What’s your spark? AND, the winner is…

Happy Friday!

So what is your spark?
Every great business starts with a spark of an idea. A story. So, what’s yours? Why did you want to start your business?
A couple of weeks ago, I shared in this post that I will be returning to The Maker’s Summit this March to lead a workshop about selling wholesale and breaking into the retail market. The Maker’s Summit is an amazing opportunity to learn more about starting your business, hear advice from industry leaders and meet with fellow creatives to share “your story.” So, what’s your story? What’s going to make you stand out? :)

I look forward to meeting and mingling with many of you on March 1st. But first! A big congratulations to Vintage Concord for winning our Maker’s Summit contest. Please email us at hello@pinkoliveschool.com for your special registration details. Thanks again to everyone who entered the contest. Here’s to achieving your goal this year and creating a life you love!


Grace Kang
Founder, Pink Olive School

image: vintage concord


Win a ticket to the makers summit! :)

Hey there creative maker!

Have you experienced The Maker’s Summit? If not, you’re in for a treat!

The annual Maker’s Summit held in Greenville, South Carolina is a one-day business conference for people like you: product designers, artists, and lifestyle bloggers that make up our awesome community!

Last year I had the honor of being a keynote speaker, and this year I will be heading back to lead a workshop on how to break into the retail market by selling wholesale. There are a variety of other awesome keynote speakers and panel discussions lined up to help you learn to grow your business, including Jordan Ferney from Oh Happy Day! and Susan Petersen from Freshly Picked. It’s an amazing opportunity to meet with other creatives and get inspired!

Want to join? Enter our giveaway to win a free ticket* to The Maker’s Summit!

Just let us know one goal or project you want to accomplish in 2014! Comment on the blog post and you could be joining me in Greenville, South Carolina on March 1! We will announce the winner on Friday, Jan 31st.


To learn more about The Maker’s Summit click here!


* Includes an all-access pass to the conference and craft party. Travel is not included.


make it happen

Happy Monday!

Hope you all had a great weekend.

I had the pleasure of speaking at The Makers Summit in Greenville, SC this weekend and meet so many makers (including some of you) and connect with other creative business owners. Were you there? All I can say is… WOW! The event was so well produced and curated — a perfect combination of inspiration, learning, making and celebration.

Are you ready to make it happen?

During my talk, I shared my top 10 strategies that I personally practice in both my personal and business life to make things happen. I look forward to hearing about your successes in the next 3 month during the #makeithappen challenge. I will announce the winner in May 2013.

For those of you who set an intention to sell to more retail stores this year, be sure to take advantage of the special offer that I shared at the conference. Since I believe in rewarding people who take action on their business, we are going to invite you to a special Q&A LIVE call next month with me (date TBD) if you sign up by this Friday, February 8th.

Here is to living your dream and creating the life you want in 2013!



p.s. This weekend was extra special because I got to finally visit my friend Barb from Knack Studios and be in HER hometown. (I shared about how we met in this post.) It was inspiring for me to walk into her gorgeous shop and see how much she has grown since I first met her in 2007. I am so proud of this gal and cherish our friendship! I can’t wait to go back to Greenville very soon…

top image taken by: jon blair


are you dreaming?

Hey there!

This time of year when we are all setting BIG goals for both our personal and professional lives. Whether it’s to be more well-organized, healthier, or more creative, the focus tends to be solely on the end goal. In an effort to achieve these big goals more successfully, we need to also focus on the process and the journey of getting there.  
Once you have your one BIG goal set for the year, act as if you already achieved it and work backwards. When you have a clear vision of what your end result will look like, you are able to create actionable steps with more ease and confidence.  Brainstorm with your team and other like-minded entrepreneurs. Breaking your goal down into steps or mini goals can also help keep you on track and keep you motivated throughout the process.

While gyms are packed right after New Years, they tend to empty out by mid-February. Don’t give yourself room to give up! Stay realistic, stay positive, and enjoy the journey :).

Are you going to The Makers Summit? The ladies behind the indie craft parade will be debuting their very first conference for creative entrepreneurs, and I am excited to join them as one of their keynote speakers. Looking forward to meeting some of you there!

Here’s to BIG success in 2013!