episode 20: finding peace in the highs and lows of entrepreneurship with Candice Kumai

Why she rocks:

Candice is an internationally-renowned wellness writer, chef, and content creator described by ELLE magazine as “The Golden Girl of the Wellness World.” Candice sits on The Well+Good Council and was recently named one of Arianna Huffington’s “Top 20 New Role Models in 2017.”

Born and raised in California to a Japanese mother and a Polish-American father, she grew up in a mixed culture home – celebrating Japanese traditions & cuisine from a young age and honing a cosmopolitan perspective that continues to inspire her work today. She is a classically trained chef, former line cook, former tv host, former-model-turned wellness journalist, & five-time, best-selling author.

Candice contributes to numerous, national wellness & lifestyle publications including ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Bon Appétit, Shape, Yoga Journal, Men’s Journal, Wall Street Journal, Well+Good, Pop Sugar, Girlboss, and Byrdie. A Top Chef alumni, Candice has appeared as a regular judge on Iron Chef America & Beat Bobby Flay.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Her journey from TV personality to food writer to author to Brand Ambassador and how she built her wellness empire
  • How she became a regular contributing writer to print and online magazines like Girl Boss, Shape, Men’s Fitness, Well & Good
  • Why she believes both kindness and collaboration have played a key role in the growth and reach of her platform
  • The fresh new direction she’s taking with her brand and content, and the role her heritage and honoring her truth has played in that pivot
  • Why a breakup was a source of inspiration for her latest book, Kintsugi Wellness, which focuses on the Japanese tradition of golden repair and she explains the beautiful details of this
  • What she’s most recently been struggling with in her business and how she is moving through it with grace
  • And so much more!


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