Hello, February! If you’re like us, meeting the first day of February (and every month, really) is invariably accompanied by a sense of awe at how quickly the previous month flew by. As mentioned in our last #BRIKAMonthlyMantra post in January, exciting changes were in our midst, the momentum of which hasn’t stopped. We’re thrilled to announce that the next BRIKA pop up has found a home at the Square One Shopping Center in Mississauga, just outside of Toronto, which will feature all of the same handcrafted products by our talented Makers. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, the start of February tends to evoke feelings of either excitement or trepidation, and the (sometimes painful) reminder of one’s relationship status. But, as Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw wisely pointed out, the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself—words that we couldn’t agree with more. On that note, and without further ado, we turn to a poet of an entirely different nature, Mr. Oscar Wilde, for our February monthly mantra: “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” Loving oneself paves the way for some of life’s greatest discoveries: unearthing your passions, feeling comfortable in your own skin and being kind to others when you are kind to yourself. (It also doesn’t hurt that confidence can be one of the most attractive qualities in others!) So, what does your lifelong romance with yourself look like? Has it been a rocky road full of ups and downs, mostly smooth sailing, a relationship that changes on a day-to-day basis? Comment below or let us know on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @shopBRIKA using the hashtag #BRIKAMonthlyMantra and we’ll share our favorite posts on our social channels. We’ll also be sharing our #BRIKAMonthlyMantra in the form of door art at our Queen West retail location on the first of every month, in hopes that others are equally as inspired by this quote as we were. Happy February!