Tuesday, October 2, 2012

One-Armed Thankfulness

Life is full of twists and turns and I have been fortunate to be on the higher banks of the river with my life.  Recently, I had shoulder surgery and have been one-armed (literally) for the past month.  Try it sometime...take your opposite dominate hand and do Everything with it...and I mean EVERYTHING... putting on socks, brushing your teeth, writing, typing, driving your car, putting on deodarant...on both armpits, opening a jar of peanut butter, opening a door while trying to carry something, etc.
Well, I list some of those not to create sympathy (because this is so minor), but to make a point that situations like this help heighten our awareness of how fortunate we have it.  The fact that I still have one good arm (and soon to be 2 again) is a blessing.

Some of these twists and turns should be perceived as challenges and not frustrations.  This experience has made me slowdown...take my time...partially because it takes a lot longer to do things, but I believe it will be another stepping stone of attempting to be a better person and to be appreciative each day.  I do not think we have one thing to complain about if we wake up healthy with a sound mind.  Take my cousin Mike, for instance. He has Stage 4 Liver cancer and is battling for his life.  Not once has he complained.  That's powerful and humbling.  Makes a temporary one-armed challenge so insignificance!

So let's take our heightened awareness of appreciativeness to a new level.
After all, everyday above grass is a good one.  Let's live that attitude.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Check it!

I agree to respect myself for what I am. With self-respect, the self-judgment ends, and the self-rejection ends, too. With self-respect, my self-love grows stronger every day. -Don Miguel Ruiz

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Camp LUCK Family Camp is right around the corner! We have 24 families totaling 105 people along with over 35 volunteers that will be participating in this Awesome weekend! Check out the new logo and visit us at www.campLUCK.blogspot.com and www.facebook.com/campluck.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Warrior Dash

Some Zulu Warriors invaded the Warrior Dash in Houston Texas last weekend! Good times.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011


You are invited to join me for an Art Social next Friday, February 25th in Greenville, SC. Please let me know if you want to come so I can make appropriate arrangements with beverages. Feel free to invite some friends and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks, Bird

Live Love Festival to Benefit Camp LUCK

Check out www.bellalovecharlotte.com
This unique cultural festival will be held Saturday, February 19th and will benefit Camp LUCK!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Whats in store for 2011?? Maybe just the best year of my life!...and yours too! A few of my resolutions and on-going missions for this year :

-Get certified as ACE Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach

-Postively Impact someone EVERY day!

-Focus on Family

-Complete Tough Mudder in April

-Complete 2 other adventure races

-Add 8 pounds of lean muscle

-Take care of my body and mind and be in best shape of my life!

-Take MuzzleJab to new levels on a national scene

-Incorporate Camp Luck and continue developing

-Cook at Camp Cherokee

-Do more coaching/training of kids

-Be featured artist in 2 shows

-Rock climb more


-Read 2 books

-Be on time

-Practice the FOUR AGREEMENTS by Don Miguel Ruiz

-Write and publish a magazine article

Sunday, December 26, 2010

2011 New Years Resolutions: #1 Do Something About It

Alrighty! Here we are... coming to a close of 2010 with excitement of what lies ahead in 2011! Did we achieve our goals? Did we empower ourselves?

One thing we can definitely control is the way we feel about ourselves. Through mental and physical exercise, we can attain the individual we know and expect to be. We owe it to ourselves to take care of our one body and our one mind that we have. We deserve to feel great!
What's stopping you? NOTHING! Now, make that commitment and let's get busy with our personal plan to achieve this!

Also, feel better about yourself by assisting others as well. Encourage each other (family, friends, kids, parents) to be the best they can and to push themselves to become/stay healthy!

Keep it rolling...one day at a time! Thanks. -JBird

Sunday, November 7, 2010

muzzleJab Benefit

On November 13th, muzzleJab will host a Benefit for the K Rile Fund. The K Rile Fund was established for Keith Rile, a secret service agent that was recently diagnosed with Non Smokers Lung Cancer. We will also be releasing our Winter line and launching the brand new website!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tricky Hoedown was a HUGE success!

Tricky Hoedown was a HUGE success!
We raised thousands of dollars for cancer research
at the event boasting bands, food, drinks, silent auction,
dancing and loads of good times.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pimp My Pumpkin Contest

“KISS Cancer Goodbye”

Rockin Roll All Night in the name of breast cancer. Peter (“Cat”) Criss, original KISS

drummer is a breast cancer survivor! Since October is officially Breast Cancer

Awareness Month, Peter wants to go a step further and make everyone aware that males can get breast cancer too! So grab your facepaint and your platform shoes, and join The Cat in bringing awareness for both men and women fighting this disease and help to KISS cancer goodbye!

Jay (Bird) Thompson


Friday, August 13, 2010

Tha QC

“You're only getting old when you find that your regrets are taking the place of your dreams.” 

– John Barrymore

Thursday, June 24, 2010


muzzleJab summer launch party!  July 10th at Lounge 201 in DC. For those that don't know, muzzleJab is a clothing company that was created to raise money to help individuals battling cancer. Check us out at www.muzzlejab.com.  Do it!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

New Zealand Art Exhibition

Click on video for slideshow of art exhibition

Just putting a plug about my art exhibition at the GreenRice Gallery in NODA in Charlotte for the month of July.  I will be the featured artist and the show will consist of artwork inspired from my recent 7 
month trip to 
New Zealand.  Let me know if you would like a postcard or have any questions.  Thanks!

Opening Artist Reception: 
Friday, July 2nd 
6-9 pm