Angela Jia Kim

Savor Beauty + Spa / Savor the Success - CEO + Founder
New York, NY
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  • A few weeks ago, I was contacted by author and entrepreneur, Farnoosh Torabi, who was writing a feature for Daily Worth called, "A Day in the Life of 7 Successful Women". She asked me to submit a time schedule of a typical day in my life. I hemmed and hawed a bit because in truth, I don't have a typical day, and that's what I love about being an entrepreneur.

    (Image above from Daily Worth)

    I wondered if I should choose a day that included simmering a six-hour soup and turning off the phones so I can write my book in bed, or if I should choose a "whip lash" day when I am running around from meeting to meeting. I much prefer the former, but I chose the latter because simmering a soup and writing a book made for a short one-sentence paragraph. :)

    The day after the article came out, I read some of the comments and was shocked by what I saw. Instead of offering support or even interest, most of the commenters pointed out the "lack of sleep" in our lives and criticized the [...]

  • I've been working on my new book, which features many Savor women entrepreneurs. In the spirit of "Give, Give, Get", I have been asking the Savor community for their stories of inspiration and lessons learned to include in the book. 

    There's one story that I couldn't wait to share with you so I'm posting as a blog here. I've helped thousands of women entrepreneurs launch their businesses, and I can tell you one thing I know for sure. Women are not necessarily motivated by money alone. They are motivated by the experiences that money brings them: vacation in Europe, a dream home, a spa day, romantic meals with significant other. 

    This is what I call a "Savor List". It is a powerful way to dentify how you will maintain some work/life balance. It's also an extremely powerful motivator.

    At a Savor retreat, I once asked a mom what was on her Savor List. She said, "I want to send my son to his first-choice college in a few years." We calculated how much she would need to earn [...]

  • Last week, I posted a blog on intuition being your most powerful decision-making tool. I received a lot of emails asking how to find and listen to your intuition. 

    I know this is going to sound a little hokey, but I view intuition as this powerful "thing" in my gut that is a silent and strong guide. However, it's really easy to ignore, especially if you are busy and have a million things going on. And if you ignore it long enough, it gets smaller and smaller until something in your life has to scream at you (implode) so that you finally have to tune in. Let's avoid getting to that point. 

    I came up with a list of questions that help me access my intuition when faced with a tough situation or choice that I need to make. I refer to this list when making decisions around working with people, hiring, and important business and life choices. 

    From my Vision Book... not including Baby Bear, which my daughter plunked into the photo. :)

    AJK's 12 Intuition Questions:

    1. D [...]

  • Your intuition is your most powerful decision-making tool. No matter who is in the room and no matter how much pressure you feel, know that it's okay to walk away with strength and conviction. 

    I want to share a story about when I decided to go against my intuition and why my lesson learned is so important for all women to hear.


    I walked into a panicked room of a major corporation that wanted to engage me to consult on a project. They wanted to pick my brain on women entrepreneurs, and they wanted a long-term partnership.

    "Angela, you are going to save us. Our jobs are on the line. Can you come in on Monday for a major meeting? We are flying in professionals from all over, and we really need you there."

    We had been in talks for a while, and there was a lot of hurry-up-and-wait happening. 

    "Scott, I need the contract signed before I step into any room to give my hard-earned intellectual property. What I have to offer is extremely valuable, and I can't walk in [...]

  • Many people have asked me, "Why do you wake up so darn early and what do you do?" 

    Even the Today Show came asking me that same exact question. You can take a look at that clip here

    I usually wake up between 4 - 6 AM and start to work on my vision book, blueprints, PR pitches, marketing strategies, and sales emails. I call it my Morning Miracle because when I started doing this, I experienced a transformation in my businesses. So when people ask me how I am able to get so much done in so little time... well, there you have the secret. 

    I'm not asking you to get up at 4:00 in the morning, but ask yourself this: What would happen if you did 1-3 hours of PR, marketing and sales in the morning? What transformation would you see in your business? Why the morning? Because you make sure you get the most fundamentally important things done FIRST. (The bottom line is that as long as you do dedicate time to this daily, you will see results... no matter what time of the day.) [...]

  • Happy New Year, everyone! 

    I wrapped up Project Awesome last year, and it was the single best Business School training that I have been through. Here are some lessons I learned that I'd love to share with you:

    1. Give, Give, and then Get. Asking for help was the hardest and most rewarding thing I did in 2013. It was hard enough to admit to myself that I couldn't do it all, but to admit it to the world was raw. 

    From that blog post, I received numerous investment and partnership offers. We have already brought in a wonderful business partner and are moving forward with another investor partner. Both are women I admire tremendously. We are considering other fantastic offers that are on the table and exploring the possibility of more partnerships. I had no idea that by opening myself up like that, so many amazing people and opportunities would come forward. 

    If you continually give of yourself to others, when it's your turn to ask for help, angels will step forward. 

  • Cooking is a new hobby I have recently discovered. It takes my mind off work as I focus on the textures, smells, and task before me. It's also an opportunity to turn off my ever-pinging iPhone and connect with my daughter and husband as we listen to music and savor our time together.

    I've always been intimidated to cook for my husband who is an amazing gourmet cook, but I've discovered that together we can create easy gourmet (gluten-free) meals together. This was our Christmas Day meal, and the Garam masala is the most amazing fragrant spice that fills the home with cinnamon, cloves, and love!


    by Angela and Marc

    Time: 3 hours (15-30 minute prep time, 2 ½ hours roast)

    3 lbs beef short ribs
    2 tablespoons garam masala
    Salt (Himalayan, if possible)
    Freshly ground black pepper
    ¼ cup butter, chopped
    6-8 garlic cloves, chopped
    2 shallots
    2 carrots, finely chopped
    2 celery ribs, finely chopped
    1 cup red wine
    1 cup chicke [...]

  • Savor Top 9 Women To Watch + Their Products, TOO! 

    Here is our Top 9 list of Women to Watch and their products, too. Created by socially-responsible women entrepreneurs, these products are doing some massive good in our world. Check out our powerhouse Do-Gooders. 

    1. Alison Raffaele concealer: A former Bobbie Brown protege, Alison has created the best eco-friendly concealer on the planet, period. Perfect for the last-minute "stress pimple" that pops up right before the investor meeting. I'm a #3, what's your number? 

    2. Kohana coffee: Created by philanthropist, Victoria Lynden, this Hawaiian coffee is rich, smooth, and so darn delicious. What grabs my heart the most is that the company is doing massive good in this world by supporting organizations that provide wells for safe water. 

    3. Friendships Don't Just Happen by Shasta Nelson: There's a reason that Katie Couric is a fan of this powerwoman who is at the helm of a big friendship movement. Shasta is on a m [...]

  • No bueno, no bueno. 

    Really, I'd like to tell you everything is dandy candy over here. But I promised you total transparency... so here goes. 


    December 3, 2013
    12:30 PM

    I'm indulging myself by working in bed all day. I'll snap out of it, promise, but allow me a moment. 

    One of my teams from Project Awesome (a team initiative I'm doing at my boutique spa in the West Village, NYC) is going down in fast flames: Shelly wants to quit Project Awesome because she doesn't feel confident in her goal-setting abilities. 

    Her team member is mad because now they are down one person, and they won't win the prizes (which is understandable). But she doesn't want to try to convince Shelly to stay on the team. 

    And I'm feeling like this is failing big time. This project is supposed to bring people together, not create dissension. 

    An email from a friend reassures me: "80% of the weeks will fail (while still trying hard) vs. 20% will succeed. This is good experimentatio [...]

  • "I'm losing steam around Project: Awesome," one of my girls told me at the spa

    "It's okay," I told her. "It's totally normal and to be expected. We are keeping on for 12 weeks. Most people quit after two weeks, but that's why most people don't have consistent success. The trick is to string together 12 weeks of awesome-ness whether we 'feel' like it or not.

    We can adjust our goals according to our rhythm - some weeks, you can accomplish something big and some weeks, you may want to choose something smaller - but the point is to consistently choose something to make awesome. 

    We all are going to die one day anyway... so we may as well focus on making our weeks here on this earth fun and AWESOME, right?"



    That's a funny word, isn't it? We base so many of our decisions on how we feel. Pick up the phone, say regretful things because we feel angry. Quit because we feel bad about ourselves. Lose steam because we just don't feel like doing it anymore. 

  • I don't have keys to my frickin' spa. 

    Seriously. This morning, I had to go there to get gifts for today's 7-Figure Club retreat. Long story short, I was standing in front of my spa at 7:45 AM and realized that I don't have keys to my own spa. This struck me. 

    I've been thinking about something for a while... here's the truth: I've got three businesses, and in my Project: Awesome journey, I'm realizing that it's been an amazing ride and I've brought the three of them as far as I can. Now in order for each to reach its amazing potential, I need to let it go into the world. 

    I've been turning this over in my mind for the past year, but now it's time to put it out in the world. To put my values in alignment (to live my full potential and to help others live theirs), I am ready to say this: 

    I'm looking for amazing partners for one of my three ventures.

    It has been hard for me to relinquish control of any of them because they are all very profitable. As I said to my Sa [...]

  • When I had that conversation with an old friend, he said something that really stuck with me (well, if you wanna know the truth, it bothered me). 

    "A, be their mom and you will have their loyalty." 

    "Huh? Be their mom? I already have a kid and it's stressful enough. I now have to be my employees' mom, too?" 

    "Yes," he said. "And their dad." 

    I had to go to conduct an interview so I never got to explore this further with him. I decided to figure it out on my own to really understand it. 


    Monday, November 4: We are in Week 5 of Project Awesome + Savor Success Circles at my spa in the West Village.

    Here's a quick report: 

    - My employees are saying things like, "I'm shocked at how well this is working"
    My receptionists are voluntarily and happily entering data into our system
    My estheticians are sending "Thank You" notes to clients
    Everyone is following our scripts for our "LOVER" sales system
    - Clients have been raving about our customer service [...]

  • Before I even started Project Awesome, I had a secret to employee management that I revealed to American Express. Watch the video below to find out what it was, and how it inspires our customers to keep coming back :) 

  • We were in Las Vegas where I was speaking and trade-showing at a major spa convention with two of my estheticians and wonderfully supportive husband. What happens in Vegas... stays in Vegas. :) No, read on. I got something important to tell you. 

    Kate, my head esthetician, reminded me, "Hey Angela, remember when I told you we should do tradeshows and you said you would only do it if you were a featured speaker? Well, do you realize that we manifested this in five months?" 

    I had forgotten. 

    Here I was, about to go on stage to teach hundreds of Spa Directors from Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, Starwood, Marriott, and more how to increase their retail sales. A spa consultant had gotten wind that our retail sales were unusually high in the spa industry (like 40% higher than most spas), and now everyone wanted to know my secrets. 

    (One day, I'll teach you my L.O.V.E.R system to increase retail sales. They loved it, and if they do it right, they will hopefully increas [...]

  • Have you ever heard that business growth is personal growth? 

    I have an admission to make: During my entire career as a business owner, I have had a bit of smothered frustration in me.  

    I'm a Type A go-getter. I have had a hard time understanding some employees who may not be as tightly wound. I know this frustration is a left-over symptom of my own upbringing (two "tiger" parents), but I haven't been able to reconcile it. 

    (Note: before you read on, if you don't know what I'm up to with Project: Awesome, please read this and this for the background scoop. The rest will make much more sense.)


    In setting and meeting weekly AWESOME goals, I noticed one of my employees not setting any professional goals. I immediately called the spa to talk to her.

    "Hey, Patty! I love your personal goal that you posted this week, but I didn't see a professional goal. Do you want me to help out with setting one?"

    "Oh, well... honestly, I don't really..." she paused. "I've [...]

  • My 4-year-old daughter, Sienna, has been learning violin, and every time we practice, I hold her to standards (which she does NOT like).

    As a kid, it's not always fun to do the necessary steps to learn new skills. But I think that it's one of the most important life lessons to learn, especially as we grow into adults. 

    When Sienna and I practice, trust me… it would be a lot easier on me if I let her do less than her best. It's not easy to ask her to step up to the plate and do a little better. But for personal and professional growth, you need people around you to hold you to your highest potential.

    The bottom line is that we all have a tendency to want to "phone it in". Excuses (like Sienna's complaints about her pinky) are just ways that we look for reasons it WON'T work vs. figuring out HOW to make things work.

    People who truly care for you are willing to push you outside of your comfort zone because they see your full potential. Do you surround yourself wi [...]

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