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Jul 2, 2023

From 'Watch for Deer' to Wisdom: A Journey of Creativity, Resilience, and Self-Discovery with Pamela Kesling

Welcome back to The Main Thing Podcast! I’m your host Skip Lineberg.

Growing up in the countryside of West Virginia, my dear friend Pamela Kesling was infused with a creative spark that continues to shine brightly in her life today. Her journey is a captivating tapestry of creativity, resilience, and wisdom. It’s one that's seen her wear many hats, from being a business development director for a law firm to the president of the board for Habitat for Humanity, and from being a writer and singer to a joy-seeker. We fondly reminisce about our shared country roots and explore how her childhood catchphrase 'Watch for deer' embodies her journey from rural life to her cross-country music tour, never losing sight of her beginnings.

As we delve deeper, Pamela authentically shares her experiences on how remaining soft and open can help to connect with diverse people, rewrite our narratives and strengthen our resilience in the face of life's adversities. We touch upon her spiritual journey of self-awareness and inner peace, exploring her practices of reading religious texts, meditating, and journaling. Listen in to discover how Pamela’s insights on mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and the power of introspective moments can bring clarity and calm to your life.

Get ready for an inspiring conversation with one of the wisest people I know, Pamela Kesling.

Brief Bio for Our Wise Guest

Pamela Kesling is the business development director for Spilman, Thomas and Battle, a mid-sized regional law firm based in Charleston, West Virginia. She is also the president of the board of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam.

In her free time, Pamela is, by turns, a writer, singer, creator and joy seeker.

Pamela has co-founded an online music festival, helped produce albums and performed on stages across the country. She also enjoys photography, but her real love is reading and writing poetry.

She is a mother to a 10 year old boy and a rescue dog and cat.



Connect with Pamela Kesling on LinkedIn

Pamela Kesling on Instagram: @pamelalives

Pamela’s website for her shared creative works

Books recommended by Pamela, both by author Don Miguel Ruiz:

The Four Agreements

The Fifth Agreement



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Episode Chapters

(0:03:55) - Growing Up in Rural West Virginia and “Watch for Deer”

Pamela Kesling shares her childhood creativity and wisdom on nature's role in her life. The story behind her Tweet, an essential WV phrase that went viral

(0:7:30) - Making a Lifelong Connection

Serving coffee in a book shop, leading to a career in marketing and business development, plus a lifelong friendship.

(0:10:00) - Pamela’s Main Thing Wisdom

Pamela shares her journey to inner peace through reading, reflection, meditation and intentional joy-seeking. Her focus on being soft and open is key to letting go and being resilient.

(0:12:40) - How to Avoid Getting Caught Up in the Swirl

Being present and pausing: a quick, in-the-moment meditation to become  centered and calm. Pamela discusses her journey to self-awareness and learning to trust herself.


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