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09.29.16

Live on Coffee & Flowers

Wellness

By: Candice Kumai

Throughout life’s struggles, may we all manage some healthy and happy habits that keep us going. I now share my two favorite healthy habits with you: Coffee & Flowers. Do more of what makes you feel alive. 

And for all of those people that like to say coffee is BAD for you, so is traffic, alcohol, and stress. So there.

Life should be about what you CAN have, not what you CAN’T.

But First, Coffee: In the late evening, I dream of coffee the next morning. My senses are teased by its aroma and the ritual actions I take to make coffee for myself each morning (before any tech!)But first… coffee. It comforts my soul.

Each morning I prepare an intimate ritual with my beloved Chemex, a solo kettle, organic coffee and filters, a little unsweetened almond milk & cinnamon. Do more of what makes you feel good.

A recent analysis from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows us a serving of coffee has more antioxidants than a serving of blueberries. The NY Times states that drinking coffee can help lower your risk of a variety of disease from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, liver cancer + diabetes.

The NY Times additionally shares the antioxidants in coffee may help to lessen the effects of inflammation in the body. CNN agrees that coffee is the largest source of antioxidants in our diet. Like, hell yeah. That’s not bad, friends! If it makes you feel good, and if it comforts you, then do it. Get that cup of coffee, make that joe in the morning and reap all of life’s positive benefits. They’re all around you.

Flowers: When my beautiful Japanese mother was going through a heavy time of loss, years ago.. I remember she took me to the front yard, where all of her beautiful roses were growing in the earth. She looked at me with tears in her eyes and told me to just admire the beauty of flowers. She told me that flowers were the one thing that brought her comfort in her time of loss. If this can bring you any sort of healing, get some.

I had a girlfriend bring me flowers a few days ago, and they are now sitting happily on my desk. A lovely art director on set must have felt my pain the other day as she brought me flowers to the dressing room, and I took them home to my bedroom! I often go to the flower mart here in the flower district in NYC. I grab $75 bucks worth of flowers…I get a bunch of mason jars, I go home, fill my bathtub up with water, soak the flowers and I arrange. I create about 20 mason jar vases of what I call, “Flowers of Gratitude.” I write notes to each person receiving them and I tie a little tag on their jar. Perhaps it can make them smile and feel special. I know it makes me feel really, really good inside. Share your love and comfort, joy and beauty of flowers with one another. Tell someone you’re grateful for them, you love them, you are thinking of them.

In this time of growth, the one thing that brings us together as humans is relatability. Share your story, not just your success, happy, wow, “fabulous me” stories. Share your fears, your pains, your storms, and watch how we can all help one another to heal and grow even closer. You are beautiful, imperfections and all, just the way you are. xx ck

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