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.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Featured by the Toronto Public Library... Friday, December

Recently I was asked to be a feature in the "Toronto Public Library Stories" and the other day my story got shared on social media. So, without any further adieu, here is my story... 

Meet Amy

After graduating from York University, I headed to Korea to expand my Korean culture studies and really, expand myself. One year turned into two, two into three, and next thing I knew, it was year eleven. I worked as an ESL teacher in Cheonan, a small city south of Seoul during the day and boxed at night for exercise. The boxing club quickly became a second home and boxing, a huge passion. I didn’t really fit into Korea to start and boxing made me stick out even more, but soon I started a female-only fitness social club, Flipside Fitness. Then, in 2013, I opened my own boxing club, Hulk's Boxing (now Hulk's Club), the largest club in Korea. 

It was wild, being a female in a foreign country, in a male-dominated society and sport. But I had reached my potential and I missed friends and family in Canada. Now I’m starting again in Toronto but face a whole new struggle -- starting a business in what has become a foreign land to me. And that's where Toronto library plays a vital lifeline role. When I’m not training, I’m either eating, sleeping or at the library. I’m always at Toronto Reference Library, researching business or using their computers to email my business partner and sponsors in Korea or responding to international boxing fan mail. 

My favourite is the third floor, as that's where all the business books with how to write the perfect business proposal and whatnot can be found. I know I could order books in, but I favour studying at the library. It’s a lonely life -- the life of a professional athlete -- and the library is a very comforting place. It’s no longer that cold, quiet place I used to be forced to go to, but instead has evolved into this happening place. Love, love, LOVE the fact I can enjoy a coffee on the first floor; it helps me get a jump start on my studying. Moreover, studying at the library gets me out of bed on those days when training the night before has left me with sore muscles.

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