Archives for June 2017


#neverstoplearning: finding a mentor

Hey there!

People often ask me about the importance of mentorship — do I need a mentor? If so, how do I find one? My answer is relatively simple. Yes, mentorship is extremely valuable to growth, both personally and professionally. We all need guidance, a place to comfortably seek clarity, garner inspiration or weather the unforeseen demands of change; however, that second component of discovering a reliable mentor can be intimidating, and downright, discouraging at moments. But, it doesn’t have to be. Mentorship can be found everywhere.

The core value of any mentorship is gaining new insight. While having access to a one-on-one mentor is ideal, we can’t get caught thinking linearly about the potential outlets for learning. Mentorship can be found in all shapes and sizes. This can be done by reading a book or article from someone you admire or attending a retreat in your profession or extending your reach via social media — the list goes on and on.

I recently received an email from Stefanie MacDonald of Halifax Paper Hearts. Less than 18 months ago, Stefanie had a dream of creating greeting cards and prints. She was looking for guidance, inspiration, maybe a “sign” (like we all do) to get started and stumbled upon my “10 Things You MUST Do Before Approaching a Retail Store” checklist. Fast forward a year and a half (and a completed checklist later), and her line of paper goods is now carried in 80 stores in Canada. Woot! Stefanie’s story is not just a great example of success but also of how mentorship can be found in the unexpected, like a late night Google search :)

I’m humbled to be able to reach others in even the smallest of ways. It’s one of the reasons I continue to do what I do.  I encourage you to seek out your own form of mentorship (whatever it might be) and also, when the time is right, #payitforward :)



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#neverstoplearning tip: shake it up


Happy first day of June!

When I started my business back in 2007, people assumed I would open up a clothing store. I had a deep understanding of the fashion retail industry, after spending many years as a successful buyer for Bloomingdale’s, Saks, and Barney’s.

But before I jumped straight onto that predictable path, I took a step back to really think about what moves my heart. That’s how I came up with the concept for Pink Olive and with a small belief that small gifts have big power to show how much we care. I had to step outside of my comfort zone to realize my true passion: to inspire and celebrate the little things – one person, one gift, and one neighborhood at a time.

Every day is about learning and today, I want to challenge you to shake it up. Consider the full spectrum of possibilities, whether you’re looking to expand your current business or start something brand new. You might miss a chance to pursue something truly exciting if you’re not willing to take the leap towards something slightly unexpected, and follow your heart.

Join me in my #neverstoplearning challenge and show us on Instagram: how are you shaking things up at work? What amazing opportunities have you found when you dared to divert from the predictable path?


Grace Kang
Founder, Pink Olive School

P.S. Are you looking to take your product business to new levels in the next 6-months or just want my eyes on your business to ask all your burning questions? I am opening up two spots to my popular “Critique My Line” private strategy session — sign up here and let’s get started!