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Snapshot: Caitlin Boyle

Caitlin Boyle
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Caitlin Boyle is only 26 years old, yet she’s already accomplished enough to be twice her age. She is the creator of Operation Beautiful, a website dedicated to the elimination of negative self-talk or "fat talk,” giving struggling men, women and young people confidence in themselves. Her mission is to leave confidence-boosting notes all over Charlotte, with those who find them posting the notes and their reactions on the website. She also writes her own personal blog, Healthy Tipping Point, which logs her day-to-day ups and downs of healthy eating and living. Caitlin is a three-time author, and her third book, "Operation Beautiful: For Best Friends," will be released July 2012. In her spare time, she also volunteers with Girls on the Run and was voted 2010 Rookie Coach of the Year.

My life's motto is life should come first. It should be the beginning of and the reason for everything!Eating right and exercising is difficult sometimes because it requires a little bit of prep work and forethought. If you want to change your life, you have to give your life room to change. I try to remind myself that every little effort matters. If all I can do is walk my dog around the block that day, well – I made the effort!The best part of Operation Beautiful is hearing the stories from the women, men and teens who find notes. The notes mean something different to each person but it's always fun to hear how much it impacts someone's outlook.My favorite thing about living in Charlotte is how green it is. I love driving down Queens and Kings and seeing all the big trees. We have so much green space for a city of our size, especially near Uptown!The story that touched me the most was Vit's. A teenager in Canada, Vit was in a treatment center for severe anorexia. Her doctors were concerned that it was going to eventually kill her. She slipped into the bathroom to throw up her lunch and found an Operation Beautiful note on the stall. The simple message, "You are good enough the way you are,” made her pause and reconsider her destructive behavior. She followed up with me a few months later and said she was out of the hospital and healthier than ever. Vit knew a stranger posted the note, but she felt like the timing was a message from God.Writing my first book was a journey. I wrote the first Operation Beautiful book in two and a half months, which included interviewing over 100 women. It was a very busy time, and sometimes, I doubted that I could finish, but I was so in love with the project.If I had one thing to say to the world, it would be change the way you see, not the way you look!