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.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Feeling the Pressure... Tuesday, July 18

I was totally in a funk today.

I'm grateful to be here in the Philippines and am blessed to have my dad's driven focus and my mom's optimistic but I'd be totally lying if I didn't admit trying to launch my business here wasn't trying, testing or stretching myself thin.  

Some days it gets to me and today was one of those days.

What I'm wanting to launch is so much greater and so much more impactful than Hulk's but I'm doing it alone and it's as exciting as it is scary and intimidating.  Some times I step back and think perhaps I've bit off more than I can chew but then I realize I was the one responsible for Hulk's.  

Hulk's was my dream.  

Hulk's was my design, my ideas.  Everything from where the heavy bags would hang to the tiles in the mens shower room were my ideas.  Snickers originally wanted to rip out the massive counter at the entrance but it was me who had the idea to turn it into a juice bar so I fought him on that.  I fought him on many things before he gave in and gave up, allowed me full control of the total design of the place.  Everything from how much clients paid to starting up a running club for our members were all ideas I thought up and put into action.  

Hulk's was mine.  Snickers only helped in supporting my ideas and helping bring them to life.   

I ran the juice bar, I ran the mini pro shop, I coached the females and mini Hulkies, I ran the Crossfit circuits, I ran the running club, I ran all the social events, I ran the fitness challenges, I did the book keeping, I kept track of the members, and I even took charge of the parking area -- dealing with all those pesky parkers.  

Looking back at it, I feel as if I did do it alone.  Snickers was there but he was more like a security blanket for me to fall back on, a means of bouncing ideas off of (or fighting with him about).  

Now it's totally me though and today I really felt it.

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