So, I got a new follower on Instagram at the end of September, @nwaalive, and immediately wondered what is this account? As I went and explored their page I was pleasantly surprised.
In their account’s bio read the message:
"Join us as we pursue the people, places, and events that truly make Northwest Arkansas ALIVE! Sunday’s on ABC 40/29.”
I connected with this account immediately. Wait…they are trying to explore NWA just like I am and really show off to the world what makes Northwest Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas. I wanted to know more. I wanted to hear the stories they had to share. I wanted to tell them about me, and about my blog. I wanted them to know that I believe in this place and its magic!
I simply messaged them and scheduled a meeting. I walked into the NWA Alive office on a Tuesday afternoon and said, “Hi, I’m Elise.” I told them my story about how I wanted to bloom where I had been planted, which now is Northwest Arkansas. I asked them to share with me their vision as well. Chris, one of the founders, and the rest of the team were so kind and open. They gave some background, how NWA Alive came about, and an insight into their future plans. We both saw an opportunity to work together. We didn’t know what that meant exactly, but knew that we were both passionate about what we each other were doing.
Since then, I have had the pleasure of continuing to get to know the NWA Alive Team and let me tell you, they are incredible! I have witnessed their talents, their creativity, their passion…their SUCCESS. NWA Alive has taken off! They are telling these incredible stories about the people and places of NWA. They have told the story of Johnelle Hunt, given us a look at sailing on Beaver Lake, taken us inside Honeycomb Kitchen, told the story of Bike’s, Blue’s, and BBQ, shown us Kat Wilson’s talent, and so much more. If you haven’t caught up on all their episodes, do it!! All the episodes are on their website and available for you to watch. With hosts Carolyn Long, Aaron Peters, and Brent Hale leading the charge, we are learning what makes Northwest Arkansas ALIVE. Stay tuned for more stories of NWA ALIVE. They have truly created something special and I am thankful to be a part.