I pushed “stop” on the record button.
After thanking Amanda, I ventured to share more of my own story.
My “why” behind the interview series that aims to shed light on the too-little-talked-about aspects of international living.
We revealed a few more “this is what I was thinking” things, giggled, and said goodbye.
Now that the line was quiet, I had a moment to pause.
How did she know? How did I know?
During part five of this six-week interview series on Expat Happy Hour, The Black Expat with Amanda Bates, Amanda expressed a message that has been brewing in my mind and heart for months:
We need to go to bat for each other.
“To go to bat for” is an idiom that means:
- To support
- To stand behind
- To stand up for
- To stand by
Learn why this is so important in this episode, and how it relates to your own experiences abroad.
You will also discover:
- How the online forum The Black Expat got started, and its purpose
- The number one question Amanda gets asked about The Black Expat
- How privilege in international living is worth examining
- Why understanding “intersectionality” is important for everyone
- The million dollar business idea she spills during the interview
- How identity and loneliness can be deeply connected
- And, perhaps most importantly, how we can better stand by each other.
Amanda’s message is a reminder that our experiences may vary in significant and meaningful ways, yet let’s not forget we are all navigating the ups and downs of international living.
Here’s to exploring how we can go to bat for one another.