As the story has it, one day I headed to the opposite side of the globe – the Flipside. I arrived in Asia February 16th, 2005 and thought I’d do a year, then leave. Years later and I’m still here. I went from being some random foreign girl to taking on labels I never imagined – university professor, film extra, professional boxer, reality TV star, CEO of my own girls-only fitness company (Flipside Fitness), CEO of my own boxing club (Hulk's Club, formerly known as Hulk's Boxing), and now I'm launching my 3rd business -- Empowered Clubhouse.

After 11.5yrs in Korea, I then picked up one day and left. I returned to Toronto, Canada with Flipside Fitness on my brain, Hulk's in my heart, boxing in my bag, and my four-legged friend Balboa Button by my side. But then I left again. This time it was for the Philippines. That's where I'm at now, living in the land of the happy people.

The struggles are real and the struggles are many but I'm living life on my terms, I'm calling the shots, and I'm doing what I love.

Life is an amazing adventure and this is my story of yesterday.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

I'm Looking to Leave... Sunday, September 25

I’m thinking about changing churches.  It’s something that I’ve been pondering for about a month now because of something that happened.  It wasn't a big something but it was kind of something that made me better realize something was missing and it made me better pin point what that missing thing was.  I do really like my current church.  Everyone is super friendly to me, they have numerous events, I like the guest speakers they bring in and even have my favourite, and it's a small, intimate congregation but something is lacking for me.  Today I realized what it was -- a year of being at my current church and I still feel like an outsider among those my age. I know many of the members have been attending for years and many of the young people grew up going there but I haven’t and I kind of feel that I have to compete with that when it comes to being included.

I’m not one of them.  There is them and then there is me. I’m that girl that comes alone, sits alone at the end of the pew, and then leaves alone.  I mingle after church but it's not until the next Sunday when I see them again that any socializing really happens and I know I'm partly to blame but I more or less gave up doing so some time ago.

I feel like my church situation in Korea is repeating itself here except they all speak English to me.

I gave it a year, I think that’s a fair run.

Today I attended my buddy Mr.T’s church.  I know him from System Fitness.  Today was the second time I’ve attended actually,  the first time was for Mother’s Day when I came with my dad.  They had their youth choir perform and it was so awesome, really great.  The last time I was there they had a men’s choir sing and it made me get emotional because the song seemed to be written specifically about my mom.  Today their youth choir, called Chosen Generation, gave me serious goose bumps.  My friend, Mr.T, gave the sermon today and it was pretty great to see him in this role, doing what he loves and sharing the word.  He’s like that at System though and by that I mean he’s always sharing encouragement and telling people God’s blessed him and whatnot.  He packs so much positivity in him, it’s so amazing because he once hit a bad bottom.  He’s always telling people he should be dead by now and, after listening to some of his stories, I know he’s right.  He is blessed, God did a miracle on him, and that’s the only way to explain why he’s alive.

The service was beautiful today, it was the other time that I came too, but it was different for me this time because I had came alone.  Some ladies recognized me from my first visit while others introduced themselves and gave me hugs.  They’re just such a beautiful cluster of friendly, happy people and I left the service feeling so refreshed and full of fresh energy. 

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