Choosing Well — Featured on Bublish

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Choosing Well

Moving forward boldly with your decision-making process is essential to your success in your career and in all aspects of your life. Career coach Linda Markley notes, “Many people put off making choices either from a fear of making the wrong choice or simply not getting around to it. Paradoxically, not making choices is harder work in the long run.  If we make the big choices about what we want in our lives, we have a direction, a blueprint against which we usually make small choices (like what to pay attention to, what to do next) more obvious.

Markley offers the following quiz to help evaluate just how effectively you are choosing.

  1. Is there joy, lightness and ease in your life? Always? Often? Sometimes? Rarely? Never?
  2. How often are you wholeheartedly involved in what you’re doing?
  3. How often do you feel good about what you are doing ad who you are with at the time?
  4. How often do you feel tress or strain?
  5. How often are you bored?
  6. How often do you regret having committed yourself, yet continue anyway?
  7. How often do you miss something important to you (like fun, time with your loved ones, exercise, study, growing your business)?
  8. How often do you consciously choose?
  9. If you could do anything with or without anyone , how often would that coincide with what you are doing?

Author Halimah Bellows Interviewed by Natasha Murray

Seattle-based author and career counselor/coach Halimah Bellows, MA, MS, CCC, CPC was interviewed about her book “Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work” on March 23, 2018 on author Natasha Murray’s blog.   You can access the interview at

Author Halimah Bellows Interviewed by Tony Riches

Seattle-based author and career counselor/coach Halimah Bellows, MA, MS, CCC, CPC was interviewed about her book “Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work” on March 18, 2018 on author Tony Riches’ blog, The Writing Desk: Writing, Support and Useful Links for Writers. 

You can access the interview at

Author Halimah Bellows to be featured on “Reset Your Life”

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, MARCH 23, 2018 – Seattle-based author and career counselor/coach Halimah Bellows, MA, MS, CCC, CPC will be featured on “Reset Your Life” with host Krista Smolda, on Tuesday, March  27 at 11am PST at RVN TV is a cutting edge platform for people of any industry to share their vision through their live stream and internet radio platform.

Halimah will be speaking about her new book, “Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work.” Designed as self-paced career development workshop in book format, “Champion Your Career” addresses the needs of a new generation of career seekers in a rapidly changing economy and job marketplace. The book provides a wide range of self-assessment tools to enable individuals to explore their personal passions, values, strengths and skills along with sound strategies and resources for decision making, goal setting and networking to begin a fulfilling new career.

“Champion Your Career“ is a winner of the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs (NABE) Summer 2016 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the category of Self-Help Books. It has also been named a finalist in the category of Business-Careers in the Thirteenth Annual Best Book Awards sponsored by i310 Media Group, Inc., a finalist in the category of Business-Careers in the Eighth Annual International Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest, a Finalist in the category of Careers in the 2017 competition sponsored by Book Excellence Awards of Brampton, Ontario, and an Official Selection in the Inspiration/Motivational Self Help category of the 2017 New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing. It has received numerous 5-star reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes & Noble websites.

“Champion Your Career” is now available in print and as an ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books a Million and Powell’s online bookstores.  It is available directly from the author’s website, Additionally, it is also now being carried in bookstores around the country as well as in some local college bookstores and college and public libraries in the Pacific Northwest.

Halimah Bellows is a sought after and respected resource for career advice and coaching.  She is also the creator of CAREER QUEST CARDS © TM, a boxed set of 24 colorful cards with over 30 exercises based on the best of current career search information. A Career Quest App is also available.

Halimah Bellows is available for radio, television and media interviews as well as readings and discussions in bookstores and other venues.  For a review copy of Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work or an interview with the author, contact her at or 206.595.7927.


Reviewed on Thirsty4Health ( by Andreas Michaelides

Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work by Halimah Bellows is a very hands-on book. It is a book that you will need a notebook and a pen or a pencil to truly understand and appreciate the knowledge that is inside this fantastic book. I believe that this book is one of the best self-help books I read thus far. It provides meaningful information, tests, questions and food for thought for people who want to know what they should do with their life on a professional level.

This book will help you pinpoint if the work you are in now is right for you or you need to change it. If you decide to change work description, then this book will help you find your new niche. I liked this book also because it is an optimist book since it adamantly supports that changing careers is never too late. It covers pretty much all the various age groups, and its plethora of useful strategies, easy-to-use tools, and questionnaires, proved on the field and reliable advice, and a fantastic number of useful resources is breathtaking, to say the least.

The author did a fantastic job by presenting numerous questions that are clearly designed to get you from point A to point B and to find out where are you good and where are you weak and do something about it. I especially enjoyed and found really useful the chapter entitled: Nourish your network which was something I always had a problem pursuing. After reading this book’s perspective on the issue, I am going to start developing the notions and ideas that are covered in this book. Highly Recommend it.


Reviewed on Amazon by KM on March 11, 2018

Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work by Halimah is a practical book that will help you find out the best career for you. It has a lot of questions and a lot of strategies that, if you follow them, will tell you where you are good at and where you need to improve more.

It is a very empowering book. It provides with all the necessary tools to find out what you will want to do in the future. Also supplies enough tips and advice and again lot of questions for people that want to change work and try and do something else.

I liked the chapter entitled “Retire with Fire” where it deals with the life a lot of people have to face after retirement and presents again a plethora of information that will enable you to make the right decisions for your professional future.

It is a very hands on the book, a pencil and notebook and a lot of self-discovery is a must to enjoy this excellent book thoroughly. Highly recommend it.


“Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work” by Halimah Bellows, MA, MS is now featured as a Spotlight Listing on MJV Literary Services website at

Passions and Purpose – Featured on Bublish

The following excerpt from Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work by Halimah Bellows MA, MS is now featured on Bublish at:

Bublish ( is a publishing technology company that offers cloud-based tools, metrics and resources.

Author Insight

In fully uncovering and embracing our passions, we find a deeper purpose that gives a richer meaning to our lives beyond gratification of our egos. A calling is like an organism, a living entity with a purpose all its own. It drives us toward authenticity and aliveness. Saying ”yes” to a calling tends to place you on a path where half of you doesn’t think it makes a bit of sense, but the other half knows your life won’t make any sense unless you participate in certain activities that automatically draw out your passion for life.

Book Excerpt

You’ll also find that the bigger the calling, the more likely it is that it will fling opposing energies into your life. For example, one part of you will want to awaken, while another part of you wants you to stay in the comfortable, safe but unfulfilling lifestyle. So what is your calling? What feelings come to you as you imagine fully with all of your senses, living your life with passion and purpose? How do we know what our passions are? How do we uncover what brings us to a greater understanding of what our purpose is? And once we know our passion and purpose, how do we express them in a work environment so that our life is continually being fulfilled?  This chapter will lead you down a path of self-discovery through exercise and questions to reflect upon your own personal definition of your purpose and passion in your life work.


“Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work” by Halimah Bellows, MA, MS has been named an Official Selection in the Inspiration/Motivational Self Help category of the 2017 New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.

Halimah Bellows to be Featured on “Thoughts Become Things: International”

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, JANUARY 14, 2018 – Seattle-based author and career counselor/coach Halimah Bellows, MA, MS, CCC, CPC will be featured on “Thoughts Become Things: International” with host Neomaya Davila aka Neo Positivity on Wednesday January 24 at 11am at

How to Stay Busy During Retirement

You’ve done the hard part: spent a lifetime getting out of bed and going to work, taken care of your family, and saved up for a nice, long retirement. But what exactly do you do to fill all your hard earned free time? Boredom and depression are some common reactions people have to retirement, where there seems to be so much time and so little to do. Fight off restlessness by focusing on recreational activities or volunteer work to keep busy.

1) Doing Recreational Activities

Write your memoirs. This could be in the form of letters to your living relatives, or journal entries every day. Recording your past experiences and adventures will allow you to share these moments with loved ones and relay life lessons to others.

Start by recording your memories in a journal or writing letters to a specific family member, such as your children or grandchildren. Try to write a little every day to get into the habit of writing down your thoughts and memories.

You could also take a memoir writing class at your local college or university. Many university level classes are free or discounted for seniors.

2)Read your way through a book list.

Maybe you have an ongoing list of books you’ve been keeping all these years for when you have the time to delve into them. Head to your local library and work your way through a book list, whether it’s a personal one you have been keeping, or a comprehensive book list of Western classics, the top thrillers and mysteries, non-fiction must reads, or great sci-fi books.

You can also choose a specific genre or topic that you are interested in and focus on reading as much about a topic as possible. For example, World War II historical fiction, or wood working.

Ordering books online is easier than ever now through Amazon or Indigo. Simply googling the title or author of the book, look for it online, and order it for fast and cheap shipping straight to your door.

Books on tape, or audio books, are also a good option if you prefer resting your eyes and listening to a good book read by a professional actor or voice artist.

3)Learn a new language.

Exercising your brain by learning a new language will keep your mental facilities sharp and clear. Try a computer based language program like Rosetta Stone or Duolingo. There are also over 48 languages, from Spanish to French to Chinese, that you can learn online for free through courses you can download and complete at your own pace.

If you are looking for a reason to get out of the house, sign up for a language class where you do in person activities and practice sessions to improve your conversation skills.

4) Do a weekly physical activity.

Staying active is another important way to stay busy during retirement. A physical activity like tennis, golfing, swimming, or jogging, done once a week, can keep you healthy and grounded. If you’re looking to meet other people or socialize, go for team activities or sports.

Look for master classes set up for older or senior participants. Sign up for a senior specific class to allow you to meet other people and socialize.

You can also sign up for lessons or classes to improve your serve or your breaststroke. These classes will also help you meet other people who may be interested in the same hobbies or activities as you.

5) Join a club.

Look for clubs that may appeal to your interests or hobbies, such as a bridge club, a senior women’s or men’s recreational club, a golf club, or a church club. Check the club listings online in your area or the postings on the community board in your local coffee shop or grocery store.

6) Take a class and learn a new skill.

Focus on a hobby that you would like to improve on, like learning how to crochet more complicated patterns or carve more difficult wood sculptures. Look for classes at your local community center or college. You can also attempt to learn a completely new skill and use your free time to explore a skill you’ve always wanted to try.

Many universities and colleges have lifelong learning programs for seniors, where you pay very little or nothing at all to take adult learning classes. You can also make new friends in a learning environment.

7) Cook your way through a cookbook.

If you have never been confident in the kitchen or are looking for ways to expand your recipe repertoire, choose a cookbook and work your way through it one recipe at a time.

This could be a cookbook that focuses on a certain style of eating, like a vegetarian or gluten free diet, or a region of cooking, like Thai food or Polish food. You could also tackle a food bible, like Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and learn how to properly braise meat or make a delicious sauce.

Once you feel you have mastered a recipe, use your friends or family as guinea pigs and invite them over for a big meal, or have a potluck where everyone cooks something.

8) Construct your family tree.

If no one in your family has put together a family tree or a record of your family’s ancestry, use your retirement time to do this. Conduct research and contact immediate and distant family members to put together a comprehensive tree of all of your family’s connections.

You can also use online tools like or My Family Tree to help you with your research. When you’re done, make a decorative image of the tree to give to your family members or scrapbook the family tree so it will be preserved and cherished for years to come.

9) Go on a road trip.

If you have access to a car or an RV and enjoy a long drive, map out a route around your city or area. Or choose a destination on the map close to your home and look for a scenic route or a route with natural wonders or man made oddities (the world’s largest paper clip?) along the way.

Going on a road trip will introduce you to new sights and people, and fill your time with new experiences. Having access to an RV will allow you to take longer trips, to farther destinations, in comfort.

10) Travel overseas or to another country.

Maybe you have relative you’ve been meaning to visit across the pond or in another country. Or perhaps you have always wanted to see Michelangelo’s sculptures in Florence, or the pyramids in Egypt. Plan a trip to see the great wonders of the world, solo, or with a friend or family member.

There are many flight deals available online, especially if you have the time to travel off season or during a less popular time. Do a web search for package trips, which usually include airfare, accommodations, and guided tours and activities.

11) Spend time with family.

One of the best ways to use your free time is to spend quality time with your relatives, from grandchildren to your children to brothers and sisters. If you are close with your family, arrange weekly play dates with your grandchildren to give your week structure. Go to cultural events, like the opera or the ballet, or spend time camping and going on trips with them.

Doing Volunteer and Part Time Work

1) Be a mentor.

Sign up for mentorship opportunities through your local community center, whether it’s working with children as a Big Brother or Big Sister, or tutoring adults in a literacy program. Look for mentorship positions that draw on your individual skills and abilities and allow you to share these abilities with others.

2) Volunteer at a local organization.

Focus on local organizations that you would like to assist or be a part of. Contact them by calling or emailing them and tell them what you would like to do to help. Many nonprofit and government organizations are constantly looking for volunteers to donate their time and energy towards a specific cause.

3) Focus on a new career.

Though you may not be ready to jump into another career after putting years into your previous one, think about a career or job you have always wanted to pursue. This could be home decorating, starting your own business, or even freelance writing. Focusing on a new, less stressful career will fill up your time and give you a renewed sense of purpose in your retired life.

4) Do part time work.

There are many solid part time job options for retired folk, from limo driver to tax prepare to tutor to nursery worker. Look for seasonal jobs that put you in a new or interesting environment, such as working outside as a national park ranger or as a care worker in a care facility. Part time work is also a good way to earn a small income and feel like you are contributing to society. It will also likely not be as stressful as full time work or your previous career. …

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