Dawn Barton followed a God calling to write Laughing Through the Ugly Cry, she left a thirty-year career in sales and marketing, despite being the #7 Sales Director in Mary Kay and seeing her own 10-foot smile on a Times Square billboard. Although released during a pandemic, Laughing Through the Ugly Cry became a bestselling success, garnering the prestigious ECPA Christian Book Award for New Author of the Year. Dawn speaks at conferences, churches, elevators, and just about anywhere anyone will listen to her thoughts on finding joy and humor in even the most difficult of circumstances. She is particularly passionate about The Retreat at Trinity, an intimate three-day experience designed to help women rediscover their God-given purpose. Retreats are held at Dawn's beautiful 23-acre home in Cantonment, Florida, where she is living the sandwich-generation dream with her husband, daughter, parents, mother-in-law, and too many animals to count.