Spreading the love

Dare to be Fabulous ratings and reviews

Every Customer Rating on Amazon adds up to make a big difference, especially when ratings are from “verified purchasers” of the book. These ratings help the book’s ranking and get it in front of more interested readers who might not otherwise know about the book.  If you enjoy Dare to be Fabulous, please offer your own rating or review on the book pageScroll down the page and click “Review this Product.” 

Please encourage others who like the book to do the same. Thank you!! 

Three more easy ways to spread Dare to be Fabulous love: 🥰

  1. Share a post about the book with your personal and professional networks. For social media posts, please include #DTBF and tag the @DaretobeFabulous page on Facebook or include the URL:  https://www.facebook.com/DaretobeFabulousBook/
  2. Take a picture or short video clip with the book or the Kindle. You could post it to social media and tag the Facebook page; send it to the page via messenger; or email it to info@daretobefabulous.com.
  3. If you’re in a book group or a creative/supportive circle, select this book for future discussion. Each personal story in this book is followed by a writing and reflection prompt. That’s 27 stories with great fodder for meaningful conversation.

A brief personal video introduction to the book (and journal) 

My fabulous contributors are posting and sharing pictures and videos with the book, so I figured it’s only right that I do the same as the book’s editor and publisher. You can link to my short video introduction on the still photo, below. (Note that the Dare to be Fabulous Journal Notebook has been experiencing a long delay in availability from Amazon. If it’s not in stock yet, click “Add to List” in the right column.)

Follow/like the Dare to be Fabulous Facebook page for fun contributor posts, pictures, videos, updates, and more. It’s a public page, which means non-Facebookers can also visit.

Speaking of spreading the love, I want to extend a hearty thank you for all the enthusiastic responses you’ve been sending my way. Feels great for the book to finally be out there.

-Johanna

Editor
Dare to be Fabulous

The book is LIVE!

Dare to be Fabulous is now LIVE and available on Amazon!

Dare to be Fabulous is now available to purchase in Kindle and paperback on Amazon. If you select the paperback option, you can also click above the cover image to “look inside.” You’ll be able to read through my Introduction and the beginning of the first story in the book. (The paperback will be available from independent bookstores and retailers at a later date.)

An early reader likens this book to a delicious assortment of tapas. I love that analogy. The book features 27 short and personal stories, averaging two to four pages in length, so you can choose to read as many as you like at one sitting. Each story is followed by a writing and reflection prompt, so you might also choose to read one story at a time as a daily meditation.

A companion Dare to be Fabulous Journal Notebook

This vibrant and glossy hardback publication will also be available to purchase on Amazon very soon. It features 50+ humorous and inspiring women’s quotes and serves as an optional companion for the personal writing and reflection prompts in the book. The two publications together make a beautiful set.

Note: A list of sources for all featured Dare to be Fabulous quotes (in the book, the journal, and the website) is posted on a dedicated page of the website. As I note on that page: “At a time when disinformation is rampant, it becomes even more important to give credit where it’s due, and to spend time on factual sourcing.”

Daring to be fabulous

A big celebratory cheer for the women who contributed a personal story to this book. They dared to be fabulous in more ways than one: first, in the very experiences they recount here, and second, by writing about those experiences and sharing them with all of you in this book.

May their stories (and the personal prompts) embolden you on the path to finding your own true north.

-Johanna

Editor
Dare to be Fabulous

A book update and an endorsement from Julianna Margulies

Dare to be Fabulous just received a book endorsement from multiple award-winning actor and author, Julianna Margulies. Here’s an update on the book, along with her wonderful endorsement.

It makes me so happy to share this endorsement, not only with subscribers and blog visitors and potential readers, but also with all my contributors, whose personal stories comprise the book.

“This book holds together the power women find when they are honest and courageous and truthful. Some of these stories moved me to tears, others made me believe in humanity again, many I could identify with. This book brought me tremendous joy, insight and brought me back to believe in the human spirit.”

~ JULIANNA MARGULIES, multiple award-winning actor and author of Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life

Let this be an affirmation: when you share your personal experiences with humility, courage, honesty, and humor, you can have a big impact.

The full roster of book contributors and their story titles is available to peruse on the Dare to be Fabulous website.

Pre-order your book today

You can pre-order the Dare to be Fabulous ebook for Kindle (pre-ordered Kindle ebooks sometimes arrive before the release date.)  The paperback will become available closer to the release date of August 4, 2022.

Offer an early book rating

If you enjoyed reading the stories previously featured on the website, you’re familiar with the theme of this book. Please consider rating the book now, so other readers can discover it! Link to the retailer book pages above and click the stars. You can also rate and review the book on Goodreads. (Amazon welcomes book ratings and reviews starting on, or just before, the release date.)

Consider the Dare to be Fabulous Journal Notebook as a writing companion

The Dare to be Fabulous Journal Notebook will also be released in August, 2022. This 120-page publication has a colorful, glossy hardcover and features 50+ inspiring and humorous women’s quotes.  Consider this as a companion for the writing and reflection prompts offered in the book. Together, they make a beautiful set.

More updates as they come!

-Johanna

Editor
Dare to be Fabulous  

Read her personal story in a new book.
Released on August 4, 2022
Paperback & Kindle now available! 

“This book holds together the power women find when they are honest and courageous and truthful. Some of these stories moved me to tears, others made me believe in humanity again, many I could identify with. This book brought me tremendous joy, insight and brought me back to believe in the human spirit.”

~ JULIANNA MARGULIES, multiple award-winning actor and author of Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life

The Dare to be Fabulous book . . . and more

Dare to be Fabulous book is coming in Summer, 2022!

Over the years, the Dare to be Fabulous website grew to feature 40+ personal stories from women on all walks of life. A selection of those stories is now being updated and edited for an upcoming book publication. Stories for the book were selected based on the variety of topics and writing styles.

The website is evolving to focus on the book. This means that stories are no longer being featured on the website. As of now, the book contributors’ title pages remain public with their bios posted there. The comments section is also still open, so previously posted comments on their stories remain visible.

Check out the new Book page for more information about the book.

 

That’s the latest for now.

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DTBF!

Johanna

A Bossy Massage and Some Truth Telling

This guest post comes from story coach Cara Jones. 

Have you ever found yourself lucky enough to get a long awaited massage, only to then find yourself lying there feeling just subtly agitated or unsatisfied by the pressure or music or temperature. But then, when the provider asks how it’s all going you say “good” or “fine” because you don’t want to hurt their feelings, inconvenience them, or make them work too hard?

Recently, I had an experience that was the opposite of that. It’s called a “bossy massage,” a body work modality coined by Betty Martin that is all about inviting the client to direct the experience and ask for exactly what you want.

I obviously signed up for the adventure but, in the moment, I froze there on the table. My heart started to race. My hands got cold. I stayed silent for some awkward minutes watching my thoughts race. “What should I say?” “What would be okay for her?” I was so distracted I couldn’t access what I wanted.

The experience illuminated so much of what has and can still happen with me when I am challenged to tell the truth in my life and writing:

  1. I get a hit of something I want to say, then start worrying about what others will think
  2. As a result, I get cut off from feeling the depth of my own truth
  3. I say something that’s acceptably “good” or “fine,” or don’t say anything at all

What I learned from this bossy experience is that so often the “shoulds” and rules we have inherited block us from even knowing what we hold inside. The truth asks us to slow down and give it permission so we can hear what it has to say.

I was in tears by the end of it all as I discovered that, underneath so many shoulds, was someone who was so powerfully clear about what she wanted . . . who could both ask for and receive that.

May you also feel permission to access and receive the gifts of your own truth . . . for your work, your writing, and your life.

If you are coach, artist, healer, or entrepreneur, I would love to welcome you to a free writing experience to support more of your authentic expression in the world. The Be Yourself Out Loud Writing Experience happens on Tuesday, October 19th from 10-11:30am PST. You can learn about it and sign up here.

Love,

Cara

TELLING MY TRUTH OUT LOUD by Cara Jones

Knees shaking. Heart pounding. “What are you doing?!” my thoughts spin as I sit in the back row at a MOTH Story Slam. I just put my name in a hat to tell my most personal story in public. Like maybe two-hundred-people public.

My name is called to a microphone on an empty stage. The story I’ve been working on for five years in writing, speaking, and filming is calling. All of it unexpressed. Just. Like. Me. Until this moment.

I have five minutes.

My legs wobble as I walk up on stage. With hands clenched behind my back and a shaky voice, I begin to tell my story.

“It’s the summer of 1995 and I’m standing in the Seoul Olympic Stadium holding the hand of a man I met just a month before, and am about to marry,” I hear my voice trembling through the microphone.

I was always the shy girl growing up. Waited to be asked questions. Never raised my hand. Never talked back. Never wanted to make anyone uncomfortable. But this story was about to make me and others, including my family, just that.

I can barely breathe as I continue explaining my upbringing in the Unification Church, including my participation in a mass wedding and arranged marriage when I was 20. How there, on the Astro Turf floor of the Seoul Olympic Stadium, I committed to marrying a man I’d met just a month before. How Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the Unification Church I was raised in, officiated the wedding and had matched me and my then-husband using 8×10 photographs. How I ultimately left the marriage and broke from my parents and the church.

This story was one that, in the past, I could only tell in dark corners of bars.

“Stay quiet, stay small, stay perfect,” I’d tell the story.

“Speak it, get it out of you, TELL YOUR F&^&@# STORY” it would yell back.

It took me years of pillow bashing and talk therapy and countless storytelling workshops to become the woman who could finally stand in its truth.

The ripple effect of excavating and telling this story resulted in the documentary film Blessed Child (premiering two years later at DOC NYC in 2019) and inspired my current story coaching business.

I believe a powerful story is determined not by how dramatic it is, but by how much truth it holds inside. I now support others in excavating and sharing these truths and untethering their voices. The writing, businesses, projects, awareness, and healing born out of this truth telling has taken my breath away.

As I exited the Moth stage that night, I felt as if I had left a five ton burden on it. My story was no longer mine. It was everyone’s. The feeling I felt on my way home that night wasn’t elation, but something I hadn’t felt in all those years of holding my story back.

Hello, freedom.

Cara Jones is a former Emmy Award winning broadcast journalist, founder of Storytellers for Good and story coach. Her current story coaching work was born out of a seven year journey of telling her own story through the documentary film, Blessed Child. Cara now helps entrepreneurs untether their voices through the telling of their deepest personal stories, wisdom and truth. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, Huff Post, The Moth and Boston Globe.

 

FULL CIRCLE by Terri Lyne Carrington

Teri Lyne Carrington

A story about being a jazz drumming protege in a male-dominated music world . . .

Read her personal story in a new book.
Released on August 4, 2022
Paperback & Kindle now available! 

“This book holds together the power women find when they are honest and courageous and truthful. Some of these stories moved me to tears, others made me believe in humanity again, many I could identify with. This book brought me tremendous joy, insight and brought me back to believe in the human spirit.”

~ JULIANNA MARGULIES, multiple award-winning actor and author of Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life

ABOUT TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON 

Terri Lyne Carrington was given her first set of drums at the age of seven. By the age of 11, she received a full scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music. She has toured with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Stan Getz, Al Jarreau and others. She is also a three-time GRAMMY award-winning artist and producer. She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.