Candidly Kind: How One Girl Paved Her Own Way To Success & Happiness
February 19, 2019 .2 min read
Grace Key, the founder of Candidly Kind, is demonstrating that no obstacle can get in the way of success and happiness. Grace, born with Down Syndrome, has been able to turn her passion for art and positive messaging into a thriving enterprise that creates inspirational apparel.
Grace is a 21-year-old high school graduate who started her business during her senior year and has used her writing, drawing, and painting throughout her life to express her feelings. Her messaging always creates a positive vibe while also creating motivation and desire. Some of the phrases you can expect to find are: "Go with the flow" and "Don't be dramatic."
Her creativity originally stemmed from her love of makeup. She loves makeup tutorials! Grace loved these how-to videos so much; she started to videotape herself doing her makeup. This later led to modeling gigs.
Grace’s mother noticed something different from her daughter’s art during a time of struggle. Grace went through a period where she realized some people weren’t so accepting of who she was. And through this time, Grace was able to pull the positives out of her situation. Instead of sulking, she decided to "make lemonade."
With that, she debuted "I Made Lemonade" t-shirts to the Candidly Kind line.
Grace’s most recent and current favorite product launch are a set of caps, that come in a variety of colors including red, black, white, tan and gray and of course, include the Candidly Kind logo allowing customers to represent Grace’s kindness and brand wherever they go.
As a thriving entrepreneur, Grace recognizes the importance of making a difference in her community and society. Charitably inclined, Grace donates a portion of her profits to a number of small and large nonprofit organizations including:
rubysrainbow.org – who provides post-education scholarships in support of people with Down syndrome,
bestbuddies.org – an organization committed to creating opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,
specialolympics.org – an organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
The reaction to Grace’s business has been “very humbling" to her and her family, and through this experience, Grace’s mom is most proud of her daughter’s “chillness" her authenticity and her life. After graduation, Grace went full-time into her business and her family plan to continue building and adding onto the Candidly Kind brand.
myWorth was inspired to spotlight Grace’s powerful story of determination and power of positivity. Her “Born Different" video demonstrates how Grace “shares her light" and how young women can be powerful and confident leaders.
Ande began her 20+ year career as an adviser and quickly realized that many people weren’t taking into account was how emotions play a huge factor in financial decision making. Leaving behind her practice to focus solely on educating both advisers and consumers alike, she became an expert in behavioral finance. Author, speaker, thought leader, and money educator, Ande is helping women to take control of their money.