I can’t even believe it, but December is right around the corner, and that means that my third book, Operation Beautiful:  One Note at a Time, will be released very soon.

Wondering about the snazzy new cover and title?  Check out this post for more info: “Getting a Book to Print”


If you don’t know about my other site, Operation Beautiful, the concept is simple:  People write positive messages on Post-Its and leave them in public places for others to find.  I started the site back in June 2009 and have since received about 12,000 notes from all over the world, in many different languages written by both women and men of all ages.  Over the last three years, the site has trended younger and younger as moms and aunts and teachers told their daughters, nieces, and students about the concept.  Now, about half of the notes that I receive are written by girls in middle and high school, which I think is absolutely wonderful.


In fact, the site has become so popular with younger girls that I regularly receive photos like this – girls love to ‘bomb’ their school bathrooms with dozens or even hundreds of positive messages for others to find.  In a world filled with cliques and bullying, this is pretty freaking awesome.


Operation Beautiful:  One Note at a Time is aimed at tweens and young teens (specifically, 8 to 14 year olds) and covers topics such as…


The True Meaning of ‘Beautiful’

Identifying Toxic Beauty Concepts in Popular Media

Turning Negative Thoughts Around

Stopping Bullying

Discovering the Confidence to Be Yourself

Finding Your Passion

Dealing with Body Changes

Focusing on a Healthy Body


Like the first Operation Beautiful book (which is for adults), this book’s backbone are chapters that I wrote, and the main points of each chapter are reinforced by photos of Operation Beautiful notes, which are mixed into the text scrapbook-style.  Each note was written by a young girl or written by an adult reflecting on her childhood experiences, so there’s a really cool mix of “I’m living this right now and understand what you’re going through” and “I lived this and have perspective on it to share with you.”



Of all of my books, I think I am most proud and excited for this book because I KNOW it will help so many young girls.  I wrote the book with my 13 year old self in mind.  My teenager years were somewhat tumultuous – I struggled with depression and self-harming, which is unfortunately way more common than most of us realize – and I hope my words resonate with tweens and teens.


The book’s dedication says it far better than I can express it in a single blog post:


And, if you’re a Girls on the Run supporter, you’ll be happy to hear that Molly Barker, the founder of GOTR, wrote the book’s forward.  So the book will be a great end-of-season gift for GOTR teams (and it’s available to purchase in bulk, if any councils are interested).


If you’d like to pre-order a copy of Operation Beautiful:  One Note at a Time, you can do so on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indie Bound.  The book is available on December 27.


**BOOK CLUB OPPORTUNITY** If you mentor a group of young girls and would like to use the book to promote discussion about positive body image and self-esteem, order at least 10 copies of the book, and I’ll Skype myself over to you to host a ‘book club’ discussion with your girls.  Just e-mail me the receipt (operationbeautiful@gmail.com), and we can set up a call.  This would be a fun activity for GOTR, Girl Scouts, church groups, and more!


As always, I really, really appreciate your support, not only of Operation Beautiful, but also of my book-writing career (you can read about all my books here).  I recognize that none of this would be possible without my incredible HTP readers; so thank you very much.



  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 25, 2012, 9:19 am

    Congrats, girl! I can’t wait to read this book when it becomes available and share it with all of the girls (young and older) in my life. 🙂

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction.com October 25, 2012, 9:39 am

    Congrats Caitlin!!! You are so influential, love what you to do teach girls about positive self-image 🙂

  • Michele Albert October 25, 2012, 9:46 am


  • Ashley October 25, 2012, 10:13 am

    Congratulations on all of your wonderful books! You are amazing!

  • Kelli October 25, 2012, 10:26 am

    I was a victim of severe bullying in middle school and elementary school that resulted in years of eating disorders and disordered eating struggles. I love love love operation beautiful and this book idea! I am pre-ordering to give to the baby girl one day 🙂

  • Ashlyn October 25, 2012, 10:26 am

    I’m very excited to hear the book is coming out soon, but I’m also a little bummed that it won’t be available for Christmas! As I was reading the post I was thinking how perfect it would be for my almost-teenager niece as a Christmas gift…but it won’ t be out until the 27th. Bummer.

    On a happier note, though, congrats! This IS very exciting!

    • Caitlin October 25, 2012, 10:29 am

      If you preorder, Amazon usually ships early. I can’t ensure you’ll get it, but odds are high!

      • CJ @ Fill the Well October 25, 2012, 11:58 am

        Great news, I was thinking the same thing! I often send Christmas gifts a little late anyway – just extends the holiday magic, don’tcha know 🙂 – so I’m planning on getting one for a preteen girl in my life. Looking forward to checking it out myself!

  • Maddie October 25, 2012, 10:35 am

    Congratulations Caitlin! I can’t wait to get a copy- no matter what age we are, I think we can all use a book like yours.

  • Kendra @ My Full-Thyme Life October 25, 2012, 11:32 am

    What an exciting time for you! Congrats! I love the message of the book and I know my 13 year-old self could have used a message as powerful as this. I plan to get two copies for cousins of mine who are in middle school. You are such an inspiration, Caitlin. Thank you for the work you do!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 25, 2012, 11:53 am

    This book sounds amazing! I love your Operation Beautiful site and the message that it sends to young women. I love the photo of the girls’ bathroom, that’s how things should be everywhere, we need to support each other not tear each other down!

  • Laura October 25, 2012, 12:02 pm

    Teenagers are a great audience for Operation Beautiful! I taught high school last year and there were so many girls who had already deemed themselves unattractive. So sad! Love that pic of the covered mirrors!

  • Natalie @ Free Range Human October 25, 2012, 12:27 pm

    This is awesome, Caitlin. I’m the sponsor of a book club at the school I work at. It’s mostly junior and seniors. I’m assuming this would still be good for them?

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut October 25, 2012, 12:41 pm

    I wish Operation Beautiful had been around when I was 13! Do you know how devastating it is at that age to have a sister (the same age) that EVERY guy in school thinks is “hot”? I’m shocked I haven’t been scarred for life or that our relationship wasn’t affected. Now, I would tell my 13 year-old self that everything evens out in the end. 🙂

  • Amber K October 25, 2012, 1:39 pm

    Congratulations on your continued success 🙂

  • Jacqueline October 25, 2012, 2:11 pm

    Congrats Caitlin! And thank you for putting out such great messaging in the world :))

  • Sonia the Mexigarian October 25, 2012, 3:30 pm

    I wish I had a book like this when I was a child/teen. Or at least seen a post it in the bathroom to cheer me up when I needed it. I was horribly teased and bullied by classmates (and underclassmen) at my Catholic middle school (from 4th to 8th grade), which led to my self harming and disordered eating. At many points I had contemplated suicide. Scary at such a young age to be thinking so, but that’s how clouded and warped my self esteem was twisted. It was little sparks of encouragement by non bullying classmates and teachers and the love of my family that got me through.

    The post it would have been one of those sparks. A little light to help guide the path out of the darkness.

    Thank you Caitlin for Operation Beautiful, it’s truly needed for everyone.

  • Lea @ Greens and Coffee Beans October 25, 2012, 3:54 pm

    Congrats! At my university (Appalachian!) October is “Celebrate You” month and one of the things we did to celebrate was spread Operation Beautiful notes all over the student rec center. It was so cool to see the gym covered in so many inspiring sticky notes!

  • Diane October 25, 2012, 4:08 pm

    I SO wish this was coming out before Christmas! It would be the perfect present for my beautiful niece. Anything I can do to get my hands on one earlier than the 27th?

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