* Editor Johanna McCloy 

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!

“Dare to be fabulous!” (or “DTBF!”) originated between friends Johanna McCloy and Patti Howard as a way to encourage and celebrate one another’s experiences of daring and adventure. Facing up to a personal fear? DTBF! Trying or joining in a new activity? DTBF! Finding humor in awkward or difficult circumstances? DTBF! Treating ourselves to something special? DTBF! These experiences prompted the creation of daretobefabulous.com, a platform for women to share their own DTBF stories and cheer each other on.

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 famous women to Anonymous. Read their short personal stories for a healthy 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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