Have you heard the adage, “compare and despair”? Dare to be Fabulous proposes this antidote: “relate and celebrate!” The personal is universal, and the universal personal. Every affirming action reverberates into the world and bolsters others in its wake.
Each woman’s personality and circumstances are unique, but all women share in the experience of hearing their inner voice and daring themselves on a daily basis, whether at work, at home, or at play. Dare to be Fabulous brings you those stories.
Dare to be Fabulous was co-created by Johanna McCloy and Patricia Howard in 2004. Neither remembers who uttered the phrase first, but the shortened expression “DTBF!” quickly became their spirited way of encouraging each other through the experiences of daily life. They created Dare to be Fabulous as a dedicated space where all women could share their individual DTBF stories and cheer each other on.
About Dare to be Fabulous Editor, Johanna McCloy
Johanna lived in Spain, India, Japan and Venezuela before attending Duke University and earning her degree in Comparative Area Studies and Anthropology. She is a freelance writer and editor, a SAG-AFTRA actor with starring and guest starring credits in TV and film, and an advocate known for her work as Veggie Happy, which opened the door to veggie dogs in Major League Baseball stadiums. Johanna is also the editor at Bordertown Publishing, which recently published the memoir Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant: Undercover & Overwhelmed as a CIA Wife and Mother by Lillian McCloy.
Samples of Johanna’s published articles and essays:
- “Kathleen Courtney is Behind the Scenes at Alameda Point,” Oakland Magazine
- “Delhi Diary,“ India Currents Magazine
- Multiple articles for Truth Atlas Magazine
- Op-Ed: “Bill is needed to help restore California as film capital,” Bay Area News Group (11 daily and weekly newspapers)
- “Truckin’” Dare to be Fabulous feature