Dear me.  I completely forgot Operation Beautiful’s two year anniversary.  It was a few days ago. 

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One question I frequently get asked during Operation Beautiful interviews is “What inspired you to develop this world-wide organization?”  But funny thing is that I never actually set out to create a ‘business’ at all.  Operation Beautiful is probably the most organic, genuine thing that I’ve ever been involved in. 


Two years ago, I was completely overwhelmed.  I had a full-time job as an urban planner, but I wanted to make a career change to Physical Therapy, so I enrolled in Valencia Community College (we lived in Orlando at the time).  I was working 40 hours a week, taking three intensive science courses, planning the first Healthy Living Summit, and writing this blog.   To top it all off, I was preforming really poorly in Chemistry, my hardest class. 


One night, I got back a test – and I had gotten a 45%.  Seriously!  I was so upset, so I excused myself from class and went into the bathroom.  I stood in that fluorescent-lit bathroom and stared at myself in the mirror, allowing all these terrible, negative thoughts to race through my head.   “You are so stupid.  You are an idiot.  Why did  you think you could do this?  You will never get into graduate school.  You are wasting your family’s money.  You are so dumb.  You will NEVER understand chemistry.”


I was startled by my negative thoughts.  It reminded me a lot of how I used to bash my body when I was in college.  It also reminded me of my period of self-harming.   Determined to change my thoughts, I reached into my bag, pulled out a scrap of paper, and posted this on the bathroom mirror:


Why did I write that particular message?  I’m not really sure – I just wanted someone else to find my note and feel special, the opposite of how I felt at that moment.


In true CaitlinHTP fashion, I took a picture of my note and blogged about it when I came home that night.  I put about 20 seconds of thought into the name and called it Operation Beautiful.  I asked you all to participate, and the crazy things is… you did.

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The word began to spread on blogs and Facebook, and soon I was receiving notes from people all of America and Canada.  Then, I stared to get notes in Spanish and Chinese and French and German.  Over the last two years, I have received over 8,000 notes, including one from every single continent (I’m sure tens of thousands have been posted and not emailed in).  There was even a note  posted on the South Pole in Antarctica!


Since Operation Beautiful began, the site has been featured on The Today Show and the Oprah Winfrey NetworkThe site’s first book was published in August 2010, and the second book – which will be geared towards tweens and teens – will be published in Spring 2012. 


But the most important part of Operation Beautiful have been the stories.  People say that posting the notes helps them feel more confident and happier.  People who find the notes are touched, too.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that finding a simple Post-It changed someone’s life.  “I am bullied at school, but Operation Beautiful helps me hold my head high,” one middle school girl said.  “I keep jumping from one abusive relationship to the next.  Operation Beautiful is helping me slowly understand that there are good people out there who care about me,” a 20-something year old wrote in.  “I was headed to the bathroom to purge my lunch, as I always do, but I closed the stall and found an Operation Beautiful note telling me that I was good enough the way I was.  I didn’t vomit that day, and I haven’t since,” another girl said. 

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Operation Beautiful would be nothing without all the amazing people who post notes every day.  Operation Beautiful is YOU.  You are strong, amazing, vibrant, kind, smart, worthy, awesome, epic, and yes… beautiful.  Inside and out. 


Two years and counting, Operation Beautiful is the most amazing thing that I have ever been involved in, and I will be forever grateful that I bombed that Chemistry test!     


To celebrate Operation Beautiful’s Two Year Anniversary, I’d like to do a giveaway.  The grand prize winner will win my favorite food processor + the Operation Beautiful book.  Two runners up will win the Operation Beautiful book.  The Operation Beautiful book is packed with 125 notes that will uplift and inspire you, as well as tips on how to lead a happier, healthier life.  It’s a GREAT gift; I’m sure you can think of a woman or girl in your life that needs to hear a positive message.

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To enter, simply leave a comment honoring a beautiful woman you know.  I’ll pick the three winners tomorrow!


PS – Want to participate in Operation Beautiful?  Simply post a note, take a picture, and e-mail it to me at!  You can follow Operation Beautiful on Twitter, Tumblr, and of course, on the blog.


PPS – Want to know what happened with my plans for a career change to Physical Therapy?  Check out Everything Changes and Everything Changes, Part II.



  • Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries June 20, 2011, 9:49 am

    Happy 2 year anniversary! What you have done is absolutely inspiring and amazing.

    I want to honor my beautiful mother who has been living in NYC with me since February to take care of me during my cancer treatments. She quit her job, left Florida and is living in my tiny apartment to be there for me during the most difficult time in my life. For that, I am forever grateful.

  • Kate June 20, 2011, 9:51 am

    My dear friend Steph is such a beautiful woman, she glows from the inside out and it’s contagious. She greets all women with, “hello beautiful.” She is a pilates instructor and also helps coach women on seeing their true beauty. She is amazing!

  • Tami June 20, 2011, 9:51 am

    Happy Annversary!

    I want to honor my beautiful friend Mary. She is going through a divorce and heading up the administrative ladder at the same time. She is the most confident person I have every met,and really need to take some notes from her.

  • Amy D June 20, 2011, 9:52 am

    I would like to honor a woman who works at my bank– we could have had a trivial relationship but over the past several years she has had a remarkable impact on my life. I would truly consider her my role model and a great support.

  • Sarah June 20, 2011, 9:54 am

    My grandmother is beautiful! She’s 84, looks like she’s 70 and barely has any wrinkles and has such a positive outlook on life, although she had her share of hardships in her life, like losing her only son. She’s beautiful and I love her to bits

  • Michele June 20, 2011, 9:55 am

    I want to honor my beautiful mother for all of her strength makes her even more beautiful from working 3 jobs with two kids never missing a dinner or sporting event, for putting away money in envelopes with James or Michele written on them so that we never had to go without that “in” pair of shoes, for pushing me to be the best that I could be and to be happy with what I have . . . for making me who I am today. Your blog makes us appreciate everyone for who they are, thank you for your perseverance to make all girls and women appreciate what they have because we ARE beautiful. Thank you!!!

  • Sarah T. June 20, 2011, 9:55 am

    I would like to honor my dear friend Sara. She is struggling with some things in life right now and negative thoughts abound. I know she is beautiful and brilliant and amazing and I want her to know that too.

  • jenny June 20, 2011, 9:56 am

    My sister is one of the most beautiful women I know — she has chosen to stay at home with her girls, ages 5, 3, and 1 and will begin homeschooling the oldest this year. She teaches her girls that beauty comes from being kind and loving — and it just shines through them. I’m so blessed to have her as a sister.

  • AlisonJ June 20, 2011, 9:56 am

    My mom is beautiful! She is warm hearted, straong, passionate, helpful, and honest. She is an amazing role model.

  • Holly June 20, 2011, 10:05 am

    My friend Jennie is beautiful inside and out. She is strong in her mind, her body, and her soul. I gave her the Operation Beautiful book for her birthday and she has been posting notes all over the place. When she feels frustrated or upset, her mantra is “You are beautiful.” She is truly a beautiful woman and friend!

  • Stephanie June 20, 2011, 10:05 am

    My great grandmother is beautiful! She is 93 years old and still is extremely active and helps out around our house a couple days a week. She is always busy with projects around her house and she is someone I really look up to!

  • Lauren June 20, 2011, 10:06 am

    My mom is one of the most beautiful people I know. She and I have started on a journey to be healthy and she has done soo well and with her support so have I. She has always been by my side and I don’t know what I would do without an awesome mother like her! She is an amazing example of what kind of mother I should be to my daughter!

  • Jennie @ Designed to be Fit June 20, 2011, 10:06 am

    My sister is one of the most beautiful women in my life. She is a wonderful mother, and at 24 weeks pregnant has no trouble taking care of her 2 year old and keeping her family healthy and happy. The most amazing thing about her is how she was able to pick herself back up after having a miscarriage with her first child. I saw a strength in her that I didn’t think was possible after that. She is amazing!

  • Monika @ Powered by Paprika June 20, 2011, 10:07 am

    The most beautiful woman I know is my older sister Margaret. She dropped out of college to get married and have kids and struggled a lot when she returned to school in her 30’s as a mom, now she’s a successful businesswoman.

  • Caitlin June 20, 2011, 10:07 am

    I can’t choose just one–all of the women in my family deserve to be mentioned. They’re all strong, independent, selfless, and confident. Everyone deserves to be told that at least once a day. Here’s to them!

  • Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama June 20, 2011, 10:07 am

    I’d like to honor my beautiful mother, a 4 year cancer survivor who is amazing!

    Congrats on 2 years of spreading positive messages!!

  • Jill June 20, 2011, 10:08 am

    My great-grandmother, although I never did get to meet her. She helped raise my dad, and she had a beautiful smile from the picture I have and a big spirit.

  • chloe @ 321delish June 20, 2011, 10:08 am

    I would like to honor my sister. She is the most unique girl that I have EVER met. She spent 4 months in India earlier this year and came home with the most unbelievable stories about the most amazing people. I know that she would not have these stories if it wasn’t for her outgoing, curious and NEVER judgmental personality.

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy June 20, 2011, 10:08 am

    My mother is beautiful. She turned 60 this year and decided to stop dying her hair. Her gray/brown hair is beautiful. I am the person I am today because of my mother. She is a strong, caring, woman. She is one of my best friends. She has heart disease and other ailments but holds her head high and carries on. Soon she may also be looking for a new job–at 60. She’s been with her current employer with one company or another for most of her career. A new career at 60? You go, Mom! (She has an interview Tuesday.)

  • Freya June 20, 2011, 10:08 am

    My mum is hands down, the most beautiful woman I know. She’s beautiful on the outside, but she is also so gorgeous on the inside; she is so, so generous and works her butt off to provide for my sister and I. She works mental hours for crap pay in a rehab centre for drug addicts, and she is amazing at her job. She’s inpsirationlal, beautiful and the most awesome person I know!

  • brandi June 20, 2011, 10:09 am

    congrats on 2 years! It seems crazy that this all started 2 years ago – it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long!

    My mom is one of the most important people in the world to me. She is funny and caring and would do anything for just about anyone else.

  • cathy June 20, 2011, 10:11 am

    happy anniversary to operation beautiful! i absolutely love the story of how this awesome project came to be, caitlin!
    i would like to honour my mom – she is one of my best friends. we chat every day on the phone. she is just a dear person, and i am so blessed to enjoy our close relationship.

  • Stephanie June 20, 2011, 10:11 am

    Congrats on an amazing 2 years!

    I would like to honor my mom. I don’t know how she raised my brothers and I and maintained her sanity…we didn’t make it easy on her but yet she is still the most selfless and amazing woman I know.

  • Erin @ Naturally Addicted June 20, 2011, 10:11 am

    As many people honor their mothers, I want to as well. My mom has gone through multiple hard periods in her life and through it all she has held her head high. When I was younger I didn’t appreciate all that she did, but now that I am older I am able to recognize her efforts and be compassionate. She is inspiring and a great example of how the obstacles in your life only make you stronger.

  • Anne G. June 20, 2011, 10:12 am

    It’s hard to pick just one! I’m surrounded by beautiful, strong women!!! But my friend Madeleine is going through a rough time at work, which is causing her to get down on herself a lot lately. I’m trying to send positivity her way so that she’ll know that no matter what happens, she’s amazing!!

  • Megan June 20, 2011, 10:13 am

    I would like to honor my mother as many people probably will. She has overcome so much in her life and has always encouraged me to be a strong, beautiful woman.

  • Mary June 20, 2011, 10:13 am

    I want to honor my friend Claire. She’s going through some tough times and I’m a little worried she’s not going to take care of herselfhe way she should. so I want her to know she’s beautiful and to staystrong.And to love herself

  • Ambre June 20, 2011, 10:13 am

    My mother is one of the most beautiful people I know. She is very strong, kind, trustworthy, caring woman. She helps other people (like coworkers) when they are down. She is helping one of her old co-workers (who happens to be one of her neighbors), who is batteling cancer right now by bringing meals, etc.

    At 56 years old, she is currently training for her third marathon, in December. Very proud of her!

    • Ambre June 20, 2011, 10:14 am

      Also, happy Operation Beautiful Anniversary!! You have accomplished SO much in the last two years! Congratulations 🙂

  • Amanda June 20, 2011, 10:14 am

    I want to honor my sister who has been the most supportive and patient person with me throughout the beginning stages of my wedding planning. She is being amazing and I can’t wait to go on this journey with her!

  • Sherry June 20, 2011, 10:14 am

    Hooray for two years already!

    I am honouring my mother as well. She is the reason I believe in myself.

  • Kate June 20, 2011, 10:14 am

    My mom is beautiful. She lives each and every day to the fullest!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 20, 2011, 10:14 am

    Aww Caitlin CONGRATULATIONS! This post made me smile, and almost made me cry (in a happy sort of way!) I would like to honour my sister. She’s 3 years younger than me, and currently in university in England. My family lives all over the globe, so we don’t get to see each other that often. She’s independent, smart (like, really smart.. she’s doing a physics degree), funny, super stylish, and so positive. I miss her tons and can’t wait to see her at Christmas! 🙂

  • Karli June 20, 2011, 10:15 am

    My three roommates are the most beautiful women I know. They have taught me so much about being a caring, wonderful friend. Each has a different skin tone, body type, and totally unique personality and all are smart, gorgeous, incredible women.

  • Devon June 20, 2011, 10:15 am

    woo woo! 2 years!

    I think like many out there- I would most like to honor my mom. She has taught my sister and I so many lessons through leading by example. For Father’s Day, my dad wanted to go on a family bike ride. He’s a phenomenal cyclist, my fiance is a road bike fiend, and my sister and I dabble in triathlons. My momma- more of a “spectator” type, rented a mountain bike and grabbed a helmet. For 12 miles, she pushed herself, never gave up, and kept her head high- even on some nasty hills! I hung out in the back with her for most of the ride- and her determination to continue was amazing. So thank you momma- you are beautiful 🙂

  • marie June 20, 2011, 10:16 am

    My 75-year-old godmother is so, so beautiful to me. When I was a little girl, she always had time to play a game with me. When I got older, she was always taking me to get a fro yo or just for a walk so we could spend time together. She now provides a wonderful example of graceful aging. Although I’m sure she has her aches and pains, she never gripes about them. She is always cheerful and upbeat, and she never refuses an invitation to go out to dinner with a friend, even if it’s to someplace that serves a type of cuisine she wouldn’t normally eat. She also keeps busy by “old lady sitting” (her phrase, not mine!) for a 103-year-old woman. She’s just gorgeous.

  • Sarah June 20, 2011, 10:17 am

    I would like to honor my grandmother. She is a constant reminder of the most important thing in life: love and family.

  • Lizzy June 20, 2011, 10:17 am

    yay congrats on 2 years and many many more!

    I would like to honor my sister! she’s the most beautiful person both inside and out, and she deserves the world! She’s my best friend, and the person that i trust my life with, and i hope that she realizes and see’s what i see her in because i know at times, she doesnt believe in herself, but because i know that she has the power to do whatever she sets her mind to, i know she’ll be AMAZING at anything! I love you sissy!

  • Tricia June 20, 2011, 10:17 am

    I want to honor my friend/ youth leader who died of skin cancer something like 8 yrs ago. Wow I hadn’t realized how long it has been since I saw her walk in a room. Anyways I want to honor Karen because she didn’t use the diagnosis as an excuse to wilt and hide away. But she lived, laughed, and loved as hard and as much as she could. And I can still see her smiling even in her last week. What a way to die… what a way to LIVE.

  • Carly June 20, 2011, 10:19 am

    Congratulations 🙂

    There are so many beautiful women that I know, but I would like to highlight my (almost) 88 year old grandma. She is such an inspiration – growing up through the depression, working hard as a teacher, and raising an amazing family that I am blessed to be a part of. She taught me how to bake when I was a child, and I think about her every time I break out the butter, flour, and sugar. I think what makes her truly amazing is her devotion to our family. Two of her children are schizophrenic, and she and my grandfather (when he was alive) took ownership to get them help and get their life back to as normal as possible. I can only hope that one day I can be the kind of mother and grandmother that she is 🙂

  • Leah June 20, 2011, 10:19 am

    I would like to honor Caitlin the creator of, for not only has she made me see things in a different light, but all the joy she gives to others. Hopes, inspiration, drive, passion, but most of all she reminds us daily that we are beautiful and a simple note can and will make a HUDGE inpact. Thank you and congrats on two years! Just like Jane Gentry “Dare to be remarkable”

    • Caitlin June 20, 2011, 12:39 pm

      <3 thank you!

  • Ruthiey June 20, 2011, 10:19 am

    My friend Emily is amazing. She’s forthright and upstanding, but kind and funny. Because she loves Jesus, she is beautiful inside and out!

  • Kim June 20, 2011, 10:19 am

    Congrats on two fabulous years of Operation Beautiful Caitlin! I honor you for an amazing movement that YOU created!!! Reading all of these comments warmed my heart and there wouldn’t be a place for all of this love to flourish and spread throughtout the globe without you! So thanks for all of your love, perseverance, and hard work that you pour into OB every single day! Plus I can’t believe youre a new real world friend as well 🙂 Totally honored 🙂

    • Caitlin June 20, 2011, 12:39 pm

      Thank you so much

  • Lauren June 20, 2011, 10:20 am

    I love Operation Beautiful notes! I wanna honor my younger sister, who is in high school. She’s been having a hard time lately, and I would give her the book to remind her that she’s beautiful and so worth it.

  • Kara June 20, 2011, 10:20 am

    My sister is a beautiful woman who is working hard to adapt to her gluten-free lifestyle while incorporating fitness AND working 40 hours a week at her internship. She is brilliant and I can’t say enough about her!

  • Amy June 20, 2011, 10:20 am

    I want to honor my mother, who is my best friend. She is beautiful outside as well as in, and always brightens my day. I love her with all of my heart and don’t know what I would do without her.

  • Hannah (Running In Freedom) June 20, 2011, 10:21 am

    Congratulations!! I can’t imagine how many people’s life have been changed because of a little sticky note. 😉
    I want to honor my Gramma. (She makes me spell it like that)
    She is beautiful in so many ways. She’s over 70 and recently lost my Poppy but is more alive than ever. She travels, walks miles each day, does yoga, volunteers at my sister’s school, and so much more. She is my biggest fan and loves so many things I do. I can sit and talk with her for hours about nothing over a good cup of coffee. She is stunning not just for her age, she just is, inside and out.

  • Alison June 20, 2011, 10:22 am

    This post actually made me tear up:-) I would love to honor my beautiful mama. She is the best mom and grandma in the whole world. Even after the deaths of my dad and my stepdad she has never given up, never stopped seeing the silver lining, never stopped laughing or remaining hopeful. My mom is the strongest and most wonderful woman I know!

  • Jenni June 20, 2011, 10:23 am

    I can’t believe it’s been two years, time sure does fly. I remember that first post on Healthy Tipping Point.

    Today is a perfect day to honour my best friend. She is a truely beautiful person on the outside and in. She works in a womens shelter helping others to find their inner strength, and to find hope again. She is kind, compassionate and smart. And today is her 1 year non-smoking-versary! She quit smoking a year ago, and I am so proud of her every day!

    • Caitlin June 20, 2011, 12:40 pm

      Thanks for reading all this time!

  • Gretchen June 20, 2011, 10:24 am

    Happy anniversary! I would like to honor my future mom-in-law! She runs her own business and takes care of her 3 kids..ages 9-14. My fiancee’s dad passed away tragically a few years ago, and her strength has been an incredible inspiration. She has been through so much yet keeps her head held high.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 20, 2011, 10:24 am

    Congratulations on the 2 yr anniversary! It’s a seriously awesome movement!

  • Carolina June 20, 2011, 10:24 am

    I’d like to honor my amazing mother who continues to be an inspiration to me every single day. She’s amazing!

  • Amy June 20, 2011, 10:25 am

    I would like to honor my mom, Mary Ring. In the midst of living a vibrant and passionate life full of helping her family, she woke up one day my senior year of high school paralyzed on the right side of her body– later being diagnosed with transverse mylelitis, a very rare neorological disease. The work she has done in the last 5 years to start walking again is inspiration to everyone around her, and is what gets me out of bed running everyday.

  • Kristin @ Wounded Fawn June 20, 2011, 10:25 am

    I would like to honor my Mother. She’s always worked so hard for her entire family, always putting others needs in front of her own, working the night shift and day shift for years and living with an alcoholic because she was afraid she couldn’t make it on her own. Her love for others is so great. Now, that I am old enough/strong enough to help her I hope she can believe in herself like I have always believed in her to get the help she needs from all of the years of never putting herself first and finally do what is best for only her.

    If she put just 1/4 of the kindness, love and compassion she has for other people, especially those in need she would the brightest beaming healthy woman I know. It is in there somewhere if she would only turn that love inward!
    Love my Mama!

  • Lauren June 20, 2011, 10:25 am

    I would like to honor my beautiful, amazing friend Barb. She inspires me, motivates me, and encourages me. She always knows just the right thing to say to make me feel like I can take on any challenge. She just needs to learn to say those things to herself, too!

  • faith @ lovelyascharged June 20, 2011, 10:25 am

    My grandmother is absolutely stunning – both inside and out. She’s currently recovering from cervical cancer but still insists on taking care of everyone else – you can see how much she wants to make others feel good about themselves and how intensely she loves her family and friends. She really is the epitome of beauty – gray hair, wrinkles, housecoat and all!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas June 20, 2011, 10:26 am

    My mother is the most BEAUTIFUL woman I know. She has dedicated her entire life to the wellness of her children – of her family. Her positivity is second to none. There have been times in our lives where my father has been less then perfect – and does not always have the nicest things to say. My mother – fights through these tough times and holds herself together – so everyone else can stay together. (I totally do not agree with or support anything my father does, but I admire so much the way in which my mother stays positive). My mother is selfless – and would give and do anything for ANYONE but herself – sometimes to a fault. Her outreach.. her kindness .. her inner beauty.. makes her the most beautiful person I have ever met. When others turn their back because they have busy lives.. my mother makes time for others.. and somehow still manages to fit in the rest of her life.
    If I am 1/2 the person my mother is.. then I am more then happy.

  • Brooke June 20, 2011, 10:27 am

    I want to honor my beautiful mother. She works so hard at everything she does and the outcome is always positive. She struggled with an eating disorder in her teens and early twenties and always told me [and still does today] that I am beautiful the way I am and no one will ever make me think otherwise. She is courageous and strong. I strive to be more like her than any one else. Her sense of humor is also pretty great 🙂

  • Caroline Leigh June 20, 2011, 10:29 am

    this is amazing. every day that i read your blog, i am more and more inspired by you!
    i would love to pass your book on to someone i know who is struggling very hard with an eating disorder right now. she is beautiful and needs all of the help she can get.

  • Hanna June 20, 2011, 10:30 am

    Congrats on all of your success thus far! What an accomplishment! And what an awesome giveaway too. I would like to honor my mother. Without her, I don’t know what I would do. She loves me and accepts me just as I am, and she makes me feel beautiful everyday.

  • Paula June 20, 2011, 10:30 am

    Happy anniversary! I’d like to honor my sister – she is kind, funny, and inspirational.

  • June June 20, 2011, 10:31 am

    My mom is a beautiful person. She died just over 3 months ago, but even when she could no longer take care of herself, she still exuded beauty from the inside, and left a ‘beauty mark’ on the daughters who carry on and love who we are because of her.

  • Khushboo June 20, 2011, 10:31 am

    Congrats for the past 2 years. Each day my respect for you grows and you continue to inspire me! Cheers to many more successful years!

  • Susan June 20, 2011, 10:31 am

    Congratulations, and thank you!, for spreading real beauty and love for two years!
    My friend, Laura, is truly beautiful. She has the biggest heart of anyone I know and inspires me by the example she sets. She loves me just the way I am, but always encourages me to grow and create a beautiful life. She is following her dream of teaching overseas and eventually wants to take a year off from teaching to volunteer in an impoverished area of our world.

  • michelle June 20, 2011, 10:32 am

    Congrats on 2 awesome years!

  • Julie June 20, 2011, 10:32 am

    I want to honor my beautiful, intelligent, hilarious, supportive mother. Her unwavering faith in me has helped me accomplish what I have in life thus far. My boyfriend and I just ended our two-year relationship yesterday. My mom was the first person I called after it happened. Even though we live 10 hours apart, she insisted that she and my dad come visit and be with me during this hard time. Just another reason why she is the woman I want to honor.

  • Kelly June 20, 2011, 10:32 am

    I’d like to honor my grandmother. She is beautiful inside and out and has always been there for me. She is such an inspiration to me and has taught me so many things. She is creative, loving, selfless, and always has a smile on her face. I am so thankful to have her in my life!

  • Rosie June 20, 2011, 10:33 am

    honoring my mom, because she deserves it!

  • Natalia - a side of simple June 20, 2011, 10:33 am

    I want to honor my mom. She’s truly the most beautiful person I know and I thank God each day that she’s in my life. I can’t imagine not knowing and loving such a beautiful woman.

    A huge congratulations to YOU, Caitlin. Because, you know, you’re pretty beautiful yourself 🙂

  • L. Marie June 20, 2011, 10:34 am

    My mother is the most beautiful woman I know. She works so hard to provide for our family and never complains. She is amazing!

  • Katie @ cooklaughmove June 20, 2011, 10:36 am

    Congrats on the anniversary!

    I want to honor Diane Fallan! She is the head GOTR/Girls on Track coach at the middle school I coach at. She has been doing it for YEARs and is a wonderful teacher, coach and mentor. She puts herself on the line for the girls by sharing personal stories to encourage them to open up and not only has she taught the girls many valuable life lessons, she has taught me and the other coaches a few as well!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) June 20, 2011, 10:37 am

    My mum is one of the most beautiful people I know. She is always good for a hug, a laugh, or a sympathetic ear and has helped me to always follow my heart!

  • Amanda June 20, 2011, 10:38 am

    One (of many) beautiful women I know is you, Caitlin, for starting such an incredible movement and inspiring all of us to find the beauty, humor, and inspiration within ourselves. Happy anniversary to you and OB!

  • Mary June 20, 2011, 10:40 am

    This summer I moved to a new city. I didn’t know anyone but my cousin, Cait, who effortlessly introduced me to her friends, her city, and her life without a second thought. Cait is kind and creative and I am so lucky to be a part of her life. And she makes a mean loaf of bread!

  • Jen June 20, 2011, 10:41 am

    Your website is my home page so when I wake up I start the day with positive thoughts-Thank you! Women are so unfair to themselves, we need to encourage each other and not resent what we may envy. My mother has polio from childhood which left her with a limp in her leg and sometimes she stumbles; She is retraining herself to know that “the bad leg” does not define her. She is finding out that it’s OK to have positive thoughts about yourself and we’re learning how to love ourselves together.

    • Caitlin June 20, 2011, 12:41 pm

      Thank you for the support, Jen 🙂

  • Paj June 20, 2011, 10:42 am

    I’d like to honor my friend “G”. She’s going through a rough patch right now. She’s really strong and able to hold things together in a way I can’t.

  • Erica June 20, 2011, 10:43 am

    My roommate and I write “beautiful” notes to each other frequently when we are feeling down or even when we are feeling great. It is an amazing way to start the day and see a post-it from a friend that makes you feel good 🙂

  • Jen June 20, 2011, 10:44 am

    My grandmother is an amazing woman! Not only can she do all kinds of awesome things (she’s a great gardener, and made it her career after she retired from her “real” job) and did fun stuff with me when I was younger (we’d rollerblade together!), but she’s completely honest and real and yet simultaneously inspiring and supportive. She’s been my “go-to” adult since I was a young girl (the adult I would “go-to” with any problems) because of the earnestness with which she would listen to me and support me and because of the trust I had in her.

  • Annie P. June 20, 2011, 10:45 am

    In honor of my sister who is the most beautiful woman inside and out I know!

  • Hallie June 20, 2011, 10:46 am

    I would like to honor my little sister. She’s had a very trying senior year in high school, complete with flaky friends, boy drama and an unsupportive administrative system. But through it all, she kept positive and kept her eyes on the prize — college. She graduated a few weeks ago and is looking forward to going to Northeastern. She’s one of the strongest people I know, and she inspires me daily.

  • Elizabeth June 20, 2011, 10:47 am

    Happy anniversary! I LOVE Operation Beautiful, it’s such an amazing thing, I am totally in awe that you came up with it!

    I’d like to honor my sister, who after gettng married and pregnant to an abusive man at 17, has since made her life exactly what she wanted, she has a new husband and a wonderful family. She has an amazing attitude about everything and is a wonderful mother. Her children are a testament to how wonderful she is, and she is a fantastic sister!

  • Shruti June 20, 2011, 10:48 am

    To me, my sister is the most wonderful woman I have known. She is my ideal and my sweetest buddy! All throughout my life she has been a source of inspiration and the support you need to do anything in life(she supported me in my decision to move to USA from India). I have never seen her weak and this inspires me to stay strong through the toughest times in life!

  • Kaley June 20, 2011, 10:48 am

    I’d like to honor my mother. While I may not tell her enough, she inspires me all the time. She is a wonderful person who raised five kids and started her own accounting firm with pennies in her pocket. Now that I am older, I realize the true leap of faith she took when she took her drastic career change. Like you Caitlin, I am so inspired that her risk paid off and now she is able to live her life how she wants to live it!

  • eliza June 20, 2011, 10:48 am

    my mother! She put up with two pmsing, boy crazy, money spending teenage girls throughout HS and she still loves us and supports us so much!

    She is now 54 years old and still gets carded at the grocery store. no joke. she looks great!

  • Kelly June 20, 2011, 10:50 am

    Happy anniversary, Operation Beautiful! Congratulations on such a wonderful and positive accomplishment. Chemistry? Psht. Post-it notes all the way!

  • Nicole June 20, 2011, 10:53 am

    I want to honor my mom. She is the biggest inspiration in my life, and shines so bright. She is loving, caring, honest, and strong.

  • Rachel June 20, 2011, 10:54 am

    the woman i want to honor is my amazingly courageous mother, Penelope. my mother was a constant source of joy & happiness. even though she struggled w/ her own weight issues, she was always verbalizing how smart, talented, & yes, pretty her 2 daughters were (are?). we were always perfect in mom’s eyes! Penelope’s vibrant personality filled up any room! She was an art teacher & her enthusiasm for her job & her life, was infectious.

    then, in 2004, my mother was diagnosed w/ stage IV lung cancer & given 6 months to live. she never a smoked, so needless to say this diagnosis was a shock to everyone. even through the horrible chemo, the feelings of hopelessness & despair, my mother remained optimistic & leaned heavily on her faith. it’s that optimism that, i believe, gave her the strength to fight the very aggressive cancer. she was even in remission when i got married & was able to dance the night away!

    in January of ’09, my husband & i found out we were going to have a baby girl. the first grandchild! i called my mother as we were leaving the doctors office to tell her. she was so excited for us! i also told her that, if she was ok w/ it, we were going to name our baby Penelope, after her. she started to cry, she said she felt “honored”.

    however, in February of 2009, my mother’s body & spirit gave up the fight. i was 6 months pregnant & it was a crushing blow to my entire family.

    as i’m now knee deep in raising a 2 year old, i get to see how much of my personality was shaped by my mother. the little things i unconsciously do that i learned from her. it’s also wild to see so much of my mother in little Penelope! i cannot wait to tell her the stories of her Yia Yia (Greek for grandmother) & what a wonderful woman her namesake was.

    it is still hard to grasp the reality that my mom isn’t around. she would have had so much fun playing w/ her granddaughter…it sucks & it’s not fair that she’s gone! but we all know that self pity doesn’t seem to change much. but my daughter, Penelope’s hugs & smile remind me that maybe my mom isn’t that far away 🙂

  • Theresa @ActiveEggplant June 20, 2011, 10:55 am

    Wow – 2 years?! Happy OB Anniversary!
    The woman I want to honor today is my Aunt Theresa, my god mother & namesake. Growing up in a large family (I’m 1 of nearly 30 grandkids!) we didn’t always have super close relationships with any one aunt or uncle. But Theresa and I always shared a special bond. We may not have seen each other all the time, but I knew she was there for me when I needed her & one of my most favorite memories with her is from my wedding day, reminiscing of all the times we spent together while I was growing up. I never realized just how strong of a woman she was – until last year. In what seemed like the blink of an eye, Theresa was very sick & in the hospital. Her liver was failing. There were several times we were worried we were going to lose her while she was waiting on the transplant list. Then one morning I woke up & learned that she had gotten the transplant over night! One year post-transplant she is healthy & happy – and her entire outlook on life has changed! She is seriously the most positive woman ever – even in the face of continued doctor visits, liver biopsies and close calls. She is living life to the fullest – taking care of her body, her relationships, her family – and is encouraging all of us to do the same. After all, life is short – and if anyone knows that it’s people that go through things like she did. It’s amazing to see the progress she’s made in the last year – and I’m proud to be her niece and namesake!

  • Hayley June 20, 2011, 10:55 am

    I want to honor my mother. I haven’t always looked up to her, or even at times respected her, but I love her with all my heart. It takes a strong woman to single-handedly raise three stubborn daughters. I know she gave up a lot for us (and still does) and did the best with what she had. Yes, she made mistakes, but her humbleness is one of the qualities I admire the most. I also want to honor her, because loving yourself is a life-long journey, and she still struggles on a daily basis. Thank you for allowing me to post this. 🙂

  • Kathryn June 20, 2011, 10:57 am

    Congrats on 2 years! How amazing! I’d like to honor my mother. She’s always done whats needed to support her family and always been incredibly strong and loving!

  • Lesley June 20, 2011, 10:57 am

    A beautiful woman is my Aunt Cheryl, who is fighting stage 4 lung cancer and is in the beginning process of losing her hair.

  • Kathryn June 20, 2011, 10:57 am

    My best friend because she never wears makeup- she is beautiful just the way she is and totally rocks it 🙂

  • Shannon June 20, 2011, 10:58 am

    Happy anniversary!!! Such an amazingbthing to be a part of! My mom…and some of my favorite bloggers who have inspired me and countless others to be our best selves.

  • Amanda June 20, 2011, 10:59 am

    One of the most beautiful woman I’ve ever known is Jill Costello, one of my sorority sisters who was diagnosed with lung cancer at 21 years old as a nonsmoker. It was such a shock to hear she had cancer– she was on the NCAA crew team, so healthy and full of life. After being diagnosed, she continued to fight for her life every day, eventually leading the crew team to win the PAC 10 championships with Stage 4 lung cancer. She passed away almost a year ago, June 24th, 2010, and I think about her all the time. Jill reminded us to “Ask, Believe, Receive” to accomplish your goals, something applicable to anything you want in life. Anyways, Jill was one of the most beautiful people I’ve met, inside and out!

  • Dana P. June 20, 2011, 10:59 am

    My mother is a beautiful woman. To look at her, you would think she’s rather plain…she wears no makeup or fancy clothes, but her heart is pure gold. She is giving and generous. For over 25 years she has gone into prisons to hold church services for the inmates. They all call her Mom. In Africa and Slovakia and Ecuador, where she has gone on missions trips, there are people who call her Mom. She’s the kind of person who will make you laugh and feel at ease.

  • marian June 20, 2011, 10:59 am

    my mom is the most beautiful woman i know. she has been through so much in her life but she just radiates love and joy and compassion every day. she serves as an amazing example of how to treat others and enjoy life. yay for moms 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) June 20, 2011, 11:01 am

    My mother-in-law is truly inspiring to me. I’ve been thinking about her a lot lately and how much she has overcome throughout her life. There are personal things that go so deep for her and recently we have both suffered from family things that have made us understand one another just that much more. She is an amazing woman with such a kind giving heart.

  • Alicia at Poise in Parma June 20, 2011, 11:01 am

    To my best friend Katie at Healthy Heddleston – she’s not only a blend and my gluten-free guru, but my BFF in real life as well. I don’t know what I’d do without her support, love and awesomeness!

  • Lisa June 20, 2011, 11:03 am

    Happy Anniversary!

    Someone I would like to honor is my mom. She is beautiful inside and out and has truly made me the person I am today.

  • Carolyn June 20, 2011, 11:03 am

    I’m absolutely inspired by my Aunt Carrie. She’s dealt with so many curveballs in her life, yet she continues to put others’ needs before her own. She’s even a foster parent for young children, and does an amazing job with it. I hope to be as strong as her.

  • Megan L June 20, 2011, 11:05 am

    Congrats, Caitlin! I’d like to honor my little sister who struggles with juvenile diabetes. She’s had a lot of ups and downs with her health, her social life, and her personal confidence, but she’s totally on track and rocking life right now! I’m so proud of her.

  • Courtney June 20, 2011, 11:05 am

    I think my mom is absolutely beautiful inside and out. I tease her constantly that she is a hottie but she really is. She has been through so much adversity and she handles it all with such class. She has taught me discipline to do the things I have to do and do them with poise even if it is something I would rather not be doing. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my mom. She is my best friend.

  • Kate June 20, 2011, 11:08 am

    I would like to leave a note honoring my mother. She’s lived an adventurous life all over the country and made mistakes along the way. I admire and appreciate the fact that she’s shared her mistakes with me, and showed me her imperfections, but that she’s always loved herself no matter what. She is the most confident and kind person I’ve ever met, and I am thankful for her guidance and inspiration.

  • kristin June 20, 2011, 11:08 am

    wow! i cant believe that was two years ago – crazy!!! you are a beautiful woman – you should be so proud of yourself!!!

  • Caitlin June 20, 2011, 11:09 am

    Congrats!! Operation Beautiful is an amazing program and I wish I had known about it when I was in middle school. My mom is the most beautiful person to me. She has always been there for me and is always positive and upbeat about life, even though she’s had more than her share of problems. I hope to be just like her someday =)

  • Julie @ Wearing Mascara June 20, 2011, 11:10 am

    I’d like to honor my mother. She has been through so much in her life, a lot of which I didn’t know about until recently. If I win this, I plan to giveaway the book to someone I care about, who needs it. I already own a copy of the book! I just know that so many other people would benefit too.

  • Katy June 20, 2011, 11:10 am

    My sis because she is a great mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend and woman

  • anya June 20, 2011, 11:12 am

    definitely my mom. she’s been through so much recently (breast cancer + helping out my dad after he got major surgery) that she deserves something like this. i love her!

  • Emily June 20, 2011, 11:14 am

    My mom because she is the strongest woman I know and I love her so unconditionally.

  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) June 20, 2011, 11:14 am

    I’ve just read every one of the (currently 99) comments above me and they are SO inspirational!! I am inspired by SO many women, I don’t know where to begin! You are one of them of course for doing such an AMAZING thing with Operation Beautiful 🙂

  • Carly June 20, 2011, 11:15 am

    Happy 2 year Anniversary!!

    I want to honor my last boss. She is the strongest, most incredible woman I have ever met who not only runs an incredibly successful non-profit organization, but runs an inspiring life. She is one of the strongest, most beautiful, intelligent women I have ever met!

  • Brittany @ Delights and Delectables June 20, 2011, 11:17 am

    Happy Anniversary. I want to honor my sweet friend Cassie. She has a baby boy, who when he was only a few weeks old was found with cancer. The little guy is almost 2 now, and Cassie stays at home/the hospital and relentlessly loves and cares for her little boy. He is the cutest and sweetest little boy ever. She never takes the bad news and never gets discouraged during the tough times. Her strength has made her young family so strong, and I know Sam will be just fine with her as his mom!

  • Heather June 20, 2011, 11:17 am

    my mom is beautiful, really, people think she is my sister! But she is beautiful on the inside, always SO encouraging and pushing me to always reach for the stars and pursue my dreams. She is goofy, dorky, and always herself and doesn’t try to be someone shes not. Love her!

  • Colleen June 20, 2011, 11:19 am

    I want to honor my mom. She is the best role model I could ever ask for–a loyal and amazing mother, wife, and friend, all while advancing her career and loving life!

  • Keri June 20, 2011, 11:21 am

    Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful blessing you are in bringing Operation Beautiful into so many lives. Thank you 🙂

    I’d also like to honor:
    1.My little sister whose strength and fire is amazing. I really think there isn’t anything she can’t accomplish when she wants it–and she also is sooo much fun!!
    2.My mom–whose kindness and humor and advice always show how much she loves me. She is wise and wonderful, and I look up to her in so may ways.
    3. and my 83 year old grandmother who still walks 3 miles a day and grows much of her own food. She lifts weights and mows her lawn and never complains about anything. She’s an emblem of strength and her beauty is outlined by the lines her life has created in her hands and face. Every wrinkle is a sign of endurance and beauty!

    The women in my family are so inspiring!!

  • Hilary June 20, 2011, 11:22 am

    My Mom. Not only is she beautiful but she never once did anything to make me feel bad about myself no matter what size I was – it never mattered and she never said anything about it. My body wasn’t who I was to her.

  • Meg June 20, 2011, 11:23 am

    My mom is the most beautiful woman I know. She is a confident, strong, independent, loving, courageous mother of 5 children. She always encourages us to be ourselves, try new things, take risks and love hugely.

  • Shannon June 20, 2011, 11:23 am

    I would like to honor my mom because she is the most confident woman I know. She doesn’t care what other people think about her and has always told me to just be myself. She is a great mom, my best friend, and my biggest fan.

  • Tracy June 20, 2011, 11:23 am

    My friend Heather… she is awesome in every way 🙂

  • Lynn June 20, 2011, 11:23 am

    I want to honor my boss. She is the biggest-hearted woman I know. She becomes a tireless and loyal advocate and friend of everyone she comes in contact with. She always takes the high road. She has no idea just how beautiful she is.

  • Katie June 20, 2011, 11:25 am

    I want to honor my sister who is always genuine with her feelings and inspires me to love myself and my body.

  • Kat June 20, 2011, 11:25 am

    Happy OB anniversary! I’d like to honor my mother, one of the most beautiful, sassy women I know!

  • Inge June 20, 2011, 11:26 am

    I want to honor al the woman in my ED talking group, because they take the power over the ED in trying to heal themselves!

  • chetney June 20, 2011, 11:28 am

    My mother is the most beautiful woman in the world. I have never seen her wear makeup, and she keeps her hair short (usually with a baseball cap on). She has NEVER bashed her body around her children and at 55 years of age she still rides 14 miles per day on her rummage sale bike, just for fun! Shes taught me that inner strength trumps superficiality. Thank you for letting me honor the amazing woman I know.

  • crystal June 20, 2011, 11:29 am

    My mom is gorgeous. And I’d like to thank her for never ever fat talking around me 🙂

  • Melissa @missmelissblurbs June 20, 2011, 11:29 am

    Congratulations! I want to honor my beautiful older sister Paola, whom I’ve always looked up to since I can remember. She just became a mother for the first time recently in February, and she gave to the world a beautiful baby girl, our little prized possession, Siena.

  • Carrie H June 20, 2011, 11:30 am

    Hi Caitlin —

    I haven’t commented in awhile (for me, ha ha) and I’ve gone through some major life changes (mental and physical – I moved to a new city and got a new job and feel more confident and happier than ever, and engage in negative self talk less I can remember since I was a kid, really) but I have to say today — Thank you so much for your blog and for Operation Beautiful. It made SUCH a difference in my life at a time when I really needed it. I know it is doing the same and will continue to do so for the many, many women and girls who need it both today and into the future.

    Love you!

    Carrie H

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic June 20, 2011, 11:30 am

    The beautiful woman I’d like to honor is my Mom! I know its so cliche, but I really owe everything I have to her. I cannot think of a more loving, good-hearted, giving person. I can only hope to one day have a fraction of the compassion that she exhibits. You know how when we’re kids we’re angry, we all think we are going to be such better parents than our own? I’ll feel blessed if I’m half as good as mine was! xoxo Momma! : )

  • Lindsey Gail June 20, 2011, 11:30 am

    My honor and respect goes out to Maria, the deceased mother of a friend of mine from middle school. She passed away 6 years ago. I think of her often, but more so recently because I keep seeing women that look just like her. She had such gentle kindness, and really supported her daughters, and her daughters friends as if they were her own. She made the best apple crisp and was always willing to listen. Her beauty and legacy live on in her two beautiful daughters.

    Thank you Caitlin for all of your efforts to bring positive thoughts to people everywhere. “Change the way you see, not the way you look.”

  • Lee June 20, 2011, 11:30 am

    I would honor my beautiful, strong, and resiliant mother who has always shown my sister and I that we are beautiful the way we were born. Love it and love OB!

  • Angela @ Pinching and Packing June 20, 2011, 11:31 am

    My mom is the most beautiful woman I know. She devotes her life to taking caring of others. She is the most selfless person I could imagine, and that makes her beautiful.

  • F. Plvan June 20, 2011, 11:32 am

    Most beautiful woman I know? That’s easy–my Mom! No contest!

    F. Plvan

  • Kelley June 20, 2011, 11:33 am

    My honor goes to each of my friends that had babies in the past two years. Seeing your friends become mothers is so incredible and it makes me so happy to have them in my life. =)

  • Crystal June 20, 2011, 11:34 am

    Happy Anniversary!

    My Grandma is one the most beautiful people I know. She is 79 years old and recently lost her husband, my Grandpa, to a heart attack. She has been so strong throughout this loss, and has managed to be positive about her life, even though I know she feels lonely at times. We’re going on a short vacation together this August, and I’m planning on spoiling and pampering her the way she has done for me all these years 🙂

  • Melanie June 20, 2011, 11:34 am

    I want to honor my mother, because she always put her family first. She is truly beautiful, from the inside out!

  • kathleen June 20, 2011, 11:34 am

    i would honor my beautiful mother whose love is constant, support unwavering, and commitment to her family unparalleled.

  • Kathleen June 20, 2011, 11:35 am

    The most beautiful person I know is my best friend Erin. Life has handed her a heavy load and she has struggled with her body and circumstances in the past, but through it all she has remained the strongest, most positive and life-affirming person I know. She makes the lives of everyone around her better just by being there, and that’s what makes her beautiful.

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION June 20, 2011, 11:35 am

    There are many beautiful women in my life, but I want to honor my sister (hi Nicole!) She’s my older sister but she’s more of a best friend. Three words to describe her:

    Strong. she’s held me through the loss of our Memere last year and encouraged me through college and chemistry classes.

    Fun. She didn’t freak out when I failed to cover the kithen blender, with cantaloupe soup ending up all over her just-cleaned kitchen.

    Silly. Nobody makes me laugh so hard that I cry like she does.

    Yes. She’s beautiful. Inside and out. 😀

  • Veronica June 20, 2011, 11:35 am

    My grandma-she just lost a daughter after losing my grandpa a couple of years ago, and she is still holding strong for the family.
    She is over 85 years old and still goes to the open-air market every morning to buy produce and meat and cooks meals for my family back in Asia.

  • Lisa June 20, 2011, 11:36 am

    The most beautiful women I know are my mother, my sister, and my sister in law. They all struggle with weight, and are always trying to get the extra pounds off. I just want them to know they are beautiful the way they are…no matter what!! I am just lucky enough to have them in my life as my best friends!!!

    Congrats on your 2 years! This was an amazing thing you started, and I still remember my first Operation Beautiful post it!

  • Elizabeth June 20, 2011, 11:36 am

    I would like to honor my former co-worker and friend, Judy. Unfortunately, she passed away 2 years ago, but was the most beautiful person I have ever known. She was always kind and gracious even during the most stressful times at work. She could talk to anyone and had an amazing sense of humor. At her funeral, it was said about her that her life philosophy was to never pass up an opportunity to say a kind word to someone and she certainly lived that way.

    I know that everyone else is honoring their living friends and relatives, but Judy was immediately who I thought of. She was a true light in this world and I just wanted to honor her. Congrats on the 2 year anniversary! 🙂 The world needs more people like you!

  • Bonnie June 20, 2011, 11:37 am

    WOW! What a giveaway! And congrats on 2 years of impacting women in positive, significant ways! 😀 I’d like to honor my mom, who with my dad needs to continue working later into her years and logs many hours motivating people as a personal trainer. Her energy is amazing and her desire to help change other people’s lives is incredible. She is kind and giving and never stops – and gives me great steps as a personal trainer following in her footsteps! 😀

  • Tiffany June 20, 2011, 11:38 am

    My daughter Jade, she is the most beautiful thing in the world to me, she smiles and it makes the sun rise in my life, if it wasn’t for her i wouldn’t know where i would be.

    Congrats on 2 years of operation beautiful!

  • Lauren @ LaDolcePita June 20, 2011, 11:39 am

    Happy Birthday, OB!! And here’s to many more.

  • Lauren @ LaDolcePita June 20, 2011, 11:43 am

    And to honor a beautiful woman I know – my Aunt Josephine, who was a second mother to me, died of ovarian cancer last August after a 10 year battle. The last time I saw her, she was frail, unable to walk or stand, and was having trouble swallowing food – I was devastated, but the first thing she said to me, even as tears were filling up in my eyes, when I walked through the door was “Hello Sunshine!” with a big smile on her face. She was so happy and positive even during her final weeks. Her strength, courage, optimism, resiliency, selflessness, and beauty shown through even until those last days, and I will spend the rest of my life trying to emulate her in my every day actions, especially when the going gets tough. So I, in this little comment box, and every day, honor my beautiful Aunt Jo.

  • Jenn K. June 20, 2011, 11:43 am

    I’d like to honor my personal trainer, Abby, who has inspired me to treat my body better and be more kind to myself.

  • Morgan @ Endorphaholic June 20, 2011, 11:43 am

    My sister is so amazingly beautiful! And she has an unabashed confidence in her body that I wish every teenage girl could have.

  • Michelle@Crazy*Running*Legs June 20, 2011, 11:47 am

    Happy Anniversary! Congrats on failing that Chemistry test – funny how something so simple can be so life changing!

    I’d like to honor my mom, who doesn’t think she’s beautiful (even though she is)and is someone I’ve looked up to all of my life and my daughter who doesn’t know she’s beautiful, but has changed my life in that I now realize how make of an impact I can make on a life of a girl – even at age 2.

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) June 20, 2011, 11:47 am

    Congratulations on the two years, Caitlin! Definitely one of those “everything happens for a reason” stories!

    My mom is definitely the most wonderful and beautiful person I know… so selfless and gracefully feminine.

  • hippierunner June 20, 2011, 11:48 am

    My nana is a beautiful woman because she is so understanding and accepting of everyone; she does so much for others and I think she’s amazing!

  • Kristine June 20, 2011, 11:48 am

    Happy Anniversary! Thanks you for changing the lives of so many …one post it note at a time!

    I have many amazing women in my life….my 4 daughters are wonderful and continually make me realize how blessed I am on a daily basis. they are so confident and self assured…something I still strggle with! My Friend, Kelly, is my hero. I tell her every day how much I admire her. I could never do what she does not go through what she has gone through.

  • Lindsey June 20, 2011, 11:49 am

    My Mom! She has worked two jobs for the last 10+ years to raise me and my two brothers on her own. We have always come first no matter, what it means she has to give up. Now that I am older I make sure she treats herself since she deserves it so much!

  • Julie @ Shining From Within June 20, 2011, 11:49 am

    I want to honor my sister. Because no matter how many times she misses going to the gym, or how many times she thinks she needs to go to the gym, she is still drop dead gorgeous regardless and doesn’t need to change a thing about herself.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed June 20, 2011, 11:51 am

    I’d like to honor my friend’s mom and my chiropractor, Sandy. She is always upbeat, positive, and kind. She raised four kids by herself and has spent her life helping others be well. She is more fit and healthy now than ever before and she’s always trying to teach others how to best take care of themselves.

    Congrats & thank you Caitlin 🙂

  • Lauren June 20, 2011, 11:52 am

    My sister is so beautiful – by day, she is a teacher to crazy middle schoolers, and by night she is a best friend, blogger, kitchen whiz, and crafter extraordinaire! She moves home from the east coast this summer and I am super excited to have her back!

  • Susie June 20, 2011, 11:52 am

    Though she certainly doesn’t think so, my mom is beautiful. She’s given up absolutely everything for my siblings and I, and has devoted her life to making sure that my sister has the best possible shot at success.

  • Natalie June 20, 2011, 11:52 am

    Congrats on 2 years! Such an amazing project!

    My best friend Ellee is one of the most beautiful ladies I know and she does not believe it! I wish I could put a operation beautiful note on her mirror everyday!

    I also think my mother is absolutely fabulous!

  • Amber K June 20, 2011, 11:53 am

    Wow, I can’t believe it has only been two years! It seems like Operation Beautiful has been around for forever, providing me with daily support and encouragement whenever I need it.

    One of the best people I know is my best friend who puts her all into everything. She is a proud mama of four, her kids are 7, 5, and she has two 20-month olds. Her days are packed full taking care of those amazing rugrats and she does it with a grace that I truly admire. She gets overwhelmed and stressed at times (hello, who wouldn’t??) but her main care is for them. She provides them with constant love, safety, support and maintains a fun house to hang in. I hope I can be half the mom she is to my future children.

  • Anne Weber-Falk June 20, 2011, 11:54 am

    I am 47 and I am beautiful. If someone had told me 7 years ago that I would be jumping around on a pool deck leading high energy water aerobics classes I would have said you are crazy. But that’s what I am doing now. Back then I was 40 years old laying on the couch eating sunflower seeds and macaroni and cheese watching Elvis movies. I was over 280 pounds and a wreck. Age 41 brought me to a fitness center and I found my niche. I’ve lost 60 pounds so far through aerobics and strength training. I walk and I bike ride and I haven’t seen an Elvis movie since. I am strong and confident and beautiful. But even better than that, through my job I help others to realize how strong and beautiful they are too. I love me!

  • Sunny June 20, 2011, 12:01 pm

    My mom’s mother was the most beautiful and gracious woman, I have ever known. I strive everyday to be more like her. 🙂

  • Jen June 20, 2011, 12:01 pm

    Wow, 2 years! What an accomplishment!

    I want to honor my friend Mary. She is an absolutely gorgeous person inside and out and has taught me that being confident is what makes you beautiful. She is such a wonderful inspiration because her confidence really does show. She always has such a gracefulness about her and I can’t say how much she has inspired me to be proud of who I am and be confident in everything I do.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 20, 2011, 12:01 pm

    I would like to honour beautiful and caring my 87 year old grandmother is still as lively today as ever.

  • Lynda June 20, 2011, 12:03 pm

    This seems a little silly, but I want to take the time to honor myself, for overcoming all of my obstacles and for my personal efforts at evolving and improving, day by day. The person we take for granted the most is ourselves, hence all negative body talk and self imposed pressure. And that’s the whole point of operation beautiful, isn’t it? We can’t love anyone unless you truly learn to love ourselves. 🙂

    • Lynda June 20, 2011, 12:05 pm

      *all the negative body talk

      *we truly learn to love ourselves

      typos typos typos

  • Coco June 20, 2011, 12:03 pm

    Wow, happy 2 year anniversary, OB! I have been an OB fan for pretty much that entire time 🙂

    One of the most beautiful women I know is my best friend, Brooke. She and I have been BFFs for over 20 years (!!!). She is intelligent, gorgeous, caring, compassionate, and fun to be around. Her smile is contagious.

  • Kathy June 20, 2011, 12:05 pm

    The most beautiful person I know is my mother – I’ve never heard her once say anything negative about her body and has always had such a positive outlook on life. She is also one of the most compassionate people I know, always wanting to help others. I love my mom!

  • Corey @ runners cookie June 20, 2011, 12:05 pm

    It must be truly amazing to look back on the past 2 years and know that you’ve created something so inspiring and life-changing for women and men around the world.
    My mother is a truly beautiful woman. She’s full of energy and athletic, selfless, and so much fun to be with. I hope to be as good of a mother as she is someday.

  • erica June 20, 2011, 12:06 pm

    My mom has morphed into a strong, strong woman after a lot of hurdles. I admire her willingness to realize not everything she was doing was working well and our relationship is better than ever!

  • kayleigh June 20, 2011, 12:07 pm

    What a great post!

    I would like to honor my mother, she is such a beautiful woman inside and out and is always there for me when I have days when i feel not-so beautiful. She is incredibly encouraging and always motivates people to do the right thing. She is very content with herself how she is right now and I hope to someday be at that point of self-contentment.

    Once again, wonderful post and thanks for starting Operation Beautiful!!

  • Amy June 20, 2011, 12:07 pm

    Caitlin, congratulations on two years — we look forward to your continued success and can’t wait for your new book!

    I would like to honor my two teenage daughters! Both are strong, independent young women who work hard, care for others, and stay true to themselves. Being a teenager and not giving in to peer pressure isn’t easy and certainly isn’t always fun, but they do their best!

  • Michelle M June 20, 2011, 12:11 pm

    I would like to honor my sister. She is younger than me, but has always kind of lead the way. She kept me sane through many downs in my life and is a beautiful soul.

  • Katie June 20, 2011, 12:12 pm

    Happy two years!

    I would love to honor my twin sister, Amy, for being an amazing teacher and encouraging her students to believe in themselves and continuously grow 🙂

  • Hillary June 20, 2011, 12:13 pm

    Happy Anniversary, Caitlin! I want to honor my grandmother. She turned 88 years old last week, has battled three different types of cancer (and is currently fighting colon cancer), and never lets it get to her. She wakes up every morning, puts on her makeup, does her hair, and goes out to do her thing. I hope to be half as brave (and beautiful) as she is when I’m her age!

  • Jessie June 20, 2011, 12:16 pm

    Congratulations on two years! I love this website and this idea! It has given my friends and me more confidence than you could even imagine!

    I would like to honor my mom. She is so strong and beautiful – inside and out! Even when she doesn’t feel like anything is going right, she still takes it upon herself to help other people. She has paid bills for other people, shopped for them, taken care of them, and always made my brothers and me feel like we matter and that we are important. She always encourages us and works so hard to make sure we have a good education and a strong and loving family. She is a great mother. I hope I can be like her one day. She is my inspiration. I love her so much! 🙂

  • Heather June 20, 2011, 12:16 pm

    I want to honor my mom and grandma, two of the strongest women I know. They are amazing and I strive to be like them each and every day!

    Happy 2 year anniversary, Operation Beautiful!

  • Emily June 20, 2011, 12:17 pm

    Happy 2 Year Anniversary! I want to honor my mom, who puts everyone before herself and somehow manages to give more than imaginable to everyone else.

  • Charlotte June 20, 2011, 12:17 pm

    I would honor my sister-in-law. She found out she was pregnant (unplanned) and learned her husband’s brain cancer was back less than a month later. She has been so strong through his surgery and taking care of him while pregnant. Now I have a new niece and her husband is doing worse and she is only looking on the positive side and I am so proud of how strong she is.

  • Susana Duarte June 20, 2011, 12:17 pm

    I know many inspiritual women, but I wanted to honor a woman that I don´t even know personally. I follow her blog for a couple of months now, and she is a true inspiration. Her name is Fleur de Guerre and she is amazing.

  • jen @ taste life June 20, 2011, 12:18 pm

    I can’t believe it’s been two years! I remember when you started posting notes and saying how good it made you feel, and I felt happy for you.

    I really needed this post today. I needed to be reminded that even the bad stuff leads to beautiful stuff.

    And the woman I want to honor is my grandmother. She has not been well this spring, and she hadn’t written me a letter, which she normally writes every week, in months and months. When I went to mailbox today, I had one! I was so happy I almost cried.

  • monicanelsonfitness June 20, 2011, 12:20 pm

    I just love all the stories and recaps of how it all came about. 🙂

    Happy 2 year!

  • Claire June 20, 2011, 12:21 pm

    I want to honor my mom, Terre, as a beautiful woman in my life. She has done everything possible to make sure I was healthy and happy from helping me overcome a speech impediment in order to avoid teasing to teaching me how to cook so I can keep my body healthy and my taste buds happy. My mom is my number 1 fan and source of encouragement, she knows how to give me advice when I need it and also know when to hold back and let me learn things for myself. I can honestly say my mom is my best friend and I owe her everything for the person she has helped me become. I love you Mom!

  • Katy June 20, 2011, 12:21 pm

    My friend Lynn is the most beautiful woman I know. She cares for her family, goes to school, volunteers, and survives all kinds of adversity (like the postal service!) with a smile on her face. She is AMAZING.

  • Dominique Benzio June 20, 2011, 12:23 pm

    My mother is the most beautiful person I know! Not only does she have a more killer bod than I do, and the best smile, but she is one of the most kind, thoughtful people I know. I hope one day I can grow up to be just as hospitable as she is (and be able to bust a move like her on the dance floor!).

  • Jamie June 20, 2011, 12:26 pm

    I would like to honor my friend and babysitter Jessica. She makes me feel like my son is loved, safe, and well taken care of while I am at work. I will always be grateful for her!

  • Claudia June 20, 2011, 12:27 pm

    My mom is one of the most beautiful people I have ever met. She inspires so many people on a daily basis and makes it possible for them to do their jobs and keep a positive attitude. She also looks after our family and loves us a lot. [Though my father is also pretty beautiful in the fact that he cooks and cleans for the family while my mom works.]

  • Julia June 20, 2011, 12:28 pm

    I would like to honor my Aunt Mary. She has always been beautiful. She recently lost a lot of weight and underwent surgery for severe back problems that have caused her pain her whole life and she has such a wonderful attitude about it.

  • Angela June 20, 2011, 12:29 pm

    WOW – stumbled upon your blog – happy anniversary!

    I’d like to honor my sister – she worked for several non-profits in our area doing PR, then decided to be at home when she was pg with her 2nd son. She’s a terrific mom to two busy boys, and a genuinely beautiful human being, inside and out. She makes the whole family realize that PEOPLE are the important things.

  • Rebecca June 20, 2011, 12:31 pm

    I would like to honor my mom because she survived breast cancer, she had to take care of my family during lots of times of needs, she managed to keep us fed and going to the places we needed to, she works part-time, she gets good exercise, and she encourages us to do what we’re passionate or interested in! If it weren’t for this great woman, i wouldn’t have such a healthy pantry that we have now and i wouldn’t be who i am today! <3

  • Laura June 20, 2011, 12:33 pm

    I would like to honor my older sister, who has battled with depression and weight issues for years, since my parent’s messy divorce. She is the smartest person I know. She struggles with believing she is worth being loved for who she is and being happy. I wish I could make her happy but I know it comes from within. She inspires me to be compassionate and challenge myself, and be a supportive sister always.

  • Rebecca June 20, 2011, 12:33 pm

    Honoring my mom because she is my best friend and inspires and motivates me through everything I try. She is an amazing mother while also being a strong career woman, and has set such a good example for my family.

  • Kristina June 20, 2011, 12:34 pm

    I want to honor my mom. Went through a separation, bought a new car, new house, new everything without the help of anyone. Has been there for my sister and I throughout our entire lives with ANYTHING we needed, and last month when I went through a horrific breakup, she drove 8 hours + 2hr ferry ride the next day to come help me. She holds a fantastic job as a manager at a bank, volunteers in the community, and is an all around amazing person who deserves more recognition than she gets.

  • Rebecca June 20, 2011, 12:36 pm

    I’d like to honor my roommate, Joan. She’s always so positive, and her positivity is contagious. Joan teaches theater and choreography to middle schoolers, and she’s such a great, encouraging influence on her kids.

  • Abby June 20, 2011, 12:37 pm

    Happy Anniversary to Operation Beautiful! 🙂 I would like to honor my Grandma for everything that she has done for me. She is such a confident, strong woman and I hope that I can continue to learn from her every day of my life.

  • Kate June 20, 2011, 12:38 pm

    Happy 2 year anniversary! I love that you didn’t set out to start something huge but that it happened anyway!

    I would like to honor my sister Elizabeth. She has had a lot of set backs in the last couple of years but she still has a good attitude and she still chooses the opportunities that might not be the easiest but will produce the best results!

  • Kristin June 20, 2011, 12:39 pm

    I want to honor my friend, Katie, who just landed her dream job after years of hard work. She got the offered and moved to NYC to start the job two days later. I’m so proud of her dedication, motivation, and strength!

  • Beth June 20, 2011, 12:39 pm

    My grandma was the most beautiful woman I have ever known. She was independent, kind, funny, and so loving. She was a friend to everyone. She taught me so much!

  • Sarah June 20, 2011, 12:39 pm

    In honor of my mom, the most selfless person alive!

  • Carly June 20, 2011, 12:40 pm

    I would like to honor my mom. My mom is the most selfless, genuine person I know. She taught my sisters and I to always be thankful and appreciate the day. She deserves all the recognition in the world!

  • caroline June 20, 2011, 12:44 pm

    I also want to honor my mom. She would, and does, do anything for her children and her husband, always putting others before herself. I want only the best for her, and I always hope she feels loved and happy.

  • Emily June 20, 2011, 12:45 pm

    Happy Anniversary, Operation Beautiful.
    I would like to honor my little cousin, Sophie. She is 8 years old and has yet to be exposed to all of the terrible messages in society that influence and teach us how NOT to love ourselves.
    She is truly a beautiful girl whom loves her self and others. She knows she is beautiful inside and out. I wish someone would have told me when I was young that everyone is beautiful as beauty is within. Therefore, I remind her each and everyday that she is beautiful because she is strong, compassionate, and humble; not because she looks like a runway model.

  • alex June 20, 2011, 12:45 pm

    To my sister. She is and has always been the person I look up to. She has taught me so much in my life, and I am so unbelievably grateful to have her as my best friend. She is a 4th grade teacher that absolutely loves her job. She spends most of her money on her students, giving them everything they need to learn to the best of their ability. She is kind, sweet, gentle, loving, beautiful, creative, and I wouldn’t change anything about her. I love you Miranda.

    Happy 2 year anniversary Operation Beautiful. Your positive way of thinking has made a huge impact on my life.

  • HTPMom June 20, 2011, 12:46 pm

    Two Years of Operation Beautiful! Two Years of sharing Love from one beautiful person to the next beautiful person. This world needs real beauty and love to stand up and be seen so that we realize it’s plentiful and contagious. Operation Beautiful is a forum that allows us to stand and shout out thousands of positive messages. OB is simple and powerful. Congratulations to you, Caitlin, and to all your caring readers.

  • Megan June 20, 2011, 12:47 pm

    I would love to honor my mom, because she is the strongest woman I know. She’s as tough as nails, but also the sweetest, most genuine person I have ever met. She never thinks of herself, so this would be a nice thing for her to win

  • Meri June 20, 2011, 12:48 pm

    I have to say that not only did operation beautiful inspire me to be more positive, it got me reading blogs and eventually inspired me to start my own blog. The blog that I started has become such a positive outlet for expression for me and its a way for me to practice writing, form relationships, and connect with others.

    Thanks Operation Beautiful, thank you Healthy Tipping Point, Thank you Caitlin, and Thank you readers who have shared in it!

  • Laurie June 20, 2011, 12:49 pm

    To my friend, Aimee, who has been the most confident person I know. She never once apaologized and felt ashamed of any part of her body. During my worst times, she always gave me the confidence to love myself. She’s a wonderful person and goes through life with a smile.

  • Jessica Clem June 20, 2011, 12:50 pm

    I would like to honor my cowoker, Crystal. She is a strong woman who doesn’t take any crap, but still is classy and well-spoken. She is an inspiration!

  • Jacqueline June 20, 2011, 12:51 pm

    My friend Katie. She is always positive, generous, and caring. She is a truly other-centered person.

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    • Sharon June 20, 2011, 1:01 pm

      I would like to honor my friend Pearl. She is an elder women in her early stages of Alzheimers. I met her several months ago through volunteering with her at her senior apartment homes, and I must say, she is the most cheerful, respectful, caring, motivated and hardworking elders I know. She’s been an inspiration to me because I was on the line of hitting rock-bottom when I met her last semester of school, but spending every week with Pearl gave me strength, and a clearer perspective. I spent months with Pearl trying my best to teach her computer literacy, and the English language, to combat her Alzheimers disease. She was so kind to me, and she was respectively a pleasure to work with. So, I’d like to honor Pearl for her generosity, and strength in fighting her disease through continuous learning, and engaging in a productive lifestyle. And Thank You Caitlin, for discovering Operational Beautiful, and inspiring all these Beautiful people through your great story!

  • Julia H. June 20, 2011, 12:54 pm

    Oddly, I would actually like to honor myself. I know this probably isn’t what you had in mind for honoring a beautiful woman I know, and while I was starting to write about my amazing mother, I think I need to take this as an opportunity to remind myself of how special I am (please don’t read this as any sort of arrogance!). I’ve dealt with eating issues in the past, and have moved past that. Still, though, I’m not immune to having a bad body image day every now & then. While I can be hard on myself sometimes, I need to remember that we’re all beautiful, and that I have so much to offer.

    Thank you Operation Beautiful (I’ve posted many notes on my college campus) and Happy Birthday!

  • Elise June 20, 2011, 12:56 pm

    I’d like to honor my cousin, Allison. Although she is no longer with us after a battle of cancer, she always had a positive outlook, was supportive, caring, loving and strove to be the best she could be. Looks weren’t important to her, it was what was on the inside that count. She helped me learn to love myself for who I was and the woman I was becoming. She is one in a million, and touched my heart and my life in so many ways, even after she got diagnosed with terminal cancer — her outlook never changed. She always carried a smile, a compliment, a caring gesture. I only wish she could be here today to keep spreading her love and positiveness. She is someone I strive to be like, daily.

  • christine June 20, 2011, 12:58 pm

    I would like to honor my sister, Caitlin. She has such a big heart and is going to make a wonderful nurse!

    Happy anniversary!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf June 20, 2011, 12:58 pm

    There are a few very special women in my life but in this case I’d love to honour my best friend Ali – she’s having a bit of a rubbish time at the moment including her parents getting divorced and her boyfriend ending things with her – this all resulted in a failed suicide attempt. I know how special and beautiful she is, how much she has going for her and how she has so much to live for – I just wish she could see that too. Hopefully it won’t be too long before she does 🙂
    Happy Operation Beautiful Birthday Caitlin – you do such a good job of raising morale and self esteem in women – keep up the good work 🙂

  • Gina G June 20, 2011, 1:00 pm

    I would like to honor my amazingly beautiful Mom. She is honestly my bestfriend and lifts my spirits every single day 🙂

  • Kelley June 20, 2011, 1:02 pm

    My mom is definitely the most beautiful woman I know inside and out!

  • Samantha June 20, 2011, 1:04 pm

    Happy 2nd anniversary Operation Beautiful!
    Not only has it changed my life, but it has taught me- and so many others that WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL!!!

    I would like to honor my mother because she has always been there for me no matter what has happened. She’s the best there could ever be. Words cannot describe how much I love her.
    She is the best mother someone could ask for.
    I love you Mom!

  • Rachel June 20, 2011, 1:05 pm

    While I could easily honor a family member, like many of the previous posts, I want to honor you, Caitlin! You and your Operation Beautiful project are great role models for girls. You share your story with thousands of people, and you show that being strong, beautiful, and confident are possible. You show how there are obstacles in life and not everything will be easy (or perfect), but that you can overcome anything! Keep up the great work and hopefully your message will spread even further in the next 2 years!

  • Mandiee June 20, 2011, 1:07 pm

    I would like to honor my mom for she gives her heart to everyone she meets and has taught me to love myself by loving others. I would also like to honor my best friend who after trying to help her friend by informing a teacher about the friend’s drug problem, felt so guilty she harmed herself. I am immensely thankful that she is still alive. She may be quite sometimes, but her heart is always in the right place. I pray she learns to love herself as much as she tries to love others.

  • Ashlee June 20, 2011, 1:11 pm

    I would have to honor my 3 grandmothers (well one of which is actually just my childhood babysitter, but she’s ‘Nana’ to me!) I don’t have the best relationship with either of my parents, and my childhood was rough to say the least at times, but these 3 women taught me how to cook, sew, and take care of myself, as well as how to love and serve others with more faith and love than anyone else I’ve ever met in my life. If it weren’t for those 3 women (not to mention 2 fantastic aunts!) I wouldn’t be alive today!

  • Becca B June 20, 2011, 1:13 pm

    I want to honor my sister-the full-time mom, wife, and nursing student, who didn’t give up when things got hard and didn’t go as planned!she is absolutely amazing and beautiful in every way!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 20, 2011, 1:15 pm

    My goodness, it’s already been two years?! That’s incredible!!

    I’d like to honor my aunt who recently passed away after losing the battle to cancer. She was gorgeous with such a sweet, angelic look. Which reflected her personality perfectly as she loved God and cared for others as her own. She was a nurse, dedicating her time caring for others who needed help…all while being exposed to what ultimately took her life while doing so. (The hospital she worked in was riddled with asbestos which caused the cancer). Truly a “bad things happens to good people” story.

  • Erin June 20, 2011, 1:15 pm

    My mom is the most beautiful person I k now. She will do anything for anyone and has taught me how to be a strong woman.

  • Katie June 20, 2011, 1:16 pm

    My little sister is a beautiful woman that I look up to and love. She is turning 25 in just a few days, yet and yet she has overcome and conquered so much in her life time already. A former NCAA basketball player, she shifted her focus to academics, and is currently waiting for her acceptance letter to Law School. She has battled self esteem issues, and come out on top, running, practicing yoga, and living a full and rewarding life. She reminds me to be present, focused, and driven, but most of all, to be your own cheerleader. If you don’t beleive in you, who will?

  • Crystal June 20, 2011, 1:21 pm

    I would like to honor all of the beautiful women in my life, but first and foremost, myself! It has been a long road to get to a place of self love (and a continual process) and with out this love I would not be able to help others in my life. You truly love if you don’t first love your self! Thank you for helping me along this journey Caitlin!

  • Anu June 20, 2011, 1:23 pm

    Congratulations on 2 years! Such a great accomplishment!

    I want to honor my Mom. She brought me up as a single Mom, who worked full time. The closest family we had was across the Atlantic. She did everything by herself and she did with grace. I love her so much. She truly is my best friend!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 20, 2011, 1:24 pm

    Happy 2 years for Operation Beautiful! How incredible!

    An amazing woman I know is my mom. She always thinks of others before herself and she is the most giving woman I know. She is such a rock and keeps our family grounded. I love her so so much!

  • Helen June 20, 2011, 1:24 pm

    I would NEVER in a million years say that I honor myself enough but I am hoping that with the help of blogs and my wonderful fiance, I will start loving myself EVERYDAY and not just some days.

  • jenn June 20, 2011, 1:25 pm

    My grandma. She has survived 6 natural childbiirths, living a farm womans life in the 1920s-80s, stage 3 hotchikns lymphoma, hip replacement, a heart attack and mini stroke. She is STRONG and beautiful!

  • Cheryl June 20, 2011, 1:25 pm

    Happy Anniversary Operation Beautiful! I would like to honor my mom who was a truly beautiful woman. She had the rare talent of truly listening to others and making them feel important–no matter if she knew them for one minute or for one year.

  • Hope June 20, 2011, 1:28 pm

    I want to honor my mom. She is the most beautiful woman I know, inside and out. She has been eating vegan and organic since before most people knew what those things were, and she can still out run me and my sister during a jog on the beach any day. We are so blessed to have such an inspiring mom!!

  • Mari June 20, 2011, 1:29 pm

    My mom is beautiful. She is such a wonderful, strong, positive woman. She’s also my best friend.

  • Molly June 20, 2011, 1:29 pm

    My Mom! Wonderful, giving, and a mother of triplets. Of course, she deserves just about anything at this point. Not enough words in the world to explain just how amazing she is!

  • Suzanne June 20, 2011, 1:29 pm

    My sister. She’s been through a lot in the past year with the death of her husband and transitioning to a single mother. She’s struggling right now to find how to be alone and who she is. I see her obsessing over her looks as a coping mechanism and considering desperate measures to “fix” things she doesn’t like. I hope she can get through this without destroying the strong woman I know she is.

  • Ellen June 20, 2011, 1:31 pm

    I would like to honor my (triplet) sister Liza. She truly is beautiful inside and out. She has such a sincere and sweet nature with everyone she meets. She works in a superficial industry, but she hasn’t let it change her one bit. I admire her so much and I honestly cannot imagine my life without her!

  • Rebecca June 20, 2011, 1:33 pm

    My best friend, Morgan. She died in a car accident in ’08 when she was just 17. She was like a sister to me. She was beautiful inside and out, and died doing what she did best: helping a friend. She was always putting others before herself. I learned a lot from her when she was alive, but I also learned from her after she’d died. Our church was packed during her funeral. She impacted more people than I’d realized! Her uncle spoke at her funeral about how she was like a sunflower: always facing the sun.

  • Eva June 20, 2011, 1:35 pm

    My best friend. She’s truly beautiful despite what she thinks. I hope she will believe that someday.

  • Alex @ Working Housewife June 20, 2011, 1:38 pm

    I want to honor my amazing friend, Nora. Her mother is struggling with brain cancer and she still brings light in MY life. She is such a strong and amazing woman and she continues to see hope when life seems so grey.

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans June 20, 2011, 1:39 pm

    I want to honor my Aunt Diane who passed away last week. She was a big inspiration to me as a child and did so much for her community. Even in her last days she carried herself with a grace that I can only hope to possess some day. She is dearly missed already but I am blessed for the 29 years I had. 🙂

  • Carol June 20, 2011, 1:40 pm

    I would like to honor my friend Louella . She has taken her 43 year old daughter who is suffering with MS into her home and completely lost her daily existence as she knew it . She is wonderful, kind and loving to every person that steps through her door . Each morning when she goes to her daughter’s bedroom the first words out of her mouth are “good morning sunshine – you are my gorgeous girl.” She is a blessing to know . Always a smile and a shoulder to lean on. She is beautiful inside and out !

  • Amanda June 20, 2011, 1:40 pm

    I am lucky to say that I am surrounded by beautiful woman but there is one that I am surrounded by that is by spirit. The most beautiful woman to me is my Mother. She passed away 21 years ago but each day I think of her. During her all too short time here on earth she touched many lifes. She had a personality that could light up a room. She was a nurse – which was her life calling because she was so great at caring for people. She went to all sports games, dance recitals, gym meets for not only her own kids but all of her nieces and nephews too! She would stop anything to help another person. I miss her dearly every day but as I went through nursing school, battled a tough eating disorder, now planning my wedding I feel her around me always giving me strength and the will to push on. I wish more then anything that she was here with me but each day I live to make her proud and during my weakest moments she pulls me through.

  • Sana June 20, 2011, 1:40 pm

    Yeah I bomb exams all the time and feel like s*@&#. But I know what I have a baller life and I am doing the best I can!

  • Stephanie June 20, 2011, 1:44 pm

    My Granny is the strongest woman I know. When I was a child, I wanted to stay with her at her house every chance I got. She taught me to read, to ride my bike, and, most importantly, how to love unconditionally. She is 83 now, and is in the nursing home. Some days her memory isn’t great, but her face always lights up when she recognizes me. I love her so much.

  • Nikki June 20, 2011, 1:45 pm

    I want to honor my best friend, Jen. We work together in an inner-city school and on days when I can’t think of any reason to get out of bed, all I have to do is think of leaving her alone, and she is my motivation. She makes me laugh on a constant basis, smile when I’m feeling extremely down and is there to talk about ANYTHING at any time of any day. She has taught me so much about myself and my abilities both in and out of the classroom.

  • Stephanie alaine June 20, 2011, 1:47 pm

    What a thing to celebrate!! You truly are the SPaRk Caitlin!! Thanks for all you give to this space: creativity, authenticity, playfulness, perseverance, heart!

    The woman I honor: my grandmother, a mentor and friend who always encourages me to be me, beautiful, wise, learning me 🙂 She is a firecracker, even at 83, and I hope I am just the same!!!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In June 20, 2011, 1:47 pm

    I’d like to honor my co-worker Kristy. Kristy hurt her leg in a car accident and so hasn’t been able to maintain an active lifestyle as most people would see it. So while she may not be society’s version of beautiful, but she is the most self-less, hardworking, kind woman I have ever met. I cannot imagine starting my job without her help and guidance along the way.

  • Courtney June 20, 2011, 1:47 pm

    My grandmother is beautiful and has taught me the beauty of reading, gardening, and taking care of yourself. She is beautiful and I can only hope to be as gorgeous as she is now in her 80s! She has a strong handsome man by her side that she credits with her inner beauty– he is a true gentleman who still compliments her and loves her 🙂 They have a beautiful marriage that I hope to have with my special guy 😉 Thank YOU for this Operation Beautiful— it is great (insert Tony the Tiger hahha)!

  • Neena June 20, 2011, 1:47 pm

    Happy anniversary!

    I want to honor my beautiful friend, Heather, who is a hard-working mom of two sweet babies. She is such an inspiration and always keeps her head up, even when life gets tough. Here’s to you, my friend!

  • Bethany June 20, 2011, 1:49 pm

    My mom is the most beautiful because of all she does. She works a full time job and takes care of everything in the household. And she’s always the most positive person I know. We aren’t in the same city anymore, but I can’t help but talk to her a few times a day.

  • Jenny June 20, 2011, 1:51 pm

    I honor the woman I am now and the promise of who I will become. I have survived a bitter breakup and am raising a 4 year old boy with special needs by myself while helping to support my mother who has no medical coverage. I never thought I’d be strong enough, resourceful enough, brave enough to handle these challenges but we are thriving and everyday I move towards improving myself – as a woman, mother, professional, daughter.

    Congrats to you too Caitlin and OB!

  • Coco June 20, 2011, 1:51 pm

    Congratulations! Your story is truly inspiring and reminds me that we all have the power to make a difference in the lives of others while still pursuing our passions.

    I want to honor my mother, Bonnie. She is truly the most inspirational, kind, caring, strong…(I could go on!)…person that I have ever met. For the past 3 years I have been battling anorexia and through it all she has never left my side. I would not be where I am today without her.

    I think everything you are doing is wonderful and I wish you many more years of success.

  • Emma June 20, 2011, 1:54 pm

    I am very lucky to know many strong and beautiful women, but I think my mom, Judy, takes the cake. She works harder than anyone I know, and would do anything for the happiness and success of her children (and now grandchildren!). I am honored to call her my mother.

  • Lynn June 20, 2011, 1:57 pm

    I want to honor my mom, who inspires me to be an active healthy person. Even at age 58, she still swims most mornings before work. Last week, she swam two miles on Tuesday. Way to go, Mom!

  • Jenn June 20, 2011, 1:58 pm

    One of the most beautiful people in the world is my best friend Polly. She is beautiful inside and out. She is such an inspiration to all who know her. I don’t know what I’d do without her encouragement and friendship. Check out her blog! Thanks, Caitlin, for making a difference is women’s and young girls’ lives!!

  • Katie June 20, 2011, 1:58 pm

    My mom is the most beautiful person I know. All her life she has struggled with self-image, and after a difficult bout with pneumonia and a brain hemorrhage, the steroids they gave her made her gain weight- reversing her hard work. Despite some difficult days, she has kept her head high and continued pushing on in her battle for self-love. I admire her and love her dearly.

  • Michelle Gabela June 20, 2011, 2:00 pm

    Congrats on 2 years!!! That is amazing.
    The first woman i though off is my best friend Maira. She has gone through a lot in the last couple years and is her worst enemy. I would love nothing more than for her to look within herself to find her inner beauty and the strength to get through hard times. She is the kindest most amazing woman friend,sister, daughter, and aunt. My wish for her is to stop the negative talk and be happy with herself.

  • Rachel June 20, 2011, 2:02 pm

    i want to honor my grandmother. she has been my shopping buddy, my sounding board, the voice of reason and words of wisdom in my 25 years. she’s the strongest person i know who has overcome many obstacles in her life.

  • Baking 'n' Books June 20, 2011, 2:06 pm

    I don’t want to enter the give-away – I live in Canada and don’t expect you to pay for shipping! Not to mention I live in like 500 sq feet – I don’t need more in my life ;)…(except for your book – but I already got that!).

    I just want to say that I honor YOU. For starting this and bringing good into the world and not being selfish.

    And an inspiration..God, oh God – I want to turn around and be a writer…hard work of course! But to dream…

    • Carly (Swim, Run, Om) June 20, 2011, 2:14 pm

      Do it! One year from now, you’ll wish you had started today. 😉

  • Nikki June 20, 2011, 2:07 pm

    I would like to honor my grandma who I lived with until this past March when she went into a nursing home. Although she has dementia, I will always remember the kind, sweet person she used to be!

  • kristenq June 20, 2011, 2:08 pm

    Congrats on your two year anniversary!!
    considering how the wonderful things you have done for so many people, thats awesome!

  • Colleen June 20, 2011, 2:08 pm

    Happy Anniversary, OB!

    I want to honor my mom — she probably doesn’t hear as much as she should what a kind, compassionate, generous, strong & all around amazing mother, wife, sister, aunt and friend she is!

  • Tessa @ Amazing Asset June 20, 2011, 2:12 pm

    I want to honor my mom and say how beautiful she is both mentally and physically! She has helped me so much through disordered eating recovery and I would be no where near where I am without her. I love you mommy

  • Carly (Swim, Run, Om) June 20, 2011, 2:13 pm

    First of all, I can NOT believe it’s been two years. I started reading shortly after that original post, and it’s just crazy how much has happened in that short amount of time! I am so proud of you and all that you’ve accomplished, and I can’t wait to see where you and Operation Beautiful go in the future. 🙂

    To answer your question, I would like to honor both my mom and my grandma. My mom had a stroke four years ago and still finds many tasks difficult, but manages to walk at least four miles every day (usually she’ll go five or six!) My grandma was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, and will begin chemo and radiation soon. My grandma is really a beautiful woman, inside and out, and always makes me feel beautiful, too. 🙂

  • Jeri June 20, 2011, 2:14 pm

    I want to honor the strongest woman I know-my mother! She slept with me every single night I was in the hospital and not once has her support of my recovery wavered. She brings out the very best in me and accepts me no matter how much I struggle with accepting myself. Oh, plus that fact that she is 54 and still goes to the gym every morning, Woot Woot! Go Mom!

    Congrats on an AMAZING 2 years!!

  • Mary June 20, 2011, 2:14 pm

    My sweet friend Stephanie, is an incredible example of a follower of Christ, a wife, a mom, a friend. One of those friends whom make you feel like you are super special, she devotes her energy and time when you are with her and she’s not worried about the outside world at that particular moment. Lip service is not her specialty but heart service is.

  • Maria June 20, 2011, 2:15 pm

    I want to honor my sister, a recent graduate. She is following her dreams and it brings a smile to my face knowing that she has the bravery to do so.

  • Ashley June 20, 2011, 2:18 pm

    My grandmother is a beautiful woman. At 80 years old she was still going to the gym 3 times a week. Now, several years later she is fighting colon cancer. She is so strong and wonderful!!!

  • Lauren @ Team Giles June 20, 2011, 2:22 pm

    I remember reading that blog post you did with the first OB note. It’s amazing what one simple act of kindness can do for someone. Thank you Caitlin for creating Operation Beautiful. 🙂

    My sisters are absolutely beautiful inside and out. They’re my best friends and I love who they are and the passion they have in life to pursue their dreams. I’m so blessed to have them in my life.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 20, 2011, 2:23 pm

    My mom is the most beautiful, selfless person I know. I would be lost without her!

  • Markie June 20, 2011, 2:24 pm

    This is awesome. Operation Beautiful is awesome.

    I want to honor my friend, Leah. When my youth group went on a mission trip last summer, myself and a couple other people got emotional, very emotional. It was to the point where I was sitting on a brick wall with another girl, just crying. I barely knew her. That girl was Leah, and after about fifteen minutes of just tears, we started talking. We didn’t really have the Let’s-get-to-know-each-other conversation. We just started talking about God and relationships with friends and boys. Leah’s make-up was smeared down her face and he cheeks and nose were a birght red. As Leah and I talked, I started realizing that she was one of the most beautiful people I knew, with or without her runny make-up. Leah was going through a very difficult time in her life, and the mission trip could have never come at a better time. Leah and I aren’t really even close; she moved away for college while I’m still in high school, but we check in every once and a while to see how the other is doing. I will never forget that night with Leah, because she changed my view on God, boys, and beauty.

  • krista June 20, 2011, 2:28 pm

    My best friend Amy is the most giving, selfless friend I have ever had. I love her and need to tell her more how much I appreciate her in my life!

  • Laura June 20, 2011, 2:37 pm

    I would like to honor my mom, she has taught me so much and has always set an example of the importance of being yourself and taking care of yourself. She has had to change over to a gluten free diet in the last few years and she has taken it in stride and realizes the importance of sacrifice for something better, in this case, her health.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 20, 2011, 2:37 pm

    YAH! My sister, Caroline is an amazing, wonderful, sweet woman who is taking the NCLEX exam right this minute! She worked SO hard for an entire year at Nursing school…living away from her husband so she could finish it faster. WOW. Sacrifices pay off! 🙂

  • Allison @ Happy Tales June 20, 2011, 2:38 pm

    My goodness, this post gave me chills! Happy 2 yr anniversary to Operation Beautiful! I’d have to say my mom is the one person in my life who has always been a constant… and is the reason why I am the person i am today.

  • Ellen June 20, 2011, 2:43 pm

    My sister is an amazing woman. She just gave birth to my beautiful nephew after 3.5 days of agonizing labor which presented more challenges than she could have imagined. She pushed through (no pun intended) like a superwoman, and I’m so glad she did because now we’ve got a wonderful new member of the family.

  • Abigail June 20, 2011, 2:43 pm

    I would definitely have to talk about my best friend. She has been my rock and cheerleader when I’ve felt anything but beautiful. She helps me see the best in myself, and I will always look to her as my role model. She is one of my inspirations that a woman really can have it all. She is tough, smart, successful, and she is proud of herself and her accomplishments. She doesn’t subscribe to the idea that women need to feel ashamed about being confident in who they are.

  • Allison June 20, 2011, 2:48 pm

    I would like to honor my sweet friend Stephanie who is growing her family through adoption and helping others in her community through adoption support. She is truly beautiful, inside and out!

  • Sara June 20, 2011, 2:50 pm

    Hello Caitlin,
    Your blog is amazing and so inpiring; YOU are truly a beautiful person and should be so proud of what you have accomplished.

    My mother is the most beautiful woman I know. She stays positive even in the face of great adversity and is the truly an altruistic soul. She works hard every second of every day and always focuses on how she can help not only people, but the environment as well. She is amazing and I hope to become more and more like her as I get older!

  • Caitlin June 20, 2011, 2:51 pm

    My older sister is truly a beautiful women. She is strong, hard working, and knows what she wants in life. For this I admire her so much.

  • Rae June 20, 2011, 2:52 pm

    how wonderful 🙂 I want to honor my best friend, wo is getting married in two weeks. She is going to be the most beautiful bride, inside and out!

  • Aja June 20, 2011, 2:56 pm

    I love your blog and I love Operation Beautiful. That is so cool that it grew into what it is today.

    My Omi (German for grandma) is the strongest most beautiful woman that I know. She’s always been there for me even though she lives two states away and always listens when I talk without judging. She lived through WWII in a POW as a kid and still ended up peaceful and patient. She takes spiders outside instead of killing them! I’ve never once seen her angry. She had four kids and somehow got them all to never fight with each other. She recently got a pacemaker put in and takes walks twice a day with her little dog Lilly. Even as I’ve seen her age she still looks beautiful and has only ever fussed about the grey in her hair. She’s super tough and can deal with pretty much anything that comes her way. She is my role model and I love her.

  • Katie June 20, 2011, 2:58 pm

    Happy OB anniversary! I love Operation Beautiful! You have done something brilliant and inspiring. I am going to honor YOU as a beautiful person. You are strong, passionate, and have a beautiful personality. I look up to you and your blog when I get down on myself and start to deter back to my old eating disorder habits. Thanks for all of the (unintentional) support! 🙂

  • jen June 20, 2011, 3:07 pm

    I’d like to say something special about my mom. We have had a very strained relationship for my whole life and just recently we have healed it and come together. I love her very much.

    Thank you Caitlin, for being you.

  • Christine June 20, 2011, 3:08 pm

    happy birthday operation beautiful! every woman i know is beautiful!

  • Jackie June 20, 2011, 3:10 pm

    my mom is the most beautiful person i know. ever since i was born she put everyone infront of herself whether it’s giving the most perfect gifts on christmas/birthdays to sitting down last at the dinner table to make sure everyone got everything they need. usually she sits down right when everyone else is done eating! i think she is perfect and she has so much love in her. she loves her step-grandchildren as if they are her own and she is definitely the mom and wife i hope to be.

  • Sara June 20, 2011, 3:13 pm

    Happy anniversary to Operation Beautiful! I remember when you first started Operation Beautiful – such a wonderful thing! I would like to honor my Mom…the strongest and most beautiful woman I know!

  • Kim June 20, 2011, 3:16 pm

    Every women, every day! Stay strong, beautiful, and KNOW that you are the most important thing on this planet.. keep rockn’ it!

  • Tiffany June 20, 2011, 3:18 pm

    Congrats on the two year anniversary! I would like to honor my mother who has more strength than anyone I know. She held our family together during my father’s cancer treatments and bone marrow transplant and has encouraged me to always work hard. She makes sure I know I am loved and has been there for me at all times – including visiting me at college for every single awards ceremony I have been honored at. I could not imagine having a better mother 🙂

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair June 20, 2011, 3:24 pm

    I really, really love your blog. It is one of my absolute favourites. So I want to honour you Caitlin – you inspire SO MANY people with this blog and Operation Beautiful. Amazing 🙂

    PS: Can’t believe it’s been 2 years already!

  • Katherine June 20, 2011, 3:29 pm

    The most beautiful person I know is someone who has given me a place to stand in my life.
    She is my best friend, and she struggles constantly with her body and her weight. She had a struggle with an eating disorder, and a struggle with cutting. All because people would just judge and call her fat.
    She can’t see past that, and all I can see in her is this amazing human being who is so sweet, so nice, so compassionate, and so beautiful-inside and out.
    So this is my little comment tribute to her. My amazing best friend, who has helped me through so much.

  • Christa June 20, 2011, 3:29 pm

    Congratulations on all that you accomplished Caitlin. I would like to honour my older sis who will be welcoming her second baby and day now.

  • Tashia June 20, 2011, 3:30 pm

    My grandmother. Who despite 4 knee surgerys resulting in deep scars on both legs, always has a positive lookout on life!

  • Amber Osier June 20, 2011, 3:31 pm

    I want to honor my beautiful mother Erica. She has been a mother for over 18 years. She has been the real reason all of us kids have grown up to be the way we are. She is a very strong person and right now, between juggling moving to Florida, from PA. She is dealing with possible cancer. But this doesn’t stop her from putting us kids first. She truly is an honor to have in our lives. (:

  • Aimee June 20, 2011, 3:31 pm

    Congrats on 2 years! I’ve never sent a picture in, but I’ve posted many notes wherever I go and they never fail to make ME feel better!

    I’d like to honor my friend Diana…she’s struggled a lot in life, but hasn’t given up yet! She is beautiful!

  • Sarah June 20, 2011, 3:31 pm

    The most beautiful woman i know is my best friend L. She has grown so much in the past few years from being on her death bed with an ED to completing her first year at uni living 300 miles from home and her main support system. I only met her a year ago and can’t imagine her as anything other than my strong, beautiful friend and couldn’t believe the change when i saw photos of her from just three years ago. She’s just amazing and has tought me so much about what it means to really believe in yourself.

  • Melody June 20, 2011, 3:43 pm

    My sister is the most beautiful girl, mentally and physically. She is physically 13 years old, but is very young-minded. Being uncomfortable with her body, she dresses herself in baggy jeans and plain T-shirts, and puts a baseball cap over her gorgeous, thick blonde hair. She’s been mistaken for a boy more than once.
    When she was younger, she used to throw these raging, furious temper-tantrums. As she gets older, she’s been coming to terms with her attitude and has been catching herself. When she comes home from school, she gives me the biggest hug, and if she forgets, later she will say, “Melody, I didn’t give you a hug today!”
    This is a tribute for my baby sister. She’s been through too much that she doesn’t deserve at all. She loves people before even considering the fact that she might not like them. She doesn’t understand why people are evil. She is the beacon of light that represents all beautiful women out there.
    I love you Katie! <3

  • Courtney June 20, 2011, 3:44 pm

    My mom! I hope I can grow up to be just like her 🙂

  • Divya Vikram June 20, 2011, 3:44 pm

    I just adore Mother Teresa and all here humane deeds. That makes her one of the most beautiful women on earth!

  • Jo June 20, 2011, 3:45 pm

    To my friend Evie,

    You are the most beautiful person know. It takes a special kind of person to truly stick to her guns, and you always do. I have never been more touched by a person then, when after law school, you turned down a corporate job and went to Guatemala to do asylum work. Although many people claim to have noble thoughts and ideals, you live yours. I am so proud of you, and YOU are beautiful.

  • Lindsey June 20, 2011, 3:48 pm

    Audrey Hepburn, for her humanity, wisdom, grace and the beauty that radiated from both the inside as well as the out.

    “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

  • Lauren June 20, 2011, 3:51 pm

    I want to honor my mom who is so inspirational to me and a great example for everyone. I just did a birthday post for her on Friday but I want to say that she is always there for me whenever I need her. My mom, along with my violin teacher, saw the need for a youth orchestra in our area and started one themselves. They are doing a wonderful job and it is beginning to thrive! I am so honored that she is my mom!

  • Shannon June 20, 2011, 3:56 pm

    The most beautiful woman I know is my mother. She has had 20 knee surgeries (including three – yes, THREE!) total knee replacements due to running back in the 1970s and the way her knees are aligned. Despite all of the negative things surgery entails – painful physical therapy, annoying crutches, scar tissue build-up and weight gain, she remains the most positive person I know and is a constant reminder that we can choose to be happy.

    I even wrote an opinion column about her back when I was in college!

  • sirenjess June 20, 2011, 4:05 pm

    One of the most beautiful woman I know is my little sister Erica. She’s smart and caring. She struggled with an eating disorder, and overcame it. She gave two years of her life to the peace corps and made a difference in many peoples lives. She came back and struggled with finding a job, but she was able to find one again. I admire her for being strong and being able to take risks. Something I can’t do.

  • Kim Merselis June 20, 2011, 4:07 pm

    My mother in law, Charlotte is the most beautiful woman that I know. She has been so kind and open armed since I started dating my now husband in high school! She is compassionate and caring to everyone and always makes sure that we have had a good day even though she works 10 hours a day… Love her so much and I am so glad that I am lucky enough to have her in my life!

  • Stefanie B. June 20, 2011, 4:16 pm

    My mom is the most beautiful woman I know. She has been so strong for my sister and I after my dad passed away. I couldn’t have asked for a better mom. I love her to death!

  • Joey June 20, 2011, 4:21 pm

    YOU are awesome! Thank you for inspiring so many people to rise above their self-hate and learn to embrace the great things about themselves. I already bought the book as a gift for a good friend but I hope I win the giveaway so I can either read it myself or give it away as another gift!

  • Cristy June 20, 2011, 4:24 pm

    Happy Anniversary to Operation Beautiful! I love the story on how it all started. Taking something crummy and making something amazing out of it. 🙂

    I’d like to honor my mother, Mary. No matter what, she always has a way of making everything better. Even if there isn’t a solution to what’s bothering me, after talking to her I always feel like things will get better. She is the best person that I know.

  • Malika June 20, 2011, 4:33 pm

    My grandmother is the strongest most beautiful lady I know. She embraces everyone yet still loves herself. She’s an inspiration to everyone around her.

  • Emma June 20, 2011, 4:36 pm

    Shout out to all the women who smile at strangers on the street. Especially the woman today who gave me a hello on my way to work and reminded me that we are all in this together.

  • Ellie June 20, 2011, 4:37 pm

    Happy anniversary!
    I’m so happy for you and how big operation beautiful has gotten! Anyway the most honorable woman I know is my mother. She is wise, intelligent, brave and overall an incredible woman. She is the reason I am confident in myself and am living a healthy lifestyle.

  • Lisa June 20, 2011, 4:39 pm

    “Operation Beautiful is probably the most organic, genuine thing that I’ve ever been involved in.”

    What a great inspiration–ideally, everyone’s careers would look like this. Congrats and happy anniversary!

  • Caitlin June 20, 2011, 4:40 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I would like to honor my great aunt Ellie – she is the kindest woman I know and always goes out of her way to give a smile or kind comment to someone. She is the kind of person I aspire to be.

  • Ali June 20, 2011, 4:40 pm

    What you’ve done is amazing! My sister is one of the many beautiful, inspiring women in my life. She has been through many hard times, but looking at her now you would never know it. She is an amazing wife, mother, pastor, singer, songwriter and many other things. I am so proud to call myself her sister. I just wish we didn’t live 800 miles apart!

  • Lesley Zinn June 20, 2011, 4:41 pm

    The most beautiful woman I’ve ever known is my mom. She is no longer with us, but she is still part of my life every single day and i value all that I learned from her.

  • Kristin June 20, 2011, 4:41 pm

    My mother! She’s in her late 50’s and works out daily. She’s inspired me to workout and motivated me to try out racing. I completed my first marathon and half marathon just last month and she was the one that was with me from the start, drove and cheered me on at the halfway point and was there at the end to congratulate me with tears in her eyes. I not only run them for me but I run them for her because she is such an inspiration to me and has helped me accomplish something i never thought possible. Without her encouragement and motivation I wouldn’t have the confidence in myself that I do today!

  • Floey June 20, 2011, 4:42 pm

    My mom is the most beautiful woman I know. She’s always believed in me and puts up with my Dad’s sometimes irrationality! She is a strong, hardworker always telling me to go for my passion 🙂

  • Jean June 20, 2011, 4:45 pm

    Just want to say congrats on your 2-yr anniversary! I have a friend that is there for her family and her friends anytime. She is a shining, beautiful light that brightens everyone’s life!

  • Emily June 20, 2011, 4:48 pm

    Congrats! I’d like to honor my beautiful and perfect 3 month old baby girl. I pray she grows up and realizes that a lot of the “beauty” out there isn’t real and that true women are beautiful on the inside and outside.

  • Krysty June 20, 2011, 4:55 pm

    I see many people honoring their Mother, sister and best friend. But no one chose themselves as a beautiful woman in their lives!

    My mother is stong and stubborn- and beating cancer 4 times makes her one of the most remarkable and beautiful women I have ever met. She struggled when we were small- she made sacrifices for us- and she is amazing.

    I however- choose to honor myself- which I very rarely do. I am gulity of the negative talk. I used to see so many flaws in my physical appearence. I am very, very petite making shopping difficult and just not fun. I had the worst acne in high school, and that shot my confidence- because of that I struggled with an eating disorder most of high school. I have endured violations I don’t wish on my worst enemy- and up until about 6 months ago I was terrified of turning 30. But suddenly I am looking at my self in a whole new light-and that is what makes me unique- I no longer see myself as flawed. The older I get- the more beautiful I feel. I am pushing myself to do things I never though possible- I just completed my first half marathon! And have 9 MORE on my schedule over the next 16 months!!

    So ladies- honor yourselves today- YOU should be on that list of the most beautiful women you know!! Because you all are on mine!!

  • VCK June 20, 2011, 5:01 pm

    A beautiful person in my life is my friend Jennie. She’s kind, genuine and laughs at my jokes–always a plus.

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble June 20, 2011, 5:02 pm

    What an inspirational story! Who would’ve all thought it started with a failed chemistry test! I have a friend who’s so inspirational, so uplifting and so cheerful. Each day she wakes up in the happiest disposition. In a way I envy her. I wish I could wake up each morning and glow. but some mornings I just wake up plain grumpy.LOL!

  • Wendy Galler June 20, 2011, 5:02 pm

    So glad I have across this site…I seem to always think the worst and reading these words of wisdom lifts my spirit.

    Please honor my monther. She is now starting her 7th year of battling cancer. She is not feeling well recently. She has had 20 blood transfusions and several new tests latelty. It looks like the cancer has spread again. Another PET scan next Monday. Through out this horrible journey, my mom is the rock who holds our family together. She also continues to work while going through all this. She was widowed 17 1/2 years ago and lost two of my brothers one as a newborn and one as a four year old hit by a drunk driver.My mom is an inspiration to all who know her. Makes me try to be a better half the women she is…God Bless!

  • Diana June 20, 2011, 5:05 pm

    My mother is the most beautiful, inspiring person and I power her the world for my health and outlook on life. <3 you ma.

  • Lauren G June 20, 2011, 5:17 pm

    Happy Birthday Operation Beautiful!! This movement is so inspiring and you are a special woman Caitlin who has brought joy and acceptance to thousands of girls who you will never know but they feel as if they know you. I am one of those women and I thank you for all you have done, and will do, for women’s self-love and confidence.

    The most beautiful woman I have ever known was my mother who battled beautifully through breast cancer, ultimately losing that battle at age 43. She is missed & loved every day.

  • Niki in Baltimore June 20, 2011, 5:22 pm

    My mother is going through a seriously rough time right now and i work every day to remind her that she is beautiful. She raised 3 strong, independant kids, worked and stayed married to the same man for 48 years while being epileptic. Though times are hard at the moment, i try to get her to remember that she is still that same, amazing woman.

  • Jen June 20, 2011, 5:32 pm

    My mother is going through an ugly divorce right now but is handling it pretty well. Actually, she might really benefit from some Operation Beautiful notes; you gave me a wonderful idea! 😀

  • Amanda @ thebeautynotebooks June 20, 2011, 5:34 pm

    Happy Birthday, Operation Beautiful! My mother and grandmothers are beautiful women. They have inspired me to be the best I can be and have touched my life in so many ways.

  • Tracy June 20, 2011, 5:36 pm

    I would like to give a shout out to my little sis who is 15. You are so beautiful, you don’t need a diet to lose weight, and you are the sweetest auntie to baby J. We love you!!!!

  • cj weaber @ June 20, 2011, 5:41 pm

    Congratulations Caitlin! and thank you for the inspiration you have spread obviously, throughout the world!!!

  • Trisha June 20, 2011, 5:43 pm

    I have 2 beautiful sisters and a beautiful mother. Together, we are able to lift other people up as we help others realize their beauty. It is from the examples of my sisters and mother and I have learned to be true to who i am and LOVE who i am. Love operation beautiful!

  • courtney (pancakes and postcards) June 20, 2011, 5:46 pm

    Happy anniversary!

    I’d like to leave a shoutout to my mother. She inspires me always! She has beaten leukemia twice, even given pretty much no odds of survival and months upon months of horrendous treatments. Not only is she alive and well, she ran a marathon with Team in Training to celebrate being five years cancer free. She’s so beautiful because of the way she sees the world, as positive and full of love. I know she gets down on herself sometimes, as a few new wrinkles appear, or muscles that were once tighter now change. We all get brought down by that stuff sometimes, but my mother is a shining example of TRUE beauty in this world because she truly lives in love and I know her life–and her beautiful spirit–touch many.

  • Sara June 20, 2011, 5:49 pm

    I’m going to honour my sister in law. She is beautiful inside and out, but is only accepting this now after years of self-doubt and self-neglect. My loving brother brought this out for her to see, and the rest of my family to finally celebrate. Go Claire! 🙂 You inspire, and we respond. Love you!

  • Samantha June 20, 2011, 5:59 pm

    My Aunt Sue is such an amazing, beautiful woman. She is always there for her family and friends, and I know I can personally turn to her for everything and anything without any hesitation. She pushes herself to reach her goals, and never settles for anything less than she deserves. She is a well-respected, kind, loving and amazing woman. My life has truly been changed because of her. She has taught me time and time again what it means to be beautiful from the inside out. She never lets me talk negatively about myself and always encourages me to go after MY dreams, no matter how crazy they are. She is a fantastic woman and I’m so grateful to have her in my life.

  • Melissa June 20, 2011, 6:00 pm

    I wanted honor my aunt…she is an amazingly beautiful and vibrant person who tirelessly gives to others. She lost her husband to cancer earlier this year (he was only 48) and takes amazing care of her 15 year old son, providing him a strong role model in what has been such a difficult and trying time. She continues to “put herself out there” and lives LIFE every day even when she fully admits she would sometimes rather be alone in the corner, crying.

    Thanks for such a wonderful and positive outlet, Caitlin…I look forward to reading each and every post!

  • Sara R June 20, 2011, 6:00 pm

    Congratulations on two years of celebrating beauty!

    I want to honor one of my students whom I have taught for three years and is about to enter high school. This girl is beautiful inside and out. She has overcome and lives beautifully with Type I diabetes and celiac disease, yet you would never know she isn’t just your normal everyday teenager. She embodies what it means to be a great friend, often being the one whom girls rely on when their own personal drama overwhelms them. With the help of her wonderful mother, she is constantly working on her self-esteem, choosing positive outlets to better her attitude as well as her health. Though I have been the one leading her the past three years, I have learned great lessons from her as well!

  • Amber June 20, 2011, 6:05 pm

    My sister is the most beautiful woman to me. She has had a rough go round recently with a break up and many life changes. She is always able to keep a smile on her face. She was in a wedding this weekend and I have never seen her so beautiful and radiant. I love seein her so happy and she just radiates her attitude!

  • Jessica P June 20, 2011, 6:08 pm

    Congrats on 2 years!
    I’m honoring my dear mama. Without her, I’d be no where.

  • Courtney June 20, 2011, 6:16 pm

    My mom is a beautiful person. She’s so selfless and has such strong values and character.

  • kelli June 20, 2011, 6:17 pm

    Iwant to honor my friend magda who has struggled with her eating disorder for YEARS..and she almost even died! I met her in a psych hospital…she is an angel.

  • Julie June 20, 2011, 6:31 pm

    The most beautiful woman I know is my mom. She is turning 54 on Friday and she is always so full of life, energy and amazing to me. She isn’t perfect, but in my eyes, she is a beautiful person, on the inside and outside. She grew even more beautiful after I had my son and I saw how she loved him and her whole world changed because she became a grandma. The way she and my son look at one another has truly become one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. She is smart, full of advice and wisdom, always helpful and I know I can call her any time for anything. She truly is the best mom ever.

  • Alex June 20, 2011, 6:32 pm

    My mother will always be the most beautiful woman to me. I still can’t imagine how she could put up with everything she did while raising me and my brother. She is incredible and I will always be thankful for her ability to make me feel beautiful too.

  • Saima June 20, 2011, 6:40 pm

    I’d love to honour my mom! She’s always been a force to be reckoned with…..she taught me the importance of hardwork, dedication, and perseverance–qualities that I would love to inculcate my future children with!! Thanks, MOM!! 🙂

    Congratulations Caitlin on the 2 yr anni!! 😀

  • Alli C June 20, 2011, 6:41 pm

    I want to honor my mother: When I was young, I had very low self esteem. When my mom would kiss me goodnight, she also started to say, “you are beautiful, you are smart, and you are nice”. She said this EVERY NIGHT and continues to tell me this to this day, even though we live in different states! I will never forget how this made me feel and continues to make me feel. I will be saying these same words to my future daughter one day.

  • Madison June 20, 2011, 6:43 pm

    I want to honor my sister who is currently six months pregnant. I’ve never seen her as beautiful as she is now. I can’t wait to meet my niece!

  • sarah b. June 20, 2011, 6:49 pm

    i want to honor my mother – she has given up everything and literally turned the world upside down for myself and two siblings. i’m a new mom and hope to be even half the amazing woman she is.

  • Kelly June 20, 2011, 6:50 pm

    I want to honor my friend and co-worker, Jill. She is one of the most selfless people I have ever met. She’s a great friend, wife, and mother.

  • Katherine June 20, 2011, 6:52 pm

    I want to honor my sister. She has been my best friend for 19 years (since the day she was born :)). No one has allowed me to be myself quite like her. People always mistake us for twins (we are 1.5 years apart) and truthfully that is the best compliment anyone could ever give me because she is the most beautiful person inside and out. She recently spent a week in Belize teaching children at an orphanage and wants to devote her life to mission work. Even though she is my younger sister I look UP to her soo much!!! If there were more people like my sister in this world, it would be a much better place 🙂

  • Emily June 20, 2011, 6:56 pm

    Happy anniversary! I remember hearing about Operation Beautiful LONG before I ever started reading HTP (although of course I can’t remember how), and I was so surprised when I stumbled across your blog that you were the person behind it. I want to thank you with utmost sincerity for everything you do, including OB – you’re a wonderful person, inside and out.

    I’d like to honor the very first person I thought of when I read “a beautiful woman you know”: my mother. Who else?! She’s overcome a lot in her life, including clinical depression, and she has always maintained a quiet grace and strength, no matter what. Everything I am today, I owe to her. Thanks, Mama, for everything.

  • jammed_thoughts June 20, 2011, 6:57 pm

    I would like to honor my great grandmother. Though we are not connected by blood, she is one of the most important and strongest people in my life. She walks a mile everyday and is constantly busy – not to mention a survivor of multiple cancers, including bone cancer. I love you Erna!

  • Meaghan (My Spoonful Of Inspiration) June 20, 2011, 7:06 pm

    I would love to honor my incredible mother, Faith. She is by far one of the most beautiful women I have ever known inside and out. She is constantly looking out for others, takes a tremendous amount of pride in all her children, and would do anything for her family. Her confidence and radiating personality will make anyone smile.

    I love you so much mom.

  • Leah June 20, 2011, 7:15 pm

    I am a new reader and really loving your blog! I would love to check out the Operation Beautiful book too – it could be just what I am looking for with my healthy living quest.

    I would love to honor my good friend Brooke, who has just been diagnosed with depression after years of struggling. Her partner has walked out on her and she has had to find a new place to live on top of it. She has amazing strength and is determined to do what is best for her right now. This diagnosis is a postive thing for her and I know she will continue to be the amazing wonderful brilliant friend she has always been.

  • Christy June 20, 2011, 7:26 pm

    As cliche or as overrated as it may sound, a beautiful woman I want to honor is my mother. She is beyond strong both emotionally and physically. She never backs down from anyone and stands up for what she believes in. I love that she speaks her mind. She’s also almost 46 (maybe 47. I don’t know) and can run a household of 14 animals, two children, and a job. I don’t know how she does it.

  • Hannah (Hannah Lives) June 20, 2011, 7:31 pm

    My eldest sister Camille is the most amazing woman I know. She is the most forgiving, loving, supportive, funny, kind, big-heart, inclusive, understanding, genuine, and beautiful wife, mother, sister, daughter, hostess, and friend I have ever met. If I grow up to be half the woman she is, then I will be set for life.

  • Katie June 20, 2011, 7:35 pm

    Congrats Caitlin

    My Mum! A wonderful person who puts everyone else first. She is ALWAYS there with open arms, an ear to listen, and a shoulder to cry on. Love you Mum xox

  • Amanda June 20, 2011, 7:40 pm

    Congrats on the anniversary! That’s wonderful =)

    My dance instructor for 13 years, Sandy, is a wonderful person. She’s owned the dance studio for 30 years (as of this year!) and has always made it about fun instead of about your body or your looks. She taught me discipline, patience and the importance of hard work.

  • Natalie @ Adventures in Jackson June 20, 2011, 7:58 pm

    I would like to honor my mom. She has had skin cancer twice and has remained happy, joyful and generous. She is my best friend and mentor. I love her so much.

  • Jaimie June 20, 2011, 7:59 pm

    My mom is the most beautiful woman I know. She is hard working, kind, and is always putting others before herself. She is a single mom and I could not have asked for anything better. She has always told my sister and I that we are beautiful and that it is what is on the inside that counts.

  • Megan June 20, 2011, 8:01 pm

    Congratulations on the Anniversary! I have been following your blog for the last month or so and have really enjoyed it. I actually just graduated this spring with my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. I just accepted a job and will be moving 10 hours away from friends and family down to your home state of NC! It’s very exciting & scary at the same time.
    Your post really hit me at the right time. I just recently lost my aunt to a very rare and aggressive form of cancer. She was and always will be one of the most beautiful women I ever knew. She was an amazing wife, mother, and friend to all. She had a great sense of humor and her laugh was infectious. She volunteered frequently and never asked for anything in return. She was beautiful on the inside and out, and I hope that someday I will be able to become even half the woman she was.

  • Mariza June 20, 2011, 8:19 pm

    I want to honor my sister. She doesn’t get enough notes in her daily life and she should be reminded constantly of how beautiful she is and what an amazing person she has become. She is now a fabulous mother, raising a beautiful daughter. I am so proud of her!

  • sarah June 20, 2011, 8:20 pm

    this is SUCH a cool giveaway topic!

    i’d like to honor my grandma. 94 years old, post triple bipass surgery, and still traveling the globe with her “lady globetrotters” group! she’s a champion.

  • MarathonVal June 20, 2011, 8:33 pm

    I hate to be cliche, but my mom is amazing!!! She is so incredibly smart, kinda, compassionate, hard working, interesting, and dedicated to the people that she cares about!

  • Dana June 20, 2011, 8:45 pm

    Congratulations on the anniversary! One of my best friends shared the Operation Beautiful blog with me a few days ago and I think it is such a wonderful idea! As a middle school teacher, I want to try something with this next year at school 🙂

    I would like to honor my mom…for about 6 years, she has suffered from a degenerative muscle disorder and has been confined to a wheelchair full time for the past 3 years. As a woman who has overcome many struggles in her life, including being a single mom with 2 kids, she has taken her illness in stride and with a smile on her face (most of the time 🙂 ). While I know she suffers, she is always there to lend a kind word, encouragement, and a smile to others and her “friends in the box” (those who she has met through websites/discussion boards for those with the same/similar illnesses). Her desire to help others has been a such an inspiration throughout my life-even when she is going through hard times herself, she put others before herself.

    Her beautiful smile and heart are a daily inspiration to me and to others!

  • Courtney June 20, 2011, 8:53 pm

    An ex-boyfriend’s mother [with whom I’m still BFFs] is the most beautiful and inspiring woman I’ve ever met. 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 20, 2011, 9:03 pm

    I’d like to honour my Nutrition professor. She is so passionate about food and poverty issues worldwide, and she does such an amazing job of inspiring her students. She’s truly a wonderful person!!!

  • sara June 20, 2011, 9:05 pm

    congrats to you!! I would love to honor my incredible mother who tells me I’m beautiful almost every day. I couldn’t have asked for a more caring, dependable, and generous mother and I love her with all my heart!

  • Chelsey (Cookteen) June 20, 2011, 9:08 pm

    my mom, she has inspired me everyday and is there reason I am where I am.

  • Tammy June 20, 2011, 9:14 pm

    I’d like to honor my sister, who is my best friend in the world and someone I look up to.

  • Macrae June 20, 2011, 9:18 pm

    My dear grandmother “Mum mum”. She is turning 94 on June 30th and still lives on her own. She has had 5 children (spanning over 19 years) all of whom have thriving families of their own! Her husband died in 1970, her first daughter in 1989, and first son in 2009, yet despite her losses she is everything I strive and can only wish to become. I am proud to call her a very best friend!

  • Heather m June 20, 2011, 9:24 pm

    I’d like to honor my mom, for always telling me I’m perfect the way I am.

  • Mac June 20, 2011, 9:52 pm

    My grandmother is the most beautiful person I know! After 7 kids, tragic events happening in her life and turning fully gray when we was 17 she is still the most wonderful, kind caring, beautiful person I know!

  • Emily W June 20, 2011, 9:53 pm

    My sister is such a beautiful woman; she has a generous heart, an enthusiasm and passion for working with underprivileged children, and always, always has a comforting voice on the other end of the phone line. I just wish she lived next door!

  • Ellie June 20, 2011, 9:56 pm

    I would like to honor my amazing mother who raised three children while going through medical school. She is absolutely amazing.
    Proud of you too, Caitlin!

  • Amy B. June 20, 2011, 9:56 pm

    I want to honor by sister. She was always “the pretty one”, but now I see the similarities between us. She is even more beautiful now that she’s a mom.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Amy B.

  • Mathilde June 20, 2011, 10:06 pm

    I would like to honor my mother who has had the toughest year yet but still finds the will to go on and be strong!!! She helps push us forward and is my role model! I love you Mom!!!

  • Alyssa M. June 20, 2011, 10:06 pm

    I want to honor my amazing grandmother. She has been there for me ever since I can remember, and she was one of my biggest motivators and supporters all throughout my high school and college years. She is extremely generous, caring, understanding, supportive, and not to mention, wise. I could not imagine my life without her.

  • Emily @ Comfortable Home Life June 20, 2011, 10:15 pm

    I want to honor my mother! She’s the strongest, most beautiful woman I know and without her I would not be the independent woman I am today.

  • Erin June 20, 2011, 10:32 pm

    Happy Anniversary — what you’ve started is wonderful!!

    I want to honor my mom who always puts others before herself. I love her to pieces!!

  • Lauri ( June 20, 2011, 10:45 pm

    Wow, this is BEAUTIFUL!! So Inspiring!

    Happy 2nd Anniversary to Operation Beautiful!

    I want to honor my best friend. She has an 8yr old w/ autism and a seizure disorder and she always puts her son first, in everything she does. She is an amazing mother, and friend!

  • Zoë June 20, 2011, 10:48 pm

    happy birthday operation beautiful!!
    my mom has been a single mom to me (and my two brothers) since my dad died when I was ten. I don’t know how she does it, I just know there hasn’t been a single moment when I doubted she loved us and would do everything she could to help us follow our dreams. she’s the strongest woman I know and I love her forever.

  • Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest June 20, 2011, 10:51 pm

    Happy 2nd Anniversary Operation Beautiful!

    My mom is so beautiful (even now that she is 72, she is aging gracefully). She glows and is always smiling. She has always been such an inspiration to me and still continues to be. I love her so much and appreciate the ability to talk to her on the phone every day (yes, I am very much a mama’s girl). My mom has always supported me and been there for me during the most difficult times in my life.

  • DD June 20, 2011, 11:13 pm

    My sister in law has 2 little ones and is a full time pharmacist but still manages to make it look easy. I look up to women like her who can balance life so well.

  • Lisa June 20, 2011, 11:14 pm

    I’m so amazed at the fact that you got into PT school. But not only did you get in, you took so many classes while working full-time AND while exercising AND while blogging. Holy crap! You’re seriously amazing. I’m currently taking a class right now for PT school (I’m applying next year), and it’s SO hard studying and working full-time. Seriously, how did you do it?! Next semester I will be taking 3 courses. I also can’t believe that you deferred your enrollment. I guess it’s shocking to me because it’s my #1 goal right now & I would never defer haha. I think you are very inspirational and I just enjoy reading your blog.

  • CheezyK June 20, 2011, 11:52 pm

    My new SIL is an amazing and strong woman. She was forced to stand on her own two feet and make her own way with two young children after her first husband left her. Instead of just ‘getting by’ or letting it get her down she got herself qualified in a new field, started a business and really made something of herself. Now she’s got two really nice, grounded children (young adults), a successful business, a new husband who’s a great guy and a gorgeous little girl. I don’t ever want to go what she went through to get to where she is but if I do I hope I have her strength and positive outlook!

  • Aimee Kate June 20, 2011, 11:53 pm

    I would like to honor my best friend Mary. She is about 35 years older than I am, and is so beautiful from the inside out. She loves herself, and everyone around her. She does hero-work as a middle school teacher, and every day she chooses to see the beauty in her students and challenge them to be the best they can be. She is beautiful even on the “fluffy hair days” when she gets so stressed and runs her hands through her hair so many times it fluffs around by the time school is out. She is truly incredible, and has changed my life and so many others by her beautiful spirit.

  • megan June 21, 2011, 12:17 am

    O want to honor my two sweet daughters. My oldest is 8, and I love to see her kind and caring spirit develop. She’s sensitive, and tries to see the good in everyone. My youngest is 10 months and has the happiest personality and a constant smile for everyone. She really does spread joy where ever we go.

  • BeckyH June 21, 2011, 1:21 am

    I’d like to honor my mom, as she is the most beautiful, strong and courageous person I know. When the doctors said “radiation won’t help” she ignored them. She persevered. She pushed through the fatigue, went to those daily appointments “which probably wouldn’t help.” But you know what? It worked. Her tumor shrank. I want to honor my mom because she believed in a miracle and it paid off.

  • Tara June 21, 2011, 1:26 am

    My mom is the most beautiful woman I know! She has raised 4 kids, two with learning disabilities, and managed to hold our crazy house together. My Mom has an amazing ability to forgive and be open to new ideas, new people, and change. My mom and dad have been married for almost 25 years, and without my mom’s evenkeeled, down to earth personality that wouldn’t be possible. I love her to death (and beyond!)

  • Lorin June 21, 2011, 1:34 am

    I want to honor my mom as well. She has put a lot of effort to make myself better. She has come to all my sports events when I was in high school. She tolerates me walking around Trader Joe’s or any store in circles, just looking at all the stuff. Even though she may have her weight issues, it’s not about the weight, she is beautiful no matter what; because really, it is the person on the inside that makes someone beautiful

  • Daisy June 21, 2011, 1:58 am

    My grandmother is the most beautiful person I know. She basically raised me growing up and always believed in me, no matter what. She genuinely believed that I was beautiful and intelligent, and never doubted that I would do big things in life. She is the reason I have continued to work hard and pursue greater things. 🙂

  • laurie @ the corner slice June 21, 2011, 2:24 am

    My best friend, Lindsey, is getting married on Thursday! She is beautiful from the outside in, and has such a tender and compassionate heart!

  • Megan June 21, 2011, 3:00 am

    My friend, Katie, who is a mom of 3 and has taken in a family of 4 who lost everything in the Joplin tornado on May 22. always does everything with the most compassionate heart and sincere smile.

  • Erin June 21, 2011, 5:05 am

    I wanted to honor my sister who is going through a difficult time right now. She is such an incredibly smart, funny, and beautiful woman (just to mention a few qualities). You’ll get through it. Trust me. You rock.

  • Jo @ Slow Catharsis June 21, 2011, 6:04 am

    A few months ago I was having a great day(gorgeous high heels on sale were involved as well as a resolution be an anonymous, unreported part of operation beautiful) and decided to spread the love by writing “you are beautiful just the way you are” in marker on the inside of a bathroom stall door at the mall. A few weeks later I got a message on facebook with a link towards a picture that contained my message. The picture had been taken by a girl I didn’t know, but the message was from a friend who said “this was you, wasn’t it?” It made my heart grow, and it was weird how my other friends kept making their way to that same stall every time they went to the mall, until one day when the link friend told them who it was. the applause made me blush 🙂

    Anyways, I would like to honor my grandmother, who, even though has passed away, continues to be a great influence in my life. Every step I take, every attitude I assume, I think how my grandmother would have done it and what she would think about it. She taught me kindness and generosity in a no-flaunting, no-nonsense way, and I only hope to live a life as simple and as full as she did. She was 82 when she died, but she was so beautiful, and it makes me so proud when I see the resemblance in my face.

  • April June 21, 2011, 6:30 am

    I’d like to honor my little sister Julianne. She turns 19 today and I don’t think she knows what a beautiful, smart and amazing woman she is. I hope one day she will see in herself what I see in her…beauty!

  • Christina June 21, 2011, 6:43 am

    My mom is the most inspirational woman I know. She was a single mom who put everything into raising her two girls. She beat breast cancer and is a running diva. I love her.

  • Danielle June 21, 2011, 6:46 am

    I would like to honor my Great Aunt, Marnie. She is 86 and still going strong. She is wonderful, beautiful, and a woman I look up to. She cares more for others then she does herself. I can only hope to be the same!

  • Donna June 21, 2011, 8:33 am

    The most inspiring woman I know is Nicole. She has fought and beaten breast cancer twice and is currently fighting her second battle with Leukemia. She has two fantastic children at home (aged 8 and 11), as well as an amazing husband, who she is desperate to be back at home with. Even though she has her bad days, Nicole keeps so strong and positive. She is an inspiration to all who know her and we all hope and believe she can win this battle too!

  • Bethany June 21, 2011, 8:35 am

    I would like to honor my friend Erin. She is an amazing and strong woman and an inspiration to so many people. She is also the ED of GOTR in our area

  • Lauren June 21, 2011, 8:37 am

    My friend J is gorgeous, loving, in her 30s and bed ridden. She still cares and listens to other more than anyone I know, when she could easily get down about her illness. She is the biggest inspiration in my life.

  • Anne June 21, 2011, 8:45 am

    My friend and co-worker Anne. Besides, sharing a name we have a lot more in common. A few weeks ago she got hit by a car while training on her road bike. As of today she cannot move her left arm. It hurt me to see and hear her hurting and I cannot wait to have her back here (she is currently with her parents). She is one tough cookie and I am sooo extremely grateful to (still) have her in my life!

  • Emily June 21, 2011, 9:13 am

    I’ll have to honor my grandma. There are other women to talk about (I have AMAZING women in my life!!) but my grandma has about 2 weeks-2 months to live. She’s over 90 years old and has been fighting cancer for 7+ year with tons of chemo and radiation. She is the most selfless women I know and I WISH I could be more like her every single day.

  • Chelsea June 21, 2011, 9:25 am

    My Mom is an amazing, beautiful, strong woman who has always encouraged me to live up to any and all dreams that I have.

  • Hannah June 21, 2011, 10:02 am

    Happy 2nd Anniversary for Operation Beautiful!

    My mother is the most amazing women in my life. I recently got out of a 8 year negative relationship and she has been my strength, my best friend and my encouragement through it all. She approached me when she saw how unhappy I was and I realized that something needed to change. I did not feel good about myself and the emotional abuse from my boyfriend was the cause. She gave me the courage I needed to end things and now I am happier, more positive and excited for my future!

    The positive message you spread through your blog is life-changing and contagious. Thank you for what you do! 🙂

  • Jen June 21, 2011, 10:56 am

    This may sound weird and conceited, though I do not mean it to be. I would like to honor myself. I’ve been struggling with an eating disorder for over ten years and I finally realized that I am worthy of treatment. I took leave from work so I could get the level of care I need. This is not an easy process, but reading O.B. notes remind me that I am beautiful no matter what.

  • Erin June 21, 2011, 11:51 am

    I would like to honor my mom. She’s taught me so much about the value of being there for someone through both good times and bad.

  • Lena June 21, 2011, 11:52 am

    I want to honor one of my best friends, Courtney. She has struggled with love dramas, self-acceptance, self-love, a disappearing/disappointing father, and is a wonderful single Mommy to her adorable mut Seeley. To me, she is beautiful, not just because of her outer appearance, but because she loves others completely unconditionally and whole-heartedly. her beauty just shines out of her beaming smile, and I wish that when she looked in a mirror, stood on a scale, or looked into someone else’s eyes, she would see and believe that.

  • kelly June 21, 2011, 11:52 am

    I’d like to honor my best friend, AMy. She works full-time, is going back to school for nursing full-time (and already has her bachelors) and still finds time to do half marathons.
    She also refuses to spend a lot of money on clothes (almost all second-hand), never wears makeup and grows her hair out every year to donate it. She’s incredible and an inspiration.

  • Carly June 21, 2011, 11:52 am

    I would like to honor my mother. She flew out from Utah last week to help me while my husband was at work. I was going off Anti-Anxiety medication and was emotional and angry. She put up with so much and still loves me. She is amazing, I just wish I could get her to see and believe it.

    You are so inspiring. Thank you!

  • Erin @ GoBananasBlog June 21, 2011, 11:53 am

    I would definitely honor my mom. She suffered a brain hemorrhage almost three years ago and since she recovered she hasn’t let anything stop her! She’s done several triathlons and runs half marathons! My mom took her injury as a jump start to all the things she wanted to do but was scared to.

    She’s not scared anymore. 🙂

  • Dannielle June 21, 2011, 11:56 am

    I want to honor my sister, Loreen. She is the most hard working, determined person I know in this world. Our family has been through so much – death, divorce, etc. Without her encouragement and love, I can’t say with confidence that I would be in my last year of college as a nursing major. And yet even though she doesn’t have a big sister (like she is to me) she is in her third year of medical school studying 12 hours a day for boards. Her motivation and love for her family is breath taking, I wouldn’t be the person I am today without her.

  • Laurie June 21, 2011, 11:57 am

    Happy Anniversary Operation Beautiful! I would like to honor my Mom. My Dad had bladder cancer and had surgery to remove his bladder and she took care of him after surgery and had to go back to the hospital due to complications, where we almost lost him twice, one due to a blood clot. My Mom was with him the whole time never leaving his side and continue to care for him and encourage him. My Dad is doing well now thanks to my beautiful Mother.

  • ashmastandrea June 21, 2011, 11:58 am

    My mom is a beautiful woman I know…she is the one who taught me to be a confident, assertive and proud woman! I owe so much to her and I don’t tell her that enough!

  • Chelsea @ Go Chelsea Go! June 21, 2011, 11:58 am

    Happy 2 year anniversary!! I want to honor my grandmother, Madeleine. She has lived a long and full life (94 years and still kicking!), while also living through a lot of tough times. Yet, her perseverance and easy smile keep me going when I hit rough times, because I KNOW she’s been through it all and more. I love you Grandma!

  • Kate June 21, 2011, 12:02 pm

    My best friend is a beautiful woman. She balances two little girls and a full time job, and still manages to make time for me and everyone else in her life.

  • Regina June 21, 2011, 12:02 pm

    My mother is my superwoman without the cape. She’s gorgeous from the inside out and has taught me everything I know, molded me into the woman I am today, showed me constant compassion, guidance and support while always understanding that I needed to forge my own path. Through thick and thin my mommy’s been there, shining bright as my hero, my best friend & the world’s greatest mom.

  • Sara June 21, 2011, 12:03 pm

    I want to honor my mom… who is struggling with MS, and has been for close to 20 years. But she’s always been beautiful to me!

  • Mama June 21, 2011, 12:05 pm

    I would like to honor my MIL who is a saint, sweet, caring and truly a role model mother and wife to me!

  • Carrie June 21, 2011, 12:08 pm

    I’d like to honor my “work mom” Liz and her contagious joy for life (plus a little bit of silliness and laughter, too) that always brightens up everyone’s day. Because of her, I’ve become a glass-half-full kinda girl and that positivity makes life feel pretty f’in awesomesauce!

  • Elizabeth June 21, 2011, 12:12 pm

    I want to honor my mom – she is always there for me and is inspiring, genuine, and compassionate.

  • Chelsea June 21, 2011, 12:12 pm

    My mother is truly beautiful, inside and out. She’s a cancer survivor who would do anything for her family, friends and the children she teaches.

  • HilaryJo June 21, 2011, 12:13 pm

    Like so many other people on here, I will have to say my mother!! She is (unfairly haha) beautiful on the outside, I have been often asked if she is my sister rather than mother, but 100 times more than that, she has been in many ways a beautiful example of someone who loves us kids pretty unconditionally. I can think of so many times when it would have been WAYYYY easier for her to snap and lash out at us, but 9.5 times out of 10, she was patient, loving, and even when we got into trouble, we knew that mom cared for and loved us. Plus, she always always greets us (her kids) with a big smile and loving hug.

  • Emily G. June 21, 2011, 12:14 pm

    I’d like to honor Tonya (your neighbor). I read her story a few days ago and her follow up post on the donation page. WOW! I can’t imagine what she is going through, yet her spirits are so high. I get a papercut and feel like my life is about end (sort of!).

    And of course, I’d also like to honor my mother because she rocks! 🙂

  • Emmy June 21, 2011, 12:18 pm

    I’d like to honor my sister, Lena. She’s so hardworking,and juggles so much, but somehow always has time to talk – in addition to keeping herself sane and motivated, she keeps me sane as well! Here’s to women who you can always lean on, no matter how busy or stressed they may be themselves.

  • Kati June 21, 2011, 12:21 pm

    I’d like to honor my grandmother who recently passed away. She was and always will be an inspiration to me. She was genuine, poised and funny. She loved her family and always was the first to tell me how proud she was of my accomplishments.

  • Andrea June 21, 2011, 12:22 pm

    I would like to honor my mom. She is a beautiful person inside and out. She has inspired me to become the strong woman I am today.

  • Sarah Marshall June 21, 2011, 12:22 pm

    I would like to honor my best friend (even though the title best friend does not cut it) Katie Deeds. We have been together since we were in the first grade, and now after completing our first year of college, I am positive that my self esteem and my hope would be shattered to little bits and pieces if it was not for her. She truly is one of the most beautiful persons that I have ever met, she is so kind and loyal, but more importantly she always puts life back in perspective for me. This past year she has gone through so much with me including the death of my grandmother, transitioning to the largest school in the country half way through a school year and breaking up with a true love (The SAME day she broke up with hers!) We wander around our little city leaving your “operation beautiful” notes and she chokes down the healthy food I pull off this website (even though she adores chicken fingers) I could not be more proud of my best friend. Thank you for the amazing site Kaitlyn and do you need an intern?! haha

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian) June 21, 2011, 12:23 pm

    My aunt. She had long beautiful hair that touched her ankles, growing it out since my great grandmother passed away. Years later she cut it short and donated what she could to locks for love. Later, she was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. She fought, survived, lived happily for a year and then passed away on her own terms when the cancer returned and spread. She was a smart and brave woman that cared so much for others, keeping her job at Hope up until the month before she passed. And she was lovely, even when her hair began to fall out to treatment, she never lost her smile. She has inspired me in so many different ways and she will continue to do so as I grow.

  • Chrissy June 21, 2011, 12:29 pm

    My mom! She has beat breast cancer now 2 different times and her heart and spirit have never faltered. Never did she complain but only see what she could do to help others. She is truly a hero in my mind!

  • Allie June 21, 2011, 12:37 pm

    I’d like to honor my mom!! Through kidney disease, breast cancer, and lupus, my mom is still the most beautiful woman I know. She has been dealt a really lousy card of health and through it all she has kept everything together. We leave 600 miles apart, and I make sure to send her my love every day. She inspires me is so many ways and is my best friend.

  • Camels & Chocolate June 21, 2011, 12:50 pm

    Oooh, I’d say my mother-in-law, as she’s gone through a really tough bout of rheumatoid arthritis these past few years and still stays upbeat and positive, and is always more than willing to help any of us who need it despite the amount of pain she’s in.

  • Alex June 21, 2011, 1:00 pm

    I would like to honor my best friend Nicole. She has gone through a lot in the past few years, but is now thriving. I am so incredibly proud of her. It’s almost her 23rd birthday! I would love to give her your book as a bday present. Even if I don’t win , I’ll go out and buy it for her. Thank you for giving us Operation Beautiful, Caitlin!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing June 21, 2011, 1:09 pm

    A beautiful woman I know is my mum! I know I’m biased but I do believe she is the most selfless person I know. She’s also beautiful on the outside…mid fifties and I swear she doesn’t look a day over 40!

  • Pam June 21, 2011, 1:25 pm

    I would love to honor my grandmother aka “the grandminator”. She is seriously one of a kind and I am grateful to her for inspiring me to be a better woman. She motivates me to stay healthy and active because I’ll be damned that when I turn 90 I’ll be going on white water rafting trips and exploring the globe just like her.

  • Sara June 21, 2011, 1:29 pm

    Congrats on two years! I consider myself one of those that has been (and continues to be) directly impacted by your message and am so grateful.

    I would like to honor my friend Zeshan who – at work and home – is surrounded by negativity, but continues to put one foot in front of the other and go after what she wants from life, no matter what the people around her think.

  • Cellabella June 21, 2011, 1:34 pm

    I’d like to honor all my girlfriends for the support and love they’ve always given me. They say that you don’t choose friends, rather they choose you, and I completely believe that. I’ve had the fortunate to have friends who’ve struggled with their own self-image but have been able to step out of their own mind to see the beauty in others. That has taught me to do the same AND realize that I am beautiful myself, as is everyone 🙂

  • Julie June 21, 2011, 1:37 pm

    I would love to honor my great-aunt. All throughout my child hood she was always like a second grandmother to me, and now that her sister and brother-in-law(my grandparents) passed, her and my great-uncle filled that void. This year my great-uncle (her husband) passed. Even through this extremely emotional time my great-aunt has remained positive to her core and like a little energizer bunny spreading her joy. In the nursing home where she resides, she goes to sing every day in their hospital center and is such a social butterfly. She is a truly extraordinary woman inside and out, and I could not tell her enough every day that with her never-ceasing JackieO style and glass half full outlook on life, I would be thrilled to live up to her name in my 80’s. Every time I visit her not only do my spirits become uplifted but I re-learn that the trivial things in life are nothing to stress over.

  • Katie June 21, 2011, 1:38 pm

    I’d like to honor my mother. She is the person i strive to be like. She is an amazing woman with who can kick your butt into gear for any reason, but also hug you afterward. My mother is strong, smart, funny,… she is everything!
    She is the reason I am who I am and where I am today. She never gave up on me and always pushed me to greatness.

  • Lisa June 21, 2011, 1:39 pm

    Happy 2 year anniversary!

    I want to honor one of my good friends Emily, who has overcome an eating disorder. She has turned her life around and is now living a healthy and active lifestyle. I admire her all of the time for changing her life from fatal to happy!

  • Julie - StressStories June 21, 2011, 1:41 pm

    Oh I know so many inspiring and beautiful people. My mother is obvious as she inspires me more than I can tell (and we are very alike) and she is truly beautiful – inside and outside. She is beautiful on the inside because she is strong, but also because she shows me her weak sides and opens her heart to me. She trusts that I can help her even though I’m the child and she’s the mum.
    On the outside she is just amazing as well. Took control of her life, lost 12 kilos and started horseback riding which she had abandoned for 18 years while raising me. Amazing!

    The other person I have to mention is one of my co-workers/friends. She had 12(!!) abortions before succeeding to give birth to twins and she never once stopped believing. She is just a super-woman who is also not afraid to admit to her vulnerable sides. Wonderful and inspiring!

  • SarahC June 21, 2011, 2:00 pm

    My mother is truly beautiful. She is the most generous, kind-hearted and humble person I know. She came from difficult beginnings – born into poverty to a sixteen-year-old mom. After raising two sisters, she went on to become a nurse, and acheived a lifelong dream at 42 when she graduated from college. She fought to give herself and her family a better life.

    She taught me that giving is always better than receiving, and that reading is one of life’s greatest pleasures. She set quite the bar, and while many girls bemoan the idea of “turning into their mother,” I strive every day to be more like her.

  • m June 21, 2011, 2:03 pm

    I want to honor my mother, I definitely have given her grief when I was growing up but I now see how strong and brilliant she is and truly the best mother one could ask for.

  • Rita June 21, 2011, 2:06 pm

    I would like to honor my friend and colleague, Lauren. She has a 6 year old daughter, who has struggled with cancer her entire young life. Lauren never shows signs of waivering; she is always strong, kind, and resilient. She is an inspiration to all!

  • Jannifer June 21, 2011, 2:10 pm

    I want to honor my grandma. She is the kindest, sweetest, lady I know. She is beautiful in every way. She is such an inspiration to me and many others!

  • Hillary June 21, 2011, 2:21 pm

    My sister is beautiful, inside and out. She strengthens me when I can’t hold myself up and understands me when no one else does.

  • Jen June 21, 2011, 2:22 pm

    Happy 2 Year Anniversary!

    I want to honor my mother because she is the most caring and selfless person I have ever met.

  • Shannon June 21, 2011, 2:25 pm

    I would like to honor my best friend since birth Patty. She is the strongest woman I know. It seems every time she builds her life to how she wants it, it gets shattered somehow but through it all she just keeps getting back and moving on through life. There are not many people that can say they have known someone, outside of their family, their whole life like us and she and our relationship inspires me to be a better person each day.

  • cate June 21, 2011, 2:42 pm

    I want to honor my dear friend Sara. She is a beautiful woman, inside and out. While life’s path keeps twisting and turning, she keeps her head and hopes high. I have so much admiration for her! Happy 2 year anni! 🙂

  • Yin June 21, 2011, 2:45 pm

    Happy two years 🙂

    I want to honor my mom. She is judgement free and has a great heart!<3

  • Julie June 21, 2011, 4:28 pm

    If it’s not too late to enter, I’d love to honor my grandmother, Irina. She survived the Holocaust, and is the STRONGEST woman I know. I strive to be like her and emulate her will to survive every single day.

  • ksquared June 21, 2011, 4:30 pm

    I would like to honour my friends Sujala and Gail. Neither really knows it but in the early points of my luncacy (e.g. signing up and starting to train for a half marathon).

    Both were supportive (Sujala would run solidarity runs for me and Gail agreed to run my first 10K with me- the NYC Mini!) and both have believed that I would do it since the beginning. Absolutely beautiful women inside and out.

  • Maria@La_Piattini June 21, 2011, 6:23 pm

    I would like to honor Y-O-U for starting this wonderful project in the first place. It is truly an inspiration.

  • Kobie Shae June 21, 2011, 9:52 pm

    I would like to honor my Mum! The most beautiful and inspirational person I know in so many ways! I can only hope to grow in to the same person, who is now helping me through one of the tougher phases of my life. To my best friend – my wonderful mother, the optimist!

  • Kobie Shae June 21, 2011, 9:55 pm

    I would like to honor my beautiful Mum! The most inspitational person I know in so many ways. I can only hope that I will grow in to the same person, who is now helping me through one of the tougher phases of my life. To my best friend, my wonderful mother – the optimist!

    • Kobie Shae June 21, 2011, 9:57 pm

      Whoopsy, I didn’t think it worked the first time!

  • Suzanne June 22, 2011, 9:13 am

    Congratulatons on your Operation Beautiful anniversary and making a difference in so many people’s lives! I’d like to honour my mother, who despite two occurrences of cancer is still one of the strongest people I know. It inspires me.

  • Veronica Sauceda June 22, 2011, 10:08 am

    Happy 2 year anniversary! What you have done is absolutely inspiring and amazing.

    I want to honor my beautiful mother & daughter who has been so inspiring and encourage me in so many ways. you are truly an inspiration and making a big impact by making a differece in so many people’s lives! I am blessed with beautiful family who been soo encouraging and up-lifting me so much and for that im glad i have also been part of the operation beautiful team by posting positve messages on post – its and posting them every where i go and that to also makes someones day beautiful and smile.

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