Laura wrote, “I recently decided that I am going to be OK with the fact that I will never be a size 10, 12, or even 14. I began seeing my beautiful side and feeling sexy. Then I gained about 5 pounds. Boy what a difference that little number can make. I’m not super large. I’m very well proportioned. A proud size 18, 230lbs. I was on the NYC subway on my way home from work Sunday. I was sitting across from a window staring at my reflection thinking how fat I look. I straighten my posture and decided that I look more attractive that way. Then slumped over again, then back up. I went on like this for about 10 minutes picking myself apart. I was making large movements. Nothing very noticeable. Then I decided to take a nap. I was out for about 15 minutes, woke, and looked at my reflection again. Noticed my belly and slide my butt down so that it sucked in instead of sticking out. That’s when I saw it. There is was right about my head in my reflection. Someone placed a post-it note above my head while I was sleeping that reads, "You are ah-may-zing! Always be yourself =)" and the website. I turned back around wondering who placed it there and what gave them the right to do such a thing. Then I beginning wondering if I was that noticeable when I was degrading my reflection. At that point I remembered that a couple of weeks ago, before this extra 5 pounds, I was so empowered by my curves and felt the need to spread the word that it is ok to be who you are, the size you are, big and beautiful can be healthy. Large women are gorgeous too. I thought of my 15 year old step sister who is a size 4 and thinks she is fat because she has a little bulge in the mid section. I thought of all the young women in the world and how the media portrays this negative image of skinny is better. I turned back around, grabbed that post-it note above my head proudly and realized this was meant for me. ME! Big Beautiful ME!!”
Savannah wrote, “Even at my age of 14, you have no idea how much this website has changed my life. I spend hours looking through the past notes. I finally posted one today when we went out to get pizza. I felt like a spy trying to get it on the mirror in the bathroom. My family was rushing me so I had to leave before I could snap a picture. Tomorrow I plan on posting one in the girl’s bathroom at school. I plan on trying to inspire my school to feel beautiful again. I keep sticky notes and a pen in my purse at all times just in case I have a moment to inspire a stranger.”
Jessica wrote, “I love Operation Beautiful… as a high schooler I am in constant frustration about how many beautiful girls pick their bodies to pieces, saying negative thing after negative thing. Or they simply say that they feel fat or ugly searching for compliments to help their self-confidence. I am so tired of it so I decided to leave these notes scattered around bathrooms in my school. I don’t know who got them or if they were taken down by some higher authority but what I’m hoping is that one of those girls that are doubting their beauty will see it and believe in it.”
Jenny wrote, “I’m preparing to move from South Florida to New Jersey–and, ultimately, in two months, from NJ to Taiwan. I’m very excited, but today was one of those days where everything felt scary and overwhelming, and I had little faith in myself regarding almost anything. Learning Mandarin is tough. Not only did this give me an opportunity to (poorly) practice Chinese symbols (they might not even be accurate, I hope nobody’s offended), but it also gave me an opportunity to look in the mirror and receive the same message I was sending out! This trip means so much to me on so many levels–because as much as it’s an incredible opportunity to pursue my interests, it’s also a MAJOR milestone of how far I’ve come after so many years struggling with binging, purging, and restricting. The eating disorder kept me in isolation–all I ever thought I was meant to do was binge and purge all day— and now I’m finally exploring what’s really out there…and also, as cheezy as it sounds, what’s within me. That process is NOT going to easy, but hopefully it’ll be rewarding.”
Jenn wrote in to say, “I posted the hot pink post-it that was found on Epcot that went up yesterday! That’s the first time anyone has found one of my notes and said so on the site, and I’ve put up hundreds of notes by now…I didn’t take a photo of it when I put it up, but I recognize my handwriting. That’s so awesome! I’m so glad someone found it.”
Ashlyn posted this note:
Lauren posted these notes on the Official Operation Beautiful Facebook page:
If you love reading Operation Beautiful, why don’t you become part of the movement? Post a note, take a picture, and e-mail it to Caitlin at [email protected]. She’ll put it up on the site for thousands of people to read and enjoy! Spread the love!