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  • The Month of Fasting & Forgiveness: The Origins and Health Benefits of Ramadan | blakINwite

    Magazine > Trending News The Month of Fasting & Forgiveness: The Origins and Health Benefits of Ramadan Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. Ramadan is the most important month of the year for Muslims as it marks the period in which the angel Gabriel appeared to the Prophet Mohammed Peace Be Upon Him (PBUH) on the night of Laylat Al Qadar and revealed to him the Holy Qur’an. The month of Ramadan has since been celebrated by Muslims to commemorate the revelation of the Qur’an. When is Ramadan? The Islamic calendar is shorter than the Gregorian calendar and so Ramadan begins 10-12 days earlier each year. The beginning of Ramadan is determined by the sighting of the crescent moon and lasts 29-30 days until the sighting of next crescent moon. This year, Ramadan is expected to last from Monday, April 12 to Tuesday, May 11. The end of Ramadan is marked by Eid ul Fitr, a three-day festival where friend and family come together to celebrate and exchange gifts. What do Muslims do in Ramadan? Ramadan, observed by Muslims all over the world is known to be a month of reflection and growth, modesty, and empathy. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to fast and practice self-restraint between sunrise and sunset. Fasting includes refraining from food and drink, sexual activity, and all forms of immoral behaviors and language. Fasting during Ramadan is an obligation for all Muslims except for pregnant or menstruating women, people who are ill, the elderly or those who are traveling. Missed days can be made up for during the year. Fasting is a shield, so the one who fasts should avoid obscene speech and ignorant behavior. If someone abuses him or starts to fight with him, he should reply by saying: ‘I am fasting. I am fasting’. – Saheeh Al Bukhari, A companion of the Prophet Mohammed Health benefits of Ramadan backed up science: Dates It is a customary tradition for Muslims to break their fast by eating three dates at Iftar (At Sunset). Consuming dates has many health benefits and provides the right amount of carbohydrates after fasting. Dates are high in fibre to support during Ramadan and they are also a good source of potassium, magnesium and vitamin B. There is no doubt that dates are among the healthiest fruits and super foods. Fasting improves brain function and reduces stress levels. Did you know that fasting can improve concentration and brain power? Fasting signals, the brain to increase its natural growth factor which supports the growth of brain cells, thus improving brain function. Also, fasting signals the adrenal glands to produce less cortisol levels which means stress levels are reduced. Detox Fasting during Ramadan undoubtedly serves as a spiritual detox but it also serves to cleanse our bodies. Fasting allows the digestive system to detoxify and take a break from digestion. Going long hours without eating also means that our metabolism increases and our bodies improve absorption of nutrients from food . Ramadan Dictionary: Sawm: Fasting Salah: Prayer. Muslims pray five times a day. Taraweeh: Additional prayers offered at night during Ramadan. Iftar: At sunset, fasting is broken with a meal called Iftar. Suhoor: An early morning meal eaten before sunrise. Zakat: Charitable giving. Back to Magazine

  • MacKenzie Scott, Ex-Wife of Jeff Bezos, Shows Greats Generosity through her Philanthropic Approach | blakINwite

    Magazine > Influential Women MacKenzie Scott, Ex-Wife of Jeff Bezos, Shows Greats Generosity through her Philanthropic Approach What good is all the money in the world if you won’t be using it to make an impact or contribute to change in the lives of those in need? MacKenzie Scott, the world’s third richest woman, has been using her wealth to contribute towards the greater good. After 25 years of marriage, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott settled their divorce in 2019, where she received 4% of his Amazon stake. In addition to owning a portion of Amazon, she is the author of two novels, “The Testing of Luther Albright: A Novel” published in 2005, and “Traps”, published in 2013. Today, Scott is known for her colossal contributions to various charities and groups. In 2019, shortly after her divorce, she willingly signed the “Giving Pledge”, a pledge signed by some of the world’s wealthiest individuals to contribute the majority of their wealth to charitable causes. Upon signing the pledge, MacKenzie Scott said: “I have a disproportionate amount of money to share. My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort, and care. But I won’t wait. And I will keep at it until the safe is empty...” MacKenzie’s Contributions: MacKenzie Scott has generously contributed to various activist groups, educational, religious and environmental organizations. Since her promise to the “Giving Pledge”, she’s shown remarkable dedication: - A total of $2.74 billion was contributed to 286 arts and racial justice groups. - A total of $5.8 billion in gifts was given to 500 non-profits. - A total of $4.2 billion was given to 384 basic needs organizations. - $40 million was contributed to Morgan State University. - She’s contributed to groups supporting women’s rights, LGBTQ equality and the fight against climate change. - $40 million was contributed to Howard University. - $40 million to the University of Central Florida and Florida International University. - $30 million to Long Beach City College in California. That’s a whole lot of millions! MacKenzie Scott follows a “no strings attached” approach to her contributions, stating that there are no restrictions to how her beneficiaries use the funds. The funds contributed should be used where and how they see fit for the benefit of their organization. Back to Magazine

  • Ahoo Beauty, Bringing Confidence to her Clients through Professional Makeup and Fashion Style Coaching | blakINwite

    Magazine > Interview Ahoo Beauty, Bringing Confidence to her Clients through Professional Makeup and Fashion Style Coaching "The little secret about art is that it’s like an ocean: It never ends. Creativity is the key to standing out and showing your own personality and style in every little detail, whether it’s in makeup, fashion, or painting." - Ahoo Beauty Ahoo, an entrepreneur, makeup artist, and fashion style coach based in Dubai has always had a love for all things art! From drawing and painting to jewelry and fashion designing, creativity has always been a part of her since childhood. Born in Kuwait, Ahoo took most of her inspiration from her parents growing up, who taught her a lot about art and business. With her dad being in the gold-manufacturing business, he would often design a few jewelry pieces himself. Ahoo would watch him draw and he would encourage her to design a few pieces herself and share her ideas for kids jewelry. She later enrolled in art school where her passion for art grew, and completed an architecture course at university. Ahoo’s journey in fashion, styling, and makeup began when she attended a fashion design school in Dubai. She went on to say, “While attending fashion design college, I worked at my mother’s real estate company. I admired her success as a business woman and began learning more about business. During this time, I also worked as a part-time artist with Italian artist, Luchi. We painted art on the walls of royal houses and shopping malls!” recalled Ahoo. Ambitiously, Ahoo enrolled in a few makeup and style coaching courses. After gaining much experience, she began her entrepreneurial journey in fashion styling and makeup. “I started it on Instagram and was lucky to get connected with some Arab celebrities and royal families from Kuwait and the UAE” she shared. What Ahoo enjoys most about her business is seeing the joy her makeup brings to her clients. She went on to say, “I love sharing happiness and doing makeup for brides and others gives me the best feeling. Seeing the smile on their faces is the best gift to my soul!” Ahoo also aims to bring confidence to her clients with bespoke clothing designs. “When it comes to styling my clients, I see it as a personal project. I need to read into their minds and personalities to design a style suited to them. Designing is not one size fits all” shared Ahoo, “Also, I aim to see one thing in their eyes, and that is confidence. Once I see this, I know I did a good job!” The creative entrepreneur shared that her secret to attracting and keeping her clients lay in always putting her heart and soul into what she does and meeting their expectations. She went on to say, “I thank God that I’ve never had unhappy clients. Call it luck or call it a blessing, but I know that you get what you put out. The energy we have inside us is what we attract. Creativity is just a bonus!” Ahoo is also excited to share that she is currently in the process of creating her own skincare and beauty line! While launch day has not been confirmed yet, she is working hard at achieving this next goal and reaching her business to greater heights! The challenging and best parts about Ahoo’s entrepreneurial journey Although her biggest goal has always been to run her own business, transitioning into the entrepreneurial world has had its challenging moments. Being quite the reserved person growing up, getting people to believe in her passion and work without advertising has been what Ahoo described as “a lot of work.” She went on to say, “I’ve always just wanted my work to speak for itself instead of me advertising and speaking about my work.” Ahoo also shares that her daily challenges as a full time entrepreneur is being a mom of two kids. However, she takes pride in the fact that her kids can watch and learn from her, just like how her own mom raised her as a kid. “I’ve always wanted to run my own business. My mom taught me to be my own boss so that was my biggest goal to achieve and to not give up, so my kids can learn the same.” shared Ahoo. Her favorite part about what she does is experimenting with different colors and getting creative which allows her mind to keep exploring and learning. She also loves that she can help others with the work that she does. Our Favorite Questions Do you have any business/entrepreneurial advice to share with women aspiring to startup their own business one day? “Pray and believe in yourself and your God. He created us and I believe each and every person can do anything they want only if they really want to. Our thoughts are our only limitation that can make us believe that we can’t do it, or ‘I’m too young or I’m too old.’ You need to believe in yourself, set achievable goals, and take little steps. Once you take first steps, set another goal and start finding ways to achieve it. Don’t work just for income, work because you love to do what you do. Start from your home or whatever you have around you or within you, and you will soon start earning an income from it.” What do you enjoy doing in your free time? “I smile now just by thinking about it! I love horseback riding, painting, and having quality time with my family are always my favorite. I’ve been doing horseback riding since I was a kid and it instantly connected with my soul. I think horses are one of the most beautiful animals in the world.” Is there anything else you would like to share? “Something I always love to say is to have consistency in all that you do. Whatever you start doing, make sure you have peace with yourself so that you start planning with a clear mind. Writing it down is very important. If you’re unsure of what you want to do, make a list of the things that you like and mark the one you love doing the most. If your heart feels right about doing something, find ways to gain knowledge around that subject. There are millions of online free courses that you can learn from! Follow your dreams and don’t stop, no matter what!” 1/1 Back to Magazine

  • BeautyAndHealth

    Health And Beauty Have Some Tea for a Healthier Life: What Are The Benefits of Herbal Teas? Check blakInwite monthly beauty tips; the benefits of herbal teas Maintaining Good Eye Health Habits to Cut Down on and Foods to Eat More of Looking for good eye-care tips? Learn more about the habits to cut down on and foods to eat for healthier eyes! The perfect full body exfoliator - Mint & Sugar Body Scrub Back to Home Page

  • Spiced Aubergine Bake | blakINwite

    Magazine > Recipe Spiced Aubergine Bake This spiced aubergine bake is tasty, filling, and the perfect choice for a quick, vegan dinner meal! Here’s what you’ll need: ● 4 aubergines cut into thin slices ● 3 tablespoons vegetable oil ● 2 tablespoons coconut oil ● 2 large chopped onions ● 3 crushed garlic cloves ● 1 tablespoon black mustard seeds ● ½ tablespoon fenugreek seeds ● 1 tablespoon garam masala ● ¼ teaspoon chili powder ● 1 cinnamon stick ● 1 tablespoon ground cumin ● 1 teaspoon ground coriander ● 2x 400g cans of chopped tomatoes ● 200ml coconut milk ● Sugar ● 2 tablespoon flaked almonds ● Chopped coriander Here’s what you need to do: ● Preheat your oven to 220C ● Brush each aubergine slice with vegetable oil and place a single layer on a baking tray ● Cook in oven for 10 minutes then turn over to cook the other side for another 10 minutes until both sides are golden brown ● Reduce the oven to 180C ● Heat the coconut oil in a large frying pan and add onions for 5 minutes until softened ● Add garlic, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, garam masala, chili powder, cinnamon stick, cumin, and ground coriander. Cook until it has an aromatic smell. ● Pour the chopped tomatoes and coconut milk into the spiced onions and stir well. Add sugar, salt, and pepper to taste ● Take a third of the tomato sauce and layer on the bottom of an ovenproof dish ● Layer half of the aubergine slices to the dish ● Layer more tomato sauce over the aubergine slices and then top with the remaining aubergine slices ● Sprinkle over the flaked almonds and coriander and bake for 30 minutes max. Serve and enjoy! Back to Magazine

  • Naomi Osaka: A Quick Peek into the Achievements of her Professional Tennis Career, Activism, and Business Ventures | blakINwite

    Magazine > Influential Women Naomi Osaka: A Quick Peek into the Achievements of her Professional Tennis Career, Activism, and Business Ventures If you’re a lover of tennis, surely you’re well aware of the exceptional skill that Japanese professional tennis player Naomi Osaka displays on the court! Starting practice when she was just three years old, today, at 24 years old (As of 2022), Osaka has become a four-time Grand Slam singles champion and been ranked No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association which makes her the first Asian player to hold a top ranking in singles. Inspired by professional tennis players, Venus and Serena Williams, Naomi’s father began training his two daughters at a very young age in the sport. The Osaka family relocated to Florida when Naomi was just eight years old, where she and her sister would have better opportunities to train. Naomi spent her daytime hours practicing tennis on the Pembroke Pines public courts in Florida, and was homeschooled at night. By the time she was 14 years old, Naomi played her first qualifying match at the ITF Women’s Circuit, a professional tennis tournament, and began training at the ISP Academy with professional tennis coach Patrick Tauma. In 2013, the young tennis player competed professionally at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, and shortly after, qualified for her first WTA Tour draw at the 2014 Stanford Classic. Naomi’s victories as a teenager ranked her into the top 250 of that season. Around the same time, Osaka reached her two highest level ITF finals at the Kangaroo Cup in Japan and the Surbiton Trophy in the UK. This led to her qualifying to enter at the last two Grand Slam singles events in 2015: the Wimbledon and the US Open. Naomi finished her 2015 season ranking No. 144 in the world. The 2016 season brought Naomi more recognition, as she made it to the top 50 of the WTA rankings for the first time in her career, and was named the WTA Newcomer of the Year. At the 2019 Australia Open, Osaka became the second woman to win consecutive major singles titles after Serena Williams in 2015, the first player to follow up her first Grand Slam singles title with another at the next event since Jennifer Capriati in 2001, and lastly, the first Asian player to be ranked No. 1 in the world in singles. Triumphantly, Osaka finished off the 2019 season as No. 3 in the world. With a successful sports career, Naomi is known as “one of the most marketable athletes in the world.” In 2020, she became the 8th highest-paid athlete, earning $34 million in endorsements. In addition to tennis, Naomi is quite the businesswoman, as she has recently established her own sports agency, Evolve, with her agent Stuart Duguid in 2022. Fellow professional tennis player, Nick Kyrgios, is signed as her very first client. In 2021, she launched her own skincare line called KINLÒ that includes a range of products with natural ingredients used to nourish and protect melanated skin tones from the sun. She also uses KINLÒ to educate others on the how to protect their skin from damaging sun rays and the potential health risks. The young professional sportswoman has also been recognized for her activism in 2020, as she withdrew from the Cincinnati Open to raise awareness for the police shooting of Jacob Blake. She only participated once the tournament postponed all matches for the day to support her course. Within the same year, she played each game with a different mask that had the name of every African-American who has been killed by police in the preceding years imprinted on it. She also flew out to Minnesota to participate in the Black Lives Matter protests for the murder of George Floyd. In 2020, Naomi was named Sportswoman of the Year by Sports Illustrated and listed as Time’s top 100 most influential people in the world. Back to Magazine

  • Support Small Business: Beckon Ice Cream Launches their First Limited Edition Ice Cream for the Holiday Season | blakINwite

    Magazine > Trending News Support Small Business: Beckon Ice Cream Launches their First Limited Edition Ice Cream for the Holiday Season If you read our last edition, you’ll remember Katy and Gwen , co-founders of Beckon Ice Cream, the tastiest lactose-free ice cream founded in Boston! The delectable, premium lactose-free dairy ice cream brand recently launched their Crushed Candy Cane Brownie limited edition ice cream to celebrate the holiday season. Completely lactose-free, the Crushed Candy Cane Brownie ice cream is vanilla based with a sweet surprise of crushed candy cane pieces for a refreshingly sweet flavour and rich dark chocolate brownie crumbles! However, this new sweet flavour is not all that Beckon Ice Cream will be bringing into this holiday season. Be sure to look out for a QR code on each limited edition pint or quart to enter the Beckon Ice Cream competition, where one lucky ice cream lover will be the winner of a YEAR of free Beckon Ice Cream! Find their new limited edition at Whole Foods and Sprouts nationwide as well as on Fresh Direct and Gopuff. Don’t miss out on this delicious new flavour! Back to Magazine

  • Better Together - Issue 02 | blakINwite

    How will we inspire you this month? As we enter the month of Ramadan, we share an article on the origin and a few interesting facts to know about Ramadan. Our inspiring women for this month are two sisters, Sarah and Raya Hatehet, who have both followed their passions into their own entrepreneurial journeys doing what they love, and Anna Karkar, an entrepreneur who started her own digital printing service, Pixpops. In other topics, we revisit the life of Princess Diana by highlighting her philanthropic works, encourage you to start taking steps to self-belief, share two deliciously healthy recipes, and recommend an inspiring book by Shonda Rhimes, “The Year of Yes!” Explore This Edition Better Together, April 2021 Anna Karkar: Co-founder and CEO of Pixpops Describes Her Career Path as “Gut-Driven.” ​ Believe In Yourself ​ Book of the month: About “Year of Yes!” by Shonda Rhimes ​ Gluten Free Fudge Brownies recipe ​ Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies recipe ​ Raya Hatahet: A Taekwondo Olympian & Master Turned Entrepreneur A Taekwondo Olympian & Master Turned Entrepreneur Sarah Hatahet: An Influential Artist On Her Journey to Educate & Engage Diverse Local Art Communities ​ The Month of Fasting & Forgiveness​ ​ Women in History: Revisiting The Life of Princess Diana​ ​ Back to Home Page

  • Influential Women

    Influential Women Naomi Osaka A Quick Peek into the Achievements of her Professional Tennis Career, Activism, and Business Ventures Meghan Markle Passion for Philanthropy Has Come a Long Way, and as the Duchess of Sussex, She’s Set to Make an Even Bigger Impact! Hend Sabry One of Egypt’s Most Prominent and Influential Actors and Humanitarians Alicia Keys There’s so Much More to Love about Alicia Keys Than Just Her Amazing Talent in Making Music! Michelle Obama Where She Started and How it’s Going Angelina Jolie Her Influential Humanitarian Impact Over the Last Two Decades Melinda Gates A Glimpse into the Early & Present Life of Bill Gates Ex Wife Facts About Victoria Beckham’s Stardom A famous singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and television personality MacKenzie Scott Ex-Wife of Jeff Bezos, Shows Greats Generosity through her Philanthropic Approach Francoise Bettencourt Meyers 7 Things to Know about the Richest Woman in the World 6 Milestones in Patricia Bath's Life An American ophthalmologic surgeon, inventor, and academic Nine Things You Didn't Know Were Invented by Women Discover Them Mother Teresa Remembering the work of Mother Theresa Jane Addams Jane Addams - The first American woman to win Nobel Peace Prize Margaret Calvert Margaret Calvert: The Mastermind Behind Our Road Signs Coco Channel Coco Chanel, from dire poverty to the fashion world Ada Lovelace Ada Lovelace: The World's First Computer Programmer Queen Rania Getting to Know Queen Rania: An Admirable Queen, Mother and Wife Maya Angelou Maya Angelou: American Poet, Memoirist and Civil Rights Activist Princess Diana​ Revisiting the Life of Princess Diana Back to Home Page

  • Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies | blakINwite

    Magazine > Recipe Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies The perfect recipe to satisfy your chocolate chip cookie craving with some added protein. Here’s what you’ll need: 1 cup smooth peanut butter 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 egg 1/2 cup oat flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 100 g chopped dark chocolate ​ Here’s what to do: Preheat your oven to 180 Celsius In a food processor add all the ingredients and blend until smooth Stir in the chocolate On a lined baking sheet use a table spoon and add the batter leaving at least one inch between each cookie These cookies will not spread much so press down gently to flatten them slightly Bake for 12 minutes until edges look golden brown Let cool for 10 min and enjoy! Enjoy!! Do you want to share your own recipes? Email: blakinwite@emoteyes.com Back to Magazine

  • Aminah Musa - Meet blakINwite's Most Influential Woman by People's Choice of 2022 | blakINwite

    Magazine > Interview Aminah Musa - Meet blakINwite's Most Influential Woman by People's Choice of 2022 “Firstly, I would love to acknowledge the amazing women who were running for this title with me as I was honored to learn how incredible these women were. I am humbled and honored to have a supportive online community who have been influenced by my work. I hope that what I leave with this world will inspire all in this generation and the next.” Can you share a little bit more about yourself and what you do as a short introduction to those who don’t know you? “I am the Chief Design Officer and Co-Founder of PaliRoots, a Palestinian clothing brand that educates and preserves the Palestinian identity, culture and heritage whilst building sustainable project to families in Palestine. In doing so I am also heavily involved in our community management as I strive to make it a safe place for all supporters of Palestine to learn about the roots of Palestine.” How do you feel about winning BlakINwite’s Most Influential Woman title for 2022? “Firstly, I would love to acknowledge the amazing women who were running for this title with me as I was honored to learn how incredible these women were. I am humbled and honored to have a supportive online community who have been influenced by my work. I hope that what I leave with this world will inspire all in this generation and the next.” In your opinion, what do you feel makes you truly influential to those around you? “I think many view me as an influential women due to the immense impact we’ve have created for Palestinian lives, although I know that I wouldn't have been able to see it at this great of a scale if it weren’t for the support of the PaliRoots Community. To know that my influence on others is to create more social impact projects excites me knowing others who are inspired will push the agenda for creating a better world for our future.” How do you plan to continue to positively influence and impact those around you? “I plan to tackle more social change projects, outside of Palestine, by building more start-up brands. Besides my passion for my Palestinian roots, I also deeply care about women empowerment and building a safe space for women to empower one another whether through financial advice, meditation, self love, or motivation.” Has there been any recent changes in PaliRoots since the last time we’ve interviewed you? “We plan on expanding our product line that relates to all people including both Palestinian and Pro-Palestine Supporters. We are so excited to work with more designers and artists from all corners of the world.” What has been your 2022 highlight of your career so far? “Recently, we hosted a worldwide competition for World Knafeh Day. World Knafeh Day is an event we created with our team 5 years ago to highlight the uniqueness of the Palestinian food space. We gave away $850 cash prizes and being the most we’ve ever given away we had hundreds of entries this year within 48 hrs! We plan on going bigger next year, set your calendars for June 25th, 2023! Besides PaliRoots highlights, I have spent a good amount of time this year working on a new brand, with my brother Hussein, which we plan on launching in March of 2023. Lots of exciting things are coming and we cannot wait to get our community involved again.” Do you have any words of encouragement to share? “If you underestimate what you think you can accomplish, free your mind by putting yourself into an environment that constantly inspires you to want to learn more about what you are passionate about. The first step to start your journey into your divine self is to start writing in your journal where you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years, and so on. Get into the nitty gritty details of what car you’ll drive, where you’ll live, what your home looks like. Pull images, quotes, clothes, etc. from magazines or the internet and tape them into the book. This journal is a reminder of what you want for yourself and allows you to fully visualize your future self. Do this exercise when you find yourself in a spiral and bounce back!” 1/0 Back to Magazine

  • Maryan Ibrahim: Turning Dream Homes into a Reality | blakINwite

    Magazine > Interview Maryan Ibrahim: Turning Dream Homes into a Reality “The ability to help people make their homes a beautiful space to enjoy with their families and build everlasting memories is what keeps me going. My number one goal is for my clients to love their homes when the project is complete.” -Maryan Ibrahim Maryan Ibrahim, the proud founder of J Vera Interiors, an interior design company, embarked on her career journey as an elementary school teacher and later, a supervisor of special education. Born in Egypt, Maryan immigrated to the United States at the young age of 11. Her passion for interior design developed after the renovation of her own home in Central New Jersey. She went on to say, “I always loved interior decor but it wasn’t until we bought our first house and completely renovated it that I finally found my true passion in interior design.” Named after her daughter, Julianna Vera, Maryan spent five years as a stay-at-home mom before starting up J Vera Interiors. Becoming a mom of three has led to her decision to leave the education field and spend more of her time at home with her children. “While I enjoyed being a mom, I still felt a void in me,” shared Maryan, “Once I found my passion in interior design, I knew I wanted to start a business and pursue it professionally so I set a goal for myself, enrolled in design classes, started an Instagram account, and the rest is history!” The interior design of her own home reflects her personal designing style. She went on to say, “I consider my personal design style to be transitional. I like to mix modern elements with some traditional furnishings to keep a room from looking too much of one particular style,” shared Maryan, “I like to blend interior design styles to create balance, warmth, and a relaxed feel in a home. My own home reflects that.” Many people draw their inspiration and motivation from different things. For Maryan, trying new things, visiting new places, talking to new people, and changing up her routine are the things that keep her inspired and motivated. Her favorite part about designing a home is seeing the reactions on her clients faces when they see the final reveal of the project. “The ability to help people make their homes a beautiful space to enjoy with their families and build everlasting memories is what keeps me going,” shared Maryan, “My number one goal is for my clients to love their homes when the project is complete!” Maryan’s Favorite and Most Challenging Part about Entrepreneurship “My favorite part about being an entrepreneur is creating my own opportunities and destiny,” shares Maryan, “I enjoy the fact that I am my own boss, make my own decisions, and set my own rules!” Maryan shared the most challenging part about her entrepreneurial journey is balancing between her business and personal relationships. She went on to say, “Owning a business can cause severe stress and anxiety. It is hard to balance being a wife, mother, daughter, and friend.” Our Favorite Questions In your opinion, what are the top three traits every entrepreneur should have? “There are so many traits that an entrepreneur should have but I would say the top three things for me are, Vision- You have to have a clear picture of what you want your business to be and what your goals are. Confidence- As human beings it’s natural to have self-doubt, but to be an entrepreneur you have to put that aside and exude confidence. You must believe in yourself or no one else will. Persistence- What will set you apart from the rest is your ability to be persistent when you face rejection and not give up. Sticking with it when it gets hard is what will make you successful.” What advice do you have for women aspiring to start their own business one day? “Believe in yourself and go after what you want! Don’t doubt yourself. Set a goal then figure out the steps to achieve it. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will. It’s ok if you fail but the most important thing is to not give up and get back up. You will have good days and bad days. Don’t let the bad outweigh the good and keep going! As women, we can be so critical of ourselves, but we have to fight hard to push that aside and have confidence in ourselves and go after what we want.” Do you have any other words of encouragement for our readers? “At the end of the day, we only have one life to live. If you are unhappy with where you are in life then do something about it and change it. Find your passion, set a goal for yourself, have confidence, work hard, and go after what you want. You have to believe in yourself and work hard. Nothing comes easy. Everything takes work.” 1/1 Back to Magazine