Today probably ranked in the Top 10 Days of My Life list. It was that good.
Last year, a woman named Leslie decided to get in shape and run a half marathon. She was browsing blogs when she stumbled across HTP and, subsequently, Operation Beautiful. A guidance counselor at a South Carolina high school, Leslie knew right away that her students would love siteâ€™s concept. Leslie teamed up with the schoolâ€™s art teacher, recruited 12 students, and started an Operation Beautiful club, The Beauty Queens.
When Leslie emailed me to tell me what the girls were doing, I knew I had to come to Abbeville High School and meet the club members â€“ now over 30 strong. The girls meet once a week and either discuss a section of the Operation Beautiful book and how it relates to their own lives or do a community service project. Theyâ€™ve even had a float in a local parade! And on the first day of school this year, they put notes in every freshman girlâ€™s locker so the new girls wouldnâ€™t be as nervous! How sweet is that?
You see, I donâ€™t feel like Operation Beautiful is â€˜mineâ€™ â€“ Iâ€™m just the person who runs the site and wrote the book. The site would be nothingâ€¦ absolutely nothingâ€¦ without the women and girls (and guys!) who post notes and email them to me every single day. Operation Beautiful is 100% driven by the people who believe in random acts of kindness. So to meet 30 incredibly smart, caring, and positive high school girls who took the siteâ€™s simple concept and made it something big â€“ something entirely their own â€“ was absolutely AWESOME.
I gave a presentation to 125 of the schoolâ€™s 500 students, and then The Beauty Queens threw a party. I think some of them read this blog, too, because there was vegan cupcakes and Mmmm Sauce in the spread! Hah. I love it.
It was just a reallyâ€¦ surrealâ€¦ and totally awesome experience. I HATED so much of my high school experience â€“ I wish I had gone to the same high school as The Beauty Queens! I could tell the club crossed clique lines and included girls from different grades/interests. And that made me super happy.
A great day, indeed, that was totally worth six hours of driving time.
Car food included a PB sandwich and a banana:
Plus lots of goodies and chips at the party.
A Starbucks chocolate-banana smoothie. So delicious.
And for dinner, gluten-free mac and cheese with asparagus, plus steamed greens and cucumbers. Trying to squeeze in some veggies for BabyHTP!
Have you tried the gluten-free mac and cheese from Trader Joeâ€™s? It is REALLY tasty. But truly â€“ isnâ€™t everything from TJâ€™s the best?
And now I am going to face-plant in bed. Yawn!