About Dawn Melissa

Hi. I'm Dawn Melissa.

And I want to tell you (mostly) true stories about my life.

It won't all be totally and completely true because I'm a writer with a wild imagination. I tend to embellish. You may not trust everything I tell you. But you'll definitely be entertained.

I'm from New Jersey, grew up in Pennsylvania and later lived in New York and Los Angeles for awhile. Hometown is still TBD.

I moved to London where I got a Master's Degree and then married an Italian. We recently relocated to Italy where I'm adjusting to married life, indulging in the finest Italian wines and raising a baby kitten called Gatto Paul - so far everything I've told you is completely true.

If someone had told me I'd be living in Italy (or London) I would not have believed them. I was so sure that it was my destiny to live in NY or LA and be a writer. I was determined to make it happen no matter the cost. To the point of sacrificing so much of my mental health and youth for something I'm no longer sure I ever really wanted.

I kept hitting a wall, kept getting rejected and humiliated, kept getting excluded. And still I kept holding on to this idea of how my life was supposed to be. It wasn't until I finally let go that my life changed in new and unexpected ways. So here I am living a life that was not part of my plan. And I'm happy.

"Life is what happens when you're busy making plans." 

As I settle into my new life in yet another new country I want to share my experiences with you. From New Jersey to Italy, it's been a long journey so far. And the best is yet to come.

Since starting this blog in 2010 I’ve dropped off quite a few times in pursuit of other things but I always come back to it. I may move around a lot but this blog is home.

Stay tuned for travel, lifestyle, wine and, of course, mostly true stories and too much information. 

If you have any questions or would like to work with me please email me at Dawn@ThatFormerSidekickGirl.com.

Ciao for now,

That Former Sidekick Girl x

"It is better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." - Marilyn Monroe