This chapter of my life began with a horrible break up from an abusive relationship. Shortly after I graduated from BGSU with a Journalism Degree, eager to get my feet wet in television, I moved to Hollywood, CA. I lived with a friend I had met at an internship at the Cannes Film Festival. I ended up working on the first season of Bad Girls Club as a Production Assistant and editor. Oh, what I learned about reality TV, (that’s a whole other story:)). After that season ended, I moved back for a man 🙁 the man I thought I’d eventually marry. He built a house from the money he earned as a Marine. He had done time overseas and came back with a severe case of PTSD. I can’t even imagine the things he had dealt with. But, it was no excuse for how he treated me. As a fixer tho, no matter how bad the abuse got, in my warped mind, I could fix him and I had done something wrong to upset him. Shortly after I moved into the home that he built, I got kicked out and we broke up. I was so upset and broken. I didn’t know what to do. I turned to Mixed Martial Arts and hitting things to deal with my pain and anger. Then, as I do with most things (you will see a theme), I became obsessed. I trained all the time. My first trainer got the hots for me and hit on me, tho he was married —hole. So, I quit training there and drove an hour and a half away at night to Michigan. I ran, I lifted, went to MMA expos, Muay Thai Seminars and trained, trained, trained. My specialty is Muay Thai, but I did a little Jiu Jitsu too. It was my life. I also began a job at a local news station (WTOL, Channel 11 in Toledo, OH). I started out as a production assistant/editor and ended up as Associate Producer for News 11 Your Morning at 3:30am:(
I had my first fight after almost one year of training. I won first round 2 1/2 minutes with a side body ground and pound. The ref let me hit her way to many times, but she was still squirming around and fighting me, sooooo. She said after, she thought I was cute :/ She apparently went that way 🙂 if you know what I mean.
I learned to be very careful who I trust. I also learned to be happy with myself and became even more independent. I tend to do everything alone. And, I double dog dare you to lay a hand on me 🥊
And tho she be Little, She is Fierce! Shakespeare
Here’s the fight: http://youtu.be/7WnNQRqDysc