Hello, my friendly blog reader!
I’ve just submitted this letter to the editor of my local newspaper. Although it was difficult to write, I feel absolutely certain that I’m on the right track and am looking forward to what’s coming up next. I’m following my compass, facing into the wave (if you know what I mean) and trusting my Captain. It’s time to practice what I preach.
“Just cuz I don’t know now, doesn’t mean I won’t know then. Just cuz I don’t know how, doesn’t mean I won’t know when.”
Here it is….
Why I love the DDA, and why I’m stepping back.
My family and I moved to Ortonville in November 2004 because it has that small town feeling we were looking for. I joined the DDA in 2006 because it offered me the chance to become a part of my new town, to get to know my community, to make new friends and watch our efforts make a real and positive difference. As a stay-at-home mom, being a volunteer gave me a chance to hone my skills without the pressure of a paying position. I could try new things and make mistakes (and I did) without the stress of being fired. Because of the freedom and experience of working as a volunteer, I’ve grown and learned more than I could have ever imagined. It’s been almost 8 years since I started and I still love it. I love the people I get to work with. I love talking about our events, the businesses and the people in downtown Ortonville. And that’s why I need to step back.
You see, I wrote and published a book last year, and since I’m so comfortable talking about the DDA, I’ve been really struggling with marketing my book. In social situations, I find myself naturally talking about Ortonville. Because talking about the DDA comes so easy to me, talking about myself and my book feels awkward and uncomfortable. However, in order for me to grow and honor the work I’ve done writing the book, I need to be able to focus on moving past my comfort zone, and do the hard work of leaning in to what’s coming next for me. It’s time for me to step back and give someone else the chance to be the promotions chair and get people excited about what’s happening in town. Although I still plan on volunteering and will remain on the DDA board, the primary responsibilities of promoting the DDA businesses and events needs to go to someone new. Someone who’s looking for an opportunity to grow, to find some new friends and be a part of something larger than themselves.
This entire volunteer experience has been an absolutely priceless opportunity for which I am eternally grateful. It’s an experience I would highly recommend to everyone. I’m not worried that the DDA will find someone else to take my place. I’m sure there is someone looking for a way to hone their skills, meet new people and make a positive difference in their community. Maybe that person is you! If
so, please contact Molly Lalone at 248-627-8070 or e-mail [email protected]. I can promise, you will be welcomed and accepted and your skills will be most appreciated. You’ll be able to make the promotions chair position unique to you. Maybe you’ll want to invite your friends to join you. You might even want to have someone co-chair the position with you. The best part is, you’ll get to see yourself and your community grow before your eyes. It’s a phenomenal opportunity for everyone!
As for me, you can find me on-line at www.currentinspiration.com where I write an inspirational blog post Monday through Friday. I’ll be selling my books and doing presentations in the area and you can still find me selling 50/50 raffle tickets at the BB&E and managing vendors at CreekFest. I’m looking forward to seeing you downtown!
Sincerely, Pam Belding
This “hard work of leaning in to what’s coming up next” is scary and exhilarating at the same time! I’d really appreciate your words of encouragement.
Thanks for reading along. It’s nice to know you’re there!