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
17 thoughts on “Ex-Amish girl wants to dance”
Emma is a strong, courageous girl, if she wants to go on DWTS she will make it happen! Go Emma!
Awww Jill, thank you! Trying is just as fun as actually doing it 🙂
Will root for you all the way!
Since reading your story, I do not cease to be amazed by your courage, compassion, and love of life. I wish you all the best, and may all your dreams come true. Have a nice life!
Thank you Gilmar 🙂
I seldom watch Dancing with the Stars any more, but if you are one of the stars, I will watch and vote and vote and vote.
Awww you’re very sweet Vivian. Love you!
I heard you speak years ago at Tarleton and just finished your book. Quite inspirational! Continue to do what you do and live the dream!
Thanks Christi. I remember that time at Tarleton very well. Not one of my favorite memories because I was NERVOUS 🙂
Go for it Emma! You have not let anything stop you from making you happy and doing what you want in life, why stop now? I know you always follow your heart and dreams, and if it’s meant to be, God will direct you down your dancing path 🙂 Best of luck to you! Would be so fun to see you on there! Please keep us posted on this 🙂
Thanks Carrie for your encouragement. I haven’t heard anything yet, but I won’t give up until I am 80. 🙂
Hello, I’m French and I heard about your book in a French newspaper article . I wonder if your book will ever be published in French because I ‘d love to read it.
Hi Celine. If there is a high demand then we would definitely look into translating it in French 🙂
Have you heard anything from Ellen or Dancing With The Stars?
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