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Loving On Fayetteville Arkansas

Loving on Fayetteville Arkansas | Fayetteville is the original Northwest Arkansas City recognized by the nation as the go to place.  We love its famous slogan of “Keep Fayetteville Funky” and we agree!  Fayetteville is the largest city in Northwest Arkansas, home of the University of Arkansas, the Walton Arts Center, the Dickson Street Entertainment District – the amazing and famous Fayetteville Farmer’s Market to mention a few Fayetteville delights!

Fayetteville has a beautiful historic district yet also keeps up with the growing demand of the urban population with all the modern amenities.  Surrounded by remarkable biking & walking trails – a beautiful lake in Fayetteville Lake, large city parks and rumor has it one the most incredible recycling programs in the nation – hey – it’s the little big things sometimes.   I found a site that really enhances and describes Fayetteville well – it’s called Experience Fayetteville (it’s the convention and visitors bureau but I like their vibe on the website) – enjoy!

Whether you’re into living in a downtown condo or townhouse with neighborhood walkability or a big yard and family home – Fayetteville has it all.

One thing is for sure and we love it – we’ve totally out grown the legacy of Northwest Arkansas – cities staying city oriented – NOW – we are Northwest Arkansas oriented.  Here’s what we mean – we all travel back and forth between these amazing cities – pretty much daily!

We encourage you – if from Bentonville go visit and hang in Fayetteville and vice versa – if from Fayetteville – get out – and indulge in Rogers, Bentonville, Springdale & Siloam Springs.  The blending and inclusion of each is beautiful – a treat really.  Inclusion and moving love beyond boundaries, seeing Northwest Arkansas as a whole – a community – including our bedroom cities as well.  We encourage you to unfold those arms and enjoy ALL of Northwest Arkansas’ variety, beauty, personalities, charm, culture, character, connections…

Variety – ahhhh – it is the spice of life in Northwest Arkansas – wouldn’t you agree?

Big LOVE,

Theresa  (Learn more about Theresa and the Talk of the Town LOVE TEAM here)  Love to write?  We would love to talk to you!  Join the TEAM

 

Northwest Arkansas Mentor Tammy Jean Velasquez

One of the things we love and focus on at Talk of the Town NWA is the great people who live here, work here and contribute here in Northwest Arkansas.  With that said – please allow me to introduce the lead speaker for the NEW! Wisdom Workshops in Northwest Arkansas launching February 3, 2018.  The focus?  Wisdom sharing for personal & professional next level living!

Wisdom Workshop lead presenter Tammy Jean Velasquez is a metaphysical coach & mentor assisting individuals in uncovering and releasing pre-conditioning & false beliefs that are causing discord at the subconscious level.  Tammy received her coaching certification through Transform Coaching Academy and has studied under the metaphysical teachings of Divine Science.

Tammy is best known as a Metaphysical Coach & Mentor, who helps assist individuals release years of pre-programing and conditioning that has been creating discord in all areas of their lives.  She teaches, by establishing unity within all levels of the mind, Conscious, Subconscious and Super Conscious. This process then creates unity within the individual and reestablishes alignment with the Higher Self, which is the real secret to unlimited abundance.

With an extensive background in metaphysics and the higher teachings of the mind, Tammy has been able to assist individuals in a shift in consciousness to create the life we were all meant to have.

“I assist individuals in uncovering and releasing pre-conditioning and false beliefs that are causing discord at the subconscious level.  Creating unity within the individual reestablishes alignment with our Higher Self, which is the real secret to creating unlimited abundance!”  ~Tammy Jean Velasquez

I can’t say enough about this amazing woman! Working with her as a coach has shifted my experience of life to a new plane that is allowing me to gracefully walk through some of the hardest and most painful experiences. Old, stale patterns are falling away and bliss, peace and joy is my reward!See her LIVE Feb 3 at the Wisdom Workshops! Or reach out to her for coaching! ~ Lileith Rose Polite | Founder | LileithPolite.com

You can ask this gal anything and I mean anything…She truly is the real deal when it comes to understanding and explaining to us (the lay person) the Conscious, Subconscious and Super Conscious. Her guidance, conversations, presence and wisdom is divine to experience.  Don’t tell her I mentioned this publicly but I call her Baby Gandhi (total respect & adoration); she always laughs me off and calls me Lucy (smiley face emoji inserted – Lucy Love’s to Learn)!  ~ Theresa King-Thompson | Founder | TalkoftheTownNWA.com | 479.633.GROW

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See you soon – you know…the wise are always seeking and sharing wisdom – this will be an exciting sweet Saturday room to be in Feb 3rd!  Just Say’n.

With much gratitude,

Theresa | Founder | TalkoftheTownNWA.com | 479.633.GROW

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Music is the Global Handshake | Welcome

Talk of the Town NWA takes great pride in welcoming newcomers to Northwest Arkansas. It is a delight and honor to welcome The House of Songs Ozarks to our community. The House of Songs or THOS opened its Austin house in 2009 coupling local and international songwriters in a 12 day immersion of collaboration and friendship. Believing that “Music is the global handshake,”  THOS participants blend their unique cultural and musical experiences to co-create new original songs. These songwriters are showcased for local residents free of charge at various venues. The Walton Family Foundation has helped to facilitate the opening of this second house in our area.

Welcome! The House of Songs Ozarks, Bentonville, AR

Troy Campbell, founder and president, says that the inspiration for THOS has been an expanding vision born after meeting Danish star singer-songwriter, Poul Krebs back stage at a New Orleans songwriters convention in 1999. After accepting an invitation from Krebs to join him at a songwriting retreat in Denmark, the expansion of this international connection continued.  In addition to the original Austin THOS, other THOS sponsored songwriting collaborations have been hosted in 13 other countries. Campbell  said that the name, The House of Songs, came to him in an instant when asked what he would call his organization.  He later found that the ancient Persian religion of Zoroastrian referenced “garo demana” or House of Song as the place where righteous souls would go. Of note, this writer in reading about Zoroastrian found that ancient high priests or Magi (possibly the wise men from the East) had associations with the Zoroastrian Religion.

Saturday, August 26 was the Open House for THOS Ozarks.  Guests were able to tour the house located on Southeast C Street in Bentonville.   The rooms in the house are each named for famous songwriters including Arkansas’s own Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

The event was hosted by Campbell and his wife along with Clayton Lillard who is the House Manager for the Austin House. Bernice and Bryan Hembree, organizers of the Fayetteville Roots Festival, will be helping to welcome the international guests as well as introducing them to local songwriters.

The first guests to the Ozark house are set to arrive September 7.  There will be a free concert at the The Preacher’s Son, 201 NW A Street in Bentonville on September 10 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m as well as a screening of the documentary co-directed by Campbell along with Austin Tolin, Albert E. Brumley: Songwriter of the Ozarks. Campbell summed up his impression of Northwest Arkansas with a simple, “I had no idea.”

Click to learn more details about…The House of Songs

Talk of the Town TEAMMATE  | Bex Tracy, Rogers, AR | “Together we can and will do more; serve more!”  Theresa

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2 of 7 Sacred Secrets to Connection in Northwest Arkansas

I’ve spent a lot of time listening and paying attention to Newcomers to our growing region.  I’m willing to hear the hard stuff such as discrimination, diversity challenges, big trucks and rebel flags, the occasional couch on the front porch comment and so on…

My life’s experience has shown me that there are challenges in and around Northwest Arkansas – things that could be improved upon.  I would imagine all cities have such challenges, things they’d like improve upon, etc.  I hear you.  I heard you.  And I agree.  Now what?

Being heard is powerfully important whether a family matter, relationship matter, town hall meeting, business matter, etc.  Many times people can let go and refocus once they’ve been heard, acknowledged and respected.  All the sudden their mind-set shifts and they are able to focus on other areas where they can make a difference in their life and the lives of others…  Their eyes clear and they start to see the beauty, charm, character, culture and legacy of Northwest Arkansas.

Let us take that ONE step further – once I’ve heard a newcomer and they’ve shared their challenges thoroughly – we start the process of talking about what they DO LIKE here.  And then the mind-set swing starts to happen…

Since graduating from the Chamber of Commerce Leadership program 100 years ago I’ve been on fire for community and for Northwest Arkansas as a whole.  With that I’ve devised 7 Sacred Secrets to Connection in Northwest Arkansas.    I won’t share all of them because I save them for Newcomer Receptions yet here’s a couple for you to think about – for the rest of the 7 Sacred Secrets – I’ll see you at the NEXT Newcomer Reception!  Smile.

1 of 7 Sacred Secrets | Volunteering | Everyone can do something in Northwest Arkansas whether it be going out and literally volunteering, giving of your time and/or expertise or monetarily or ALL 3!  TalkoftheTownNWA.com list NWA non-profits complimentary so Newcomer can go research their passion – where they’d like to give back.  Helping others is a sure fire way of 1) meeting like minded people and 2) getting connected outside of work all the while – finding your passion.  It is highly likely you’ll meet your people – your tribe by volunteering!  Plus – it feels so good!

  1. Examples: You can find all of these and more on our website via NWA Non-Profits

A Blessing Bag is perfect if you are passionate about Foster Care Children

Saving Grace is perfect if you are passionate about contributing to causes that support youth and young women

Sharing and Caring of Benton County is perfect if you are passionate about making sure children have a great holiday

Soldier On Service Dogs if you are passionate about supporting veterans and companions of the four legged kind to support them

Click to Add your NWA Non-Profit

2 of 7 Sacred Secrets | Traffic | where else in the world will you go and people 1) wave and you don’t even know them and 2) let you into traffic!  I ask all newcomers to continue the charm, character, culture & legacy of niceness in traffic – if we don’t all that good stuff will get watered down and we’ll end up like any other city/metropolitan area.  Yeah – it’s just energy but it is very important energy and serves you well!  Remember it is one of the many things you LOVE about Northwest Arkansas!!

See you at the next Newcomer Reception – it is such a unique experience – you’ll love it and expand your circle!

With much gratitude,

Theresa | Founder | TalkoftheTownNWA.com | 479.633.GROW (4769)

 

Newcomers Guide to Northwest Arkasnas

Appalled, Shocked and Dismayed in Northwest Arkansas

Last year I met a newcomer that is what “she described herself as” a white woman yet of Hispanic decent; when we first met I believe she had been in Northwest Arkansas less than six months – and – she was appalled, horrified, shocked, dismayed, stressed and outraged.  I noticed it on twitter and reached out to her…

If you’re reading this – we (you and I) have more work to do in this community – our – Northwest Arkansas.  There’s a lot to be done regarding Newcomer support in Northwest Arkansas!

Being from San Diego landing here in Northwest Arkansas was culture shock as she described it and as many describe it.  The challenges had to do with overhearing many people speak in a derogatory way about her Hispanic culture – remember – she’s looks white and many spoke freely in her presence , other challenges included big trucks, rebel flags, terrible driving and traffic situations to mention a few.

I chose to spotlight her story at Newcomer Reception – in the raw.  I was and am truly grateful she was willing to be so brave and again really vulnerable in a public venue like our Newcomer Receptions.  Following her brave heartfelt share she handed back the microphone and my only words were…I’m so sorry this has happened to you here and that it has caused you to hurt.  Then I turned to the audience and said, “When we know better – we can do better!”

Later that next week we met for coffee and let me say “being heard” is so incredibly powerful because she seemed softer and I encouraged her to seek and focus on things she loves here.  Today she is a vibrant community leader and a loving, caring, beautiful woman, wife, bonus mom, friend, neighbor and professional – yes she got back to her true foundational core.

Together – we can do more.  I don’t want to come across as NWA fairy Godmother or anything yet – the work we do at TalkoftheTownNWA.com is very important.  Further we need your support to keep going, growing and making a difference.

I was inspired to write this today because yesterday I got off the phone after hearing the shared story of a beautiful black woman that has been here a year and found herself in tears at an offsite work meeting.  She broke down and cried because she hasn’t been able to connect here in Northwest Arkansas.

Look for that article next (link at bottom of page) and learn more about what is possible if the Newcomer just knew we we’re available on such a personal level.  Not everyone needs support – many do great.  If you’re a newcomer and struggling pick up the phone and call us 479.633.GROW (4769) or attend a Newcomer Reception then we’ll have a tea or coffee later.  A sit down visit (smile).

Please share both of these articles so businesses, services and HR departments can better understand the void we fill.  We are able to make a huge difference in this community as connectors, consultants, coaches, mentors and more…  Support, retention and connection is our amazing gift to this community by means of TalkoftheTownNWA.com and the work we do as a service and the individual attention and conversations we are willing to have with Newcomers is powerful in our growing region.

Day before yesterday I called a client who works for a prominent supplier in Northwest Arkansas.  The conversation took a spin about a beautiful black woman struggling to get connected in Northwest Arkansas…click to read full story

With much gratitude,

Theresa | Chief Inspirational Office | TalkoftheTownNWA.com | 479.633.GROW (4769)