Stories

Follow the journeys of daring women on the path to finding their true north.

The Dare to be Fabulous book will be published in Summer 2022! Below is a roster of the book’s contributors and personal stories. Click on a title to read more about the contributor.

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“WE CAN READ!” by Anna Elkins

A story about giving thanks as an antidote to the bad stuff Continue reading ...
A Comedy Writer's Story

A COMEDY WRITER’S STORY by Alexandra Rushfield

A story about joining a top-rated TV comedy writing team Continue reading ...

A LIFELONG DREAM REALIZED by Melissa Haynes

A story about quitting a high-paying corporate career to volunteer at an animal reserve in Africa Continue reading ...

A NOVEL IDEA by Kristin McCloy

A story about how caring for animals feels as novel (if not more) as writing a book Continue reading ...
Wendy Tokuda

A SHY TV ANCHOR by Wendy Tokuda

A story from a successful TV news anchor about her extreme shyness Continue reading ...
Fear City

FEAR CITY by Penny Ross Burk

A story about white-knuckling through the personal fear of driving into the heart of NYC Continue reading ...
Terri Lyne Carrington

FULL CIRCLE by Terri Lyne Carrington

A story about being a jazz drumming protege in a male-dominated music world Continue reading ...
Go with the Flow

GO WITH THE FLOW by Karen Wolf-Schneider

A story about leaving city life to live in a sailboat on international waters Continue reading ...
Jill Robinson moon bear

HER NAME WAS HONG by Jill Robinson, MBE

A story about an impactful interaction with a moon bear, and how that led to Animals Asia Continue reading ...
How does a flower dare to bloom

HOW DOES A FLOWER DARE TO BLOOM by Ilse Noir

A story about a summer day, a muddy lake in Montana, and facing up to personal fears Continue reading ...

I CANCELED MY WEDDING by Johanna McCloy

A story about canceling a wedding with only 10 days to go Continue reading ...
Isn't that Fabulous Jenna Jolovitz

ISN’T THAT FABULOUS? by Jenna Jolovitz

A story about daring to go topless in France, and the unexpected happens Continue reading ...
Jo-Anne McArthur

LOVE MADE VISIBLE by Jo-Anne McArthur

A story about one year in the life of an animal photojournalist Continue reading ...
Moina Shaiq

MEET A MUSLIM by Moina Shaiq

A story from an American Muslim about hosting her own Q&A events after 9/11 Continue reading ...
Moist, a journey out of chapstick addiction

MOIST: A JOURNEY OUT OF CHAPSTICK ADDICTION by Elisabeth Sharp McKetta

A story about how lip balm addiction led to a bigger perspective on real "needs" Continue reading ...
Lillian McCloy

MRS. SPOOK, SPAIN, 1965 by Lillian McCloy

A story about assisting her husband, a CIA officer, by trailing a suspected Russian spy Continue reading ...
Ode to Gray

ODE TO GRAY by Michele Maggiora

A story about stopping the ritual of dyeing her hair, and letting it go gray Continue reading ...
Caution Men Working sign

OF MEN, A MACHINE AND A PRETTY COOL MOMENT by Anne Singer

A story about saying "yes" to a construction worker's street-side invitation Continue reading ...
Gloria Steinem

ON SELF-ESTEEM by Gloria Steinem

A story about an experience in her pre-feminist days that led her on the path to activism Continue reading ...
Alison Levine

ON THE EDGE by Alison Levine

A story about her attempt to scale Mount Everest after a failed (and media-covered) first try Continue reading ...
Simon Chaitowitz

PLAYING THE CANCER CARD by Simon Chaitowitz

A story about living with cancer and allowing herself to play the cancer card Continue reading ...

REVEALING MY SECRET: I HAVE PARANOID SCHIZOPHRENIA by Rebecca Chamaa

A story about revealing her secretly-held diagnosis to friends after 20 years Continue reading ...
Pippy Longstalker Photo by Mark Nockleby

ROLLER DERBY: THE NEW SELF-HELP SPORT by Pippy Longstalker

A story about joining a roller derby team and loving it Continue reading ...

SOLA PEDALING by Carter Helliwell

A story about cycling alone through Italy and Greece at the age of 17 Continue reading ...
Alcoholic Anonymous

THE FABULOSITY OF SIMPLICITY by Alcoholic Anonymous

A story about getting sober and the joys of a simple life Continue reading ...
Doris Granny D Haddock

WALKING ACROSS AMERICA IN MY 90TH YEAR by Doris “Granny D” Haddock

A story about taking bold action for an issue at the age of 89 Continue reading ...

WHAT I NEVER EXPECTED by Molly Caro May

A story about new motherhood and her path through unexpected physical difficulties Continue reading ...

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