Stories

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

Below is the full roster of Dare to be Fabulous contributors and their personal stories. Click on a title to read more about the contributor.

“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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