i remember thinking a couple of years ago about how badly i wanted a mentor. you know, karate kid and mr. miyagi style? someone to show me the ropes.

now when i look back, i realize how many people in my life have been that to me. and i feel really lucky to have them. we all just need someone to see that spark and help us out. to see our potential.

have you ever had a mentor you really looked up to?

also, i just wanted to say how much it means to me that you guys come find inspiration here. my blog is three years old this month i just realized! happy birthday, blog. it’s really been an amazing, amazing time. -bri

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    Brandy says:


    you’ve been my mentor over the past year or so, ever since i came to DLF and thought “whoa. now this makes graphic design look fun.” – i’m so thankful for everything you do and share with us.. you’re a design/styling goddess who shook and awoke my creative soul!

    ana bacelar says:

    happy birthday from Portugal, you are seriously inspiring 🙂 kisses Ana

    Maria Tacchetti says:

    dearest Bri,
    you’ re!!!
    you’ve got the gift that inspires people all over the world.

    Muchas Gracias de Buenos Aires, Argentina

    ps: we could use some Blogshop classes over here 😉

    julie says:

    congratulations and happy birthday, blog! you’re blog is wonderful and i hope to make it to a blog shop to get some live mentoring. in the mean time, this is one place i continue to be totally inspired by and i thank you for it:)

    Sarah says:

    the blog’s birthday month is my birthday month? I’m feeling doubly inspired now! Congrats, Bri! You’re hard work and talent is seriously refreshing and encouraging! Also, loving that art!

    Sarolta says:

    I’m doing school online while still doing my full time job in public relations. That way sometimes I feel a bit left alone in my learning process. Luckily there are blogs like yours that show me what is possible and make me smile every day.
    I also have friends (my fiance first of all) who encourage me all the time and give me feedback on my ideas. I love to have those people in my life!

    Amanda says:

    Happy birthday, DesignLoveFest!

    And thank you, Bri, for this reminder that I, too, have potential.

    ashley beilharz says:

    Happy birthday blog!
    I find both inspiration AND motivation here daily, and honestly because of DesignLoveFest my portfolio website is finally almost done. Thank you!

    oh! congrats bri! three years…that’s a big deal!! and i’m thankful for you …design love fest is my happy place i go to on the web when times get really crazy & overwhelming over here.
    bestbest!! hope to see you at blogshop (video) if i can work some magic with my schedule 😉

    Jess says:

    Aww happy birthday/anniversary to your blog! 🙂

    anne says:

    I had a mentor in college (one of my professors) and he was so helpful in facilitating conversations about life and learning and growth. I miss being able to pop into his office and sit down for a nice chat if I’m feeling lost.

    Congratulations on three years! I love this space in the blogosphere, and can’t wait to see the greatness that is to come!

    Robertson says:

    The internet is such a cool rad place. I have felt so inspired and mentored by many of the blogs I have come across (yours included of course)! I am so happy to have found DFL this year!

    Happy Birthday! I agree with some of the Ladies above. You are definitely my mentor. You brought back my passion for graphic design that had slipped away from me for a while. I actually had a dream last night that I met you and my other mentor, so this post is very crazy to see today. 🙂

    Jime says:

    big fan! happy b-day!

    Sarah says:

    Happy blogoversary. Mentors are so essential. I”m still kind of searching for mine, but I kind of consider all the blogs that really inspire me a form of a mentor =)

    – Sarah

    I think it’s great to have a mentor but pull a group of experience from so many people around you and I think it could be just as good. happy b-day bloggy.

    by the way, i still can’t get over your style vid. so hot.

    happiest of blog birthdays to you, bri! *throws confetti*

    Laurie says:

    Happiest of birthdays to your blog. So much work, time, and effort but so worth it I am sure! You get to do what you love every day. Lucky girl!

    dee says:

    i agree! your my mentor. you inspire each and everyone of us with the beauty you share and keep us motivated with the stories you tell and your passion for design.

    Flora says:

    happy birthday indeed designlovefest! keep rockin’ it Bri and inspiring us!

    BougieHippie says:

    Awe this is a uber sweet post as well as the comments, keep it up!

    bri says:

    so touching. big smile on my face right now 🙂 thank you!

    Brandy says:

    i wanna throw some confetti too. *thrown!

    Naomi says:

    So glad I stumbled over your blog… such a good stumble! Congrats on year tres!

    tara says:

    Happy Bday to DLF! Have a fantastic bday weekend.


    victoria says:

    happy birthday, bri! you know i believe in you. xx

    Pink Ronnie says:

    Must add my birthday wishes too – you’ve done amazing things in such a short period of time, Bri!
    Ronnie xo

    Shelley says:

    Happy Birthday blog! Thanks to you for being my mentor! I come to your wonderful site to get inspiration and advice.

    Latrina says:

    Congratulations! You have accomplished a lot in those 3 years, you should feel proud. 🙂 Happy birthday, DLF!

    Mommy Dearest says:

    I remember when YOU were 3, and the cutest little thing ever! Nothing has changed much! : ) XOXOXO Mama

    Leigh says:

    Happy birthday blog! I love coming here for inspiration, for your insight on little topics, and I loved your fashion column (you should do that again!).
    One mentor in my life, aside from my mom who will forever mentor me and I look up to, is my Pilates trainer. I just went through this great training and was always amazed how much she could pull us three and bring us to new levels that we couldn’t see as possible. Not only that but her personal life is truly inspiring. Always supports the local farmers, grows her own garden, cans for the winter. It’s just amazing how self sufficient and inspiring she is

    Danielle says:

    No kidding, bri- you have had the biggest impact on my life. I first started reading DLF one year ago and WOW. I’m now enrolled to start a graphic design program in the fall. Everyone thinks i’m crazy for going back to school but I’m looking forward to it thanks to you. You inspire me everyday to reach my potential 🙂

    Happy 3rd blog birthday! Love the font today and as for inspiration and mentors, I’ve have many, oddly quite a lot of younger men that have shown me to feel the fear but go for it anyway and much older women that have shown me that it can be done, and kept on being done! But it was nice to have them brought to mind with your post today… 🙂

    Carolina says:

    Congratulations for your blog bday 🙂
    i’ve also wanted to have a mentor, but as you said many people we find in life become great inspiration and motivation to move on and become our very best.
    I can definitely say you inspire me everyday and i look forward to read your blog every morning.

    sarathira says:

    You’re a mentor(terrific one at that!) whether you know it or not, miss bri 🙂 So happy birthday DLF and happy birthday to you!

    estherjulee says:

    seriously! i must have been saying this same thing a couple weeks ago. 🙂 some advice someone gave me (which I did not want to hear) was to write down all the things you want in a mentor and just do that for someone else & you will learn a lot.

    beautiful blog, btw! happy birthday to your blog! 🙂

    noelle says:

    It is nice to know that even people like you are or have been in search of mentorship. I started my jewelry business a year ago and even though I’m so happy to be following my dreams I often feel so alone in this journey (it’s just me for now, so I’m literally alone a lot). I so miss having guidance and being surrounded by people who inspire me and that I can bounce my ideas off of. Thank God for the internet and blogs like yours to get me motivated- thanks! And happy belated blog b-day!

    rSB1mxmK says:

    307889 28359A really really intriguing post! I’ll try to track that continues here! Thank you. 884373

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