Wabi Sabi - The Perfectly Imperfect Podcast with Candice Kumai

By 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 05 - How to make it BIG in Biz + Stay Real AF: The Art of Not Conforming
31:35

⚡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
45:56

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
23:52

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
26:34

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
42:03

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
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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 "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