As the story has it, I woke up and found myself on the very opposite side of the globe – the flipside. I arrived February 16th, 2005 and thought I’d simply 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, CEO of my own girls-only fitness company, Flipside Fitness, and CEO of my own boxing club, Korea's largest -- Hulk's Club, formerly known as Hulk's Boxing.

After 11.5yrs in Korea, I picked up one day and left. I returned to Toronto, Canada but only to pack up my bags and venture out again. Now I'm living in Makati, Philippines. Life for me is better in Asia and I'm so happy here. This isn't a new chapter in the book of my life though, it's a whole new book I've started!!! I'm a whole new woman. I left Korea 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.

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

Monday, January 02, 2017

Happily Badass Contagious... Monday, January 2

Energy is contagious, both good energy and bad energy, and I've said this before. I feel the total truth of it on a daily bases when I look back at who I gave a part of my day with, who I shared time with and surrounded myself with. People either feed off your energy or feed your energy. 

I try hard to limit myself to surrounding myself with only people that feed my energy -- people whose energy is worth catching. Hence why I left Korea and hence why I don't work for anyone but me. I don't want to live in a place, work for a place, or even so much as be in a place that puts me down and chisels away at the positive state of mind I so honestly try to continually sport. Similarly, I try hard to only bring positive energy to the lives of those who include me in theirs, like my clients. 

Today I trained two of my personal training clients. 

I like training females because every woman wants to be somewhat of a badass, I think that's fair to say, and I think me teaching them boxing is such a wicked means of helping them develop this edginess. Don't get this confused with me saying every woman wants to be a bad girl though -- a badass and a bad girl aren't the same thing. Both my female clients I trained today are wives, one is a mother of two, and both have noted that they felt pretty badass when I first wrapped their hands in boxing hand wraps. I've given them both boxing ring names -- "Deadly Lady-D" and "Killa Bee Ali" -- and I think that ups their level of "badassness". 

Boxing makes my personal training clients, my ladies, feel pretty badass. 

Boxing is a badass sport. Look it up, it's ranked as the hardest sport ever. 

You don't see yoga on that list [Cheap shot here to some Korean friends of mine.] 

Boxing is empowering. It has empowered one of my clients to better handle the stress of her kids while it's empowered another client to more confidently walk down the street, one client to put a spark back into her love life, and another to have more self esteem. 

Boxing is empowering. It has empowered me. I am empowered and am empowering other women because that's what we do -- empowered women empower women.

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