I was recently provided a copy of "Operation Beautiful - Transforming the Way You See Yourself One Post-It Note at a Time" by Caitlin Boyle. Have you read it? It's a ground-breaking book on self0esttm and self-worth, aimed at women and young girls.
Ms. Boyle writes in her introduction, ". . .On a particularly stressful day, I was in a public restroom, and as I stared blankly into the mirror, I felt the urge to do something positive. I spontaneously scribbled "You are beautiful!" on a scrap piece of notebook paper and stuck it on the mirror. When I looked at the note, I felt lighter. I wondered who would find my note. Would it make her happy? Would it be the bright spot in her day? Would it feel like a message from the universe? I was giddy with excitement as I considered the possibilities of my note. I never dreamed that one little note was the start of something big."
Ms. Boyle posted a picture of her note on her blog - and a movement was born. You can check it out at www.operationbeautiful.com .
I typically enjoy a good self-help book - tending to prefer a more checklist type of book that I can follow. But this book, while dispensing wisdom on developing a healthy mindset, is really more of an inspirational book. Making the reader feel good - both about themselves and about others. There is plenty of helpful information throughout the book on improving your own beautiful mindset. . .but it's the transformation it can make in your outlook that is so powerful.
I loved reading the personal accounts of women who were either inspired to leave a note for someone else - or found a note, improving their day. I'm hoping to find a note one of these days. Some of their creativity in where they left notes was amazing!
After starting the book, I added a fun pad of Post-its and a Sharpie to my Target List. I have only left a couple of notes so far. . .I have trouble remembering. . .but each time I do - I feel inspired to make the world a better place.
How have you inspired someone lately?
catch you soon -
note: I was provided with a copy of the book for purpose of review. All opinions as always are my very own.