Dare to be Fabulous features women’s personal stories of daring, joy, and empowerment. 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 when we dare ourselves to cross a personal divide, enter unknown terrain, take a chance, shift perspective, face a fear, or stretch a little. Liberating ourselves from long-established routines, behaviors, expectations, or fears, can be very empowering, and can even provide a healthy dose of levity and laughter.
Dare to be Fabulous story contributors range from Gloria Steinem to Alcoholic Anonymous. Peruse the 40+ personal stories featured on this website for a dose of inspiration and connection. The personal is universal, and the universal personal. Every affirming action reverberates into the world and bolsters others in its wake.
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About the Editor
Johanna McCloy lived in Spain, India, Japan, and Venezuela, before attending Duke University and getting her B.A. in International Comparative Studies and Anthropology. She is a freelance writer and editor, a SAG-AFTRA actor with starring and guest starring roles in TV and film, and an advocate responsible for opening the door to veggie dogs and additional plant-based offerings at MLB parks and other large sports and entertainment venues.
Johanna is also the editor and publisher of her mother’s memoir, Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant: Undercover & Overwhelmed as a CIA Wife and Mother by Lillian McCloy, which John le Carré describes as “a charming and unusual portrait of the secret life.”
Samples of Johanna’s published writing
- “My Father, the Spy,” Duke Magazine (“Before/After” in print edition)
- “Delhi Diary,” India Currents Magazine
- “Truckin‘,” Dare to be Fabulous
- “Communion,” MoXie Magazine
- “Kathleen Courtney is Behind the Scenes at Alameda Point,” Oakland Magazine
- “Johanna McCloy was a frequent contributor to Truth Atlas, and her articles were favorites among our readers.” – Michael Halter, Director of Development for Truth Atlas. (The magazine ceased publication in 2014.)
- “Bill is needed to help restore California as film capital,” Bay Area News Group (published in 11 daily and weekly newspapers)