The Mission

The goal of the Operation Beautiful website is to end negative self-talk or “Fat Talk.”  If this little blog only does one productive thing, I hope it helps readers realize how truly toxic negative self-talk is  — it hurts you emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

 

Through my own experiences fighting Fat Talk, I’ve realized the power behind an anonymous act such as Operation Beautiful.  When I post a note, I’m saying, “I CHOOSE to be positive!”

 

I began Operation Beautiful by leaving positive messages on the mirrors of public restrooms — at work, at the gym, at the grocery store.  I scribble down whatever comes to mind — "You are beautiful!" or "You are amazing just the way you are!"  My personal goal is to leave as many Operation Beautiful notes as I can. Maybe some people read them and just smile, but I bet some people are truly touched by the effort of a random stranger.

CIMG6166

Operation Beautiful is simple: all you need is a pen and a piece of paper.  If you want to join the mission, send me an e-mail at [email protected] with a photograph of your Operation Beautiful note or a description of your experience, and I’ll post it on the Operation Beautiful site for thousands of others to read and enjoy!

 

Operation Beautiful works closely with the following organizations:

NEDA-Logo-NEDANetwork (1)

Basic RGB

{ 1719 comments… read them below or add one }

Louise Swanson February 22, 2013 at 8:12 pm

I am doing this totally secretly, should I tell my closest friends

Reply

Deb March 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm

share the love!! they will pass it on too!

Reply

Faithanna February 27, 2013 at 2:02 pm

I think this site is sooo cool!!! I have been Bullied& that sort of brings down my self esteem, but i know other people in my school, town, and well, EVERYWHERE have been bullied. I thenk i will start this in my neighborhood.

Reply

Faithanna February 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm

i think this site is sooo cool!!! I have been bullied and that lowers my self esteem and makes me feel sad and irritated. I know people everywhere are being bullied, so I will start this in my community. My friend just showed me this site and it spoke to me. I think others will really apreciate this. My friends and i have stared an anti bullying group in our school, and thing i will bring up this site in our next meeting!!!
-Faithanna :) – The bullied

Reply

Claire March 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm

I think this is a great idea and everyone should start doing it. You never know when something small or simple you do changes someone’s life.

Reply

Kenzi March 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm

I’m so going to do this. This is an amazing site and a fantastic idea!!! I dont know if I will ever be able to go out in public with out having a little makeup on…(insecurity, yeah i know but its HARD to go out in public with people constantly judging you), but I think I’ll dial the amount of makeup down over time so someday soon i wont be wearing any…and my self esteem will be up to…BUT im definitly goning to be putting post it notes on the mirrors at my school. I’d love to see people smile when they read them ^-^. It would totally make my day :D

Reply

Jena April 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm
Samantha March 12, 2013 at 1:39 am

I LOVE THIS SITE!!!! I have moved to a different school every year for the past 4 years and this site has really helped! I do this at my school and all the girls love it, sometimes I just sit in the toilet stalls to hear how people react. It make me feel all warm and fuzzy like I’m really making a difference. so everyone out there, try it you could make someones day!

Reply

lexx March 21, 2013 at 9:06 pm

This is such a good idea to help girls like myself to learn how to appreciate their own body and accept themselves, no matter how hard it is. I’m definitely going to do this at my school. I hope it helps people appreciate themselves and others. Thank you so much for creating this website. <3

Reply

lexx March 21, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Great job, so inspiring<3

Reply

Ruth March 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm

What a wonderful idea! I saw my first “post-it” note on the mirror in the restroom at the studio where I take Yoga classes. That made me curious and brought me to your website.

Negative self-talk can be just as destructive as negative bullying behavior by others. Most of us would never dream of talking to others the way that we “self-talk” to ourselves sometimes. Give yourself a break, you deserve it!

Reply

Casey April 1, 2013 at 8:51 pm

I found 3 of your notes today while at the mall with my friend, they truly inspired me <3 thank you so much!

Reply

Katy April 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm

My school is doing OB and all the girls love it! the bathrooms where covered with sticky notes, I was amazed by all of them, of course a few where mine
:-)

Reply

Katy April 10, 2013 at 11:19 pm

this weekend me and a few of my friends are going to write down a whole buch of op stuff on some post-its and take thme to wall-mart ,the gas stations, and best resterants to put them up every where! I just hopes it makes some one smile :-)

Reply

Tianna April 11, 2013 at 6:04 pm

i have done operation beautiful at my school on the walls and in the restrooms. but people are ripping the notes down! should i put more up?

Reply

Nancy July 10, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Definitely put more. Keep putting them up. That they are ripping the notes down just shows you how much more they need to see them.

Reply

Marta Medina April 12, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Mejor redactado imposible. Muchas gracias. Besos!!

Reply

Ryan Smith April 15, 2013 at 5:45 pm

My sorority is having an operation beautiful event on this coming Wednesday, giving out different buttons and origami frogs with inspirational and self esteem building quotes. If we had a donation jar would we be able to send the money to you (operation beautiful directly) or do you not accept money? (not as a profit, but for further opportunities to build your service).

Reply

Grace April 15, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Me and my friend are going to start this at our school people get bullied alot and it makes me feel really sad. i think that this operation is amazing and that it will really change the world. we are not going to tell anybody that we are doing it so we can make sure that they dont know who is posting the notes. i really like this website. it is amazing.

Reply

Diamond April 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I was bullied in Reading. A boy threw and eraser at me…the sad thing is my teacher didn’t care. It dipped my bucket.. :(

Reply

g September 15, 2013 at 7:06 pm

do you mean Reading, MA? I used to go to school there, and I’m very sorry to hear that you had a bad experience

Reply

Diamond April 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm

It hurt my feelings

Reply

jasmine April 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm

this is the best website I have seen to boost women and girls confidence. I posted a note because I found a note at school. thank you

Reply

Maggie April 25, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I can’t wait to start this, hopefully it helps make people feel better about themselves! My town is small, and not the best, but hopefully I can help make it a bit easier for everyone c:
Thanks!

Reply

Harley Peterson April 26, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Hi this is me, i didnt know anything about this until my sister got me into this i love it cause i can put a smile on people faces it cheers me up so much

Reply

Kumarshankaran Aiyar May 16, 2013 at 3:16 am

Hey it is a wonderful activity that you are in to. I am just greatly inspired by your thoughts, words and actions.

I would follow suit wherever I am and try and past Positive messages. I wish to join your mission.

Have a great life full with Achievements.
Be Grace with you always
Love
Kumar

Reply

Kaitlyn May 18, 2013 at 6:02 pm

My friend and I are going to be doing this on the day before exams start at our school. It’s going to be completely covered in sticky notes. My only worry is – does this defeat the feeling of sincerity? If they’re everywhere is the meaning any less? Should we be doing it randomly throughout the year?

Reply

Beth June 11, 2013 at 7:35 pm

This is a wonderful idea!
I will start with the little girl down the street from me, she is constantly yelling at people who walk by her house telling them that they are ugly, stupid, fat, etc. and she is only 6yrs old. I believe she gets bullied and she is taking it out on others. I think leaving anonymous notes everyday will help change her view of other people!

Reply

Abigail June 14, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I am only 10 years old but when I got the book (one note at a time) i changed my personality from, I look like a chicken in this! to, I look great! you have changed my life and i am thankful for that. when I get in to middle school in august i will put a gazillion post it notes everywhere! :)

Reply

Caitlin June 23, 2013 at 10:46 am

you are awesome!!!

Reply

Mikki June 29, 2013 at 3:24 pm

I used to cut. One day, I was having a really bad day. I walked into the bathroom at school, bawling my eyes about.. About to cut. And saw a little post it note like this. I didn’t cut that day. And now, I have been clean for almost 4 months. I am living proof that this does help. I think it’s great ! Keep doing this!

Reply

Elaine July 8, 2013 at 4:09 am

Hi! I just found out about OB by just searching the web, and I think that it is such a great idea and a beautiful thing! I’m starting high school this fall, and I now plan on leaving anonymous OB notes every opportunity I get! Love it!

Reply

Librarian22 August 8, 2013 at 8:08 pm

I love the idea of the post-its being left on car windows and some other public spaces in moderation; however, I am a librarian at a public library and we were recently “post-it bombed” for lack of a better term. Tons of post-its were hidden inside books and on the shelves. While I love the positive messages conveyed on the post-its and I do believe they have the power to brighten the day of the person who may find them, please remember that someone may have to clean them up (i.e. spend valuable taxpayer dollars taking the time to look through thousands of books for randomly-placed post-its). I am all for free speech and promoting a positive body image for girls and women, but please choose your post-it locations wisely.

Reply

abigail September 7, 2013 at 6:16 pm

<3 yourself

Reply

Laura September 9, 2013 at 8:54 am

I found a note today, and I kinda needed it. Whoever it was made me smile. :) This website is awesome, and I plan on joining the Operation! The mission is BEAUTIFUL.

Reply

jenni September 10, 2013 at 7:54 pm

I found one of these notes in the restroom one time and it made me smile. I’m going to start carrying around post-its. Spread the love!

Reply

Siena September 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm

I found this site through the new moon girls magazine and have been doing this ever since. I posted them all over Whole Foods and when I went into the bath room to check, tons of girls were smiling and pointing at the notes. It’s a great feeling to know you’re inspiring people. I love this idea!!! :)

Reply

Miki November 5, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Last Thursday I walked into the bathroom crying because some girls were calling me names like whore, slut, idiot worthless ect. When I walked in I found maybe 20 post-it notes and I read every one of them and got my friends to read them too(we are outcasts here). My friends and I took the one that meant the most to us. I plan to join the operation, I was so touched and really needed some thing like that. Anyways thank you so much, I appreciate what you have done for us.

Reply

CrystalSue November 21, 2013 at 6:38 pm

We found a post it on our bathroom mirror at work…made us laugh and I had to check it out. Love it. What a great idea. look forward to participating.

Reply

Ashton November 26, 2013 at 7:14 pm

I do this at my gym encouraging that beauty isn’t about size, it’s about health. :)

Reply

Kyra November 27, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Wow, finding this website made my day! This is such a good idea and im certainly gonna participate! This is amazing! Mission accepted!!
This is why life if is worth living for!!!!!! if you respect yourself others will respect you!!
All my love, Kyra <3

Reply

Squirrel Girl November 30, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Currently I am making notes to put all around my middle school. I will put them in bathrooms, lockers, and even on seats in classrooms. I will die of excitement if I see someone smiling.

Reply

Allison December 1, 2013 at 8:01 pm

@Siena

<3 LSS?

Reply

Allison December 1, 2013 at 8:01 pm

@Siena

<3 LSS?

Reply

Madison December 2, 2013 at 2:44 am

I work at the tween clothing store Justice. Today in a change room I found an amazing note written by a little girl. Completely made my day and my co-workers. This is such an awesome thing!

Reply

Hannah Holman December 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I am so thankful for this website! I was feeling down about myself and this really helps! my friend told me about this site and im so glad that she did!
Stay BEAUTIFUL Everyone <3

Reply

Ali January 5, 2014 at 9:43 pm

This is the most amazing idea I’ve ever seen! I can’t wait to be apart of this and start doing this for people. I wish when I was 13 someone would have left a note and I would have found it because I needed the extra confidence. I hope that who ever gets my post-it really understands how beautiful they are inside and out!

Reply

Sidney January 8, 2014 at 1:25 am

This is such an inspiring website every girl shouldn’t be worried about their self-esteem because every girl is beautiful in their own way! Keep your head up and keep smiling girls!!

Reply

Landon C January 12, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Found one in Kohls near Carlisle Pa. Then looked up the website, and read what your mission is with “Operation Beautiful” it’s truley remarkable. Keep up the good owork everyone!

Reply

Gretchen January 17, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Someone put the post-its in the bathroom and they brought me to this sight.It touched so many of my friend, we loved it so much we went through the entire school bathroom reading them all and showing them to everyone.It was so cool!

Reply

Jackie February 15, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Thanks for linking to my blog! I was checking out my “blog stats” and saw you guys referred people over! I love the work you guys do and how many people support it (including me!), so keep it up :)

Reply

Tree Nymph August 5, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Jackie, you are a beautiful soul. Just by reading this I love ya.

Reply

Leave a Comment

{ 76 trackbacks }