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, May 10, 2018

And the Winner Is... Thursday, May 10

Today was pretty important to me and I had the heeled boots, full face of make up and the bright pink lipstick lips to vouch for that because everyone knows I don't get dressed up often.  I wore my army jeans, which aren't actually skinny jeans anymore because I've dropped so much weight, a backless black tank top, and I finished my look off with some heeled black boots and bold lips.

It was the day of the big pitch -- my chance to win a spot in the KMC Solutions' coworking space and incubation program for 6 months.  A prize valued at 350,000Php.  There were 10 of us that had been selected as a finalist, to present, and then from there they'd pick their winners.

I wasn't nervous or intimidated until they changed it so that we could all sit in on the presentations and then I started to hear my competition.  Originally, they were going to have it that we were only allowed to sit in once we presented, so we'd only hear those presenting after us.  Somewhere along the line though they changed that rule so we all got to watch each other present.  Watching all those before me, wow.  They all had great ideas and some of these so-called "start-up" and "new" businesses were quite in full speed.  One even had something like 20 employees.  Here I am running my business for free and even dishing out money I don't have to pay for equipment and whatnot, and my competitor in this startup business contest has an actual paycheck. 

[Enter my "What-the-fudge look" right there and right here!!!]

When it came to announcing the winners, I had pretty much written myself off.  I came here for the experience and had submitted my company's submission not really knowing what the competition would be or how the program would even benefit me.  I know I had had two "mic drop" moments in my pitch, one with the first sentence opener and one at the end, but my pitch wasn't loaded with facts and figures or dollar signs like the others.

I won ...!!!

I think the best thing about tonight wasn't in winning, even though that was pretty cool, but in the crowd response I got after.  Many people came up to snap a picture with me and so many ladies came up to share their stories with me and ask me about me coaching them.  I got offered two boxing class opportunities and a few ladies inquired about personal training and my group classes.  Right now I'm still hoping for a fight so it's hard to juggle my training plus coaching and personal training, plus pushing Empowered Clubhouse further but that's life.  Busy is good.  It's hard but rather be busy than be bored.

The "problems" I have today are the problems that I used to pray for.

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