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.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A Humbling First... Wednesday, November 22

Today was the first day I've ever heard one of the coaches complain about being tired.  

He looked at me, said "I'm exhausted", smiled, and then walked away. 

Today the other two Muay Thai coached aren't here so he's pulling their weight.

It was around 12:30pm when he said this and instantly my heart broke at he notion that he still had a solid 9.5hrs left till work was over for him. He's been working since 6:30am; he's only 6 hours into his 15.5hr work day. 

I had sparring today and it was quite successful but when I heard that particular coach tell me he was exhausted it's almost as if my sparring was nothing. Everything felt so petty and I felt I had no right to complain about anything. I did 6 rounds of sparring, fought my best, but now I get to go home. I get to have a hot shower, eat my lunch, and continue my work in the comfort of my cozy, air conditioned condo. 

Every once in awhile I get these reminders to stay humble and stay grateful.  After all, the worst that can really happen with me launching my business here is I have to return to Canada where I have a big home waiting for me and family that'd take me in with open arms. They'd look after me. 

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