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[caption id="attachment_379" align="aligncenter" width="280"] We're in great company![/caption] Have you ever had — or do you currently have — incredible mentors in your life? These individuals can be your voice of reason, your sounding board or even the person who just plainly says, “I believe in you.” In addition to our family members, both Kena and I have been blessed to have had a few of these people in our lives, both personally and professionally, and we’d like to think that we’ve also acted in such a capacity for others. Sometimes it doesn’t happen naturally, and you know what? That’s OK. If you haven’t found this person or group of people yet, there are so many ways to be deliberate about finding a mentor. So much of the BRIKA journey so far has been about the people along the way who have buoyed us up and have given us the extra push to try to realize our dreams. We are strong believers in karma, and we feel that we should pass on the good vibes! This all leads me to why we are SO proud to be a sponsor of the Design*Sponge 2012 Scholarship. First of all, Grace Bonney of the blog Design*Sponge is one of our heroes. She has managed to build somewhat of an empire on the internet, and we love that she does it so authentically and meaningfully every single day. In 2007, she started the Design*Sponge Scholarship as a way to “celebrate and support the next generation of up and coming artists and designers.” In our minds, this is so much of the reason for why we are doing what we are doing. It’s all about the inspiring people who are pursuing their passion and their craft, and sometimes it can be tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel when funding gets tight… So, to all you high school to graduate students out there pursuing art and design, we want you to know BRIKA believes in YOU!


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