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Episode 269: Keeping It Real: How NWA Transplants Authentically Share Their Journey

About the Show:

Northwest Arkansas is part of Arkansas. You’re going to find a lot of different areas, and, no matter what you’re into, you’re going to find your people.”

  • Brittany Swiderski

About the Guests:

This podcast episode offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of Brittany and Amin, a young couple who uprooted from New York to Northwest Arkansas just before the pandemic turned the world upside down. With Amin’s new job as their compass, they took a leap of faith into the unknown. Little did they realize how much their big move would pay off.

Hailing from disparate parts of North America initially, neither Brittany nor Amin knew much about Arkansas before landing there. In fact, the only news they ever heard about the state involved some sort of tragedy. To counter the bad press, the duo started documenting their experience through an Instagram account called “NWA Transplants.” They hoped to showcase the many positives of living in Northwest Arkansas that aren’t visible from afar.

Over time, Brittany and Amin have evolved their social media style and built connections by highlighting local events, the arts, music, small businesses, and more hidden gems. As Brittany notes, they wanted to share “what this area is really like when you’re living there.” From finding community during the first wave of COVID-19 to discovering common interests through happenstance meetings, the couple has embraced the opportunities around them to build a life—and make an impact.

Episode Summary:

The conversation covers their initial reservations about moving, the surprising discoveries upon arrival, and the evolving landscape of NWA. They share insights into the importance of dental health, the joy of finding community, and the unexpected encounters that have enriched their lives. Randy and his guests also discuss the challenges of housing, the power of social media storytelling, and the future aspirations for their platform.

Key Takeaways:

  • Brittany and Amin’s story is a compelling narrative of finding one’s place in an unexpected corner of the world.
  • Their Instagram account @nwatransplants serves as a beacon for others contemplating a move to Northwest Arkansas and for locals discovering the hidden gems in their backyard.
  • The episode explores the couple’s commitment to community engagement, the celebration of NWA’s growth, and the genuine desire to contribute positively to the region.
  • Through humor, authenticity, and relatable content, they’ve managed to build a platform that resonates with a diverse audience.
  • The discussion highlights the importance of being proactive in one’s community, the power of storytelling, and the role each resident plays in shaping the future of Northwest Arkansas.

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

Important Links and Mentions on the Show:

Email NWA Transplants

NWA Transplants on Instagram

NWA Transplants on Facebook

Tune in to KUAF 91.3 FM to listen to the I Am Northwest Arkansas podcast on Ozarks at Large every Tuesday at 12 Noon and 7 PM CST. And, check us out on their podcast as well. 

This episode is sponsored by:

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

Northwest Arkansas Council – “Life Works Here!”

ONBoardNWA.com HyperLocal Jobs in NWA

Note: some of the resources mentioned may be affiliate links. This means we get paid a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.

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Thank you for listening to this episode of the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast. We showcase businesses, culture, entrepreneurship, and everyday people’s lives, making Northwest Arkansas what it is today.

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