Episode 36 — A Legacy of Love with Candice Kumai

Join Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory for this chat with “the golden girl of wellness,” Candice Kumai. In this episode, these marvelous women explore the work they do with an appreciation for our ancestors, an awareness of the present, and an attentiveness to future generations. Listen in as they journey through their stories of self and those that inspire them with lots of laughs, life lessons, and love along the way. And when we say love, we mean it! There is so much genuine adoration and affirmation all up + through this episode. When you’re done listening, we hope you’ll feel inspired to take a moment to appreciate the incredible women in your life!


  • How Kintsugi became Candice’s life’s biggest healer
  • The criticality of finding your story and how that can reveal your absolute truth
  • The invaluableness of focusing on diverse voices and stories
  • The personal, familial, and immersive process that yielded Candice’s latest book, Kintsugi Wellness: The Japanese Art of Nourishing Mind, Body, and Spirit — we're suuuper excited to read this one!
  • Some history + life lessons Candice learned while writing this powerful project
  • A reason to appreciate the divine + its timing, especially in this special year of 2018
  • What these ladies are hoping will come for the next generation
  • The ultimate goal to doing this work + the affirming example it can provide for those watching
  • Family ties + the lessons they can serve us
  • How Candice sees and understands divine creativity 

I will always choose to be the heroine of my life. — @CandiceKumai click to tweet

It is service to share my truth and story and how I was raised as a Japanese-American girl. — @CandiceKumai click to tweet

Did you do something good? Do you feel good about your day? Did you help someone? — @CandiceKumai click to tweet

It is so important to make sure you’re doing whatever you’re doing from a place of love. — @deunivory click to tweet

“This woman changed my life. I would not be the same had I not encountered Black Girl In Om.” ...that’s the legacy I want to leave behind. — @deunivory click to tweet

We can’t allow little things to change who we are. — @CandiceKumai click to tweet

I need to start this community that is centered on Black women and our healing and our wellness. — @HelloLaurenAsh click to tweet

There is a purpose to my calling and my calling is like no one else’s. — @CandiceKumai click to tweet

Be a good person, do the work that matters, and, while you’re at it, help each other. — @CandiceKumai click to tweet