This Middle School Girls' Bathroom Is The One We Wish We Had Growing Up

“There’s no such thing as too much positivity.″

Most girls wouldn't describe their school bathroom as an "inspiring" place. Many middle school-aged kids struggle with their self-esteem and experience body shaming or bullying, and the school bathroom is just another place where their insecurities may be magnified. 

But one school is trying to combat those feelings with positivity. 

The middle school restroom at Fayetteville Academy in Fayetteville, North Carolina has been transformed into a positive space with messages of encouragement displayed on the walls. The project is a collaboration between Trina Thompson Riddle, a mom whose daughter attends the school, and her artist friend Shari Jackson Link. 

Link shared photos of her work on her Facebook page a few weeks ago, and it made it's way to the Love What Matters Facebook page today, where even more people are admiring the effort.


Link painted uplifting quotes on the walls, such as "Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day" and "Be a pineapple. Stand tall. Wear a crown. And stay sweet on the inside.″

She also added a few affirmations around the bathroom mirrors which say, "You are amazing. You are brave. You are strong." These words are perfectly placed. They serve as a reminder for students to not pick apart their reflection. 

"I made sure the quotes were bright and colorful and spoke to the hearts of those little ladies," Link told Newsymom. "I wanted words that would not only uplift the girls that potentially weren't being treated well, but also to nudge those 'non-nice' girls to be a little kinder. I focused on things that would speak to everyone."

Link, who has been painting for about 17 years, wanted to make sure the bathroom was done in time for the first day of school. She dedicated 20 hours to the project. 

Many think the idea is an awesome one that should be replicated at other schools to encourage girls to be kinder to one another and to themselves. Many pointed out that boys could also benefit from these inspiring quotes and affirmations — and Link agrees. 

"When you think about it, everything that was painted, most of the phrases will work for girls and boys,″ Link told the Fayetteville Observer. "There's no such thing as too much positivity."


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