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Community Highlights: Meet Tempestt Little of Outside While Melanated

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tempestt Little.

Hi Tempestt, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
My name is Tempestt. I have always been excited about being outside. When I was little I enjoyed playing outside. I was one of those kids who had to be in the house before the street lights came on. That wasn’t one of the best times of the day during my childhood. Going over to a friend’s house whose parents let you stay out later was definitely where I wanted to be. I remember walking around in the neighborhood with family or friends wanting to get lost to make the walk longer like an adventure.

When I was four years old living in California I got invited to go camping by my next-door neighbor. That was the start of my love for adventure with wilderness and nature. When I think back I was one of the only people of color there. Until this day many times, I go hiking this is still the same case. I want to encourage and inspire melanated people to get out there and enjoy the outdoors. I created a brand to celebrate us whether you are taking a walk, working out, or taking kids to play at a neighborhood park. Maybe you are at a state park for a family reunion, BBQ, group celebration, beach, or a wild adventure enjoying nature or anything involving the outdoors.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I would say one of the challenges is having the right amount of merch for your customers. With the different seasons, you won’t have enough merch for customers but you don’t want to have overstock and not sell it.

As you know, we’re big fans of Outside While Melanated. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Outside While Melanated is more than a brand. It’s everything. When Melanated people step outside it’s powerful. It’s very bold it’s here to inspire you on so many levels. Get out there the outside has so much to offer peace, healing, food, medicine, vitamins, minerals, elements, adventure and so much to name. I love adventure and it’s my happy place and I want others who look like me to experience it more. I had the opportunity to host group events. Join other groups in their outside adventures and meet outdoor lovers in other states.

The outside world has so much I love about it and that’s why the brand is very special. I am always outside. I have been outside. When I had very few people around me interested in going outside that wouldn’t stop me. I am really proud that Outside while Melanated is everywhere all over the world. You can see my brand in different states and countries in amazing places. It’s like I’m traveling with them. If you would like to support @outsidewhilemelanated I have a website with my Merch. Take a look and share with others.

Risk-taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I have stepped outside of my comfort zone and gone to a new place to speak about my brand and explored vending opportunities. I also connected with liked minding people to strengthen outside while Melanated. To be successful, you must step out of your comfort zone and explore things you have not previously.

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