and the list of frustrations would go on and on.....
I never gave up....and soon things started getting better, and it made me stronger and work harder for what I wanted to do! It made me value every effort I had to put into it, and appreciate every opportunity even more!

No matter how awful you feel....
what awful, discouraging things people tell you
how much hope you feel you've lost...
how much money you feel that you don't have....
or how hard or scary you think it might be...

when you power through all of that "yucky" stuff...and you knock down every wall that gets put in front of you...you will know that in your heart....you have that fight in you, that won't let anything (not even your own self-doubt) stop you!

Let your heart pick you up when your mind feels frustrated and wants to give in...

And sometimes at the end of the day remind yourself:
Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying I will try again tomorrow...
and you can rest your tired mind, have some sweet dreams (maybe even about the future that you want)...and wake up with a fresh new day, that is just waiting to be lived by you!

huge love, and may it feel like helium is lifting your heart and your spirits, higher than a runaway balloon, kandee





76 comments:

christine lilly said...

your entries are so inspiring and motivational. i love reading your blogs! they brighten up my day. youre amazing Kandee :]

HeatherRyann said...

You Rock! Thanks for always brightening my day and forever inspiring me! xoxo

Emily said...

I love you kandee!!! :DD

lizzymae said...

You're my idol Kandee, you are such a sweet, kind-hearted person and I could only wish to be more like you. Thank you for all of the blogs you write and all of the video's you put on YouTube. Thank you for your encouraging words and just for being you. Thank you, you give me the strength to accomplish anything and to better myself as a person. Thank you Kandee.

jess said...

"Courage does not always roar." I just love that. <3

Mari said...

Thank you for this post. I was feeling very defeated today... thinking "how am I going to make this happen? there seems to be no way?" But all I have is my desire to make it happen. Thanks for reminding me ;)

-- mari from maritzawrites.com/blog

Karito said...

You're beautiful.
I love reading this blog. It's part of my happy therapy.

You have no clue how goodness and happiness u bring to your readers.

Keep these updates coming, they make me smile, think bout stuff and want to be a merrier person

hannah. said...

Since I "know" u from the internet, ur good words have always been ringing in my mind, encouraging me and carrying me through my days. Thanks for all of that =D!

And those are some really nice pictures of u by Ian Ruhter!

xoxoxo,
Hannah.

Alex said...

you are undoubtfully an amazing woman. And you have a heart full of love! Not only for your beautiful children...and not only for yourself...but for all those individuals that do not know that positive affirmations really help.

Angel Ramirez said...

I love this so much.
Thank you Kandee!

There are some things that make me feel good, things that are like my fuel, but you...you are my additive!
Your words (and vids) always make my day! You make me keep on pushing.

Thank you diamond!

With love

Angel Ramirez

Shayma said...

you are so inspirational Kandee. whenever i think my life is starting to fall apart your blogs and videos help pick me up, pretty much every time. thank you so much for sharing your story, it helps so many people! i love you!

Cheris said...

This is why I love you!!! Bless your heart Kandee...

Annie said...

Kandee ~ Thank you so much for posting this blog! I really needed it tonight :) You are so uplifting and make me optimistic about a job I applied for! (a little tougher than the one I currently have).
Thank you for being so sweet & kind-hearted all the time. Hugs & Kisses & butterfly wishes to you!
Much love ~ Annie

lizzymae said...

Direct quote from my blog...

"After reading Kandee's blog entries... from the past up until 3 minutes ago. I have decided to be an even better person than I am. I want to be more like Kandee and be more positive and uplifting. She will make the world a better place, and that is exactly what I want to do too. Kandee, if you're reading this, I am first off.. very honored. And secondly, I just want to say thank you for everything you do. You are an amazing person and an idol to me. You're everything I want to be: positive, uplifting, a role-model, kind, sweet, funny, inspirational, helpful, etc (the list could go on forever). But most of all, even though you're famous you still make time to talk to all of us like you're our friend or sister. You answer our questions and dedicate makeup videos to our requests, not to mention you're someone we can open up and talk to. Someone who we feel listens and cares about each and every one of us. So, thank you Kandee... for everything you do."

THANK YOU KANDEE!!!

Nah said...

That's just I what i need to hear or read right now..thanks

Amanda Paige (andapaige) said...

Now I want a bunch of balloons!

hershey__1986 said...

i wish i could have found those hi-res photos before i sent you that email :D
Beautiful Kandee!

Somh said...

amg! I am totally with you on balloon loving. i have a giant one from my valentine's day still sitting in my room!

Sidnac Glitz said...

Thank you I really needed to hear that today. I am going back to school and I have sooooooo much home work I don't know how I'll get it all done. I am getting so frustrated. Thanks for reminded me Kandee Girl. You are soooooo awesome.!!!!

Yay!!!! The first comment!!!

Misty said...

You are awesome. Im 32 years old and I have to say I love you and you are my first ever roll model. I always wanted to be loud like Cindy Lauper and flashy like Boy George but for the first time in my adult life I just love to see what you have to say and see what video you have next to watch. I am a cosmetologist as well and for the first time makeup is making sense to me. Love you!! Keep them coming!!

Adri said...

I'm amazed with your words, thank you so much for being such an inspiration to a lot of people. I love that quote....
love
adri

Michael said...

you are the helium in so many balloons and hearts, Kandee!

San said...

thank you for this inspiration. love you girl.

Mel said...

Love ya Kandee!

Ashleigh said...

woow Kandee,

This is truly a big help, to know that you stuggle too makes me think im not the only one lol.
Its funny how you worked as a Waitress, thats what i do now..
i want to be a makeup artist, work for film..
Its hard i live in New Zealand i would like to move to the states,
you dont get noticed here.
anyway spilling my boring life ..

thanks Kandee

x

adrokla23 said...

I love these pictures of you with the balloons!!! They have a very "fun" feel to them! I hope all is well...have a great day, Kandee!

Vintage Hippo said...

I really needed to hear kind words today, and knowing I can just come to your blog and read them, makes all the difference. God Bless you Kandee.

VaidaG said...

This is so.. i don't know why but it felt so peaceful :)
I'm just starting a life on my own... I know it is going to be so hard and scary at some times... But i feel like i have to stay motivated and happy. Thanks K, xox :)

SARAH...brown said...

fun pictures :)

http://sarahbrown88.blogspot.com/
http://howidealwithdistance.blogspot.com/

tryingtobuyincalifornia said...

yes,,,I needed the helium lift today...thank you so much.

Jane said...

The thing about your blog is that you write from your heart and people can see it. I love every word in this post.The methaphor:"helium is lifting your heart and your spirits" it's lovely!Have a fantastic day!

Shazzamy said...

Kandee, maybe YOU were one of those weirdos, haha! You're so awesome, I'm so happy you're reaching your dreams girls!

Melissa Dale said...

Kandee! Thank you for being my personal cheerleader. I appreciate all the time you put into these posts. On a side note, is there a way I can still read 'Adventures in Kandeeland'? I understand you have to protect yourself from the meanies out there but I would love to still read it. My email is melissadaleneal@gmail.com (wondering if you could 'approve' me for reading the blog)

Marina said...

your posts are so enspiring, even though it is about to rain outside, i feel like putting something nice on and go get my coffee in a coffee-house near the window :)this will be a good day !!!
thank you Kandee,

hugs and kisses XXX

Love said...

(:

To read this was a huge relief...knowing that everyone has been there in their life. I've been feeling so stressed out with applying to college and figuring out how I'm going to move from here, to a ferry ride and a few hours away... Sometimes its hard to remind myself to breath and keep on going. I know I'm going to be okay, so its going to be amazing. The adventure of this is the best part!

Fru├Ądel said...

I loove these pics of you! So fun and filled with joy! As always you fill My day to the brim with glamour, thougtful words and strenght! Thats girlpower if something! There is a japanese saing that i only know in swedish but it something like "only in strong headwind, the dragon learns to fly" so true! Only by having to work hard in life you grow! Lots of hugs from me!!!!/ Tess

Boopsiebug28 said...

This post really meant alot to me because I can relate to it so much right now. I'm a make-up artist trying to get to California but is having a really tough time getting there. Right when I think I am on the right path, something comes and pushes me back. But I know one day I will get there and follow my dreams!! I love reading your blog everyday and your tips and tricks on your YouTube videos are great!! Thank you so much Kandee:)


<3Erica<3

Alice said...

Those pictures are amazing!! xx

Charity said...

Lovely post kandee !
You've pulled through so much so bravely.


This reminds me I have two quotes that I love very much:
When its dark enough you can see the stars.
and
There's always light at the end of the tunnel.


It has been years since I've seen balloons ANYWHERE so I've made plans to go to a theme park with a friend at the end of this month. I am really looking fwd to it- all the candy floss and yummy treats, scary rides, loads of balloons etc. I never really knew why people liked places like that but now it seems like a slice of heaven. It is just wonderful to see everyone so happy :D

nicky said...

Hi Kandee!

I have always been into make up, so I have been watching various youtube make up guru's.
Just since a couple of weeks ago, I discovered your youtubechannel.
You really touched my heart..
I can really identify myself with you..
I know how hard things can be, and achieving your goal is definitly not easy.
Sometimes I even thought it was going the break me someday of all the struggles and setback i had to go through, this all just to be an independent woman. Now, I feel stronger than ever.
But still, I feel like I'm being put to the test every day.
All I ever want is to be happy, with my family, my fashiondesign career en of course myself.
So all I wanted to say is how much I get from you, just watching your inspiring video's and strong words.
thank you for that.

Much love, Nicky

toni said...

hi kandee

i hope ure feelin better now and ure gettin a very good lawyer.

i luuv ure sweet lil people and im very sad that i cant read ure other blog just because some stupid people were mad at ya... but its better for u and i hope u feelin safier.

thank you for beeing such an angel and inspiration.

big hug
toni

sasha said...

Hi Kandee,
I just wanted to say thank you for being such a positive force in this not so positive world. I love reading you're blogs. When I feel sad or overwhelmed this is just such a happy place for me to go. I really want to do something creative with my life and reading about all the great and fun things that you are already doing just makes me feel like it is possible and keeps my eye on my dreams. I love reading your other blog about your kids too. You have such funny stories. I loved the video of you're little girl doing the make up tutorial hahaha, that was so cute. My little girl is almost thirteen months old and I had her when I was nineteen. Her daddy is still a part of the family and yet we still struggle to make things happen. I love reading about you and your kids, it picks me up when I am feeling like it is impossible to have a life and a family at the same time. I know everyone tells you these things but it doesn't hurt to here it from one more person. Also, I know that you have set certain things to private because you get horrible people making fun of you but I keep hearing about your "go get your dreams & my story" video and I tried to watch it but it wouldn't let me. I also am unable to read you're "Adventures in Kandeeland" blog now either because it says I must be invited. I was wondering if you could invited me to view those two things. If you wanted to keep them private I understand but you put links to both of them in your blog so I figured you didn't mind and your Kandeeland blog was my favorite, It really helped me get through some hard times with my kid. Anyway, thank you for being Kandee!
<3
Sasha

rozi said...

Thank you Kandee. I didn't even know how much i really needed these words right now and you tuched my heart again! Huge love from me to you and your family!

Ceecile ~Priscilla Clara~ ^^ said...

I love balloons too! ^^ All those colors made me smile.. :)
You wrote such an inspiring post..thank you! ^^

Rainbow said...

ur words are powerful!
thanks!

SaraBethMayBeDreaming said...

Kandee, I just needed to let you know that your courage quote made me feel completely... not alone. I'm going to agree with vintage hippo & say; God Bless you and your family, Kandee.

Jessica Jade said...

Kandee,
I've just turned 18, spent the past year in a Theatrical and Media Make Up Artistry course. (£4,000) and wondered if you had any tips on how to help me start my own business, i have spent all of my money printing out leaflets and flyers to go around my town (UK) and i have no idea what should be in my kit. I have been saving up every month so i can get the latest MAC products, but it's just so expensive and my kit isn't building up as fast as i'd like it to.
Can anyone help?
JessicaJade.

Leene said...

Hi Kandee
I love all your videos about make-up and the kandee show.
You look so cool, by the way you have a lovely voice.
lots of love from France
Leene
http://factoryleene.canalblog.com

Dolly said...

KANDEE...you are a counsellor!!! You give us all a lot of motivation that ALL IS NOT LOST...THERE IS STILL HOPE AT THE END OF A DARK TUNNEL!!!

I heart u Kandee!!!

Suzanne said...

Love you Kandee Johnson!!!! You are such an inspiration!!!! I pray that you have bunches of Gods peace, love, and joy today!!!

katekeetch said...

hehe i know what it is like to have to waitress and be an extra on movie sets! i waitressed the WHOLE time I was pregnant with my little doodlebug and i got some mean and rude comments but you do what you have to do for your little ones :) You are SUCH a good mom Kandee... and I know I dont 'really know you' but I feel like you are such a kindred spirit and I'm proud of you for following your dreams no matter what! Thanks for the encouragement :D Love Katie

Kelly said...

Heard this one earlier today and I freakin love it so I thought I share it with you Kandee "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." -Calvin Coolidge

Gina said...

AWESOME colorful photos!

mrs.adrienneK said...

such a beautiful post thank you <3

CanaDuhGirl said...

You need to publish your blog into a book. The world needs to see the beauty and heart that you possess.

♥ Din E said...

You've probably heard it before, but I have to. ILL TAKE YOU TO THE KANDEESHOP... *singin*

Irene said...

Love reading your blogs and watching your videos on youtube....You have the biggest heart and thats what makes you have so many internet "friends" I first subcribed just by watching your "how to do side swept bangs" and from then on i cant stop watching =)
Thanks a bunch

Tina-Bobeena said...

what cute pictures!!!! :D

heather said...

No more AdventuresinKandeeland Blog?

I love that blog not I can't read it anymore!

thanks for keeping this blog public. gotta have my daily does of Kandee!
xoxo

rainstroked said...

i am wondering if you could invite me to your other blog? I miss reading it. if it's a private thing i understand. I just wasn't sure. Happy Tuesday!

djm167 said...

Beautiful!

Jenny said...

Your amazing Kandee, thanks again for the wonderful words of wisdom. I shared your quote on my facebook for all my friends and family to see :-)

With Love, jenny

Gabi said...

Kandee ... my day was so awful today and I was feeling really sad about some people. Like people [sometimes] don’t appreciate a friendship and it´s like they want to put you down. They can say a comfort word or a nice thing about you and that’s make me so unhappy. But now reading your post I feel so full of LOVE … the things you say make my heart pump with happiness. I love to read the sweet things you write in your blog and say in your videos.
Thank you for being just the way you are :)
Love,
Mrs. V.

blondemafia said...

Something that I definitely needed to hear yesterday! None the less a great post once again and like always I really appreciate your kind uplifting words. You truly are a great person Kandee and have a GOD GIVEN gift! I dont even know if you read these but you are touching the lives of SO many and I think soon you will be blessed and rewarded. Thank You again with much love and coming from a very grateful heart!

-the girl that retreats many times a day to check your page to see your uplifting words!
Bama Girl KC

Gabi said...

Kandee ... my day was so awful today and I was feeling really sad about some people. Like people [sometimes] don’t appreciate a friendship and it´s like they want to put you down. They can say a comfort word or a nice thing about you and that’s make me so unhappy. But now reading your post I feel so full of LOVE … the things you say make my heart pump with happiness. I love to read the sweet things you write in your blog and say in your videos.
Thank you for being just the way you are 
Love,
Mrs. V.

gypsyqueen said...

you inspire me every day to be kinder to those around me and to try harder at the things i want to accomplish..its funny how reading your blogs have such a positive effect on so many of us..sometimes all we need are a few kind words to keep us going..you are truely blessed with a gift..thank you for putting a smile in my heart as well as a smile on my face :o)

Forever and Evermore said...

I love your blog and more importantly your personality! It's refreshing to see people like you trying to help others! :)

Dolly said...

Kandee you are amazing!!!

Can you please do a video with your MAC blushes that you use...like the videos you made for favorite lipstick and eyeshadows.

That would be a quick one, but really helpful!

Thanks!!!! <3 <3 <3

SatanyaNet said...

Kandee I love always this kind of posts, you know right now you are the one that made my day with your words.
I was thinking and asking at the same time, if you could make a tutorial for a 5 minute make up because sometimes there are lots of women that we can't take to much time doing our make up in the mornings before going to the office, you know part lazyness and part waking up to early.

Thanx! and thanx for your words

Rani said...

Kandee you're so awesome!!:)

http://ghanabeginningtoend.blogspot.com/ follow my blog please!:)

ninateresa said...

hi kandee again :) I just want to say I love you more and more not of what you do but now ur words just meab so much! I am very much inspired love you kandee dear :)

Tabatha said...

You are so amazingly uplifting! I was having a pretty bad day until I read your post! Your story is very inspiring and I wish you nothing but success and happiness in everything you do! Thanks for sharing your many talents with all of us!!

Julia said...

I have been watching your youtube videos for a long while now.... I'm new to following blogs and yours was one of the first I subscribed to, just today infact, and I had no idea how uplifting your blog was. I'm so happy for and just love reading your stuff. Thanks for being so cheerful. Smiles are contagious! Keep shining!! :)

Yuri said...

You are very insperational. YOu make me what to go do and try things! I now know that I must read your blog whenever im feeling down! thank you!

anythingbutordinary_6666 said...

I agree with the comment below! great blogx

Tircassia said...

I really think I've lived in NYC for too long. Although I love the images you took! The nitty-gritty background with the vibrant colors of the balloons and a child-like amusement towards them.

Anyway, I've gone through a lot in my life. I'm 25 years old and was an orphan at 17 when both of my parents died and my little sister was taken from me to live with others. I was alone, and I only had my boyfriend at the time. Hell, I didn't even have a roof over my head!

Thinking back at that, I don't know how I survived it. I'm really spoiled now, because I'm stronger now deep down. That boyfriend back then is now my fiance, and I've made my way. Yet, I feel more lost now that I ever did before when it comes to what I want to do and be.

I love the words of inspiration. It's amazing how such a small phrase can really have an impact. I copy+pasted your courage quote and stuck it on my Facebook, because it is so true and so profound.

Thank you.

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