You Are Beautiful – Yes You!


I LOVE this book. It’s fab!

Empowering, community-minded and comforting. Informative, inspirational and touching. It’s the product of a movement. Did I mention I love this book?

When I read about Operation Beautiful on a website, I’d never heard of it. It’s the brainchild of Caitlin Boyle, a writer and former columnist who, one day, fed up with the negative messages she constantly bombarded herself with wrote ‘You are beautiful’ on a piece of paper and stuck it to her bathroom mirror. She took a photo of it, posted it on her blog, lighting a touchpaper.

Immediately, her inbox was flooded with emails from women who resonated with her message and Post-It’s with handwritten messages urging the recipient to accept herself began appearing on mirrors, inside books, next to cosmetic counters.

Operation Beautiful was born.

I haven’t ever seen one of these notes but inspired by the book, I went to our local library and stuck a few inside books in the dieting section. Doing something I knew I shouldn’t (librarians check returned books and would most likely remove them) combined with the warm and fuzzies was a real thrill. I even got my sons involved and felt I was doing something for the future of womankind in doing so.

Can you imagine the effect if men were to start posting these notes for their women?

The book spawned from the project is part-narrative, part-testimonial and part-factual. Much of the book details the words, feelings and stories of the women touched by the Operation Beautiful project. Some have left notes, received notes or both. There is also information and advice from experts, women who have endured eating disorders, self-harm or other experiences resulting from negative body- and self-image, and from the author herself.

Overall, it is a warm, sobering, and motivational book.

I guarantee every woman will resonate at some level with the messages and stories held within it. And maybe, like me, you will be inspired to pay it forward. My only criticism is that the book isn’t bigger and more colorful. It deserves to be a big, glossy, beautiful book on the coffee table of every woman in the country. Did I mention I love this book?

P.S. You can buy the book from Amazon here. I’m sure that I could set this up as an affiliate link, but I can’t be bovvered. Just buy it.

Have you ever found such a note? What do you think about the idea? Would you send one? To whom?

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Kimberly August 14, 2010 at 4:38 am

I can’t wait to read this book. This is an amazing idea. I was thinking about having a positive body message printed on the back side of my business card so I could do something similar. Thanks for this post!


alison August 14, 2010 at 11:36 pm

That’s a great idea, Kimberly!


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