Alisha or Ali as she has come to be known graced us with her presence early on 2017. She is cheery bright soul who always brings calm to any stressful situation. She's exactly who you want on your team in a pinch. A delightful optimist with a can-do attitude, she jumped right in on rainy days setting up bridal suites and lounges on muddy hills, lakeside retreats, and far-away farms. There might be no person that loves LOVE more than this lady. And just for that reason, she has become our bridal expert, working with our brides on their perfect retreat. While Ali loves love, the team loves her! Take a moment to learn a bit more about Ali.
How did you hear about The Campfire Experience?
I followed The Campfire Experience as a fan for almost a year. I was looking for a change in careers when I saw a post on Instagram about a potential opening. I knew I had to apply.
Why did you join the team?
I was a fan. I am a wanna-be adventurer with an event planning background so I thought we’d be a good fit.
What has been your favorite part of being a part of The Campfire Experience?
My favorite part of The Campfire Experience is seeing so many previously unexplored (by me) spots in the Midwest. We’ve done boho lounges in bank vaults, music festivals in super-small towns, weddings on private lake-front properties, and so many more. Setting up for these events is hard work but I’m constantly surrounded by people who lift me up and keep me laughing. It’s the best job I could ask for.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m from a farming town of less than 3,000 people. I showed hogs at the county fair and served as the Reporter for my local FFA chapter. I always wanted out. It took me moving across the Pacific to realize just much I love the Buckeye State. I moved back after almost 4 years and have no plans on leaving anytime soon. Columbus is home now but I’m never too far from that small town.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
I guess I’ve always had a need for speed. I got a Barbie Jeep when I was probably 3-4 years old. I was always driving it with the pedal to the metal. A few years later I got an ATV. My dad put a governor on it to keep it from going too fast. He probably still regrets the day he took it off. I was a daredevil and some of favorite childhood memories were made on a grassy track in the field next to our house.
Describe your relationship with nature?
Nature and adventure have always gone hand in hand for me. I love horse back riding down muddy trails, hiking tall peaks, swimming in the ocean, boating on the lake, rolling down hills and laughing the whole way. I am in awe of nature’s grander and believe it is the only amusement park we’ll ever really need.
What is the most memorable trip you have taken?
I had been dating my boyfriend (now Fiancé) for about a year when we bought tickets to the New Orleans Jazz Festival. We decided to road-trip down and while it could have ended up being a complete disaster we had a blast. We sang, we danced, we told stories, we deepened our already growing bond. Jazz Fest was unforgettable and we fell in love with NOLA. If there were ever a city that could steal my heart away from Columbus it would be that one.
How have you challenged yourself this year?
This year has been a wild one. I’m trying every day to live and appreciate each moment. I’m naturally pretty high-strung so it hasn’t been an easy feat. My yoga teacher suggested this book called “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle. My copy is mostly bookmarks and highlights now. I highly recommend it.
How do you practice self-care?
I’m a spa girl. I love a good massage and am obsessed with aromatherapy. At home you can find me in a hot bubble bath with a long book and large glass of wine.
Tell us something few people know about you?
My obsession with sour candy is real and it ain’t pretty. When left to my own devices I’ve been known to put a mighty dent in a 5lbs bag of Sour Patch Kids.
What’s in your coffee?
2% milk and stevia, please.
Finish this sentence: I’m never without…
Lip balm, my lips are always chapped.
If you could choose a personal theme song, what would it be?
Soulshine by the Allman Brothers Band.
What is your favorite quote?
“Why tell your grand kids you worked 9-5, five days a week for 40 years and quietly sat in traffic jams while people went to war, suffered disease and shot their own classmates? Tell them you refused to live in fear. Tell them you crossed the Amazon, saw the Lost Cities of Gold and met your soul mate in Casablanca. Travel to the ends of the earth. Go now and live adventures that will make your grand kids proud.” -Unknown