Friendships and Valuing Relationships





I was so lucky to get to work with such a beautiful woman today. Every time my clients are in my chair, I do not allow them to look until I am done. Part of my job is to make them comfortable. I love the part when I find out what they like, what they don’t like, what they want to learn and do in the future. Ki likes her eyes. So do I. She has gorgeous deep set eyes that every Asian would kill (or just get eye surgery) for. Today, she mentioned maybe trying cat eye liner, but we decided to soften her sharp features by blending all colors and leaving no edges. (Product list below.)

I met Ki through one of my best friends, D. They have known each other since 2001 and have been friends ever since. How many friendships do you have that last this long? I bet you have a select few people. I bet the best ones were from school or your hood when you were younger.

I have a very awesome group of friends that I grew up with and still talk to: my friends from my village (yes, we call them villages), the ones I went to grade school, high school, and college with. When I moved out here, I knew I could make friends but I wasn’t sure if I were still going to make a connection and find real good friends. You know, the type I could call at 5am, share dessert with, and be unreasonably whiney to.

I thought that with age, it would be hard to be part of someone’s life and consider each other best friends. Ki said something so true. Sometimes you just get lucky, you know.  I got lucky I met a few great people after moving out here that I consider my best friends, just like D. She always brings all of her friends together. Since I am the type that makes friends with my friends’ friends and I’m not afraid to initiate contact, I get to hang out with awesome people like Ki.  Making real friends essentially depends on how real you are yourself.

Be the person that you wanna be friends with.

  • Don’t backstab.
  • Be honest.
  • Be willing to communicate.
  • Encourage. Do not put down.
  • Listen. It’s not always about you.
  • You can be wrong sometimes. Or a lot of times.
  • Don’t be prideful.
  • Celebrate each other’s successes.
  1. Foundation: Nars  – here
  2. Powder: YSL – here
  3. Contour: Nars Casino (Bronzer) – here
  4. Blush: Mac (Dame) – here
  5. Brows: Shiseido – here
  6. Eyeshadows: Morphe Brushes – here
  7. Mascara: Smashbox Full Exposure- here
  8. Lashes: Sephora (Celebrity) – here
  9. Lipliner: Nyx (Nude) – here
  10. Lip Gloss: Physician’s Formula Plump Potion – here


  1. Sammy D.

    What a lovely person you are and so fortunate to understand the value and integrity of true friendship. I highly encourage you to continue your efforts to live debt-free. Not only is it the only way to enjoy the security of economic freedom, but eventually you will realize you are adhering to the concept of Enough. This means you don’t feel deprived of material goods because it’s YOUR choice not to become indebted to obtain them. Your life becomes much healthier emotionally when you choose not to be a slave to debt.

    • joeyhl

      I’m very excited!!! It feels great to not be trapped anymore. Thank you for visiting my page. :) i appreciate your feedback. You’re right, I’m very much happier now than i have ever been. :)

  2. D

    Aww…you did such an amazing job and I loved your blog post 😊
    Wishing you all the best as you embark on this nee journey. Looking forward to another time in your chair
    Love you Joey

    • joeyhl

      Thank you, D. I’m really excited about the process. I’m hoping that i can do better this time around. I appreciate you dropping by to check it out. :) Love you back.

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