Your favorite podcast is coming back with new episodes starting January 7. In the meantime, we wanted to continue our annual tradition of sharing some of our favorite inspirational quotes of the year. Here we go!

    • When you vibrate on the level of the thing that you want the only thing that can happen is that you will get it. It’s not philosophy, it’s physics. -Richard Lawson
    • To be rendered powerless does not destroy your humanity. Your resilience is your humanity. To yield and not break–that is incredible strength. -Hannah Gadsby
    • Self-destructive behaviors are useful to a writing career only in the movies. In actual experience I’ve never known a manuscript to be moved forward by a reckless affair, drinking binge, or tangle with the law. -Barbara Kingsolver
    • You have to be happy in your regular life otherwise you’ll never survive the journey toward a goal. -Retta
    • Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor—it’s anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living. -Peter Walsh
    • Art is not a hobby. Art is not extra. Art is the fabric by which we build bridges, by which we learn, by which we challenge our beliefs. -Ann-Carol Pence
    • The idea that you must be perfect in order to be good is an obstacle to being the best version of yourself. -Jay Smooth
    • What one person calls a flood another person calls a baptism. -John Gray
    • People might say I couldn’t sing, but they’ll never say I didn’t sing. -Florence Foster Jenkins
    • This beautiful amazing thing called life can take you through hell and back. But, I have seen the lights at the end of so many tunnels that my soul is full to the brim. -Jenifer Lewis

You’re off of work and out of school with more time than you know what to do with. Now that’s joy to the world. Before you press play on whatever cable or streaming service you subscribe to, we thought we’d share some of our favorite shows from this year. Here’s what we’re watching:

Ashlee Haze recommends

  • Netflix: On My Block “It’s a look into the lives, the layered experiences, of black and Latinx youth in Brentwood. It’s funny, clever and dramatic.”
  • Starz: Vida “It’s like the Latin Queen Sugar— dramatic and heart-wrenching, but also witty. I love seeing more Latinx stories in the media that are not just about crossing the border. It places them in the American Dream.”
  • TNT: Claws “There’s a character named Uncle Daddy. There are few reasons not to watch.”
  • OWN: Queen Sugar “It’s wonderful amazing. It offers a layered look at black masculinity, black love, sibling relationships. It hits all of the intersections. It’s such good drama.”
  • Netflix: Salt Fat Acid Heat “If you like a good cooking show, know that this is not your average cooking show. It helps you understand the mechanics of those factors and how they play into the food you eat every single day.”

Kelundra recommends

  • AmazonPrime: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel “As a former Gilmore Girls fan, the Palladinos (the creators of the show) just get me. This show is so well-written and brilliantly acted. It’ll surely sweep the awards again.”
  • Netflix: Cable Girls “This is a program from Netflix in Espana and it’s about female telephone operators in the 1920s and it is full of murder, sex, lies and scandal. The cast is beautiful and the fashion is to die for. Do yourself a favor and sink in.”
  • HBO: Big Little Lies “All you have to do is say Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman and you’ve got me. This is show is more white woman than a Lifetime movie and I enjoy every minute of it.”
  • NBC: Good Girls “It’s like Weeds but less weird and more funny. I can’t wait for next season.”
  • CBS: God Friended Me “CBS went into its vault and updated the storyline and technology of its 90s hit Early Edition for this show. I was happy to see Branden Michael Hall land here after ABC canceled The Mayor. This show is heart-warming, smart and introspective.”