The Notebook

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Good afternoon! 🙂 I have been running around like a wild child today – I’m trying to wrap things up for our trip; do some actual work for the book; clean the apartment (we’re going an apartment swap with a friend of a friend from London); and generally pull my life together.  I feel like a whirling dervish!


I stopped for a light lunch:


I tossed some leftovers into a wrap:  green beans, mashed sweet potato, and cream cheese.  Plus, carrots on the side:


My glorious afternoon snack: Pumpkin Yogurt!


The Notebook


I don’t usually post all the Operation Beautiful notes I write on the blogs (because I post a LOT), but here’s something neat that I’ve started to do:  make an OB Notebook!


Last night, I wrote about 40 notes in a row (which made me INSANELY CHEERFUL!) and put them in a little notebook that I tossed into my purse.


Having pre-made notes made it soooo easy to spread the love when I was out running errands earlier:





I want to make at least 50 more pre-made notes before we leave for our vacation.  We’ll be in so many restaurants, trains, subways, museums, etc. – I want to be prepared! 


Truthfully, I was feeling kind of grouchy before I did this, but now I feel really happy.  :)  Happiness is contagious, I guess!


What little things always improve your mood? 



  • megan December 21, 2009, 2:04 pm

    what a good idea! it’s amazing how rethinking priorities and what’s important can cheer you up. and helping others 🙂

  • Amber December 21, 2009, 2:05 pm

    I love notebooks! I have a bunch, some I write positive quotes in, others I write lists of goals. Notebooks make me happy =)

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind December 21, 2009, 2:06 pm

    The notebook idea? Love it. The coffee oatmeal idea? Love it. The pumpkin yogurt idea? Love it. Note to self: Implement these three ideas very soon! 🙂

  • Anne @thefitbridesmaid December 21, 2009, 2:06 pm

    MUSIC!! I remember discussing how much listening to a good/fun song can lift your spirits much more than food. So I should go to that. I mean Friday I spent at least 20 minutes dancing around the house to “Single Ladies”.

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 21, 2009, 2:06 pm

    You’re gonna spread cheer to some many Brits 🙂

  • Meghan@traveleatlove December 21, 2009, 2:08 pm

    I walk past a dog park full of adorable dogs after work that just makes me smile and forget the work day.

  • Brie (The Fit Bride) December 21, 2009, 2:09 pm

    Puppy and kitty snuggles make me happy. Okay, that sounded lame, but so true. Well, except when they bite or scratch. But generally, yes, they make me much happier. 🙂

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite December 21, 2009, 2:09 pm

    Love the notebook idea!

    To life my mood I always think of all the things I’m grateful for.

    Good music does the trick too!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 21, 2009, 2:15 pm

    I can’t wait for you to post those all over England!!! 🙂 Yay!

  • Maura December 21, 2009, 2:18 pm

    A talk with my mom always (okay-usually) puts me in a good mood. In fact, since my mom and I work in the same hospital, I just met up with her & I already feel like I kicked the slump I was in all morning to curb!

    I am definitely going to make those pre-made notes. What a great idea!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) December 21, 2009, 2:19 pm

    Your lunch looks beautiful…great photos! Simple and clean. The carrots really pop.

    Love the notebook idea.

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 21, 2009, 2:19 pm

    what a great idea! LOVE IT

  • Rose December 21, 2009, 2:20 pm

    Great idea!

    I try and smile any time I’m feeling down. Even if it’s forced or fake, it has a way of making me feel better.

  • brandi December 21, 2009, 2:20 pm

    what a great idea! having them ready is so smart, especially on your trip!

  • Erin December 21, 2009, 2:20 pm

    It’s so much easier to pre-make the cards — great idea!

  • Evan Thomas December 21, 2009, 2:21 pm

    I think there’s nothing better than when someone says “let me take care of that for you”

  • Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write December 21, 2009, 2:23 pm

    You are so positive. What a wonderful person you are. How can you be grouchy when you are so great? 😀

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) December 21, 2009, 2:23 pm

    It is remarkable how prepared and organized you are- you should write a book on that!

  • Jess (What's Normal, Anyways?) December 21, 2009, 2:28 pm

    What a great idea Caitlin! I’m totally copying you on this one, because I find myself getting stuck and writing sloppy dull notes! Genius!

  • Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) December 21, 2009, 2:32 pm

    What an awesome idea!!!

  • VeggieGirl December 21, 2009, 2:35 pm

    Simply looking down at Chooey makes me feel better 🙂

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) December 21, 2009, 2:38 pm

    Great idea! By the way, I left an OB note in Belize last week. We were at a restaurant where you could use a marker and write on the tables/walls/chairs, so obviously I had to!

  • katherine December 21, 2009, 2:50 pm

    Great idea! Glad you’re feeling more cheerful – hope your afternoon is fabulous!

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal) December 21, 2009, 2:54 pm

    That’s a wonderful idea, that way you won’t have to be hunting for post-its and pens in England and can just smack them wherever you want.

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot) December 21, 2009, 2:57 pm

    Your lunch, snack, and notebook look spectacular! I think every gal over in England will be so thrilled to see your notes.

  • Carolyn December 21, 2009, 3:00 pm

    Awesome idea!

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen December 21, 2009, 3:18 pm

    You’re so awesome! This world is definitely blessed to have such a happy and beautiful person in it 🙂

  • Stacey December 21, 2009, 3:20 pm

    great idea! happy music always gets me in a happy mood 🙂

  • Chari December 21, 2009, 3:23 pm

    “What little things always improve your mood?”

    Reading your ever-so-up-beat blog posts! 🙂

    I really like that last note you put up in the parking garage.

  • Grace December 21, 2009, 3:27 pm

    Doing something I’m a little afraid of and succeeding always puts me in a good mood. It’s a great self esteem boost and it reminds me that I can overcome challenges that come my way.

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad December 21, 2009, 3:31 pm

    Snuggling with my cat makes everything better. 🙂

  • Kristine December 21, 2009, 3:36 pm

    I love all of your operation beautiful notes! 🙂

  • SP December 21, 2009, 3:44 pm

    If anyone is wondering about a Christmas present for Caitlin, how about post-it notes with “” pre-printed on the bottom.

    • Caitlin December 21, 2009, 3:51 pm

      I wish my URL was shorter every time I have to write it!

  • Laura Georgina December 21, 2009, 3:54 pm

    The apartment swap idea for London is brilliant! Accommodation is always such a huge expense, and it’s always fun to stay and live where the real people live…

  • Kelly December 21, 2009, 3:55 pm

    A good run is what always puts me in a good mood! Never fails!

  • Mackenzie @ The College Authentic December 21, 2009, 3:56 pm

    Dog kisses are hard to beat 🙂 That, and when random strangers smile back at you in public places for no reason! Makes my day 🙂

  • Karla December 21, 2009, 4:11 pm

    What a clever idea to post them around on vacation!
    Also your wrap looks particularly delicious today!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion December 21, 2009, 4:30 pm

    That is a great idea! When are you leaving for London? That will be such a fun trip. I can’t wait to read you posts from England!

    I get coffee and count my blessings, never feels to put me in a good mood!

    • Caitlin December 21, 2009, 8:30 pm

      Christmas EVE yayyyyyyyyyyyy

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn December 21, 2009, 4:34 pm

    You are not a wild child, you are a flower child 🙂
    Peace, love & happiness

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) December 21, 2009, 4:58 pm

    what a wonderful idea. How do you think of these endless inspirational things to say? I would love to do an apartment swap–just like in The Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslett. Please tell me you’ve seen that movie.

    • Caitlin December 21, 2009, 5:39 pm

      I wrote a whole section in the Operation Beautiful book of inspirational things to say! It took a lot of internet research. 🙂 Now I just use that list.

  • Babycakes December 21, 2009, 5:11 pm

    Hot showers always improve my mood! I love that you’ll be posting OB notes in London! 🙂

  • skinnyrunner December 21, 2009, 5:28 pm

    i like your portable notes idea!
    candy always makes me happy…

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) December 21, 2009, 6:33 pm

    That’s an interesting lunch- I would have never thought to put together green beans, sweet potatoes, and cream cheese. I like when people are nice on the roads (i.e letting you merge over, letting you go first). It seems to improve my mood

  • Staci December 21, 2009, 6:55 pm

    I have been “stalking” your blog for a while and think that it’s an absolutely wonderful thing that you do with “Operation Beautiful.” I have yet to spread the love myself, but can’t wait for this holiday season to start!!

    Thank You!

    • Caitlin December 21, 2009, 8:30 pm

      YAY! spread the love!

  • kilax December 21, 2009, 7:06 pm

    It’s cheesy, but reading blogs always cheers me up. Especially yours Caitlin! I don’t always comment, but I always read. And I love coming back and reading all of the comments. I find a log of new blogs through you! 🙂

    • Caitlin December 21, 2009, 8:29 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • jenna December 21, 2009, 7:19 pm

    great wrap!
    That is such a good idea for operation beautiful notes:)

  • Barbara (Blood, Sweat and Heels) December 21, 2009, 7:19 pm

    Seeing a great Sunrise or sunset always makes me smile. A fav song being played on the radio does it too:)

    and a good soul cleansing sweat!

  • Michelle@Eatingjourney December 21, 2009, 8:16 pm

    When I did the OB notes from Australia to America it was awesome. I LOVED putting them all over the duty free section of the airports with all of the cosmetics. It’s fun. On the long flight I put them all over the bathrooms..even more fun.

  • Christy December 21, 2009, 9:04 pm

    What an awesome idea, keeping all the post-its in a notebook! Working out or cheering others up always makes me feel better when I’m in a crummy mood!

  • Jolene ( December 21, 2009, 11:34 pm

    I love that idea – that is what I need to do because I ALWAYS forget to take my post its and markers with me … and that would just be way easier to have them ready made.

  • Lindsay @ lindsayruns December 22, 2009, 9:55 am

    Obviously you’ve been doing this for months and see so many notes from so many people…but how are you able to be so creative with each one? I’m impressed!

  • Dee December 22, 2009, 1:29 pm

    I love this! WOW – those notes are so profound! 🙂

  • Casey December 22, 2009, 1:52 pm

    I need to write some operation beautiful notes! I’m sure it would post my mood too :). Love the body building pic!

  • Amanda December 22, 2009, 3:00 pm

    This is such a wonderful idea and very motivational. Coming from someone who has experienced an ED simple things such as the Operation Beautiful notes is something that really helps a person mentally. I absolutely love this idea something I will pass on to my 8 month old daughter when she is olde enough. Thanks Catlin and thanks for the half marathon tips. Also thank you for simply replying. 🙂

  • Michele December 22, 2009, 5:57 pm

    Have you thought about getting custom post-it notepads made with the OB website printed on them? I dunno, maybe it’s already a marketing plan with your book, but thought I’d mention it.

    • caitlin December 22, 2009, 5:59 pm

      i have! but im not sure anyone would purchase them. i would like to send the profits to some sort of womens support group.

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