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
Photography: Mary Polleys Photography