As the story has it, one day I headed to the opposite side of the globe – the Flipside. I arrived in Korea on February 16th, 2005 and thought I’d do a year, then leave. 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 returned to Toronto, Canada. But then I left again. This time it was for the Philippines. That's where I am 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.

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Weekly Moment in Memory of Him... Friday, October 21

One day can change your life.

I thought about this fact this morning as I rolled out of bed, scooped up Balboa and headed out the door to walk him.  It was exactly 5:25am, the exact time I had stepped out of my apartment last week and noticed a police officer sitting in front of one of my neighbour's door.  Last Thursday had changed his life -- he had ended his life -- and it had a rippling effect on the lives of those around him including me.  I still feel the ripple and, ever since last Friday, I can't help but star at his door as I walk towards the elevator and then glance back at it as I exit the it.  He lived but a 15 second walk from my apartment door.  Someone who was so sad, so desperate for help, in such a bad place emotionally lived so close to me.  I would have reached out to him I had known but how was I to know.  All us neighbors are having mixed reactions to this situation, to him, but I think it's hit me much harder than perhaps it should.  Or maybe we should all be shocked and hit hard because of it.  Maybe that's what will bring about change, maybe that's what it'll take for us to reach out of our comfort zone and extend companionship and love to those around us.  

He lived on my floor and yet none of us here knew he wanted to kill himself.

One day can change everything. 

I officially hate 5:25am on Friday mornings.  It's a hard moment, a sad memory, and a rough reality to wake up to and experience over and over.

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