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.

Friday, March 08, 2019

Such an Honour, Thank You... Friday, March 8

Almost a year ago I did a photoshoot where I was told I'd be the everyday hero paired up with a fictional character hero.  Today a picture from that shoot was finally released on social media, see above, and below my pic they quoted my piece of advice to my fellow females, see below.
"One of the biggest pieces of advice I can give women trying to better themselves is to be selective with who they surround them self with. You become what you surround yourself with. Energy is contagious, both good energy and bad energy, so make sure the energy that surrounds you is worth you catching. It’s hard to stay positive, to push yourself and to grow and we all have our obstacles and setbacks so it’s all that more important to really keep your circle tight and positive. When you surround yourself with individuals that inspire you, it makes a world of a difference. 
Having lived in Korea for 11.5 years, I know all too well the obstacles and struggles that come with being a woman in a male dominated society. I pretty much went against every social expectation that was set for me to follow as a woman. I was a female entrepreneur, a woman with tattoos and muscle, a married but happily childless woman, and a female pro boxer in a sport labeled “only for men”. So how did I do it? It wasn’t easy but I felt the only way I made it work was just to own who and what I was. I didn’t let anyone define me; I defined myself. And that, owning who you are, would be my biggest piece of advice for women really trying to become empowered. You’ll never please everyone but you can please yourself and at the end of the day, when you look at yourself in the mirror, it’s only your reflection looking back at you. If you’re happy with what you see, proud of what you see looking back, then that is all that honestly really matters. You’ve got one life to live and it’s short enough so don’t waste it pondering what others think of you. You do you, it’s what you do best. Live life on your terms and do what makes you happy but own it. Be loud and proud to be you."
-- Amy is a professional female mini flyweight boxer. She is the CEO and head coach of Empowered Clubhouse, a female-only boxing & functional training center. She also leads the Lil’ Sistas project, an outreach program for underprivileged girls.

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