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.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Headed in For a Chop... Thursday, January 19

Image may be nothing but image is big when you're looking for investors and sponsors for your company, as is the case of where I am right now.  I have a growing list already but I want more because when it comes down to putting their names in ink and getting them to legally sign, that list is going to drop down and only those seriously committed and interested with remain.

Building my brand, not only as a fighter but as a coach and as a business owner, image is big.  

Image is the first thing people see when they meet you.  You can never have a second impression, an impression to erase and cancel out the first impression.  With me, my image has to be memorable.  I want people to look at me and question what it is I do.  In Korea that was pretty easy.  With my half shaved head and tattoos I didn't look like the typical ESL teacher that a vast majority of the foreigners are.  I stood out.  Here in the Philippines though, it's different.  Many people have tattoos and though I haven't seen many girls with half shaved heads, my blonde hair seems to be what makes me stand out moreso than my half shaved head.  Maintaining it, now that's another story.  

I've been itching to chop my hair for awhile now but I was told not to because I'd look more like a UFC fighter than a boxer.  I personally don't think I have a feminine enough face to pull off such a dramatic look and feel like most who have gone for the full shaved head tend to over exaggerate their facial features with makeup and/or jewelry.  I don't do lots of makeup and I wear the same jewelry day in and day out -- my mom's Korean necklace and my small earrings that spell love.  

Shaving my head was out of the question so I chopped it.  Chopped off 4 inches and I love it.

Chopping my hair is like getting a tattoo to me, it's additive but oh so liberating!!!

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