Operation Beautiful: Post-Its That Make Us Feel Gorgeous

Let’s face it: we’ve all woken up feeling fat, ugly and completely unsexy before, whether we’re 25 or 45. That’s why it’s both refreshing and inspiring to see women who aren’t just comfortable but proud of their bodies—and they want to spread their good vibes to others. We found an amazing movement that’s empowering women in an easy and unique way.

Operation Beautiful started when then-25-year-old Caitlin Boyle decided it was time to end the “Fat Talk,” a.k.a. the negative thoughts every woman has about her body and image. Caitlin’s goal was (and still is) to have people of all shapes and sizes learn to love themselves. Before her website was launched, she would put post-it notes on the mirrors of public restrooms with encouraging messages about being beautiful and amazing.

Today, people can submit their own unique notes and see their messages and stories posted on OperationBeautiful.com. The movement has taken off, with empowering mantras taped up all over the place to remind women that they are beautiful and yes, there are complete strangers who are enduring the same struggles they are. Caitlin hopes she can reinforce the positive that people see in themselves and in turn create a prosperous and happy relationship with women and their bodies. Caitlin has even penned a book: Operation Beautiful: Transforming the Way You See Yourself One Post-it Note at a Time ($11.56 at Amazon.com).

Pen your own message and spread the self-love by posting a note in your office restroom, your apartment stairwell, at the gym…. Take a picture of your message and submit it here to be featured on OperationBeautiful.com. You’ll feel great, inspire others and get a little bit famous doing it. What are you waiting for?

-Lynden Halpern

GIRL TALK TIME: Have you ever struggled with weight issues? Ever seen an Operation Beautiful note before? Where will you leave one? How do you curb negative thoughts?

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  • JANNIFER LASSITER:

    What a wonderful idea. I will check this site out as well.

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    luvmygals:

    great idea thanks sheckys i will b checking out the website

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  • Paola Tello:

    I like

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  • rushawn thomas:

    love the article

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  • Lynette:

    Great idea! I love it!

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    christina<3:

    love this

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  • Stefanie Savino:

    I first saw Operation Beautiful in Glamour magaine and thought it was a truly inspiring idea! What a better way to make others feel good by random post it notes with simply mantras that we should say to ourselves each and every day! I have never seen a note to date, but I would certainly post one and share the good vibes to other women! Love this idea!

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    Jackie:

    Very good idea!

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  • Joy:

    I think this idea is great. Never seen one hung up before that I can think of. Would be cute in a college dorm.

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    Katie Henry:

    I think this is a great idea and for some people it really helps to read a book/article and then write some things about how it affects you and what kind of changes you can make in your own life.

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  • Mrs LeMay:

    This is a great idea!!!! I do this for my kids. I leave them little note in there lunch bags or in there book bag to halp them through the day.

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    lilt:

    great idea! never heard of operation beautiful before but it’s wonderful. i just started a new job so i’m not sure if i would leave a note on the mirror in the faculty bathroom but i’d think about it.

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  • Kay:

    I think leaving posts its notes with positive messages to yourself is a great idea, especially when your not feeling at your best and you need something to lift your spirit up.

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  • Chastity:

    Dear G.T. we are all made in God’s image, likeness and character (Genesis 1: 26-27). Who you are is good enough cause God doesn’t make junk. He only makes masterpieces, perfect in His infinite almighty power. The doubt we experience about ourselves is judgment from ourselves/others and constant competition. You are worthy of LOVE and worthy of all the wonderful things the girls you loathe have. Work on being honored and respected NOT desired. Beauty is as beauty does. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 Don’t let the funny mirror at the amusement park show you what the maker of the mirror wants you to see, BUT INSTEAD discover the mirror of God’s word to see who we are in Christ NOT our own natural/wordly understanding. G.T. I CARE ABOUT YOU. God Bless

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  • Joy:

    No major weight issue. Just wanting to be my fittest and drop 5-10lbs.

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  • Crispy:

    I have my problem areas and it’s annoying, but it helps me when I think of my positives.

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  • G T:

    I don’t know. It’s a nice idea, but so —I don’t know, so — fake? If I stood in front of an anonymous note in a public bathroom telling me I am beautiful, I’d just laugh and throw up my hands. How does the poster know I am beautiful? All this self-esteem stuff makes me unhappy, actually. The ONLY place self-esteem can come from is oneself (hence the name), not from some stranger posting cute notes. And the ONLY way to self-esteem is to do things worthy of esteem (and that esteem can come from oneself or others or both). I do struggle with weight, by the way, and I don’t want strangers telling me how wonderful and beautiful I am. I know the idea behind this whole post-it thing is sincere, but jeez. Enough already. It only draws further attention to our fixation with appearances. And that fixation has been with us since we dropped out of the trees and started walking on our hind legs. It’s not going to go away with post-it notes.

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  • penelope:

    sometimes i have issues with my body even though im skinny. yes, even skinny girls have issues

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  • Lisa M:

    I struggle with so many issues every day especially over my weight. Its so hard to stay positive when all my friends are barely 100lbs and have perfect lives all around. Im gunna definitely check this out!

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  • Kimshea Moore:

    I have never struggled with my weight, but I love the idea of operation beautiful.
    I will leave a scripture in the ladies room @ a restaurant next time I go. What better way to encourage people, through the word of GOD.

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