It’s been just over a year since season two of Non/Native, a longer hiatus than planned, and even since my last blog post six weeks ago, the world has shifted again. It seems unimaginable how much 2020 has thrown at us so far. I saw an Instagram post a few weeks ago that suggested for all its challenges, perhaps, and I’m paraphrasing here, 2020 is a year of opportunity and growth. This position discounts the people – and their families – who have lost their lives to coronavirus and acts of police brutality, yet maybe there is a grain of hope in all this. Hard conversations are being had, police reform is slowly starting to happen, and some parts of the world are beginning to eradicate this virus.
Promoting a podcast feels trivial in comparison to these world events, especially when many of us are burnt out and switching off from new content altogether, or retreating back to old favourites (for me that’s binging Gilmore Girls on Netflix). But I believe in sharing the stories of female immigrants from all walks of life, and I’m excited to share that the first episode of season three is now available.
I’ve been lucky enough to speak to some incredible women this season, including a musician who lived as an undocumented immigrant in the USA for over a decade, a journalist seeking the good life in the South of France, and a Trinidadian mother raising her mixed heritage family in the UK. But we’re kicking things off with an interview with Hayley, an OG Bristol blogger and blog consultant now living in the Pacific North West. Hayley was one of the first people I ever followed on Twitter, and I’m so happy she was able to find the time to chat to me about her new life in America.
Hayley’s episode is now available (plus seasons one and two, if you haven’t had a chance to listen to them yet) on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and a plethora of other podcast providers. I’d love for you to have a listen, hit subscribe, and, yes, give it a rating, if the spirit moves you.