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

This episode is geared toward those who are looking to take their creative careers to the next level. Earlier in year, we did an episode called “Unleashed” as a part of our New Year’s resolution series about finding joy in your career, while you are on the journey to fulfilling your purpose. In this episode, we’re debunking the myth of the starving artist and encouraging you to turn your creative hobby into your creative business. We’re telling our personal stories about time management, finances,  and calling inspiration to you.

Remember: “Ideas are a divine invitation and the work itself is a reward. It’s a reward because of the way it changes you, not necessarily because of the way it changes the world. At the end of a creative encounter you will be different than you were before, and that in itself makes it worth doing.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

Ashlee Haze #unleashed

If you go to your local Lane Bryant, you might see a familiar face on the displays and advertisements. Ashlee Haze is one of the faces for Lane Bryant’s #ThisBody campaign, and she’s in great company with singer Lizzo and the dancers of Pretty Big Movement. Be unbasic and press play.

And if Haze wasn’t being amazing enough, she recently did an interview  with Nylon magazine about empowering women of color through spoken word. Read it here.

Kelundra #unleashed

Kelundra recently did an interview with American Theatre magazine about the role of race in theatre criticism. The article was written in response to the recent New York Times Big River controversy. New York Times critic Laura Collins-Hughes reviewed the Encores! production of the musical Big River, which is loosely based on Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. In the original review, Collins-Hughes brings up the issue of race, which struck a nerve with the show’s producer Jack Viertal, so much so that he wrote a letter to the Times’ editor. Get caught up the in the drama (all puns intended).