“Yes, I Did It”

10 years ago I wrote this piece. Personally, it’s still one of my favorites. Should I start practicing for open Mic???

“YES I DID IT”

Yes I did it
Had you eating out the palm of my hand
Had you wrapped around my finger

Yes I did it
Won you with a smile
Sealed it with a poem

Yes I did it
Got your heart without a kiss
Got your mind without a date

Yes I did it
I gave you the map
And still got you lost

Yes I did it
I showed you a real woman
Then took her away

Yes I did it
Gave you the urge
And fulfilled a need

Yes I did it
I had your nose wide open
And your dick hard a steal

Yes I did it
I had you feigning for the pussy
And never gave you a sample

Yes I did it
Had you sprung from GA
Had you falling from DC

Yes I did it
I seduced you mentally with sexual seduction
Then I fucked you with sexual freedom

Yes I did it
Yes I did it
Yes I did it

Mashawn Mickels (C) July 2010

My Bad Habit

A bad habit. At least that’s what I consider it. Sometimes it works in my favor. Other times, not so much. This bad habit I’ve been working on for years. I don’t know if it’ll ever change, but I’m still working on it.

My facial expression always says it all. Like the saying goes “I wear my heart on my sleeves.” If I’m mad at you, you’ll see it. Won’t have to say a word. If I’m disgusted with something, you’ll see it. However, on the flip side, if I’m happy, you’ll know. If I love you, you’ll see it.

I was told early in my career that I needed to work on that and that I’ve been working on. Needless to say, I’ve not accomplished much. Still, I’ve made a little progress in controlling my expressions. Just not when I’m angry. Sometimes I can now conceal hurt. I can even conceal an attraction.
Still, this is something I’m working on.
I’ve gotten better over the years, but it’s still there. One thing I can never seem to hide is when I’m not feeling good. No amount of training or practice has helped in the slightest bit.

I’ll never be able to play poker, because, I don’t think I’ll have that much control. Still, I think I’ve gotten better over the years. Not great, but better for sure.

What’s a bad habit that you haven’t been able to break?

My Rant

I don’t even know where to start my rant. I would normally do this as a business tip, but I’m not feeling that right now. I do want to say though I love supporting others in their business when I can.

That being said. I hate feeling like I’m begging to give you my business. When I do give you my business I expect the same courtesy and business etiquette you give others, regardless of our personal relationship. Now I completely understand completions and delays. Still, that’s when communication comes into play.

I don’t care what race you are when it comes to business. Even with the economic situation today, that’s a non factor. I do enjoy visiting and using local businesses as much as possible. Even when I travel, my best friend will tell you, I enjoy hitting the local places, I even have a few favorite places I like to hit every time.

When I visit your business or use your service, I expect a certain level of service for me to return and/or recommend you to others. When I post my business review, it’s always based on that specific visit or service. Good or bad it’ll always be professional. That’s the way I like to receive my service.

Great service, I’ll send recommendations your way and more and likely use you again. Poor service I won’t ever recommend you or use you again.

Business Tip: Treat all your customers the same and professional. Be prompt and use communication as much as possible. If you are unable to serve a customer, tell them. Good business etiquette results in more business. Poor business etiquette results in less business.

TKR 3 Months Post Op

I’m just my 3 months post op appointment last week. This journey has proved to be different than the last one. Not worse, just different. I know my doctor said each surgery is different and acts different.

One major thing that I’ve noticed at this point is that my knee is stronger than the other one was at this point. However, I did go back to work and on the second day my entire leg gave out. Still, it is not accruing like the other. So I still think that’s a plus.

My bend is also better. I’m at 118° bend. They want you to be at 120°. My other knee only reached 113°!!!! Another thing that’s better is the fact that nerve sensitivity is not nearly as bad as last time!

There are a few down points. This time I seemed to put more strain on my shoulder. It was so bad I had to do PT on my shoulder too. I also had to get some steroid pills for a little bit of inflammation on the back of my knee.

So, overall, I still think this one was better. Could have been the pre surgery exercises, more knowledge or both.

If you are having issues, don’t be afraid to address it with your Dr as soon as possible. Follow all the Dr instructions. You are not the Dr. If you are planning to have surgery and still concerned, don’t be afraid to get a second opinion. Most importantly, don’t compare your journey to someone else. Your body is different. You will heal differently. Suggestions are great, especially when it comes to come best practices. Ultimately your doctor will be your best resource.

I have 9 more months until I’m completely healed. I’ll definitely be back for more updates between now and then. If you have questions don’t be afraid to ask!

Photo Challenge – Sunshine

This year I decided to do a different photo challenge. Granted I started late, but it’s all good. This first week challenge is “Sunshine”.

This one was taken in South Carolina. It was a cold and sunny day.

This was another cold day. So cold I didn’t want to step outside!!!!!

Another cold morning here in South Carolina!

Hanging out in Columbus, GA.

Me Time

There are moments when you just want to be alone and unbothered. It’s those moments in life when you just need your space, peace, and quiet. Yes, I’m an introvert, but that’s not what I’m talking about here.

Being an introvert you just prefer to be alone or with a limited group of people on a regular basis. This is the normal for an introvert. What I’m talking about today is when you need to refresh. You could have many reasons to need to refresh. Or maybe you just need to be able to refill your cup.

I know I’ve been mentioning my recent surgery a lot, but it’s not to gain sympathy. It’s just that some things have changed. While I’m recovering, I’m also rediscovering some things about myself.

So, recently, since this last surgery, I find that I really do more time alone, or me time. So everyday, no matter what is going on, I try take at least 30 minutes or so with just quiet time. Sometimes it’ll be in prayer. Other times it be random thoughts of non serious things.

I like to remind myself and others, there is nothing wrong with sitting still and having your time. It helps keep depression away and helps you from being overwhelmed and anxious. I have this bad habit about being anxious, and that’s something I work on daily. I don’t know when it started, but I’m thinking it got worse after my first knee replacement in 2018.

I find that when you need your space, your quiet time, find a way to take it. It may mean giving something up, but that’s okay. When it comes to you and your mental health, you deserve it.

What do you do when you need to regroup?

My Why

I was recently reminded that I haven’t shared my “Why” in a while. While I wear many hats and titles, today is about why I decided to sell paparazzi jewelry.

I’ve now been selling these awesome $5 accessories for a year. My original why was to just add an additional stream of income. While I’ve been doing that, my reason for doing this has altered a bit.

Yes I still like the additional stream of income. It’s helped me out in many ways financially. However, I begin to see more. See a bigger picture. Now I want to leave a legacy for my niece and nephew. I also realized that with inexpensive and gorgeous accessories I’m able to help women boost their self confidence and to help the beauty that’s on the inside shine bright on the outside as well. To see them smile in excitement, or lift their heads a bit higher makes it all worth it.

That’s my why. I’ve included the link to my video on Facebook live to check out as well.

My Why Video

Crisis On Infinite Earth Review

“Crisis On Infinite Earth”
Part 1-5
Review

I hope you’ve seen all five episodes of this crossover! If not, STOP 🚨🚫✋🏾!!!!!!

There’s nothing like sitting down and watching a good movie with some popcorn. Yes, that’s what this was like, watching a movie.

There were a lot of cameos in all five episodes. There were also a lot of Easter eggs thrown in. Some I caught, others I didn’t. This crossover kept you on your toes from the beginning. We have Oliver dying at the end of Supergirl, then dying again later! Man, to see someone die twice while being a hero is though.

Many surprises rang out throughout the five hour crossover. Some we were glad to see, like the Flash from the movies! That made my night there! Other surprises we could have done without, although vital, like Lex Luther. Then all the changes he made to his benefit. Of course, I personally felt some appearances didn’t really add to the crossover. My number one would be Mia, Oliver’s daughter. Sure didn’t do much but run off at the mouth, which took away from some of the scenes she was in. Yes, I know it was grief probably talking.

There were so many things to like, a few to dislike. One thing I hated was that it seemed like they had extra commercials, especially the last two hours. Maybe they should have did minimal commercials throughout.

Overall it was a great crossover. I enjoyed watching it. I’m looking forward to seeing more from Black Lighting and seeing an appearance from Star Girl.

OVERALL RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Strengths & Weakness

I find that it’s very important to know what your strengths and your weaknesses are. By knowing this you will know what steps you need to take. It can help you in your personal and professional life.

Here are some of my weaknesses:

  • Procrastination – This is probably one of my biggest issues. I’ll find every reason to procrastinate.
  • Quick temper – Even though I still have a quick temper, I find that I have improved. I pray on this everyday.
  • Consistency – Sometimes my consistency is just as bad as my procrastination. My business coach helps a lot with this, so it’s getting better. Slowly, but surely.

Here are a few strengths:

  • Good listener – Being in a supervisor position for most of my working career has taught me to listen pretty good. Not just hear you, but, actually listen.
  • Problem Solving – Never would have thought I would be good at that, but over the years I realized I was really good at it. I have to thank retail for that.
  • Teaching – When I was younger, I thought I was going to be a teacher. As I entered the work force I then understood that there were other ways to teach. I’ve embraced those ways to help others.

Those are just a few of my weaknesses and strengths. Of course I have more, but I just wanted to share a free today.