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 21, 2018
My Mess Ups... Wednesday, November 21
To be an “empowered woman” means to have the confidence to really own who and what you are and that’s exactly what my company, Empowered Clubhouse, is founded on. Empowered aims to make a community of strong, empowered women by enabling women to become more empowered and “health happy” via physical training opportunities like boxing and functional weight training, as well as socials, seminars and a network hub of businesses and services. Empowered women empower women but we also empower little girls, our Lil’ Sistas, through our Lil’ Sistas Project -- a community outreach project for underprivileged girls, many of which are orphans, runaways or human sex trafficking survivors.
Okay, so that's my rainbows and unicorns, pretty company overview but what about my f-ups?
My f-ups with launching Empowered…
1. Moving too fast.
2. Taking directions from those who have never been where I wanted to go.
3. Taking on the wrong partner.
4. Expecting it to go like how my other businesses went in Korea.
5. Selling myself short with my price point and in offering free bootcamps.
6. Doing "bootcamps" as oppose to focusing on my sport, boxing... like BoxHIIT.
7. Having such a set idea with how I thought it’d be.
I think my biggest f-up was with having such a stubborn idea on how I thought my business should be and mapping it out accordingly. I’m all about goals and planning things, so when things didn’t work out and I was forced to adapt, it was really hard to accept. I had to be flexible or risk breaking. Now a year later, my company is nothing like how I first envisioned it to be but I’m more than happy for that. The company vision is still the same but the execution of it is so different and it’s taken on this whole new humanitarian path that I'm loving.