Subtitle: Im a little late to this soiree—but better late than never.
To know me at all is to know that my primary goal in this life is to raise my daughter to love herself & to realize that simply by being who she is that she’s ENOUGH.
(Mother’s Day 2009 flashback)
What I wish for her is this:
My secondary goal in this life is to help as many other people as I can realize this about their own damn selves.
If I can help one person (notice I did not say woman or female as this feeling of being not enough crosses all barriers) realize s/he’s beautiful & strong & capable simply by BEING then I shall die a happy MizFit.
As a result, I was BEYOND excited and extremely in awe when I stumbled upon Caitlin’s Operation Beautiful.
She’s started a one woman campaign (which is spreading like the proverbial wildfire) against negative self talk.
Operation Beautiful is simple: all you need is a pen and a piece of paper.
I’ve begun 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 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.
Please to head on over and check out her site.
Watch the short video.
Ill wait. You wont be disappointed.
(By way of full MizDizclosure I choked up when I clicked through the various notes people had left, the messages they carried & the places they were tucked away.)
What followed for the Tornado and me was a YouAreBeautiful Extravaganza.
We pretty much lost our collective minds and plopped & tucked notes all over the Austin area.
First we hit up a parking lot:
Next we went to the gym:
Left someone a surprise inside her locker:
Yelled at the scale a bit (I know. We are opinionated Operation Beautiful word spreaders.):
Hit up the grocery (the one where they cringe when they see us coming):
Perhaps to their chagrin?
Next was the bathroom at Starbucks:
All while sporting these matching tees:
I have to say our Operation Beautiful morning was the best time Ive had in a long, long while.
I smiled from my core imagining people stumbling upon our messages & the conversations the Tornado & I had while we snuck around were priceless.
Suffice it to say she’s one three & a half year old who hath no shyness when it comes to approaching strangers and telling them they’re beautiful.
(yes it can get totally & completely awkward—but you’ll have that)
I urge you to take a moment today, grab a pen & paper, and leave at least one note.
You dont need to go nuts and snap pics as we did—but I promise you that you will smile ALMOST as much as the stranger whose day youre making.