Meet TAMMI LEADER FULLER
the brains and brawn behind campowerment
I first met Tammi 5 years ago, when I was asked to be an expert at Campowerment. Since then, I have continued to work with, and be inspired by this amazing woman, her mother Joan Leader, her 2 daughters, and the extended family she calls her Power Rangers. Here's more about Tammi.
KIDDOCJJ: What have you recently had to EAT that stands out, and why?
TAMMI: I’m a foodie, so almost everything I eat is memorable. I celebrate food in a big way and the most memorable thing I’ve eaten of late is a non-dairy hazelnut sorbet made from soy found at Gelato and Angels, my local Manhattan Beach gelatoria. It’s actually made for dogs and packaged as such, but I order it with dark chocolate dairy-free sorbet and it’s a treat I indulge in at least once a week. The staff laughs at me when I come in and quip “she’s here for the dog food!” My body doesn’t like dairy so I’ve had to give up ice cream and fruity sorbets just don’t do it for me, so to have these dairy free treats taste so yummy is a huge win for me and why I eat them more than I probably should!
KIDDOCJJ: What have you LEARNed recently that has stuck with you?
TAMMI: I have learned that quiet time is hard to come by, and if i don't make the time to stop running and “drop in” to catch my breath and take the time to think and dream about what I want, I’m never going to get it. If last year was my year of yes, 2018 is my year to say no thanks to almost everything that doesn’t allow me the space to get quiet, to shut down the voices in my head and sink down deep into my body. For me, it’s about eliminating the noise and going silent long enough to listen to what my body and my mind wants me to know. It is no longer up to my head to figure all that out!
KIDDOCJJ: Where would you like to EXPLORE?
TAMMI: There are so many places I want to explore for so many reasons: South Africa and Argentina are at the top of my bucket list right now. Both are such completely different countries, each with a culture and mindset all its own. I used to travel a lot for work when I was in the news business, but Campowerment has kept me stateside for the last few years and as soon as I can find some time to jettison off to one of these foreign lands, I am so there. The fact that both my kids have been and I haven’t only makes me want it more!
KIDDOCJJ: Who INSPIREs you, and why?
TAMMI: Before the horror that recently erupted in my hometown (Parkland, FL) I’m not sure how I would have answered that question. But watching this next generation of kids so fired up and ready to do whatever it takes to bring change to our f@#(*@&^d up world, I have come to understand that it is they who I am counting on to INSPIRE me. The conservationist pioneer Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, for whom their school was named, was one of the first powerful women who moved me when I was a young journalist covering what they called “ecology”30 years ago. At 79 years young and until she died at 108, she single-handedly fought the status quo to save the Everglades and clean up South Florida’s drinking water supply. My hope is that those kids , who attended the school that bears her name, will take her inspiration and do for themselves what we as the “establishment” (pathetically) couldn’t do for them.
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