Dawn’s Philosophy


The Salt Life encompasses her personal philosophy: “There is nothing that salt water cannot cure (sweat, tears, or the sea).” ~ Isak Dinesen

She works hard every day to realize her dreams of merging the adventures of the Salt Life with the comforts and happiness in La Dolce Vita. Her family and friends mean the world to her.


  • Speaker at the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE), 2021
  • Featured on the front page of University Business in June, 2019
  • Speaker at Digital Book World, 2018
  • 2017 iBA Award: Best Book of the Year, Exhibit or Event Companion 2017 – The Five Treasures of Florida
  • 2016 iBA Award: Best Book of the Year in Educational History (2016 finalist) – The Medici Renaissance in Florence
  • 1st Place Winner | Toastmaster’s Table Topics Dec. 2013: That Christmas-y Feeling | Office Depot Corporate Headquarters
  • 1st Place Winner | Lavazza’s International competition The Italian Experience 2013 (free trip to Italy; Whoo Hoo!)
  • Best Documentary | Palm Beach International Film Festival Voices in Local Film 2012 – Girl’s Guide to Travel in Paris