Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Operation Beautiful

Could a little anonymous Post-It note change the way you see yourself?

Yes! It can -- and it has.

Only a little more than a year ago, a blogger named Caitlin Boyle started a site called Operation Beautiful, encouraging women to leave notes out in public so the next woman who comes along would be inspired by their positive messages: "You are beautiful just the way you are!" "Don't be a copy -- be yourself!" or "Embrace your imperfections and love yourself." Caitlyn sparked quite a trend -- actually, forget that, it was a bona-fide movement -- for women to build one another up rather than be competitive and tear one another down. Now her site has become a book!

Just about the time I received this book to review it, a friend of mine found an Operation Beautiful note in the restroom at Barnes & Noble -- and posted a picture of it on her Facebook. She hadn't heard of Operation Beautiful. But she thought the notes were "neat." More than that, I can tell you those kind, fortuitously placed notes couldn't have come at a better time for my friend -- she is pregnant with her first child, and apparently her family isn't very supportive.

That's the power of a little, encouraging note!

Operation Beautiful: Transforming the Way You See Yourself One Post-it Note at a Time not only shares the experiences of women who have posted or found such notes, it provides even more positive encouragement about weight and fitness, relationships and faith. The book offers positive, healthy tips for repairing a poor self-image and building a better one, and for celebrating life -- the perfect book to give to any kind of girlfriend as a gift!

(Now why couldn't I have thought of this idea? Way to go, Caitlyn!)