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dawnraeb is the Mid-Atlantic States Travel Contributor on Squidoo

me_at_pretty_boyToday, we’re pleased to introduce you to dawnraeb.  She’s our “Mid-Atlantic States” Travel Contributor on Squidoo.

Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.

My niche topic is the Mid-Atlantic States Travel. I am fairly loose in what I describe as the Mid-Atlantic region as it is more about a certain feel and an attitude to me as opposed to geographical boundaries. As cowboy hats and Anasazi beans signify the West, the Mid-Atlantic area has specific flavors and icons. I had already written a couple of regional lenses prior to Squidoo starting the niche contributor section. It was a natural and exciting role for me to take on.

Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
I suspect that I fell in love with the region over time. I have written about a specific day during a visit here that was so beautiful I was moved to tears. I was also moved to relocate to the area. I am still exploring and experiencing things the Mid-Atlantic region has to offer. I am still moved to tears at times.

Who had the most influence in your life?

There have been many people who have influenced my life in a variety of ways. It is likely that the person who had the most positive impact on my life isn’t even aware of it. Her name was Terry. While I could probably write a book about how much role models like her touch children’s lives, I will try to summarize briefly.

She took me under her wing and helped me learn to fly. She allowed me to work at her stable in exchange for lessons and time with the horses. I was a hard-working child and she rewarded that with increased responsibilities. I didn’t quite realize it until the day she allowed me to help rehabilitate the beautiful Arabian mare, Meesha. While there were older and more experienced volunteers and stable staff, Terry gave me specific instructions on how to ride Meesha around the track. Rules that I followed literally step-by-step. Meesha was recovering from severe injuries and hadn’t carried a rider for a long period of time.

Through these experiences, Terry instilled in me a work ethic and quiet pride (and the beginnings of a self-esteem). I am thankful for her to this day.

The good news is that as an adult I have found a group of Squidoo writers, much like Terry, who are nurturing, kind, and supportive. They too are a great influence on my life.

When she’s not here at Squidoo, you can find dawnraeb at the following places online:
Mid-Atlantic Travel with Dawn Rae on Facebook
Doin’ Time on My Behind
Pinterest

Dawnraeb invites you to stop by and share a review at her, Review Your Favorite Assateague and Chincoteague Island Items, lens.

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Robin Svedi aka rms is a Community Organizer and member of the Creative Team at Squidoo.com where her daily mission is to help lensmasters build better and more successful lenses about the things they know and love.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/ruthi Ruthi aka abitosunshine

    Thank the heavens for the likes of Terry! Since my first interaction with you, Dawn Rae, through RocketSquids right here on Squidoo, I’ve placed you on my top net friends list. You are such a pleasure, a breath of fresh air. Your writing about your Mid-Atlantic region is always enticing and I can surely see why you were driven to live in that area of the country.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/dawnraeb dawnraeb

      And thank heavens for you special Squidoo folks. If it weren’t for rocketsquids, Squidoo, you, and the other ladies.. I probably would have gotten frustrated and moved on. Thank you Ruthi, for being my writing mentor.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Merrci Merrci

    What a sweet interview! I’ve enjoyed several of your Mid-Atlantic lens–it’s a pleasure to learn more about your area. So glad you are there to cover it for all of us!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/dawnraeb dawnraeb

      Thank you so much, Merrci. It’s so exciting to be able to share the wonders of this area.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/RenaissanceWoman2010 RenaissanceWoman2010

    The things that move us to tears are the things we should write about. I’m very thankful that Dawn Rae takes us all on wondrous journeys that have the capacity to move spirits. We are so fortunate to have this extraordinary contributor in our midst. May we take to heart the need to be a Terry in someone’s life today and every day. Look no further than Dawn Rae to see the amazing result.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/dawnraeb dawnraeb

      Okay, Mouse made me tear up, and you made go fetch the tissue box. You ladies are so kind. I am so glad to be able to share my adventures with all of you.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Sylvestermouse Sylvestermouse

    Dawn Rae is one of my all time favorite writers on Squidoo and a terrific Contributor! I had not had the pleasure of meeting Dawn Rae before she became a Contributor on Squidoo and I am so very grateful that I have had this time to get to know her. Her articles are always captivating and she has such a generous and willing spirit to help promote articles written by other lensmasters. She is the ideal Contributor!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/dawnraeb dawnraeb

      Oh Mouse, You just made me tear up..and I hate to tear up. Such sweet comments. I wouldn’t be moving along like this without my Squidoo mentors. You all are fabulous! I’m just so glad I found Squidoo! (Thank you Melkav!)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/DeniseMcGill DeniseMcGill

    Everyone should have a Terry in their life: someone who comes along side a young woman and shows her through kindness and support that she can be an amazing, competent woman/member of society. I champion those who do that kind of mentoring.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/dawnraeb dawnraeb

      I agree. People like her are too few and far between.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/OrganicGiftsByDiana OrganicGiftsByDiana

    Congratulations ! I’m in Hubbard, Ohio and am going over to read your Mid-Atlantic lens now to see if I am mentioned over there ;)

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/dawnraeb dawnraeb

      Thank you. And great to “meet” you. Ohio…. just a hop, skip, and jump.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/dawnraeb dawnraeb

    Thank you so much Robin for this lens and for all of the work you do.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/grammieo grammieo

    What a lovely story about growing up and learning responsibilities. We all need a Terry in our lives whether we know it or not. Glad to see you writing and hopefully it will entice me to travel to your neck of the woods.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/dawnraeb dawnraeb

      Yes grammieo, if only there were enough Terry’s in the world. Thank you for your lovely comments.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/rickbig41 rickbig41

    wow!!! what a nice lens… I’m new here but I enjoyed it… thumbs up…

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/dawnraeb dawnraeb

      rickbig41 .. welcome to Squidoo. I think you will love it here!

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    what a wonderful interview Dawn, really enjoyed reading this

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