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Signs of winter are everywhere!  It’s freezing outside.  I hope it snows soon. 🙂




Cold breakfast for a chilly morning:



In the mix:


  • Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Way too much cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • Pecans


Some Very Exciting News!


You might already know about this (because I’m a very bad secret keeper), but I have some very exciting news!… Back in October, I traveled to New York to speak to the Ally Katzz Tween Summit about Operation Beautiful.


While I was at the Summit, I happened to speak to a woman who worked in a children’s division of Penguin Books (Gotham, which published Operation Beautiful’s first book, is a branch of Penguin).  That conversation relaunched discussions between myself, my literary agent, and the awesome folks at Grosset & Dunlap about bringing a tween and young-teen (8 to 14 years old, loosely) Operation Beautiful book to the market.


(Side note: I’m in the process of putting together a ‘How I Got My Book Published’ post that includes tips from other published authors and book agents.  Stay tuned for this!)


From the start, everyone involved could see that a tween book would be perfect.  As the site grows older (Operation Beautiful’s 1 Year Anniversary was in June), I have noticed that the audience is definitely tending to the younger generation – and doesn’t that make you SO HAPPY?! 




About two weeks ago, we finalized negotiations for my second book (the working title is Operation Beautiful Tweens, but that’s definitely not going to be the final title).  I’m going to focus on tween-specific topics such as:


  • Body confidence / going through puberty
  • Friendships and family relationships
  • How tweens feel about love and relationships
  • Fashion and makeup
  • Eating healthy and fun exercise
  • Bullying and cliques at school
  • Being different
  • The woman who shaped their understanding of the word “beautiful”
  • How magazines and movies make tweens feel about their bodies
  • How tweens help their community through volunteering or random acts of kindness 


(The ‘adult’ version of the book focused on a lot of the topics we discuss here on HTP, like finding a healthy balanced, ignoring energy vampires, and avoiding the superwoman syndrome.)


The book will come to market in Summer 2012, which means that I have to complete the first draft of the book in to my publisher in 77 days.  That’s a tight time frame, but I wrote the adult book in 2.5 months so I know I can do to this!  Starting tomorrow, my schedule is going to be consumed by book writing, so expect lots of wine and coffee in my immediate future.  🙂


Very soon – hopefully by the end of the week – I’m going to start collecting notes for the book.  The first book included so many creative notes and stories, and I cannot wait to see what tweens come up with for this book!

Voice Over (6) Other Images (6)

Voice Over (5)

If you know a tween or young teen, I hope you tell them about the call for submissions – I would love to include their note in the book!


And thanks to everyone reading this.  Without you, none of this would’ve ever happened.  I NEVER forget that.   Thank you so much for reading HTP and supporting Operation Beautiful!  You are beautiful, too.  🙂



  • Runeatrepeat November 30, 2010, 9:16 am

    Congratulations! Your first OB book was amazing and inspiring. Keep up the good work 🙂

  • Heather November 30, 2010, 9:16 am

    Congratulations – what a great opportunity to positively influence the younger generations!

    Can’t wait to see the book when it hits the shelf!

  • Camille November 30, 2010, 9:17 am

    Congrats! That is incredible news! Even though I’m not a tween, I will still pick up your new book 🙂

  • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 9:17 am

    Congratulations!!! This is amazing, awesome and definitely going to be a HUGE asset to the tween market!! I know when I was that age I could have definitely used a book like OB!!

  • Evan Thomas November 30, 2010, 9:17 am

    Congratulations! You are a mega-author

  • Jackie (ananda prana) November 30, 2010, 9:18 am

    Congrats, Caitlin!!

    This is going to be such an amazing book for young ladies 🙂 I especially love “the woman who shaped their understanding of the word “beautiful” topic!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 30, 2010, 9:18 am

    WOW Caitlin this is so exciting!!! Congratulations! You’re so lucky to be able to write about something you’re so passionate about for a living. I can’t wait to see the second book on the shelves. Good luck with the writing over the next 77 days! 🙂

  • chocolate-covered katie November 30, 2010, 9:18 am

    Aww Caitlin, I hardly ever comment but I just can’t be silent today! Congratulations!!!! 🙂

    I think what you’re doing is so inspiring. You’re amazing, girlie 🙂 :).

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 30, 2010, 9:19 am

    How exciting!!! I have some younger cousins who fall right into that age group, and that would be a wonderful gift for them next Christmas!!

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 1:16 pm

      Yay! I hope you ask them to submit notes too. Then it would be a REALLY awesome Christmas present 🙂

  • Brie @ Brie Fit November 30, 2010, 9:19 am


  • Tropical Eats November 30, 2010, 9:19 am

    Congrats Caitlin! You’re doing big things! 🙂

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking November 30, 2010, 9:20 am

    Congratulations! You will do an awesome job on this I’m sure 🙂

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin November 30, 2010, 9:20 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I am soooo happy for you Caitlin!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday November 30, 2010, 9:21 am

    Congrats on the new book!!

    You must be so proud 😀

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete November 30, 2010, 9:21 am

    Yay!!! I’m so happy for you!! I think this is a great idea. A lot of people started off talking badly to themselves at a young age that carried through adulthood. This way, we can stop it from even starting or nip it in the bud before negative self-talk makes a horrible impact on their lives! This is such a great thing. 😉 Thank you for doing what you do!

    • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete November 30, 2010, 9:23 am

      I have a younger cousin who could really use this book. At ten she started being worried she was fat, and the scary thing was: she was a lanky girl like the rest of us growing up. WTF?! This is what fashion mags do to little girls!! She is 14 now, and I think this book would do her some good!

  • allison @ livingoneday November 30, 2010, 9:21 am

    congrats!!!!!! that is so exciting! i would love to be able to give this book to my little cousin! it would be amazing for her!!! i will definitely let her know about the call for submissions!

  • leanne November 30, 2010, 9:21 am

    That is amazing news! Congrats!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels November 30, 2010, 9:22 am

    Superb news! And I would be so interested in reading that post about getting your book published – LOVE behind the scenes info 🙂

  • rebecca lustig November 30, 2010, 9:23 am

    so so happy for you. you deserve this, caitlin!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers November 30, 2010, 9:24 am

    Congrats girl, that’s awesome! I think tweens and young teenagers are the exact perfect market for this message- they need to hear when they’re younger so they don’t grown up with a negative mindset or image of themselves. Great job!!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef November 30, 2010, 9:24 am

    congratulations! that’s so great 🙂

  • Kath November 30, 2010, 9:24 am

    Wheeee! So proud.

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 30, 2010, 9:25 am

    How awesome! I think this is perfect and I will likely buy the book to save for my daughter. Who cares is she will only be 3 then? 😉 We already post notes together anyways.

    I’ll definitely think of someone who can contribute post its. I’m sure there are little family members who would do awesome with it.

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 1:15 pm

      Awesome! I cannot wait to see what your relatives come up with.

  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) November 30, 2010, 9:25 am

    Oh my goodness, this is brilliant news! This book is going to be amazing! 😀

  • Balanced Healthy Life November 30, 2010, 9:25 am

    Winter is here! That is such great news!!!

  • Little Bookworm November 30, 2010, 9:25 am

    Congratulations! The new book sounds amazing, good luck with the writing! 🙂

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 30, 2010, 9:25 am

    Congratulations! This is a wonderful concept, and I know it will do a lot of good for a lot of girls.

    P.S. I love the Christmas bulb photo with the reflection in it.

  • Krista (kristastes) November 30, 2010, 9:26 am

    Congratulations, Caitlin!! That is AWESOME news! 🙂

  • Shari November 30, 2010, 9:26 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!! Your love for this is clearly obvious, and I’m so happy for you that you get to live out this dream of writing books about a topic you’re so passionate about every day. There really is nothing better, is there? Good luck with the first draft. One day at a time, you can do this!

    Looking forward to the book post, too – it’s always helpful and interesting to hear viewpoints from published authors and agents!

  • April @ Crazy Fabulous Life November 30, 2010, 9:27 am

    So happy for you, Caitlin! 🙂 I love that OB is getting out to a younger audience. I firmly believe that girls are never too young to be taught self confidence!

  • Lauren November 30, 2010, 9:27 am

    So exciting! I can’t wait to give it to my teenage sister!

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe November 30, 2010, 9:30 am

    That’s great! Stopping the negative self-talk where it starts, with young girls! I think that’s wonderful.

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. November 30, 2010, 9:30 am

    How exciting!!!

  • Katie November 30, 2010, 9:31 am

    So excited you got this 2nd offer! I think this is an amazing thing to extend even more to young girls.

    Can’t wait for your post on how to get a book published!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 30, 2010, 9:31 am

    I am so happy for you! I think what you do is great!

  • Rebecca November 30, 2010, 9:32 am

    Congrats!! That’s so exciting!

    You can have some of my snow! We’ve got too much here. 🙁 Every school but mine (college) is closed for the day. How lame is that??

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 1:14 pm

      That is SUPER lame.

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing November 30, 2010, 9:33 am

    Congrats, girl! That is so exciting.

    Can’t wait for the book-publishing post. I’m dying to write non-fiction and just don’t know where to start or what to start with.

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story November 30, 2010, 9:34 am

    I am so excited for you! The tween book will be as amazing as the adult one.

    The cold front that you have there is supposed to move through here tonight….with thunderstorms. Right now it’s 67 degrees and sunny here. Isn’t that strange? Just 4 hours away, totally different weather.

  • Lauren @ Team Giles November 30, 2010, 9:36 am

    I know that when I was a tween, I could have really used a book like that. I was insecure and very hard on myself. This is an excellent idea. So exciting!! YEA CAITLIN!!!

  • Emmanuelle November 30, 2010, 9:36 am

    Congrats Caitlin, this is such great news, I’m really happy for you! 😀

  • Taylor November 30, 2010, 9:37 am

    I am so happy for you! This is amazing. Can’t wait to read the post about being published!

  • Shannon @ Freshman Yr of Life November 30, 2010, 9:37 am

    Ah Congrats!!! That’s amazing. You’re just a regular old author now 🙂

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman November 30, 2010, 9:38 am

    That’s wonderful news! I think a tween book would be great–it’s the age most women start to get body conscious.

  • Freya November 30, 2010, 9:39 am

    I am so SO happy for you!! I only wish I could be a tween when your book comes out – my tween life was awful, horrible, nasty and everything in between – so I think your book is a fantastic idea!

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet November 30, 2010, 9:44 am

    congrats! i love the idea of an operation beautiful book targeted to tweens

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 30, 2010, 9:46 am

    I’m so excited for you Caitlin! I think this book is going to do great things for the younger crowd. I teach 5th grade, and I can already see young girls self conscious, clique’y, and bullyin’g each other. Not to mention the ::ahem:: bra talks I’ve had to give as well. ::cringe:: It’s such a rough age to be stuck in. Yaaay!!

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 1:13 pm

      Hahah wait what are the bra talks about? Wearing one?

  • Ella November 30, 2010, 9:49 am

    Thats amazing! I feel like thats an age when girls need support like that the most, I was diagnosed with an eating disorder at 13, and I’m positive I wasn’t the only one who hated my body at that age. I teach ballet to 11 year olds, I’ll pass the message along to them about the notes!

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 1:13 pm

      Thank you Ella! I would love to see the notes from your little ballerinas. 🙂

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow November 30, 2010, 9:52 am


  • Cindi November 30, 2010, 9:53 am

    Yippee!!!!! So happy for you, my dear!!!

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair November 30, 2010, 9:54 am

    Congratulations, Caitlin! You totally deserve this!!! I can’t wait to buy the book for my little cousins 🙂

    Now, when do we get to hear about the OTHER book that was announced on Facebook….. 😉

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 10:04 am

      Heheh 🙂 I promise that is forthcoming too!

      • HTP Dad November 30, 2010, 2:04 pm

        That’d be the novelization of the screenplay of ” Mothra Vs.the Predator”…

  • Charlie November 30, 2010, 9:55 am

    This is so exciting! I definitely could have used a book like that when I was in high school!

  • janae @ hungryrunnergirl November 30, 2010, 9:58 am

    Wow! Congratulations, you are going to help so many young girls!

  • Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) November 30, 2010, 9:58 am

    How very exciting! That’s a great age to direct your book towards. The “tween” years can be difficult!

  • Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa November 30, 2010, 10:03 am


    What perfect timing – considering you just started volunteering for GOTR! They could probably pull a lot of lessons from your book, as well as you getting a lot of great notes from your runners!

  • Joanna November 30, 2010, 10:10 am

    This is awesome! I am so overjoyed to read this! What a great book to have in the works. I will surely be giving a copy to tweens in my life!

  • Samantha November 30, 2010, 10:11 am

    Congrats!!! I teach high school and there is a need for tools and strategies targeted at this age group to help them develop their sense of confidence, self worth and body image. I teach leadership/personal development on Fridays to the freshman (14 yr olds) and I’m going to brainstorm a fun way to implement OB in their activity!

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 1:12 pm

      Yes! Maybe we can include some of the notes in the book!

  • Cate November 30, 2010, 10:12 am

    How awesome! It sounds like it will be a great book and I love that it is geared towards tweens. Congrats! 🙂

  • Natalia - a side of simple November 30, 2010, 10:12 am

    Congratulations Caitlin! I’m so happy for you 🙂 What a great way to continue the holiday celebrating. Bring on the wine!

  • Kristina @ spabettie November 30, 2010, 10:15 am

    congrats, Sweetie. this is going to be HUGE.

    you are amazing, and beautiful. <3

  • Me-Linh @ Sweet and Sweat November 30, 2010, 10:19 am

    YAYY! That will be awesome. Congrats!

  • Sarah November 30, 2010, 10:22 am

    Caitlin – You are EPIC. Don’t ever forget that.

  • Joanne November 30, 2010, 10:26 am

    Great news Caitlin. You’re going to be so busy in such a wonderful way. I wish I knew some teens to get involved in this project. It’s such a positive focus, I wish Operation Beautiful was around when I was 17-18. I SO needed it!

  • Michelle November 30, 2010, 10:27 am

    Congratulations! This is amazing and you are amazing for sparking this movement. 🙂 You deserve every bit of goodness coming your way!

  • Cindy Robinson November 30, 2010, 10:27 am

    Yes, Yes, Yes, that makes me so happy! So happy for you and all that you do. I’m one of those people you have influenced and each day gets a little brighter when I know I’m not supposed to look like airbrushed celebrities, or be a super working wife, mother, friend, and daughter. I’m just me and I’m working on making the best of it!
    Thank you Caitlin xoxoxo

  • Ali @ Ali on the Run November 30, 2010, 10:28 am

    Yay! Congratulations! This is such exciting news. I work for a teen magazine and writing for that age group is the best. They’re so impressionable and they are going to love your book. Happy writing!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) November 30, 2010, 10:28 am

    Caitlin, this is such an awesome idea! I wish there had been a book like this when I was a tween. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out for you (and for others too!) Keep up the great work! 😀

  • Iowajen November 30, 2010, 10:31 am

    I have a 10 year old daughter that will love this book. Please let me know how to get her involved. You wouldn’t believe the negative talk I already hear among girls in this age group. Congrats Caitlin!

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 1:11 pm

      I will definitely let you know about submissions!

  • Clare November 30, 2010, 10:32 am

    Excited for you, Caitlin! You deserve it.

  • Anne November 30, 2010, 10:32 am

    #1 – not sure how much snow you’ll get in Charlotte . . .

    #2 – you just reminded me of something to put on my Christmas List: “Operation Beautiful”!!

  • Amanda (Eating Up) November 30, 2010, 10:34 am

    That’s so exciting! I’m sure I would have read this book if I was a tween–I still could benefit from some of the advice as an adult!

  • Joanna November 30, 2010, 10:35 am

    Congratulations!! That’s great news!! I wish I had a book like that when I was a tween. It’s VERY much needed in a society like ours. Kudos to you! I haven’t picked up your book yet, but now I know what I want for Christmas!! 🙂

  • Anne Weber-Falk November 30, 2010, 10:35 am

    my older daughter is 15 years old. She is high functioning autistic (Asperger’s syndrome) and is going through a very self conscience period right now. She is so smart and beautiful and full of life but she does not see this. I cannot wait for your book to come out for her. Will you have an area of the Operation Beautiful website for teens? I think she, and other teens her age, could really identify and and benefit from this. Thank you so much for all that you do.

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 1:03 pm

      I think starting a forum would be such a good idea… I will definitely look into this. I am sorry your daughter is struggling but I KNOW with a mom like you, she will find her inner confidence. I would love to see a note and story from your daughter about her experiences with Asperger’s to help spread awareness and increase acceptance!

  • Wei-Wei November 30, 2010, 10:36 am

    I’ve noticed some encouraging/body-positive/positive-in-general notes being posted up around school. I’m not a tween, though – can I still send in photos? I don’t know who’s posting these! :O

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 1:01 pm

      Yes! I look forward to your notes, Wei Wei! 🙂

  • Lisa Fine - lisasfoods November 30, 2010, 10:36 am

    Congratulations, Caitlin! That’s incredible. You had mentioned another possible book-in-progress, and I was so curious about it…what a great audience to capture.

  • Kristyn November 30, 2010, 10:38 am

    I’m so proud of the work you are doing to help everyone realize that they ARE beautiful no matter what. I think a tween book is going to be HUGE. That’s where the behaviors need to change…high school can be so negative. We need positivity! HUGE congrats, Caitlin!!

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries November 30, 2010, 10:40 am

    Congratulations. This is so amazing. Proud of you!!

  • Sarah@sarahnotsoplainandtall November 30, 2010, 10:43 am

    I think it is so great, what you are doing for young girls today!! So many pick themselves apart for such silly things, we need to learn to love ourselves!

  • Catherine November 30, 2010, 10:45 am

    Congrats on the new book venture! I think it’s an amazing idea, and you will do a wonderful job!! 🙂

  • Amber K November 30, 2010, 10:49 am

    That is so amazing! I’m really excited to see your post about how you got your book deal.

  • Ashley November 30, 2010, 10:50 am

    Congratulations! This is so exciting! I wish this book was there when I was going threw my tween years, all I had was chicken soup for the teenage soul and I honestly wasn’t a very big fan of that. You’ll do great!

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 1:01 pm

      Hahah oh, Chicken Soup.

  • Lindsey November 30, 2010, 10:54 am

    Congratulations! It’s so good to see the publishing industry pursuing positive messages instead ghost-written celebrity ‘autobiographies’ of overcoming drugs and pressure.
    You’re making a positive impact on this world!

  • Teacherwoman November 30, 2010, 10:55 am

    Congratulations! This is so exciting!

  • Kathleen November 30, 2010, 10:55 am

    Congratulations! I will be telling my niece and all of her friends about the upcoming book and when you put your call out for submissions. What you’re doing is wonderful, so excited for you and the message you are putting out there.

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 1:00 pm

      Yay! Thanks for telling your niece 🙂

  • Kelly November 30, 2010, 10:58 am

    SO EXCITING! Congrats Caitlin!

  • Kate@andwhenshesays November 30, 2010, 10:58 am

    Congratulations Caitlin! What awesome news, and what a blessing to all the young women that will be so positively affected by this book. I wish so much that Operation Beautiful existed when I was growing up – but it’s been so cool embracing it as an adult, too.

  • Shanna, like Banana November 30, 2010, 10:59 am

    You are pure inspiration. Keep up the good work =)

  • Sarah for Real November 30, 2010, 10:59 am

    Congratulations! I think it’s so important especially since you discussed how tweens don’t really understand photoshopping and other things that have such a negative affect on their self esteem. Getting the message to them while they are young is critical!

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place November 30, 2010, 11:01 am

    congratsss!!!!!! way to go!!

  • Sarah November 30, 2010, 11:03 am

    congrats caitlin!! good luck:)

  • Cathy K November 30, 2010, 11:05 am

    yippee and congratulations, caitlin! awesome news.
    enjoy the writing. so happy you get to pursue a topic and focus about which you are so passionate. the energy will radiate!

  • monicanelsonfitness November 30, 2010, 11:06 am

    congrats! that is incredible news!

    Go Caitlin! 🙂

  • Anne @ Life is a Joy November 30, 2010, 11:09 am

    Congrats!!! Maybe have a contest/call for submissions with the GOTR girls nationwide. Then you can go visit the chapter that submits the most/best entries.

    Keep up the oh so very important work!!

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 1:00 pm

      Oh what a FUN idea!!

      • Anne @ Life is a Joy November 30, 2010, 1:41 pm

        You’ve inspired me to contact my local GOTR chapter and get involved. Running is so good for a girl’s self esteem.

  • Bess @ Bess Be Fit November 30, 2010, 11:28 am

    can’t wait to read the post about tips for getting your book published!! I’m working on my own right now so I’m sure it will be very beneficial information 🙂

  • Susan November 30, 2010, 11:36 am

    I can’t think of a group of girls who need your book more. Congrats Caitlin!!!! You are doing such amazing work 😀

  • Sarah November 30, 2010, 11:39 am

    Awesome! I teach self-esteem and positive body image to middle school girls in the school system (and yes, I LOVE my job!) Resources like this are solely needed–I think this could be even better than the original book! I have had the students create OB notes before and they were so enthusiastic about it that they put them all over the school! I may bring this up with the girls and see if they want to submit something! Just a question–do you require the girls to have a parental waiver before they can submit something?

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 12:59 pm

      That’s what we’re working on figuring out now – its a legal big issue. I would love to see some of the notes you guys do together once submissions are sorted out.

  • Dorry November 30, 2010, 11:41 am

    Very exciting! Congratulations. So glad to know that you get to continue to spread this positive message to such an impressionable age group.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) November 30, 2010, 11:41 am

    That’s so cool – I saw that on your facebook page the other day. Congrats to you, Caitlin 🙂
    Good luck with the tight deadline! I know you can do it!!

  • Lauren November 30, 2010, 11:44 am

    Congratulations!! You are such an inspiration and your books are going to be a household staple for every family! Ps. I’m not sure if you remember me but I got the job at the ED clinic and your book(s) will definitely have a place in my new office!

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 12:58 pm

      Yes! I remember you 🙂 I am so proud of what you’ve done with your career.

  • Katheryn November 30, 2010, 11:50 am

    Congratulations! I’m excited for this book for my own children. I will definitely be buying this for them.

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 12:57 pm

      Yay! Thank you so much in advance! I hope you help them put together notes for the book.

  • suki November 30, 2010, 11:50 am

    Congratulations!!! 🙂

  • Heather November 30, 2010, 11:50 am

    Congratulations, such exciting news! Can’t wait for the post on how you went about getting your book published too, would love some advice!

  • Ashley November 30, 2010, 11:57 am

    You are awesome! One of my all-time favorite bloggers, hands down! Congrats on the Tweens edition of the OB saga : )

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 12:57 pm

      Thank you Ashley.

  • Leah @ Why Deprive? November 30, 2010, 12:06 pm

    Congrats!! Thats wonderful news. You deserve it, Operation Beautiful is just an awesome idea.

  • Jen @ She said. She said. November 30, 2010, 12:08 pm

    Fantastic news Caitlin. Congratulations! That is the perfect audience for this book. Yay you!

  • Michele November 30, 2010, 12:14 pm

    EEEeeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk – {{{SCREAM}}} I cannot wait; I have to buy two immediately for our girls; this will be one of the GREATEST books ever written for tweens!!!

    You can do it – whip it out girlie!!

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 12:56 pm

      I hope your girls will participate in the submissions process! 🙂 I would love to include notes from them.

  • Allie @ Healthy Balance, Healthy Life November 30, 2010, 12:38 pm

    Ahh! So exciting. 🙂 Remember when I told you about my mom’s non-profit Esteemed Woman Foundation and the book and film “I am Beautiful”? It’s very similar to Operation Beautiful. It’s funny because the exact same thing happened to her with her first film. After, people wanted her to make one incorporating a younger audience so she made “I am my Mother’s Daughter” and the impact that relationship has on a woman’s self image.

    Anyway, I told her about Operation Beautiful and she had heard of it already!! This is what she said “I’ve heard of Operation Beautiful. It’s a great idea! I love what she’s doing! She’s doing such a service to women everywhere.” I never got to give you the web address. It’s

    Spreading the Operation Beautiful word! She’ll tell her friends and that’s at least one more person in Maryland who knows about it 😉 CONGRATULATIONS!

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 12:55 pm

      Oh thanks for passing along your mom’s website, I meant to check it out when we talked!

  • Melissa November 30, 2010, 12:46 pm

    Congratulations! I think the Operation Beautiful concept is great for teens and tweens! Those years tend to be pretty tough. Let’s raise up the next generation of girls to recognize their beauty and worth!!

  • Jes (Self Motivation) November 30, 2010, 12:54 pm

    I am soooo happy for you and all the lives that you have and will continue to touch. Congratulations!

  • Summer November 30, 2010, 12:59 pm

    This is such awesome news, Caitlin! It might also be cool to have the book be sort of interactive, with places to fill in information, like a workbook? When I was a girl, I always loved things that I could fill out with information ME. Maybe I was just a little self-consumed…anyway, I think kids like stuff like that. Esp girls—kinda like a diary. Anyway, good luck!

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 1:16 pm

      I love the workbook idea – I will think about this!

  • Laurie November 30, 2010, 1:12 pm

    That is so awesome, Caitlin! Congratulations!!!!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances November 30, 2010, 1:14 pm

    Congrats, Caitlin! 🙂 I wish a book like this would have been around when I was a “tween” – who knows how different my outlook might have been! I can’t wait to see what impact this is going to have… You must be SO excited!!!

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged November 30, 2010, 1:18 pm

    How exciting! I wish I was still teaching my older students because I would have loved to have them do an OB-themed exercise…I know so many of them would have benefited from it! I’m incredibly excited for you 🙂

  • Camels & Chocolate November 30, 2010, 1:26 pm

    This is all so exciting! I’m thrilled for you, and I love that Smile note made out of Post-Its =)

  • Kelli November 30, 2010, 1:35 pm

    This is great my daughter is 5 and half and I would buy this for her (when she can read!) absolutly anything so she doesn’t become like me obsessed with my weight ( awork in progress!) Congrats!!

  • Lisa November 30, 2010, 1:44 pm


  • SarahC November 30, 2010, 1:44 pm

    Congratulations, Caitlin! That is so exciting!! I’ve been reading your blog for a few months (but this is my first comment – *blog reader fail*) and love your positive but down-to-earth perspective on healthy living. I love everything about Operation Beautiful, and only wish it were around when I was a teen! Good luck on everything! (Wow, that was a lot of exclamation points!!! oops)

  • Jenifer November 30, 2010, 1:51 pm

    How wonderful!! I will tell my Kaitlyn about this… she just turned 15 and the last few years really have been crazy for her. Thanks for being such an inspiration to women (young and old!!) : )

  • Megan G. November 30, 2010, 2:06 pm

    So excited for your next book! I’ve been reading your blog since May, and I am a senior in high school. There is definitely a lot that needs to be done for tween/teen girls (and guys) with regards to body confidence, so it’s great that you’re writing about it. As a teen, I see firsthand how teenage girls seem to lack body confidence, and it’s definitely sad that these problems start at a young age. It’s awful seeing how girls criticize themselves in photos (saying “eww! I’m so fat!” when really they’re perfectly healthy), especially now that Facebook plays such a large role in teen social life. Social media websites like that only assist in spreading body negativity among teens.

    I’m in a club at my school called SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions, not sure if you’ve heard of it. Body negativity = a destructive decision!) and I brought up possibly doing an Operation Beautiful campaign at our school, but I think it got lost in the shuffle of other events we were planning at the time. I’m definitely going to bring it up again at our next meeting because I think that something as simple as posting a postive Post-It message (especially on bathroom mirrors!) can have such a big impact on the students at our school.

    Keep up the great work! Looking forward to reading your next book when it comes out!

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 4:37 pm

      SADD sounds awesome. I would love to see some notes from your group!!!

  • Maddie November 30, 2010, 2:44 pm

    Congrats! That’s so exciting! 😀

  • Nadine November 30, 2010, 2:51 pm

    Congratulations on Book #2! My 16 and 14 year old nieces will be getting your first book, post its and pens for Christmas. Oh, and I wanted to let you know that I was out running in my neighborhood a couple of weeks ago, and I spotted a series of notes on telephone poles. The notes were beautifully done and with plastic covers to protect them from rain. I was so excited to see that Operation Beautiful had hit my backyard!

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 4:38 pm

      That is so awesome! Can you get a picture?? And thank you for gifting the book 🙂

  • Suzanne @ Continuing My Education November 30, 2010, 3:18 pm

    Congrats on your book! That is so exciting! I would have loved to have this book growing up!

  • JenRD November 30, 2010, 3:28 pm

    Wow, great news! Your book is very much needed in today’s culture–I have been reading lots of recent reports about the rate of eating disorders increasing in younger and younger kids!

  • Krista November 30, 2010, 3:46 pm

    CONGRATS! Very exciting indeed.

    My daughter loved the Operation Beautiful book so I’m excited for a version that will be geared to her age bracket. She’ll be 13 when the new book comes out!

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 4:38 pm

      I hope you guys put together a note for the book!!!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous November 30, 2010, 3:54 pm

    This is so exciting! I can totally see OB being a perfect fit for teens, especially. I’ll be eagerly awaiting your book publishing tips!

  • Heidi - apples under my bed November 30, 2010, 4:19 pm

    Well done, this is fabulous!! 🙂 Congratulations. This book will be so popular, and so important!
    Heidi xo

  • Erin November 30, 2010, 4:35 pm

    Congrats, Caitlin! That’s wonderful. 🙂

  • anonymous November 30, 2010, 5:17 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Oh my word, I am SO happy for you 😀 I am so grateful that you have been blessed with such joy, because you are an AMAZING person! You are my role model, your 2 blogs inspire me everyday. Thank you!! 😀

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 5:18 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂

  • Chen November 30, 2010, 5:31 pm

    Congrates on your new book. This is awesome. Can’t wait to see the book when it hits the shelf.

  • Dylan November 30, 2010, 6:04 pm

    Congrats from a lurker on the book! It’s so great that younger people are jumping on the OB bandwagon. 🙂 I would just not recommend using the word “tween” in the title? I know it’s none of my business and I don’t want to damper your joy, but for some reason whenever I saw that when I was a kid I felt like I was being talked down to.

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 6:14 pm

      Good to know! What did you prefer to be called? A kid?

      • jane February 17, 2011, 6:45 pm

        i am obviously posting way late to this ha! but i agree, i am now out of that age group but i always felt that parents would use that word talking down to us. just a thought! kinda like they were making fun of us

  • Lee November 30, 2010, 7:34 pm


  • Lisa November 30, 2010, 8:13 pm

    Amazing news! I teach 9th grade science and we spend a lot of time talking about respect. I often focus on self-respect… things like treating your body respectfully by eating nutritious foods and exercising, and even by positive self-talk and believing in yourself. Often times, kiddos that age need any kind of confidence boost they can get! Your new book is definitely something I will be talking about in class! Can’t wait!

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 8:22 pm

      I would love it if your class would do something for the book!

    • Caitlin November 30, 2010, 8:22 pm

      I would love it if your class would do something for the book! And I love that concept of respect.

  • Melissa November 30, 2010, 8:39 pm

    Congratulation on the new book deal!! Such exciting news, Caitlin!! Good luck with writing!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 30, 2010, 9:32 pm

    Congrats again! It sounds like this book will be such a great source of help for tweens! I know I definitely could have used something like this to help me get through those tough years of growing up in such an appearance-focused society.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 30, 2010, 9:57 pm

    How amazing!!! That’s so incredible and SO important- tweens need it more than anybody!

  • ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska November 30, 2010, 10:14 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! How absolutely exciting!

  • Julie @ Wearing Mascara November 30, 2010, 10:59 pm

    Congrats, Caitlin! Let me know if you need a perspective of a psychologist who works with deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing teens 🙂 This is very exciting!

  • Tracy December 1, 2010, 8:59 am

    This is such awesome news, Caitlin! Congratulations! I look forward to purchasing the book for my nieces.

    P.S. Watch the coffee/wine near the laptop! 🙂

    • Caitlin December 1, 2010, 9:10 am

      Hahah oh you are so smart!!!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life December 1, 2010, 7:51 pm

    That pic of Maggie is so cute and I love the Christmas bulb pic- it’s super neato! (And apparently I’ve found a time machine that’s taken me to the 50’s).

    Congratulations again on the new book(s)!

  • Jolene ( December 1, 2010, 9:18 pm

    Congratulations Caitlin!!!!!!!

  • Julia @ Brides Up North December 2, 2010, 8:14 am

    Congratulations Caitlin, as ever, you rock!! xxx

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) December 2, 2010, 5:24 pm

    Sorry I am just getting caught up post vacay…hehe. I already told you this but a HUGE congrats again!!! I have always thought a book for tweens would be amazing. Just wait until the schools get a hold of it! Im sure it will be so helpful.

  • Heather December 3, 2010, 10:44 am

    Congrats Caitlin!!! What an amazing opportunity, especially for the tween age group because it is such a difficult age to go through. I was diagnosed with an eating disorder at 12 and had a hard time working through it, and could have used encouragement like Operation Beautiful.

    Today my little girl turns one month old and I never want her to have to go through that with herself. Even though she can’t understand yet, I tell her she is beautiful everyday and we look at together! a tradition I hope continues as she gets older. 🙂

  • Cassie December 8, 2010, 12:25 pm

    That’s awesome-congratulations!

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