Giving Your Time
Last week I was scrolling through Instagram stories - which I do too often, but that’s another story - when I spotted a friend’s call out for a podcast she’s launching. Under the hashtag #blackwomenworking, she was looking for black women to discuss exactly that. The townhall style discussion was taking place a 20min walk from my home so I didn’t hesitate to drop her a line and offer to bring my voice to the table.
I arrived at the studio (Yep, studio. These girls aren’t messing around) and met a group of black women, all at different stages of their careers, eager to start discussing how we are navigating our professions whilst often being the only ethnic face in the room. More specifically the only female black face!
I really enjoyed the session. We laughed, shared stories of triumph and success, passion and frustration, dreams and goals and touched on topics I only usual raise with my nearest and dearest (mum and two of my oldest friends). The whole thing was as warming as a portion of Saturday Soup on the coldest day.
I’m looking forward to hearing the final piece and will definitely be sharing - even if i get cut out for talking nonsense!
It was a few days after the experience when I was going over some of the conversations that I realised, there are probably other ways like this that I can show love to businesses and individuals that I want to support. Without a doubt, I’ll still aim to spend more of my money with UK Black owned businesses and female owned business, however sometimes it’s just as important to give your time, retweet that tweet or share some advice. It’s all about support at the end of the day.
Image credit: @blackwomenworkinguk