* Editor Johanna McCloy 

“Dare to be Fabulous!” or “DTBF!” was a phrase originally shared between friends Johanna McCloy and Patti Howard as they cheered each other on through daring and adventure. That cheerful and empowering slogan led to the creation of this website and anthology.

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 humor. The personal is universal, and the universal personal. Every affirming action reverberates into the world and bolsters others in its wake.

Do you have a personal story that you’d like to share on Dare to be Fabulous? Please check the submission guidelines for more information.

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About the Editor

Johanna McCloy lived in Spain, India, Japan, and Venezuela, before getting her B.A. in International Comparative Studies and Anthropology from Duke University. 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 other 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

Personal essays



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