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Belding joins Downtown Development Authority

March 16, 2017

By Jim Newell
Review Editor
Pam Belding joined the Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority in February as the new administrative coordinator, replacing Janet Hartman.
Belding will assist Executive Director Molly LaLone with planning DDA events, communications and regular administrative tasks.

Hartman, who has been with the DDA for 12 years, and her family are relocating to Genesee County for her husband’s work.
Belding has previously volunteered for eight years with the Ortonville DDA on the promotions committee, helping to publicize and organize events. It was while serving on the promotions committee that she first met LaLone, who was the Ortonville DDA director before coming to Lake Orion last year.
“There’s always something fun going on in Lake Orion. One of the reasons Molly hired me is that I’m not shy at all,” Belding said, describing herself as approachable, enthusiastic and energetic. “I believe we become the stimulus we need when we speak well and often about the people in our community.”

Belding, originally from Madera, Calif., in the Fresno area, first moved to Michigan in 1996 and Ortonville in 2004, where she still lives with her husband, Blake, and teenage son, Garrett.
“California doesn’t have the history and it doesn’t have the seasons,” Belding said, citing the Henry Ford Museum as a historical example. “The season changes, it’s just shocking the first time you experience it.”
In 2008, Belding and her family moved to Tatui, Brazil for a year while her husband, a project engineer with Guardian Industries, helped build a glass factory.
“The people are phenomenal; so good-hearted, so generous,” Belding said.
She started out teaching English classes in Brazil, but said the language classes quickly morphed into cooking classes: “Because cooking is more fun and you can still learn English when cooking together.”
While in Brazil, Belding also began delving into another one of her passions – writing. She began using boating terminology as an analogy for life’s lessons while writing essays and eventually her first book, You’re The Boat: Charting a Course Toward a Life Worth Looking Forward To.
Since 2008, Pam and Blake have also written a blog,, brimming with inspirational messages, anecdotes and advice.
“You know, your attitude is a lot like the rudder on a ship. As long as you keep it adjusted appropriately, you can get where you need to go, but if it gets stuck, then you’ll just go in circles frustrating yourself and everyone else around you,” Belding said.

Ortonville Woman Hits Amazon Best Seller List

You’re the Boat shares powerful analogy to help people steer a steady course to the life they want to create.

Ortonville, MI – Monday, March 27, 2015 – Speaker and author, Pamela Belding recently hit three Amazon best-seller categories with her first book, You’re the Boat.Pam 2015 headshot cropped

Belding, a resident of Ortonville, believes the secret to navigating the rough seas of life lies in looking at our lives through the analogy of a boat.

“My husband was being transferred to Brazil and our family’s preparations for the relocation included that I home school our son who was 8 at the time,” explains Belding.

“Let’s just say things didn’t go well,” she continued.

What she at first believed would be a fun, nurturing experience for mother and son soon descended into non-stop stress.

Belding recognized the pressure was taking a toll in all areas of her life.  She realized she needed to take control of her emotions when she found herself making hurtful comments about her son’s scholastic performance within his earshot.

One morning while walking her dog, the answer flashed into her mind.

“I realized that my attitude is like the rudder on a ship. I knew if I could keep it adjusted appropriately, I could get to where I needed to go. In that case it was providing a successful, emotionally healthy learning environment for my son,” Belding said.

From that revealing walk, You’re the Boat was born.

Belding is turning the initial concept introduced in the book into a series of books that will provide an in-depth look at each element of the Boat. She is expanding her work to include webinars, tele-seminars, and audio programs to extend her reach and help her support people as they work to create the life they dream of.


About Pamela Belding:

Speaker and author Pam Belding uses her life experiences of adoption, moving across country, and living as an expatriate in Mexico and Brazil to inspire and motivate others struggling to navigate the rough seas of life. She shares stories and lessons from her life and travels on her website Current Pam lives with her husband and son in Ortonville, Michigan. When not writing or taking care of her family, Pam waits on their tabby cat, Simba and chocolate labrador, Tootsie Roll

Additional information about Pam and information on how to book her to speak can be found at or by calling her at 1-242-238-7811.

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