Post-It Phrase of the Day: "It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”
Allie and her friends posted this note:
Taylor wrote, “Since I was in kindergarten, I have been teased and bullied for the way I look, and because I was smart, and received good grades in class. My hair was different from the groups of people I spent my time around. I’ve had girls come up to me and say they did not want to be friends with me, because they thought I was too ugly. I’ve had guys say they want to break up with me, because I was not their type, and I didn’t look as good as the rest of the girls in my grade. Even members of my own family criticized my looks, the way I thought, and the way I would rather spend my time. Most girls my age would be out partying or dancing, but I would rather read a book or draw. Even in high school, I often sat alone, with no real friends. Everytime I looked in the mirror, I hated what I saw. I wanted to close my eyes and prayed that when I opened them, I would see what I thought was beautiful. Every time I saw a pretty girl I became dismayed, because I would compare myself to her, and think that because I did not look like her, I was ugly. Eventually, my negative feelings were so bad that I deflected the anger I felt onto other people, the people I loved and the guy I am currently in a relationship with. I became a very bitter person, and I thought that that was the only way the teasing and humiliation would stop; if people were simply too scared to be around me. It affected other aspects of my self – esteem as well, and I stopped loving the things I did for hobbies. Now, it is my second year of college, and over the year, I have had to grow up a lot. And I realized that external aesthetics aren’t all that important when it comes to beauty, and when I looked in the mirror, I began to notice that I wasn’t that bad. My major had given me a higher purpose, so I could not sit around and compare myself to other girls all day. Life is too short to constantly worry about your limitations and be someone else!!! What defines a person is what she does in life, and the difference she makes in the world. I believe that beauty is not always how many likes a girl gets on her profile picture, it’s really how many smiles she puts on people’s faces. When you let the beauty of your soul shine from within, that’s when the true beauty comes out. That is what people notice. So attached is my sticky note that says just that. I want to join this mission so other girls can be happy about themselves, so their souls can shine too. Because everyone is beautiful.”
Nakita posted this note:
Kimberly posted this beautiful message.
Sam wrote, “I originally put this on the bathroom mirror at work, but realistically, I know not every woman looks in the mirror. So I put it on the toilet paper holder!”
Elizabeth and her friends went Operation Beautiful CRAZY at their college!
The new Operation Beautiful book is available for pre-order. Operation Beautiful: One Note at a Time is targeted to 8 – 14 year old girls and addresses topics like friendships, bullying, love, life, puberty, parents, finding a passion, and healthy living. If you’re older, check out the original Operation Beautiful book!