I firmly believe in the power of mentoring. A mentor is someone that has the experience, knowledge, and wisdom that a mentee can learn from. A mentor can be dead or alive, young or old, a person you know well or a person you’ve never met. But for me, the best mentors are the ones that I not only respect for their intellect but love for their friendship. Dallas Woodburn is one of those mentors to me.
Dallas and I got to know each other after I decided to take a chance and email her. We’d never met before and I’d only heard about her many accomplishments, such as organizing book drives or publishing books before she even graduated high school. Being the amazing girl that Dallas is, I am so lucky that she has decided to take me under her wing as I begin my writing career. Not only has she mentored me, she has also helped hundreds of other teens pick up the pen (or these days, pick up the keyboard?) with her Write On! Project and she will be publishing a book comprised of over 65 stories written by teens, for teens.
Dallas and me with the new scarf I knitted for her!
And as for knitting that scarf which I wrote about earlier this week? Sunny Set Goal #133? I did it! I successfully knitted a scarf (with a special thanks to the crafty grandma) for Dallas. I think this will be a nice addition for those blisteringly cold winters in Indiana where she will be attending graduate school at Purdue. Best of luck Dallas and thank you for being such a ray of sunshine in my life and so many others!