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You guys!  It’s here!  It’s December 27.  Do you know what that means?


It means that the Operation Beautiful: One Note at a Time book for tween and teen girls is OUT.


OUT and ABOUT and walking around the world.  Well, not walking, but hopefully being driven and flown to bookstores and doorsteps all over the country.




This is my third book (you can read about the other two here), but truthfully, I am most proud and most excited about this one.  I poured my heart and soul into this book, and the book includes so many wonderful story from the Operation Beautiful contributors, and I really feel like this book can change a girl’s life.  The target audience is 8 – 14 years old.  In my previous book review, I provided this description: 


There are two components to each of the Operation Beautiful books.  The first component is my writing – based on research and interviews, I tackle the biggest issues that girls this age fact.  My Girls on the Run troops were truly instrumental in writing this book.  In fact, Molly Barker, the GOTR founder, loved the book so much that she wrote a special message in the inside back flap, making this a great gift for Girls on the Run teams!  The advice is presented in a fun, dynamic way and encourages lots of introspection and journaling.  The other component of the book are Operation Beautiful notes – no Operation Beautiful book would be complete without the creative and inspiring notes themselves.  Adjacent to each note is an interview with the note-writer (or the note-finder!).  Most of these notes were written by girls, but some of the interviews feature adult women reflecting on their tween and teenage experiences.


But a description can only go so far, so I recorded a reading of the book’s conclusion.  I hope you enjoy it!  (Side note:  Recorded this at 9 PM when Henry was sleeping – whew!  Double side note:  Do I sound the way you thought I’d sound?!).

Thanks a MILLION!  Order today for a special girl in your life at:







  • Lauren December 27, 2012, 7:35 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! So so proud of you! 🙂

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 27, 2012, 7:50 am

    LOVE this! I’m so excited for the book release and while I may not be a young or teenage girl, just listening to the end of the book, I feel like there’s still something I can take away. Maybe hitting the chord that was struck during my younger years. Can’t wait! 🙂

  • Shari December 27, 2012, 8:05 am

    Happy Publication Day! 🙂

  • Susan December 27, 2012, 8:06 am

    Exciting!! Where is your book tour taking you, and where will you be signing/doing a reading in Charlotte?

  • Katie H. December 27, 2012, 8:23 am

    Congrats! I am planning to get a copy, and possibly lead a middle/high school girl group at my church in discussing it. What a great message to spread to the world!

  • Lee December 27, 2012, 8:24 am

    Congratulations Caitlin!

  • Carolyn December 27, 2012, 8:36 am

    Can wait to get this for my two teenage nieces!

  • Colleen December 27, 2012, 9:13 am

    Congrats! I’ll have to order a couple- one to keep and some to giveaway.

  • KaraHadley December 27, 2012, 9:26 am

    Ahhhhh! I am so excited! I order a copy for my little sister weeks ago and I just tracked my package and it should be at my door any minute now! I can’t wait to share it with her!
    Congrats on all of your hard work coming to fruition.

  • Caitlin @ This Bride's Joyride December 27, 2012, 9:32 am

    Congrats, you should be so proud!!!!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 27, 2012, 10:14 am

    ENORMOUS CONGRATS Caitlin!! You should be so proud of yourself and this book. I know how hard you’ve worked on it, and what a great way to end the year. I’ll be keeping an eye out for it in the bookstores!

  • Lillian December 27, 2012, 10:38 am

    What a fantastic idea — I absolutely love this! I’m buying a copy for my cousin, ASAP. Huge congrats to you for creating such a wonderful book!

  • Kathleen Ojo @ Onward; Inward December 27, 2012, 11:10 am

    Yay, that means my copy should be in the mail today! I ordered it for my 11-year-old niece – she’s new to the country and I’m afraid of what the prevailing American standards for beauty and female behaviour will do to her self esteem.

  • Hannah December 27, 2012, 11:25 am

    Congratulations Caitlin! So happy for you! Henry is so lucky to have such a wonderful accomplished mom!

  • Tammy Root December 27, 2012, 11:33 am

    YAY! You must feel so proud. I know Marea is only 7 months old, but I am going to order this book right now. One day I will tell her all about my friend Caitlin and the awesome book she wrote. Then, she and I will sit down in our jammies and read each inch of it. 🙂 Congrats.

  • Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin December 27, 2012, 11:46 am

    Yay!! I will definitely by buying a copy for my younger cousin. She is in middle school and I think it would be a great and powerful book for her to have.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 27, 2012, 12:07 pm

    Congratulations!!!! This really sounds like an amazing book, I might just have to order one for my cousins!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) December 27, 2012, 12:12 pm

    Congratulations Caitlin!!! How exciting!

  • Joy December 27, 2012, 12:13 pm

    Congratulations! What a wonderful accomplishment. You should be very proud of yourself.

    I have to admit that I got choked up at the end of your video. I SOOOO believe in your message and can hardly wait to give a copy to my niece in April on her birthday. You’re so right about one positive message or one kind word from someone meaning so much more than a whole lot of negative messages coming at you.

    You sound mostly like I thought you would…just a little deeper voice than I thought. But a great speaking voice!

  • Karen @ Runner Girl Eats December 27, 2012, 12:54 pm

    Congrats!! this is so exciting 🙂 I love the concept of this book and can’t wait to share with some tweens.

  • Kendra @ My Full-Thyme Life December 27, 2012, 12:58 pm

    Congratulations! Where were you when I was a young girl?!?!? As I am two weeks, or possibly even days, away from having a daughter of my own I just wanted you to know how much your blog has inspired me to be a better me. I can’t just project onto my daughter ideas of self-worth and confidence, I actually have to be an example and thanks to your message and inspiration I feel better equip to do that. Oh, and my therapist helps a bit too! 😉

    You have a powerful voice and a wonderful message and I truly appreciate the work you do!

  • Josephine December 27, 2012, 1:15 pm

    I just reserved 2 for pick up at my local B&N for my 12 year old niece and 13 year old sister. I’m excited to see it.congratulations!

  • Natalie@ Free Range Human December 27, 2012, 1:23 pm

    I’ve ordered this for the library I work in!

  • Tanya December 27, 2012, 1:48 pm

    Nice! Im excited for you and will be looking forward to invest!

  • Shannon December 27, 2012, 2:17 pm

    BEAUTIFUL, Caitlin. I teared up listening to that excerpt! I plan to buy the book for my two nieces, ages 10 and 14. (And another copy to save for my own two girls.) Congratulations and good work!

  • Luv What You Do December 27, 2012, 2:22 pm

    That is really exciting! It looks like a beautifully done book!

  • Kelly December 27, 2012, 2:28 pm

    Congratulations! I have already ordered a copy for my 10 year old niece. I know she will love it!

  • Gina (fitnessista) December 27, 2012, 2:57 pm

    congratulations! i am so excited for you!
    loved watching the video, too- i can’t wait to order copies for some of my cousins.
    speaking of beautiful, you look absolutely gorgeous 🙂

  • Vicki December 27, 2012, 2:58 pm


  • Cathy December 27, 2012, 3:04 pm

    You sound exactly how I thought you would! lol I already have this book in mind for two tweens in my life. 🙂

  • Katie December 27, 2012, 4:35 pm

    Can’t believe your agent would let you release this AFTER Christmas! It looks like a really cool book though and I look forward to buying a copy for my young cousins in the spring.

  • Reenie December 27, 2012, 4:36 pm


  • Sharisse December 27, 2012, 4:55 pm

    Congrats, Caitlin! What an amazing accomplishment, especially one that will empower and support young girls. Great job!

  • Michelle December 27, 2012, 5:55 pm

    Way to go! It must be so exciting to see the finished product and know that it’s available for everyone! What an awesome way to end the year!

    And you sound NOTHING like what I thought you would! 🙂

  • Laura December 27, 2012, 6:15 pm

    Glad to see another one of your books on the shelf caitlin! This must be soooo exciting. Certainly like another christmas present for you. Publishing a book is one of my dreams and I hope one day I can celebrate such a success. Congrats!!

  • JenRD December 27, 2012, 9:13 pm

    Got my email today from Amazon that is has been shipped!

  • Amber K December 27, 2012, 10:01 pm

    I wish a book like this had been around when I was younger!

  • Jack Sh*t December 27, 2012, 10:15 pm

    You didn’t sound anything like I imagined (I imagined more of a Carol Channing thing for some strange reason…)

    Congrats on all your success!

  • a farmer in the dell December 27, 2012, 10:19 pm


  • Charitydawn December 28, 2012, 8:48 am

    I can not wait for my neices to get old enough to give this book to them. With the world going the way it is every little bit of positivity helps! I would LOVE a new mom operation beautiful book!

  • Bobbie December 28, 2012, 9:10 am

    Mine was delivered yesterday! Love it!

  • Amber December 28, 2012, 10:00 am

    Love the video, love the message. Congrats! Now I just need to befriend a teen or tween girl to give this to =). Heck, I’ll just buy one for myself. Thanks for the positivity and love!

  • MomHTP December 28, 2012, 3:03 pm

    Operation Beautiful is a powerful book and hearing you read from it had a powerful effect. My book is ordered and I’m thinking of how many girls and woman I can order a book for. Life is short and can be so beautiful.

  • Diane T. Your Auntie. December 29, 2012, 1:18 pm

    What a great reading ! Your material could help any age group. I felt better about myself after hearing it. There are so many transitions in a woman’s life that can cause those “less than” feelings. I have felt them as I am entering my senior years. Positivity is such a strong tool getting thru the these changes that come with maturing. I’m looking at this as a whole new set of opportunities, not disadvantages.
    I do have a12 year old friend q I plan to gift with the book, and I want a copy for myself,too!
    P.s. I am totally in love with Henry!

    • Caitlin December 29, 2012, 4:33 pm

      Thank you!

  • Clizia January 14, 2013, 10:12 am

    Caitlin, I have just watched the video through a link from today’s post. I wish somebody had given me this book years ago when I was a teenager – I can’t even begin to describe the amount of suffering I could have avoided by reading those words and believing in them.

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