Diving Into the Plastic Surgery Empire of South Korea.

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Source: Popular Plastic Surgery Before and After Image

Upon interviewing Grace Cho regarding her opinions and thoughts about South Korea’s cultural beauty standards, I was able to include a massive amount of insight into this article. Her expertise in psychology was also imperative in helping me formulate many of the ideas that are included in this article.

South Korea is notoriously known for its hyper fixation on outward appearances and cosmetic surgery. The extreme focus on appearance pressures women and men to conform to societal expectations and spend a relatively significant amount of money to undergo cosmetic surgery procedures. The glorification of certain facial and body features can…


Embrace it!

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Photo by Mike Enerio on Unsplash

I once came across a TedTalk titled, “The Power of Vulnerability” and it has been one of my favorite TedTalks since. To sum it up, the 20 minute video beautifully explains how connection is why we are here; it’s what gives purpose and meaning in our lives, even on a neurobiological level. In order to form real connections, you have to be seen.

So what does it mean to be seen?

It means opening up, being yourself, and letting those who match your energy gravitate towards you.

Opening up allows others to connect with the deepest parts of ourselves, it’s…


When your life consists of filling in the void from within.

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Photo by K. Mitch Hodge on Unsplash

My emptiness is not just a bad feeling I get when I’m in a bad mood, it’s a constant feeling I feel internally.

A grey bleak feeling of nothingness but constant emotional pain and sadness. It’s an extreme boredom and almost irritating feeling of.. what can fill me up? Drugs? Alcohol? Relationships? Sex? Social Media?

Sure those things may “help” for a bit but I always inevitably crash and end up feeling empty again. It’s like putting gas in a car only to realize there’s a giant hole in the bottom and all the fuel is pouring out.

Chronic emptiness…


The night I no longer enjoyed my favorite dessert.

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I stroll into the new bakery on my block late at night, craving my go-to dessert, a savory açaí bowl with extra coconut strips.

After ordering my açaí bowl at the counter, I manage to find the perfect empty seat to situate myself in the corner. I like corners — close to the walls; liberated from interaction. Face deep, munching on every savory bite of granola and coconut strips, I steal a perfectly timed glance at the double glass doors and catch your familiar face, casually stroll-on in.

Everything and everyone stops.

Suddenly, I’m not in the same cozy cafe…


I just published my very first book!

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Source: Moonlight Confessions

Dear Medium readers,

I am proud to announce that I am officially a published author! My book “Moonlight Confessions” is now available on Amazon.

Moonlight Confessions is a collection of heart wrenching poems that I have tirelessly been working on for the last few months. Each page is filled with raw emotion and honesty as I transform my life struggles into pieces of art with poems, extended prose, and short stories about love, loss, and heartbreak.

I want to thank Medium as a platform and its amazing community for allowing me to earn the confidence and drive to publish my…


Read this for some motivation.

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If this pandemic has affected your mental health and lifestyle, you’re not alone. In fact, it only seems to be getting worse as people struggle to find purpose in their everyday lives when all they do is stay indoors and isolate themselves from the world. Those who already struggle with their mental health may especially be in a crisis during this pandemic. As difficult and debilitating as life has become for many of us, I want to emphasize the importance of hope.


He won’t be getting away with it this time.

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Photo by Stefano Pollio on Unsplash

Disclaimer: I changed all of the survivors’ names to pseudonyms out of respect for their request to have their identities protected. Please note that I only wrote about a few cases out of many and that there are many more incidences that have yet to be reported and investigated. I sincerely hope that my efforts and attempts to hold this criminal accountable for his behaviors will be recognized and that justice will eventually be served.

I have been contemplating whether I should expose the behaviors of this predator or simply not getting involved. For some time, I thought the circulation…


Is there light at the end of the tunnel?

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I have spent the majority of my life questioning whether or not I was cursed with misfortune and bad luck. It all began with a rocky childhood with a neglectful mother who constantly reminded me how useless I was as a person. If that was not already challenging enough, my parents did not speak English fluently and like many second-generation Americans, I never learned my parents’ native language. Oftentimes, the way to communicate was with broken English/Korean and the google translation app. Subsequently, this developed a barrier between us due to the lack of connection and understanding. It was a…


Let’s take a glimpse into the Law of Attraction.

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Photo by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash

For those who may be losing faith in the Law of Attraction, just remember that the best things in life happen when we least expect. It’s a classic story and it happens all the time, at least in my life. Don’t always stress and put so much pressure on what if’s & all. Simply let go, surrender, and spread your positive energy into the world, for it will make its way back to you, one way or another.

Letting go: The act of letting go is the key in manifestating what it is you desire. Have you ever had an…


Real-life issues that porn causes are worth noting.

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In today's digital world, pornography’s accessibility and prevalence have opened up an entryway of unrealistic expectations, overindulgence, and compulsion.

Unrealistic body standards: Most if not all pornstars have gotten plastic surgery to enhance their bodies to appear a certain way. When both men and women are exposed to a very specific body type online, it can cause feelings of insecurity and confusion. For instance, many women begin to feel insecure because of the “flawless, perfect, hair-less” vaginas that are depicted in pornography. …

Karin Cho

Author of “Moonlight Confessions” now avaliable on Amazon! 💖 Email: writerkarincho@gmail.com • IG: @karinchox

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