Stay Healthy, Stay Happy

I met Emily McLaughlin back in 2009, sophomore year of college.  Word of her of her Zumba classes had just begun to spread around campus and many girls, including myself, were looking for a change in our fitness lifestyles.  It was only after attending one class that I understood what the hype was all about.  Emily's Zumba classes gave off an energy that was both empowering and addicting. Her variety of fun and sexy dance routines boosted self-confidence while her original and motivational attitude encouraged self-esteem.  Once you mastered Emily's routines, you felt sense of  pride and belonging that kept you coming back for more.

Fast forward five years, Emily has become a certified Power House working for a technology media company by day, and then taking on the role of fitness instructor and editor-in-chief of Stay Healthy, Stay Happy on nights and weekends. It's no secret that Emily is a force to be reckoned with.

Inspired by her success, perseverance, and positive lifestyle, I asked Emily if I could share her story on Girlish Writings.  Together, we created a film that not only share's her journey, but also motivates others to take charge of theirs.

Author: Athena Gomez-Hipolito
Film: Athena Gomez-Hipolito & Emily McLaughlin 

Trippy Nostalgia

Although 2014 has already come to an end and my  new written set of resolutions are still fresh in my pocket, I've been very nostalgic in the memories captured in my photos throughout the year.  With that being said, you can't live in the past; all you can do is move forward.  So instead of simply tucking my memories away in a box, or in a folder on my hard drive, I've decided to recreate a handful of pictures in order to show off my beginner graphic designer skills and foreshadow what's to come in 2015.....

Author: Athena Gomez-Hipolito
Photography: Athena Gomez-Hipolito

The Rooms You'll Always Remeber

I often think back to the summer nights I spent on the back porch at the cottage my friends rented in Martha's Vineyard. This inviting and relaxing room quickly became the gathering spot for all the girls on our trip.  We deemed it the "Magical Porch," it felt like time stopped when we were sitting out there and nothing could touch us- not even the pesky bugs that came out in droves during the evening.  It wasn't until we left the island and returned to reality that we understood the porch's true magic: 
It's crazy how a communal room can have the power to bring people closer together.  Rooms where friends can simply sit around, listen to music, eat junk food, drink too much, amuse ourselves with stories from the past, and share dreams of the future.  Looking back at some of my favorite moments, they've happened in these "magical" rooms like the ones below. They're where I've had some of my most valuable memories, learned the biggest lessons, and connected with the greatest of friends.

Author: Athena Gomez-Hipolito
Co-Author: Jesse Meade
Edited by: Jesse Meade
Photography:  First 2 Photos taken by Athena Gomez-Hipolito / Inspirational Photos found on tumblr and WeHeartit (If you have taken one these photos and would like to either receive credit  or have them taken down please email for your inspiration!)

Braidspiration Anyone?

I was going to wait until winter to put this vlog on my site, but after getting some positive feedback from my friends and realizing that worrying over negative feedback is simply unproductive, I decided to just post it!  Besides this site is where my audience is!

In my first official vlog post, I discuss why I decided to test the Vlogverse waters  and attempt to  show you how to create a unique fishtail braid inspired by YouTube Sensation, Andreaschoice

PS Apologies, for using improper terminology when explaining this hairstyle! I'll get better I promise! #needtoexpandmyvocabulary 

Author: Athena Gomez-Hipolito

Take me there, Take me anywhere

I've always been full of wanderlust.  Although I love New England and wouldn't mind settling down here one day, there's something inside me that yearns to get away for a little bit. Fortunately, I've had the opportunity to travel to numerous areas in the past few years.  I've been to the peaceful Adirondacks, the overrated Los Angeles, the underrated Toronto, the restless NYC,  the "unforgettable" Vegas, and the laid-back Daytona.  However, it's when I see photos like the ones listed below, that I'm reminded of the fact that there's still so much more for me to explore....  

I need to be there....
 Author: Athena Gomez-Hipolito
Photography: Tumblr

Girlish  Skispiration?!

I know what some of you are thinking: "Ski mode already?! Fall hasn't even started yet!"
Trust me, I get it; some of you aren't ready to say goodbye to summer yet and a lot of you dread the cold months to come.  Unfortunately, my empathy to you can only go so far.

Being a female skier in New England can be very frustrating.  The sporadic and short winters prevent us from skiing on a regular basis and the chances of finding a fellow female ski buddy, let alone any ski buddy, are almost as low as finding Big Foot in a tutu.  As crazy as it sounds, this frustration is the only reason I'm skeptical about permanently living in New England.

So when I found out out that pro skier Lynsey Dyer made a film that advocates skiing and features female skiers across the country,  I couldn't help but share!  #Legendary 

For more information including tour information head to

Author: Athena Gomez-Hipolito

Hair Color Envy

Although I can't pull the look off myself, I absolutely love seeing girls dye their hair extreme and vibrant colors. Not only is the move bold and a great form of expression, it's also empowering and fun! As I've said in the past, I'm a huge admirer of creative and unique people who put themselves and their work out there. What better way to do that than with your hair?