How Korean and American Expectations Shaped My Relationship with My Body
And the most self-loving act you can commit.
A jill of all trades and New Yorker of 12 years, Minna is a wellness entrepreneur and content creator. Through her endeavors, own colorful history with health, and propensity for always having a surplus of words and feelings, she empowers people to tackle their uncomfortable truths and take their well-being into their own hands. She lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend and their loaf of a son, Benedict Cumberbatch (known informally as @bennybthecorgi), and you will always find her with coffee in hand.
Where do you live? Brooklyn, NY
What's your day job? Wellness entrepreneur, coach, and content creator.
Cupcakes or cashmere? Cupcakes!
A Few Questions
What’s playing on your Spotify right now? If my song choices for my daily pourovers on IG Stories are any indication, I listen to just about everything. Lately I hop between awesome female singers like Maggie Rogers, Dua Lipa, and Jess Glynne, then to funky beats by Jungle, Friendly Fires, A$AP Ferg, and then how can I not mention Drake, Beach House, Cher, Adele... Did I mention that my taste is random?
One thing you never leave the house without? These days, a mask and hand sanitizer! Other than safety necessities, my headphones. Walking around my city with music is how I do my best thinking.
What's one quirk only your best friend would know about you? I asked my best friend this and she sent me a photo of us painting my old apartment, saying “You can comfortably fit yourself into abnormally small spaces”
Describe your perfect Saturday. Any perfect day would be an autumn day; sunny and 65 degrees. I’d go for a morning walk with Justin (my boyfriend) and Benny (our corgi puppy) to our local park, pick up some seasonal produce at the farmers' market, and head back home to make coffee and breakfast. We’d drive upstate for a hike, come back home to make dinner on our grill (that does not currently exist, but one day!), settle down with some cider or wine, and obviously finish the day with some oat milk ice cream.
Are you a morning person or an evening person? What’s your routine like during that time? I love mornings for a little me time: I make my pour-over coffee, try to not look at my phone too much, and get grounded for the day. For creative work (writing, photo editing, content planning), evenings are my jam.
What are your favorite things to talk about? Why people are the way they are. I’m incredibly fascinated with people’s personal stories and the relationships in our lives (not just romantic ones). Small talk makes my INFJ personality cry inside.
How do you wind down after a tough day? I snuggle my son, Benny (known formally as Benedict Cumberbatch), for as long as he will tolerate me, then move onto curling up on the couch with my boyfriend and some takeout Thai food from our favorite local spot.
Favorite food: Any of my mom’s Korean cooking.
Favorite item of clothing: Any kind of jumpsuit.
Cat or dog: Doggos.
Savory or sweet: Savory.
Beach or mountains: Mountains, but with a lake. I need to be close to water.
Thing you could do for hours and never get sick of: Reading somewhere outdoors by or on a body of water.
One word friends would use to describe you: Intentional
What did you go to school for: I went to the “weird” school at NYU (hey Gallatinos!), where you could create your own major. Mine was “The Amalgam of Creative and Business in the Entertainment Industry.”
Go-to drink order: Spicy Mezcal Margarita
Favorite book of all time: The Harry Potter series. I read them all so often that the binding fell apart on four of them—and I’m one of those people that won’t even dogear a book!