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Meena Khalili, a first generation Iranian-American who yearns to visit Iran one day. She recently moved out of the city she's called home all those years, and into Louisville, Kentucky. What Meena did next is the reason she is one of the most influential people in my life. She embraced feeling homesick and challenged herself to make Louisville a...

I am so thankful that you're still with me on this journey a month into the launch of BY DESIGN. I'm in ahh every time I learn something new, and I'm so grateful that I have you to share it with. This week I learned that Hawaii is not the farthest territory of the United States but it's...

One of the hardest things to achieve in life is inner beauty, but it's the most rewarding. I learned early on in my life to study hard, be good to people and smile as much as I can. Ana Gomez's inner beauty shines for miles at end, and it's because she's made it a point to be culturally educated....

The devastating consequences of slavery still affects black African Americans today. Eboné Grayson and her mother have been on a mission to find out their origin. After years of research, they've only been able to go back a few generations. After learning that Eboné's great great great great grandpa was fathered by a British White man they reached a roadblock. Eboné's...

63 minutes What better way to celebrate love than by spreading the message of peace and acceptance. Enon Avital spent the early years of his life in Netanya, Israel. He was then "shipped off" from a strict Jewish orthodox household at the age of 16 to live with his uncle in New Jersey. Enon arrived to the U.S. with zero...

55 minutes Aileen Xu is a Chinese American who spent her early childhood trying to break out of her shell. Little did she know that years later she would become a social media influencer inspiring over 123k people to live their dream life through her youtube channel Lavendaire. Throughout her creative journey Aileen produced and released a musical album: Honestly, a short...

45 minutes I am very excited to launch the live BY DESIGN series with the young lady that stole a piece of my heart the day we met; when I was seven years old. Dunya Abdelqader is my youngest sister and she is a senior Architecture student at the Middle East University in Amman, Jordan. In this episode Dunya...