Have you heard the adage, “compare and despair”? Dare to be Fabulous proposes this antidote: “relate and celebrate!”
Every woman’s personality and circumstances are unique, but we can all relate to how it feels to cross a personal divide into unknown terrain, to take a chance, to shift our perspective, or to stretch a little. The personal is universal, and the universal personal. Every affirming action reverberates into the world and bolsters others in its wake.
Dare to be Fabulous stories are about the joy and empowerment that can come from daring to tread outside our places of comfort or convention. Liberating ourselves from tired and long-established behaviors, expectations, or fears, can be a very powerful experience. In some cases, it can even bring a healthy dose of levity and laughter. Through daring, we allow our authentic selves to emerge.
This website was created in 2005 as a dedicated space for women to share their DTBF stories and to cheer each other on. Now, a Dare to be Fabulous book is being prepared for publication.
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About the Editor, Johanna McCloy
Johanna lived in Spain, India, Japan, and Venezuela, before receiving her B.A. from Duke University in Comparative Area Studies and Anthropology. She is a freelance writer and editor, a SAG-AFTRA actor with starring and guest starring credits, and co-founder of VeggieHappy.
Johanna is also editor of the memoir Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant: Undercover & Overwhelmed as a CIA Wife and Mother by Lillian McCloy.
Samples of Johanna’s published writing:
- “My father, the Spy” Duke Magazine (“Before/After” in the print edition)
- “Kathleen Courtney is Behind the Scenes at Alameda Point,” Oakland Magazine
- “Delhi Diary,“ India Currents Magazine
- Multiple articles for Truth Atlas Magazine
- “Bill is needed to help restore California as film capital,” Bay Area News Group (11 daily and weekly newspapers)
- “Truckin’” Dare to be Fabulous featured story