We all talk about balance, and sometimes that’s hard to do when you have numerous interests. I finally found a way to tap into several of my interests while still being able to travel the world and take in the sights.
This year alone, I have had the joy of working on international executive protection assignments for high profile clients who require maximum discretion. This is an occupation I got into over 8 years ago, I love working with these clients and being able to see the world through a completely different perspective.
In connecting with the martial arts side of my persona, I have been fortunate enough to get to commentate several different fight cards around the country. The most exciting was commentating the highly publicized fight in Pattaya, Thailand this past summer. Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe decided to made his transition from Boxing to Muay Thai. I can’t tell you the last time I was that nervous watching someone step into the ring! The crowd embraced the 2x former boxing heavyweight champion for his interest in the sport and the kindness he showed everyone he came in contact with. He truly is a class act.
In addition, the Masters Hall of Fame asked me to be their keynote speaker this year in Costa Mesa, California. Their focus was to feature “women in martial arts” and the huge advancements we have made in the industry. It was surreal to be surrounded by hundreds of world renowned martial artists such as Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Art Camacho, and Cynthia Rothrock (just to name a few) at an event such as this.
In tapping into the firearms side of me, “Leading Edge Body Armor” has recently chose me to be their spokesperson for their new ultra thin ballistic vest. We just completed filming the live shooting demonstration. To call this a job would certainly be unfair, I call times like this nothing shy of fabulous.
In the midst of all of these activities, I have still been able to work with numerous organizations doing what I love; providing self-defense training to groups and/or individuals that require it. It is beyond rewarding being able to work with victims of crimes to include human trafficking. There is such a huge progression from the time we meet until the time we leave. I can sleep better at night knowing I instilled in them the skills and confidence needed so they don’t ever have to be a victim again.
All in all life really is what you make of it. I believe in working hard and playing just as much. Balance is important, but when you do what you love – it’s really not a job at all. I can’t thank those around me enough for providing me the opportunities that they have given me. I surround myself with amazing people and because of that my dreams are able to come to fruition. It goes to show that when you work hard and do the right thing, good things truly do come back to you!