ESSENCE spoke with so many powerful and inspirational women last year, each speaking their truths while speaking their minds.

To help us get right in 2020, here are our favorite inspirational quotes from ESSENCE interviews. I hope they bless you because they surely blessed ME.

#1. Lizzo On Being Authentically Herself

#2. Alicia Keys On Motherhood

#3. Issa Rae On Being Beautiful

#4. Michelle Obama on Picking The Right Spouse

#5. Tracee Ellis Ross on Coming Into Her Own

#6. Regina Hall on Having A Sister Circle

#7. Regina King on Finding Allies

“No one who’s in a position of success has gotten there without someone giving them a shot,” she explained to ESSENCE last October.