Author: Patricia Feager, 1/30/2018
Profile of Tammy Lankford,
Tammy was born and raised in Putnam County which is one of counties that borders Lake Sinclair in Georgia. Parents should know that one day their children will grow up and leave them, but they never really leave a place they love. Part of what they learn, they take with them, and teach others new skills. Tammy learned to follow her parent’s example. She learned survival skills, such as, how to problem solve, discipline, patience, and self-respect. Tammy never settles for less.
A long, long time ago, she decided it is important to know about relationships without depending on a man or somebody else to solve her problems. A weakling, she is not! Tammy knows how to manage money and consult with Buyers and Sellers about what they need to do to own property. At a very tender age, Tammy saved money and knew it was her responsibility to do things right the first time. For example, Tammy knows how to mend things, like fix a broken PVC pipe. Thanks to her father, she learned all about PVC, plumbing, and hanging sheet rock too! Actually, there’s not much this woman can’t do, thanks to her humble beginnings with mom and dad. Georgia Mama is a business woman who is highly productive at home and in business.
As a young woman Tammy made up her mind nobody was ever going to make her feel less than she really was or leave her feeling worthless, diminished, or hopeless. Tammy has a big strong heart and learned at a very early age, if you shouldn’t be in a relationship, you shouldn’t. The only one who will keep you low is you and Tammy doesn’t stoop low for no one. She runs the show. She’s the boss and a darn good one too. But she also has a generous heart. In addition to her daughter, she has two step sons and Tammy and her man Donald adopted five grandchildren between the ages of 1 through 8 (now 4 – 11) just because someone needed a babysitter! Oh, these children have a mom, and they have Georgia Mom, Tammy who never forgets their birthdays, and other milestones in their lives. Although she only started out babysitting for 3 hours, those 5 kids stole her heart. Tammy has a generous heart. She is very giving and forgiving. And she lives happy, satisfied with life and with the love of her life, Donald. Life is, “as God intended,” says Tammy.
Part of what she learns becomes examples for others to follow who she meets along the way on her own life’s journey. Her daughter is a testament to how hard work, sacrifice, and determination makes you successful and stronger. It won’t be long before Tammy will be a grandmother and together, this family will continue to be the backbone of Putnam County in Georgia. Oh, sweet Georgia.
Family is very important. They kept her from leaving. She has a large close family in town. It is home, a great place for weekend fun and a lovely retirement community, close enough to be convenient to Atlanta; yet very much a rural setting with little traffic and lots of nature. Her career in Real Estate started in 1992. Two years later, her Broker was ready to quit and retire. He thought he’d leave the Brokerage to another man in the office. But Tammy had plans of her own. To show him she was the Boss, she bought the firm in ‘95 and became a broker in ‘97. She has been running it ever since. Yes! There are dreams and there are rules. Rule #1 – you don’t mess with Tammy!
Family keeps her grounded. She has built a strong business based on referrals. As a friendly rule she becomes friends with her clients and gets them into a circle of great folks to make them feel like a bigger part of the family and at home when they choose to move to Eatonton.
Tammy also has roots here on ActiveRain going back to 2008. She has seen a thing or two and many changes in the Rain. What kept the platform glued together in those early years was private conferences with people like Bill Spears, Debe Maxwell, CRS, Elizabeth Cooper Goldner (?), Danielle Sharp, Jason Couch, and about 15-20 more old faithfuls.... please forgive me if I didn't spell names right and left people out. These old faithfuls on AR are the heart and soul that kept this place smoking hot in the cold days of short sales, foreclosures, and chilly days of Rain. Here on AR lots of people talk tech talk - sure that's important, but it all goes back to the roots: RELATIONSHIPS and how you treat people, help others, share ideas, keep people pumped up, not deflated and down. We have all been down on our luck but when you have friends on AR they are your family. My take away from this amazing conversation with Tammy was, face your fears and keep marching forward. Don't let anyone put you down or make you feel like you can't conquer the moon. The Spirit of AR is alive and well.
I hope you enjoyed my entry for Lynn B. Friedman January Challenge. When it comes to AR contests say "Yes! "I Do!" And remember, you may think you know someone because you read and write blog posts, but until you pick up the phone or meet them in person, you don't really, know their heart.