As I am sitting at Starbucks drinking coffee on a beautiful gorgeous Friday morning – the beginning of my 3 day weekend (I have an awesome job), I am reminiscing all the things I’ve done just this year. I surprised myself and I am happy… that’s the way it should be.
I always think of my long and short term goals quietly in my head for a while before I actually verbally say them out loud to another human being…
because I know once I say it out loud it has to be accomplished. That’s just the way I am.
I had the urge to go on a mission trip earlier this year, mainly because I felt a need to use my many blessings to bless others. However, I had no idea how to even plan one, much less where I wanted to go (there were SOOO many options), so I just took a leap of faith and choose Nepal. Once I had my heart set on Nepal, then I started letting my friends know what I was doing. Of course, I waited to tell a select few until I had my plane ticket so there was no way I could be convinced not to go :-). Yes I am strong-willed! I get it.
Now that I have accomplished such a major challenge and realized how truly broken my soul was.. I have a new goal that has been circulating in my brain for a long time and I finally started verbally expressing it to other people… ooops!
I want to be a contestant on Dancing with the Stars!
I can’t even begin to say why, how, or if it’s possible. This goal is different because I can’t be solely in control like I was with the decision to go to Nepal. I can’t just buy a plane ticket and decide I will show up on the dance floor and make those judges go “oooohhh” and “awwww” over my dancing skills (I have none).
If I go on the show…
I will be out of my comfort zone more that I have ever been. That’s what I want.
I will embarrass myself every single day. I can’t help it.
I will cry happy and mad tears within a few seconds of each other. I am simply a girl.
…. but mostly – I will express happy emotions. 🙂
My publisher Amanda Thrasher believes in me and everything I do. She believes Ellen Degeneres should read my story and also took in the consideration of my dreams to be on Dancing with the Stars. We are both a huge fan of Ellen and being on her show would be a great honor. And most of all… I could finally have a chance to be dunged in the water tank. Please read my publishers email to Ellen below and share share share 🙂 I love y’all!
I’m writing to you on behalf of Emma Gingerich- she is a role model for women, college students (non-gender specific), teens and tweens. Raised Amish with her immediate family the ‘community.’ She made her clothes and was forbidden to use electricity or running water. Rarely played and of course transportation was a horse and buggy. She knew she wasn’t supposed to live that way. “It wasn’t her.” She decided to leave. Kept it secret and endured bizarre dating rituals and medical treatments until the day she left. Had the clothes on her back and fifty dollars.
– She lived with strangers in a barn.
– Eventually moved in with a family.
– Shunned by her family.
– Taught herself English.
– Got her GED.
– Went to College
– Worked for the family that she lived with
– Went through horrific ordeals no one should experience
– Got her Bachelor degree and is working on her MBA
– Wrote her book.
– Attended writing conferences.
– Found a publisher.
– Goes to signings.
– Continues to speak, sign, and share her story.
– Kept her faith.
– Went to Nepal on a mission trip to serve others.
She’s 27 years old, young in some ways, so smart and strong in others. Impresses me every single day. My heartbreaks for what she went through. No woman, let alone child (mentally she was), should go through that, yet I’m so proud of her. By the way, her dream of all things is to be on Dancing with the Stars. Can you believe that? If anyone can arrange that, it’s you.
Amanda M. Thrasher