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Episode 264: NWA Transplant Series: Nick and Meredith Castin Share Their Journey from Southern California to Northwest Arkansas

About the Show:

“If you’re not growing, you’re dying. Nothing’s going to stay the same forever.”

  • Meredith Castin

About the Guests:

Nick and Meredith Castin, a dynamic couple originally from San Diego, have made the picturesque Northwest Arkansas their new home. Meredith, with strong roots in Northeast Texas, aspired to be closer to family and sought out a community that resonates with warmth, connection, and a sense of belonging. Nick, accustomed to the vibes of Southern California, embarked on this journey with Meredith, embracing the move with an open mind. Together, they represent the influx of transplants attracted to the Ozarks’ charm and have immersed themselves deeply into the fabric of local life, particularly in advocating for active transportation and sustainable development.

Episode Summary:

In this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas, the hosts welcome the energetic couple, Nick and Meredith Castin. This particular discussion takes a deep dive into the lives of these recent transplants from San Diego, unraveling their intriguing journey to settling in the heart of the Ozarks. The Castins share their perspectives on the community, culture, and opportunities that Northwest Arkansas has to offer, particularly highlighting the area’s trail system and the embracement of newcomers.

The couple candidly discusses their initial apprehensions about moving and how they’ve not only adjusted but flourished in Northwest Arkansas. They touch on the region’s focus on community connection, economic growth, and the embracement of organic development to ensure a thriving future. Nick and Meredith also provide valuable insights into their efforts to contribute to the area through their new podcast, “Fayette Forward,” which centers on city planning, active transportation, and maintaining an equitable living environment for all residents.

Key Takeaways:

  • Nick and Meredith Castin’s move to Northwest Arkansas embodies the search for community, affordable living, and a balance of urban amenities amidst natural beauty.
  • Emphasizing their goal to embrace the local culture, the Castins highlight the welcoming nature of Northwest Arkansas residents and the ease of establishing meaningful connections.
  • Meredith has rekindled her passion for roller skating, finding joy in the region’s trail system and skating community.
  • The discussion brings to light critical themes of sustainable growth, the importance of density in urban planning, and advocacy for active transportation, underpinning their “Fayette Forward” podcast.
  • The episode encapsulates the transition from being transplants to feeling like true locals in Northwest Arkansas, underscoring the area’s magnetic appeal.

All this and more on this episode of the I Am Northwest Arkansas podcast.

Important Links and Mentions on the Show:

Email Fayette Forward Show

Website Fayette Forward Show

Fayette Forward Show on Instagram on Instagram

Fayette Forward on Twitter

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This episode is sponsored by:

Signature Bank of Arkansas “Community Banking at its Best!”

Northwest Arkansas Council – “Life Works Here!” HyperLocal Jobs in NWA

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