Wabi Sabi - The Perfectly Imperfect Podcast with Candice Kumai

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Coined "the golden girl of wellness" by ELLE magazine, Candice Kumai, bestselling author, chef, wellness writer and former model shares with us her painfully-imperfect life lessons and experiences that have shaped her 15 year career in media, publishing, wellness, food, modeling and content creation. Arianna Huffington recently named Candice "Top 20 NEW role model"+ Kumai is proud to share with you how to transform your life, accept the beauty of imperfection and mend what feels broken --- with Japanese repair. In short, you'll learn to shine from the inside out. Please welcome one of the most "real" girls in media crushing the wellness game. Candice has penned 6 best-selling books, sits on the Well + Good council, is a regular contributor to Girlboss, Shape, Cosmo, Bon Appetit, Men's Health, Dr Oz Show, E! News + Byrdie...and she can't wait to share how to transform all of our perfectly imperfect lives. Welcome wabi sabi and all the life lessons your perfectly imperfect heart desires.

Episode Date
EP 19- How I Wrote Six Books📚!! + Built a Brand 🙌 all in my 20's, all on my own 💃🏽

So many of you have asked me how it was even possible to write 6 books in my 20's and at the same time simultaneously build a brand -- almost all on accident + by chance and yes, a TON of hard work!

EP 19 is where it's at! Im here to help, love!

- work on a solid idea

- be original + remember, wabi wabi

- don't copycat + respect those who have worked hard to get to where they are. 

- utilize the special talents that only you have + be humbled by them

- what brings you the most joy when working?

- ignore all the haters!

- travel often and wide, enjoy the ride 

- trust more, accept more + be open minded

- respect yourself -- keep authentic as possible and keep it real yo 

- what do you have to show for your success when the battery dies?

with love always xxx check out all my new books here:

thank you NYC, for my eight best years, now, time to see the world and back to CALI!!

PS in exchange for all the free content I give --- please write a stellar 5 start review on iTunes, amazon for my books and also Spotify! Follow me on Instagram + comment on my pics!! EVERY bit helps! 

xx ck 

Sep 18, 2018
EP 18 - 🏀Wanna be a Shot Calla🏀: ⛓️How to Pull the Trigger🔫 on a Decision + Upgrade Your Life

So you: Wanna be a Shot Calla: How to know when to pull the trigger + make some real changes:

Here's what I chat about in episode #18 -- Wanna be a Shot Calla 

-How to know when to make a big life’s transformation & transition

-How to win by always using girl code & staying chill

-How to practice the Japanese traditions of: 
“Shikata ga Nai” it cannot be helped 
“Wabi Sabi” - perfectly imperfect 

- Take time to reflect on your life + write yourself a love letter

- What was life like for you 8 years ago?

-Now: Try to look at life through a different perspective + my favorite books to do so...

- What will you miss the most about your past life, in reflection 

-Take more chances on creating your own change.

-To New Chapters, how to turn the next page, how will you know?

- Think about your last 8 years -- relive it all + acknowledge your growth and success. 

- How can we be graceful and brave at the same time? Like Naomi + Serena -- 

- What got you started? Can you reflect and acknowledge that?

- What have you learned- how can you grow?

- How do we make change - to upgrade your whole life?

-Overall, how to be a straight G, shot calla. 

Love love you + check out my new book Kintsugi Wellness + leave a 5 star review on iTunes and Spotify!! Thank you for always listening! xxx

Sep 11, 2018
EP 17- 🗽10 Things I Learned Legit Making it in NYC on my Own 🗽
Eight years ago, September 2010: 
I packed up one suitcase + I moved to NYC, I had nothing except my smile, my character & my consistent hard work. 

I slay all day, even when shit got tough, I stood up with grace.

8 Straight Never Took One Break
Welcome the Ten things I learned "making it in NYC" 
  1. Be gracious, honour yourself first + you'll better be able to honour all others
  2. Remember people will hurt you, grace and resilience will be key  
  3. Expect nothing from anyone -- no hand outs 
  4. Play hard, play fair, always be honest 
  5. Patience is the highest virtue: it will take a great deal of both time and $$$
  6. You will gain friends and lose some - learn from this. 
  7. Try to do mostly the things that you love + that make you feel good + make time to be bad-- date all the men/women you want, stay out late, never a regret 
  8. Surround yourself with the smartest people you know, drop the dead weight + watch out for social climbers
  9. Never ever change, because who you are is so so brilliant and so special basic is so so boring -- please don't compare 
  10. Gaman - to endure with grace and resilience is your secret weapon 
  11. BONUS: Remind yourself why you do this - for me it is to help others -- please be in the present as much as you can 
  12. BONUS: if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere- its true, Frank! Now, get out there, share this pod with two friends! POST it on IG!! Go make something incredible with your one life! xxx 20 days, NY NY xx ck 

Pick up my book Kintsugi Wellness + improve your whole life 

Sign up for my Newsletter: CandiceKumai.com + follow me on Instagram for all new upcomings and the Wabi Sabi Tour xxx ck 


Sep 04, 2018
EP 16- The Forbes Interview: How I Woke up Next to Elon Musk

So, I woke up next to Elon Musk Monday am on the cover of Forbes.com, woah, what a milestone for an Asian American girl!!! 

Here's a sneak peek into my full motivational interview for you: let this be your fire + allow me to pave the way with grace x 

Please love and comment away on my Instagram to support + share my story of adversity with two best friends! Your follows, likes and comments DO count and means so so much to me when you comment and like! I read each of your comments + reply -- because I care!

⚡️Girls you can make it in a boys club & challenge them at their game with grace:

Here's a Sneak Peek into what I talk about in my Forbes interview + Waking up next to Elon Musk this am: 

Forbes Interview Sneak Peek: August 27, 2018 
“From the outside, Candice Kumai seems to have a perfect life. The professionally trained chef, former model, entrepreneur, podcast host, photographer and best-selling author of six books travels the world teaching her distinctive brand of Japanese-inspired wellness, while somehow still finding time for her daily cup of matcha. Talk about success. 

However, Kumai’s no stranger to hardship. She has faced financial pangs, lost jobs, fought stereotypes against her heritage and suffered heartbreak—but she wouldn’t have it any other way. Like the ancient Japanese pottery technique her latest book (“Kintsugi Wellness”) is named for, in which an artisan repairs broken pottery by sealing the pieces together with gold lacquer, Kumai has learned to honor her whole self, flaws and all. It’s this celebration of the “perfectly imperfect” that grounds Kumai and keeps her relatable to her followers. 

Here, Kumai shares how she’s paving the way for women in traditionally male-dominated industries, the secret wellness ingredients in her pantry and why ancient Japanese self-care rituals are more relevant than ever.” You sound like such a bad ass on the Wabi Sabi podcast—yet you aren’t afraid to get real and show your pain. How did you build the confidence to be so fiercely authentic? 

Candice Kumai: I was raised by immigrant parents who weren’t afraid of hard work. They showed me that being an honest and humble person was always the best way. I’m humbled by their grace and tough love—[she’s a] Tiger Mom, for sure. They remind me to be a good person and work hard, stop complaining and take responsibility for my success. Having a sense of humor is essential, as well. We laugh so much. 

When did you realize that your heritage and passion for traveling and wellness could become a business, with books, a website, a podcast, photography and so much more? 

CK: I wrote so many basic cookbooks before I realized I was truly supposed to stand out. Being teased as: CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY 
story by Joni Sweet 

Click here to watch my full video on Grit + Humility in a boys club:

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Aug 28, 2018
EP 15- ⚡The Superpower⚡Playbook: How to KILL it in a Boys Club 👯

Well, it is time -- calling all the ladies-- this one is for you, it took me weeks to put this one together....

and damn I'm giving you all of this advice for free-- burning big holes in my pocket right now. So please: Karma is free and real: Subscribe, tell 3 friends this week to listen, and write reviews for my pod and books. #WabiSabi forever xx ck 

Here's what Ep 15 is all about: 

The Superpower Playbook: How to KILL it in a Boys Club:

Stop Complaining + Start Killing it with Grace + Use what WE CAN to our advantage: 

  • Lead by great example
  • Take better care of thyself -- women are hot + can drop jaws just by walking into a room -- men cannot do that
  • Be chill
  • Be graceful
  • Practice grace - be patient and nurturing, practice grace 
  • Help Other Women!!! WTF!!
  • Follow more FEMALES who are leading the way: unfollow anyone who does not make you feel good. 
  • Females -- in business are who you should be looking to support! - females have a much different experience in business than men --  so listen to my work, support my work + give other women in business your support. Simple. 
  • Buy female books, listen to female pods, share female work
  • Create Original Content- Be yourself.
  • Look for women who have broken through the barriers: support them -- show don't tell
  • Volunteer with women you love and admire! -- HUGE thank you to: Cecelia Smith, Abiola Fasehun, Joanie Taylor, Rona Tison, Jacqueline Lobdell, Lauren Scharf+ Norby Duran for ALL volunteering your time with me (for free!) - I am beyond grateful
  • Check in with other women -- show don't tell
  • Don't make assumptions that other women are doing great -- you should check in on them

Flowers bloom, beautifully next to one another -- they do not get jealous.

love you always see you on my insta. xx ck 

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Aug 21, 2018
EP -14 💝💕💗 What is Love? 💝 💗💕What to Practice + How to be the Love You Wish to Find One Day xx 💕

Love. 💕When I was asked to answer the question "what is love?"💕

It struck me as a very profound and deep question to answer— I wasn’t actually sure I could answer it. I'm not sure that there's one answer to this question either... 

I indeed thought about this one a lot —- I’ve actually, subconsciously thought about what it is my whole life.

I've had a few long term relationships, I've come close to marriage + have lived with a boyfriend in LA and another in NY (no, not at the same time, dear) ... but that's not really what love is... this podcast isn't all about romance. 

It is quite possible that the definition of love is different for many people but there are some fundamentals that we can all practice to better cultivate to feel love and ... to be the love we wish to find one day. 

I’m a tough NYC girl, but I’m really not that tough bc I was raised in Ca. And mom and dad are both the kindest spirits. My sister too— each of us has a big and empathetic heart. We always want to love and live for one another. And no, we and especially I am not perfect...

But from LA to NY, Tokyo to Barcelona, Fiji to Oz, London to Paris, Mexico to Ghana.. Canada to Greece, Hong Kong to China: these are the things I have experienced that are universally practiced as, love: 

Here's what we will learn from today's episode: 

  • Love is empathy. 
  • Love is compassion. 
  • Love is giving your attention to another. 
  • Love is being present. 
  • Love is gratitude. 
  • Love is prayer. 
  • Love is service. 
  • Love is peace. 

Let us practice more, there are enough shitheads out there. 

And, lastly, please, don’t stress about finding a partner... don’t worry, love is patient + kind... anything worth keeping is not easy to find.

What is meant for you, shall not pass you. 

What is meant to be will be. Live and let live. Let us love more. 

Consequently the time code on this pod is 50:50

And that’s what love is, meet you down the aisle xx see you partner xx with my love, ck 

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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8




Aug 14, 2018
EP 13- 💵 CA$H MONEY💵: 💲The Financial Survival Guide for Millennials💲: How to turn stacks💵 + biz when you don't come from privilege

You wanna make stacks right? + you think you're gon be rich? Like and make more $$ than mom and dad? 
Yep, that's what it says us millennials think...

 After crushing a bi-coastal business as a small solo female bis owner..I have a much more realistic grasp on the matter. However, I'm still in the middle and, I'm in this long-haul game with you. 

Here's what we will chat on in EP 13 betches: 

  • Privilege vs Pay -- why the free stuff is just as important and it is what it is, priceless. 
  • Stop being so entitled and acting like you're owed anything. 
  • Learn to embrace the ebb and flow of small business finances.
  • Just start! - Look up: S Corporation + LLC's versus working off a W9 forever. Why? -- ownership, tax write offs, respect, freedom. 
  • Pay off your credit card each month (duh) this is so basic. 
  • Pay your rent on time each month (again, basic). 
  • Opening an IRA account (mutual funds)
  • Opening a SEP IRA account (mutual funds) with 
  • Hiring a legit CPA or Financial Advisor
  • Hiring a lawyer, when necessary//needed
  • Why a savings account is legit necessary 
  • Prepare for your taxes each year, get responsible.
  • How I overcame small, shit-talking people on my team + basically -- worked my way forward, with grace and skills. BYE!
  • How to learn to embrace the struggle of small business + take the leap of faith --- working in your PJs or undies is the best thing, ever. 

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Aug 06, 2018
EP 12- 👯The Vitality of Friendship👯+ Your Ultimate Source of Success is in Your Heart ♥️

It's time to do the work bae, you ready? Because you know, I don't play-- It's all real deal here + here's the key on how I was able to survive my media and publishing career -- and being thrown to the wolves. ... it was always my friends. 

Friends, how important are they to you? They're vital to your survival and to your success in this one lifetime. Be good to them -- don't just tell -- show them + show up. 

  • Let's talk about the ebb and flow of friendship- no, friendship is not found without flaws --- friendship is the epitome of wabi wabi -- its perfectly imperfect.
  • I've been crushed by some "friends" and some lovers over the years + I have moved on from them, with kintsugi and grace. 
  • How we value one another, matters. Here's what you can do in this week's episode for one another: 
  • Compassion, practice more compassion for one another, keep calm and cool.
  • Non-Judgement - we can all do the work on ourselves and judge less, try meditating, volunteering more + working in the service industry for others. 
  • "Yuimaru" - your inner circle of friends in Japanese this is vital 
  • Lifelong Friends, be good to them + show them, don't tell, show up -- be a good friend in real life. 
  • Work Relationships, we can value them just as much as our life-long friends and friends IRL. Be good to those you work with 
  • Support one another, sincerely 
  • Listen to others, its free. We need more listeners + less noise

Love you + please pick up my book Kintsugi Wellness! 

+ Give us a FIVE STAR review on iTunes asap! This free- no-ad podcast is here only because a writer, I want to be of better, free service to you. 

My new book + podcast are being called the very new guidebook + podcast to healing + real-life, real-deal wellness. xxx ck 

Jul 31, 2018
EP 11- 👉How to Get Your Shit Together + Make it look Fabulous! 🏅🏅🏅

Hey guys! What's up .. I just landed back in California + I'm taking some extra time to write this out for you! Enjoy, LE POD, WABI SABI EPISODE #11:HOW to Get your SHIT Together + Make it Look Fabulous xx all is perfectly imperfect! 

  • What a Mentor Can REALLY do for you. 
  • Why Working Weekends is: beneficial and cumulative to your ultimate success. + its pretty darn easy. 
  • How to gain real clarity and perspective on where you want to go. 
  • Why you should pray for others + their success. 
  • Don't Gossip: there's simply no need and no time for it - it is absolutely a waste of time and not necessary to becoming who you were meant to be. 
  • How to better HUMBLE THYSELF -- check yourself, always before you wreck yourself + why humility is a scarlet letter//asset to becoming a successful entrepreneur. 
  • Surround yourself with SMARTIES!!!  -- who do know more about what they are doing than you! Everyone is a pro at something + collaborating as a team on the end game - that's what makes you strong and successful. 
  • Pay your bills on time - this is legit business - its a transaction + its responsible + important. 
  • Support Others: This is imperative to do sincerely and with your whole heart. 
  • Remember that SUCCESS isn't what we all need more of -- as the Dalai Lama says: “The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds."
    -Dalai Lama

What NYC has taught me on the weekends + how you can continue to do it + put your back into it. hahah. 

Love you, I'm such a geek + this pod almost made me cry again!!

Go purchase Kintsugi Wellness , like now xxx Candice 

PS I have no idea what I'm doing.  




Jul 24, 2018
EP 10- From Breaking 💔 to Beauty 💗: How to MOVE FORWARD from the Pain: Kintsugi, the art of golden repair

..so the story continues... you'll hear about three different life scenarios on wabi sabi podcast episode 10: one from a perfect stranger, from a Tokyo-Born-Indian, on the other side of the world, one of my own I stumbled across in Fiji, and one that was given to the people of Japan and the world.

Each of these stories has the small potential to impact your life, but only in the way you'd like for it to. You allow how you'd like for each of these stories to impact you.

After SXSW I received an email about how my SXSW speaking event  helped to mend a family and their trauma. 

The story was so touching, I had to share it with all of you...

When I went to Turtle Island Fiji this past year to study the local culture and food .. I stumbled across a woman named Deb, who forever changed my life. "We are all okay", "all is okay" + you don't even need to know someone very long, to know, you love them. 

Their is a city in Japan, that became a historical place, a place of kintsugi.. in 1945 at 9:15 am. It even hurts to write out about these events. But You'll be able to hear about the recovery from broken to beautiful. 

How to do the work + where to find it. 

I hope you love episode 10, its short and very sweet + I also answer a few of your juicy IG questions! Send me your notes on Instagram on my latest post -- just comment!

get kintsugi wellness now! 

+ See you on my Instagram stories + on the Today Show Aug 8th!

xx ck 


Jul 16, 2018
EP 09 - My Resume is my CLAPBACK 👏

I bless the rains in Africa, and this will all make sense in today's pod: Let's get adventurous!: My Resume is my Clapback. 

No time wasted bickering here... only work and good quality work: How to be a better person + learn, stay chill + grow, giving to others and flourishing your life's romance --- your resume stands strong and nobody can take that away from you. 

Build it. 

Grow it. 

Stay consistent AF. 

Romance that shit. 

Check your ego at the door. 

Im tired and I don't feel like writing tonight lollzzz its 12 midnight + I gotta be up for the Today Show -- cuz I'm real AF.

-- go listen to it bitches xxx ck 

+ buy this book dude: Kintsugi Wellness

and thank you for being the loves of my life x




Jul 10, 2018
EP 08- SHOW don't TELL: ACTIONS that translate to REAL PROGRESS

Today, let's talk on the clear difference between selflessly "doing something" and selfishly "being someone".

I've often thought of what I was taught when I was a kid growing up with a strict and tough Japanese mom -- but she was also the most loving, devout + admired mom, too.

She and my father raised us by example and Jenni (my sister and I) later took what they showed us and all became a family of honor. 

We will learn about how I am in the thick of the middle, a time of learning, struggle, financial pain, and balancing businesses from LA to NY -- no this shit is not easy -- but we do it bc we love it with honor. 

- How the Japanese lost in the World Cup, they gave 110% -- ganbatte! and they still bowed with honor to the crowd after barely losing 3-2. 

- We learn of the Japanese people after the game, picking up their own trash + others after losing the match... they show-- they do not tell. 

- The Japanese term "gaman" with great resilience and honor

- We learn from my Father, when he was drafted into the military at 18, how he moved his life forward with honorable action and integrity -- even though this was an uncertain time.

- We learn from dad, what he calls, "basics" it seems so many of us are losing: like how to properly email someone + how complaining is not the way you + to be a better team mate means to work together. 

- Be on time, be prepped, do as you are told. Simple. Basic shit. 

- We learn from Maya Angelou and Kendrick Lamar. 

- We learn how we can be better, how we can focus on our own work and life's calling - follow your calling -- even if it is far too great of an ask -- you will never be disappointed if you give it your all.

- We can see action is the way to success, not talk. Anyone can talk and blab all they want.. but my stack of books and magazine stories will still stand the test of time + I honor myself, my work and mostly, I honor, care and value you + my contributions to society and the world. 

Why I care about you? Find out in Episode 8 + have a think about what it means to be more mindful, to show others, by action and to live an even badder and better life..

I've said this before, I'll say it again -- you do not have to do what everyone else is doing. 

Check out my new book Kintsugi Wellness -- I'll be on the TODAY show cooking with it!! JULY 12th 10 am hour!! 

+ Dr Oz JULY 16th! 

Love and care for you, keep going babes, the middle is tough, but you are tougher!  xx ck 



Jul 03, 2018
EP-07: Your Weekend Bender: Answering ALL of your Questions

I've put together a weekend bender episode (I almost wrote recipe!) haha a weekend collection of all of your juicy questions + some of these may be tomes you want and might need to hear! Sometimes the Universe sends you notes or signs you need to hear, without you knowing it... welcome Wabi Wabi Weekend Bender: 

Here's what I answered for you: I want you to thrive, feel like you fit-in and you are part of my community:) always!

- How to get your business going + connected to a bigger network: tips on not getting discouraged 

- The classic "style" I wear + who I'm not a fan of "fast fashion"

- Miso + Matcha notes: if you don't like these ingredients what to do!?

-Notes on being single + how to enjoy this one life the way you want to live!

- Relationships + How I feel about them: allow me to help you -- may the best man/woman win 

- How to find your life's purpose: your "Ikigai" in life. How to do you. 

- Who my work wives are: aka most supportive podcasting girls ever!

(Rosie + Sahara!!)

- How I worked to become the "golden girl of wellness" - a happy accident. 

- Wellness + Beauty + Cooking Tips, forever - my trifecta!

- Smoothie questions! + apple cider vinegar tips 

- We are a community: want your q's answered by a real deal hustler//artist? -- write in my latest IG post: 

Follow my work + allow me to answer your life's burning questions: @CandiceKumai 

Jun 30, 2018
EP 06- The Tiger Mom Survival Guide: How to Make Change + do it with Grace

🐅Tiger Mom Survival Guide:

Welcome: Episode Six 6️⃣ 

- this one is for all you mixed kids, Asian kids & my homies that got kicked around ⚡️⚡️⚡️+ its time for 2018, the year of REAL. 

Here’s what you will learn in today's episode:

How I struggle, how I have endured, how I have pushed myself, how I have created change --Welcome, the Tiger Mom Survival Guide: 

1- practice Wabi Sabi: live with the notion all is perfectly imperfect - life will not be perfect forever. What made my sister and I so different from everyone else? We were raised with tough love + as realists. There was no sugar-coating or telling us how "great" we were. Tough love helps to raise incredible + creative entrepreneurs. 

2- grace + humility: will always win. I don’t care who you are, being kind to everyone, just the same is key. Practice mindfulness & please work on dropping your ego, drop your sense of entitlement. How my mother showed me grace + never told me about grace. 

3- legacy: do something that would make your tiger 🐯 mom proud. Why be basic? Why copy? Why complain? Do something grand to help others & do it well— Ganbatte: translates to: Always do your best in Japanese. Have the anthem of "Ganbatte" inside of you!

4- how to: get back up: they’re gonna push you, punch you in the face & and you’re gonna get right back up. Show people your talents — don’t tell. Nobody cares, especially not tiger mom —-about your talking — show me something good.

5- kaizen: you’ve got to continuously improve as the Japanese do — there is nor start of finish line in the race of life— we all start at the same mark— but those who are more talented & willing to take the beating & get right back up—— the adversity is real. 

Now, go crush your work week — tiger mom doesn’t care about pity — she doesn’t care about your ego— she def doesn’t care about your social feed —-she wants you to leave a real #legacy— something tangible & real — one so grand —- she’d be proud to call you her child. 

Please keep in  mind: all of my notes are free, actionable — take it or leave it: check out my new book Kintsugi Wellness!

its the perfect gift for self-love + acceptance, healing + humility. 


See you: On The Today Show July 9th + Dr Oz July 16th!!  love you xxx ck 

Jun 24, 2018
EP 05 - How to make it BIG in Biz + Stay Real AF: The Art of Not Conforming

⚡the art of not conforming:

My career, as an artist I went w my heart, even if it got smashed, which it did many times.

As a female in the food industry, the pain/discrimination was part of my path.

This year, with new endeavors + content w @SXSW, @Forbes, @Girlboss, @ariannahuff, @iamwellandgood Council + the new book @harpercollinsus Oprah Magazine, Today Show + Dr. Oz: I’m committed to sharing my story, in hopes you can see, a girl who started from the bottom, waiting tables in college, fit modeling to pay bills, paying for culinary school on my own, this girl does it all:

Here's what we will learn in episode #5: 

Here are my Best Tips on "Making Shit Happen":

1- Execution trumps all talk. If you want to be a killer, you need to produce. Anyone can talk or troll, but it takes a true artist to pick up the brush, the mic, the camera, the knife, the pen + get going. DO SOMETHING, just start.

2- Ignore the haters. If I listened to all the mean shit people laid on me for years, I'd never equate to anything. You have to ignore+remember that's about them, not you. Pray for them. 🙏🏼

3- Integrity+Grit: those two things set me apart from the rest. I always did my best & never cut slack. I'm as hard on myself as I am my team. I expect excellence, that's what the reader deserves. Recipes that work, images that captivate, content that matters! Writing that changes the world, and evokes emotion, connection + action. That's what grit+integrity do. I write ALL of my own work, recipes, my site, my newsletters, I produce/direct each of my books & shoot my own content/videos⚡the art is in the artist.

4- Skills: I learned them. I went to culinary school at 22 -- I was  young+thirsty. I worked in restaurants +production for years, I educated myself on Japan, nutrition+wellness. I didn't come from money, I had to teach myself skills. Much like Japan, a country w no natural resources; they were out of luck- until they realized SKILL was what they could offer the world. Guess what? At the size of California, they are still a world power today. Get some skills, use them, humbly+gracefully.

5- Humility + Grace: This is what my character is made out of. Mom + Dad taught me to love, to be kind, to be respectful. Although I hate rules, I respect everyone, even when they were shitty to me.

Grace Always Matters. You will in this life, get what you give.

Be honest, be real, and you don't have to conform for anyone 🦄 

My new book, Kintsugi Wellness has 12 chapters on how to heal, mend, grow + become a better person + 50+ inspiring wellness recipes. 


Jun 18, 2018
EP 04 - Wabi Sabi: Overcoming Depression + Being Real AF on Mental Health

Ciao from Sardinia this week!

I've been traveling the globe to interview wise locals and experts on life longevity + happiness + wellness around the globe .. this month I've been studying in Italy + Sardinia!

In order for the monks here in Ravello, Italy and throughout the world to pray, they acknowledge that dark places do exist & we can choose to do the same & make light from it. 

Wabi sabi— life is not meant to be perfect. 

It’s about accepting more, growing, choosing to be different — it can be so fulfilling, too. 


Some Actionable Ways to Help you Boost your Mental Health + what we learn in this episode: 

  • the answer is being there for others - check in more often
  • make no assumptions about other's lives 
  • learn more about what you can do to help mental health issues in your community 
  • be real af, stop wearing a mask + pretending everything is perfect
  • Get out there and find a job you love that helps others!

If you are in TV, media, modeling, publishing, the arts -- I urge you, especially the executives and producers to please start changing the face of media--- its so fake and contrived and not realistic. 

  • let's focus on media, publishing + programming that is positive + uplifts more! 
  • less on drama, competition and tearing one another apart
  • less on violence and terror 
  • Remember to Practice: 
  • MORE on love, peace + the cultivation of better community 
  • pray for others 
  • exercise more often - plan a schedule to work out 5 days a week 
  • get some sunshine + get outside
  • tell others they mean so much to you! a sense of belonging and what to live for
  • YUIMARU - your inner circle is important 
  • know that life for all is perfecty imperfect -- #WabiSabi

The only way we can change the face of media, is if we all start making our masks off. Life is not perfect.
If you can’t be real.. how could you ever be well? 

Please call 1-800-273-TALK or Text CONNECT to 741741 —anytime you’re feeling alone. We all have ups and heavy downs, we all have sadness & darkness & it’s important for us to share we are only human. 1-800-273-TALK. Love you always and please be well xx ck 

Jun 10, 2018
EP 03 - Be a Real Self Made Boss: Secrets to How I Made it from the Bottom to the Top

In episode three, I’ll chat more about how to be a self-made boss + how incredibly imperfect my journey has been. Like a rollercoaster. But I wouldn't have it any other way!

Here's what we will talk about:

  • How to be a Better Boss + keep your character overall
  • Simple steps you can take to be an even better person
  • Books to read that I recommend (they have helped me in business + character)
  • Do more of what you love in your pajamas every am
  • An S-Corp vs being an independent contractor
  • What tools, resources and business colleagues have helped me
  • How to keep going when things get down or bad
  • The two main things you must do to survive as a small business owner
  • How to keep going with endurance
  • What success really looks like - a visual for you to remember
  • Having confidence that without light, darkness will not exist

Keep going no matter what, I'll share you notes on my best and worst moments in the duration of my wellness career.

I love you guys + hope this can help on your journey through life! Remember, wabi wabi, it will not be perfect.

Please subscribe now, 5 star rate us and comment on my Instagram for any feedback!

Sending you love and hugs + wabi wabi forever xx Candice

insta me: @CandiceKumai for hot CK pics in Italia!+ beyond
my new book!: Kintsugi Wellness -- yes, it's book #6

Overall, just keep doing you! Don't change for anyone!

Jun 05, 2018
Ep 02 - Gaman: How to survive with one simple strategy: Endure

Episode 2:

It is the beginning of the podcast launch and my whole life. I first want to share why I started this podcast.. my whole career has been a waiting game... and I have made it to a point where I no longer wanted to wait for other people at the top, that had all the money and comfort they needed, to make decisions about my career .. it was time to take my career into my own hands.. and that's exactly what I did. thanks for your support on the launch of wabi sabi!

More deets on Episode 2-13 coming soon! 

comment on my IG me all your notes and questions, too! 

thank you sooo for subscribing xxx always wabi sabi, ck 

May 29, 2018
Ep 01 - Wabi Sabi: We are All Perfectly Imperfect Meet Candice Kumai your new "real deal" wellness host

It is the beginning of the podcast launch and my whole life. I first want to share why I started this podcast.. my whole career has been a waiting game... and I have made it to a point where I no longer wanted to wait for other people at the top, that had all the money and comfort they needed, to make decisions about my career .. it was time to take my career into my own hands.. and that's exactly what I did. thanks for your support on the launch of wabi sabi:

What you will learn more about is my past history of my childhood, my past  and my journey to writing 6 books and becoming what Elle mag calls me--"the golden girl of wellness." I’ll dive into how I was raised as a mixed kid and how I always felt so different. I want us all to note that my life and your life are both and all perfectly imperfect. There is a pathos to life, many ups and downs and that we can all accept so much more of what we cannot help.

In Japanese we call this "shikata ga ai" 

- How mom and dad met, a true love story 
- Check only one box -- why did I have to do this as a kid? Especially when some of us are not "one" ethnicity
- Modeling -- I worked as a model from 15-28 all over the US + in Asia  
- Culinary School at 22 years old -- education is key! + I paid for my education by fit modeling + it took me almost 10 years to pay the loan off in full
- Top Chef - I helped to pioneer with the first season 
- Cook Yourself Thin -- NY Times #1 Bestselling book at 26 years old 
- Getting an Agent -- this is crucial if you 
- Pretty Delicious -- my first solo cookbook at 26 years old 
- Moving back to my parents' house -- tough times!
- Instagram questions! Send me yours now on my comments for next episodes!
- Advice from my Japanese mom (she is legit the ultimate Sensei) -- Wabi Shikata ga nai

more coming on episodes 3-13 coming each week! 

comment on my IG me all your notes and questions, too! 

thanks for subscribing xxx always wabi sabi, ck 

May 29, 2018
Wabi Sabi - Welcome The Perfectly Imperfect Podcast with Candice Kumai PROMO

Coined "the golden girl of wellness" by ELLE magazine, Candice Kumai, bestselling author, chef, wellness writer and former model shares with us her painfully-imperfect life lessons and experiences that have shaped her 15 year career in media, publishing, wellness, food, modeling and content creation.

Arianna Huffington recently named Candice "a Top 20 NEW role model + Kumai is proud to share with you how to transform your life, accept the beauty of imperfection and mend what feels broken --- with Japanese repair.

In short, you'll learn to shine from the inside out. Please welcome one of the most "real" girls in media crushing the wellness game. Candice has penned 6 books, sits on the Well + Good council, is a regular contributor to Girlboss, Shape, Cosmo, Bon Appetit, Men's Health, Dr Oz Show, E! News + Byrdie...and she can't wait to share how to transform all of our perfectly imperfect lives. Welcome wabi sabi and all the life lessons your perfectly imperfect heart desires.

May 23, 2018