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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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Clarify your Choices – 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

Although there is no simple solution to finding the right career path for you, there are simple steps you can take utilizing all of your resources to make a good decision.

Book Excerpt

Now is the time to begin a self-assessment process that will give you more choices, broaden your options, and give you the confidence to know you are on the right career path.  A self-assessment will clarify your characteristics, interests, values and skills.  It will define your strengths and your weaknesses.  Looking for a match between these and the work you are considering is the most important step you can take before you write a resume or begin a search for a job.  In fact, when the time comes to write a resume and prepare for a job interview, you will find the task easier if you have completed the self-assessment process first.


5 Simple LinkedIn Hacks to Optimize Your Job Search

From Thunderbird School of Global Management: Knowledge Network, November 22, 2017

Did you know 94% of recruiters use LinkedIn to fill up a job position?

If you’re looking for a job in 2017, having a great profile on LinkedIn is crucial. Moreover, once you get hired, having a strong presence on LinkedIn will help you connect with other professionals and enhance your career.

So how do you make the most of LinkedIn when looking for a job?

I asked content strategist Pratik Dalvi for his advice. Here are the top five actions he recommends you take.


Send Connection Requests To Recruiters From Your Domain.

A common mistake many people make on LinkedIn is not connecting with people they don’t know.

Since LinkedIn is a professional network targeting working professionals, lots of recruiters tend to post job listings through their personal account. You could be missing out on a lot of employment opportunities if you’re not connected with the recruiter.

Waiting to know when you can apply for that dream job of yours? Start by connecting with the recruiter-in-charge!


Not Sure How Much Salary You Should Negotiate? Use LinkedIn Salary.

This is a unique tool which enables you to find out what others in your field are getting paid. You can filter the information based on location, years of experience, educational qualifications etc.

In order to get this information, you need to tell LinkedIn how much are you getting paid. Quid pro quo… Don’t worry; LinkedIn promises not to share it with anyone and keeps the data encrypted.


The Power Of BOOLEAN Search

As of April 2017, LinkedIn has 467 million registered users. With such a huge database how do you find the exact information you’re looking for?

That’s where BOOLEAN operators such as AND, OR, NOT, Parentheses, and Quotes come to your rescue. Use these operators creatively to narrow down your search and find the desired results.

However, you can’t just enter anything and expect Linkedin to give you the desired results. Linkedin currently supports the following search operators:

  • title
  • company:
  • school:
  • firstname:
  • lastname:


Be A Part Of The Right LinkedIn Groups.

LinkedIn Groups provide a place for professionals in the same industry or with similar interests to share content, find answers, post and view jobs, make business contacts, and establish themselves as industry experts.

It’s absolutely essential to be in the right LinkedIn groups. Add yourself to Alumni groups to get access to referral jobs and to Industry-specific and special interest groups to interact with like-minded people from your domain.


Add the Keywords You Want to be Ranked for to Your Profile.

Want to make sure your profile gets to more recruiters during LinkedIn search?

Optimize your profile for search! Identify the common keywords recruiters use in job postings you are interested in. Those are the words they use in their profile searches. Use these keywords in your profile so you’ll make the cut.


Join Dana Manciagli’s Job Search Master Class right now and immediately access the most comprehensive job search system currently available!


Thunderbird School of Global Management Alumna Dana Manciagli ’84 is the author of “Cut the crap, Get a job”. With her ‘Career Mojo’ column, Dana is the sole syndicated career columnist for the Business Journal nationwide. Her remarkable profile includes a career in global sales and marketing for Fortune 500 corporations like Microsoft, IBM, and Kodak. She has coached, interviewed and hired thousands of job seekers. This article was originally published on her website.



10 Jobs That Could Lure You Out of Retirement

by Kerry Hannon, AARP Bulletin, January/February 2017|

These gigs offer unique rewards — do any match your interests?

The joy you felt at your retirement party is a fading memory; you’ve begun to feel restless. Or perhaps you could use some extra money for health insurance or a cruise. You’ve got company. Forty percent of boomers plan to work part time after leaving their main jobs, according to a recent survey by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies. Many will use the skills of their former work lives. Others will find an entirely new field.

The trick is to find something that feels more like fun than a workaday grind. To get you started, here are 10 jobs worth going back to work for.

Where The Jobs Are

The percentage of positions occupied by workers age 55+ in these growing fields:

Curators: 35 percent

Clinical, Counseling and School Psychologists: 32 percent

Instructional Coordinators: 34 percent

Library Technicians: 31 percent

Postsecondary Teachers: 34 percent

Museum Technicians and Conservators: 35 percent

Morticians, Undertakers and Funeral Directors: 42 percent

Source: EMSI, a labor-market data firm


  1. Interpreter/translator

Do you speak Spanish? Vietnamese? Turkish? In our multiethnic society, all sorts of institutions need help with languages: courts, social service agencies and customer service centers, to name a few. Typically you’ll need to get certified. But with that done, you’ll have the freedom of freelancing, taking jobs or turning them down. And a translator’s job can be the gateway to meeting fascinating new people and learning about new cultures.

Getting started: Check in with the website of the American Translators Association. Websites such as Upwork and can also help you find clients.

  1. Tax-return preparer

If you have a mind for numbers and computers, consider joining the small armies of tax preparers that firms such as H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt muster for the January-April peak tax season. Typically you’ll be doing the straightforward returns.

Getting started: You can build up experience with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, which trains volunteers to help older people with their taxes. Check the big firms’ websites for details of their programs. Many companies will require you to take classes that they offer in the fall.

  1. Ride-hailing driver

Like meeting new people and making random explorations of the area where you live? Smartphones have spawned ride services such as Uber and Lyft. The basic requirements are a clean, well-operating car and a good driving record. When you want to work, you turn on an app and pick up nearby ride requests.

Getting started: Check the big companies’ websites for details. Note that many areas have local start-ups as well.

  1. Park ranger

Maybe your idea of a well-spent day is experiencing the great outdoors. Each year the National Park Service and state park agencies take on rangers for the summer surge. You can also seek employment in the parks’ hotels and restaurants. If you’re lucky, you’ll work in a historic lodge.

Getting started: To find seasonal openings for park rangers, go to and search “National Park Service.” For other jobs, look at the website of Aramark, a firm that the NPS uses for many of its facilities and concessions. Or check the website of your state’s parks department.

  1. Direct Salesperson

The thought of working from home after years of commuting and office politics may be your idea of joy. If you’ve got what it takes to make a pitch, consider direct-sales firms like Mary Kay, Avon and Cutco. You need only a computer, internet access, a phone and a comfort level with calling strangers. You may have to pay for a start-up kit, but legitimate firms will buy back products you haven’t been able to sell.

Getting started: Get tips at the website of the Direct Selling Association. Do some due diligence—not all firms out there are straight shooters. Check out individual companies at the website of the Better Business Bureau.

  1. Dog Walker or Pet Sitter

If you are one of those people for whom being with animals is never a chore, make a few bucks at it. Summer, spring break and holidays are the peak times, but there’s also demand year-round from working people who want Rusty to get some midday exercise. You get some, too!

Getting started: This is usually a word-of-mouth business. Get the talk started by posting notices at the local pet store and on local Listservs. The website TaskRabbit, which connects people who need help performing certain jobs with those willing to do them, can also find you clients.

  1. Retail Cashier

If you like to stay busy, work a check-out lane and watch the hours fly by. Demand spikes at certain times of the year, but stores always have a need for cashiers. Be prepared for hours of standing and loads of personal contact. Also available: jobs in shelf stocking, security and customer greeting.

Getting started: In the Older & Bolder section of the website, older workers can get help finding placements.

  1. Craft Worker

Some people have looked forward to retirement to indulge their love of craft work. You may be able to turn this hobby into a business, selling at local craft fairs or online. Promoting will be as important as making gotta-have-it products, but that’s part of the challenge and satisfaction.

Getting started: ArtFire, Etsy and Bonanza are among the many online markets where crafters sell their creations. Check community websites for craft fairs near you.

9. Package Courier

If a bit of heavy lifting to stay in shape appeals to you, delivery companies such as UPS and FedEx face a constant need for mail sorters, truck drivers and floor managers. Some positions are more physically taxing than others; you may need to lift heavy boxes or be on your feet for hours at a time.

Getting started: Check the websites of the big package companies for applications.

10. Your old job, part time

You may be able to negotiate a deal to stick with your work, but maybe do it three days a week. That means endless long weekends and time for other pursuits.

Getting started: Has someone in your workplace gone part time? Find out how the deal was struck. Then be your own advocate. Approach your boss with a specific proposal: how many days, what responsibilities you’d keep and so on. If you want to go back into your field but with a different employer, FlexProfessionals, a staffing firm based in Washington and Boston, can help you find work in those cities.

Kerry Hannon is AARP’s job expert. Her latest book is Getting the Job You Want After 50 for Dummies. She has also written Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness and Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy … and Pays the Bills. Find more from her at




SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, October 5, 2017 – “Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work” by Halimah Bellows, MA, MS has been named a finalist in the category of Careers in the 2017 competition sponsored by Book Excellence Awards of Brampton, Ontario.  A complete list of finalists can be found at .

“Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work” also won the Summer 2016 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the category of Self-Help Books and was named a finalist in the category of Business-Careers in the Thirteenth Annual Best Book Awards sponsored by i310 Media Group, Inc. and a finalist in the category of Business-Careers in the Eighth Annual International Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest.

“Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work” addresses the needs of a new generation of career seekers in a rapidly changing economy and job marketplace. Designed as self-paced career development workshop in book format, “Champion Your Career” provides 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 available in print and as an ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books a Million and Powell’s online bookstores. It is also 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 also the creator of a unique self-coaching tool called CAREER QUEST CARDS TM ©, a set of 24 cards providing a distillation of 30 key career-coaching exercises. A Career Quest App is available through Amazon as well as at the google and iBooks stores.

Bellows is a sought after and respected resource for career advice and coaching. She teaches her clients to re-frame their lives and career choices by choosing positive and life affirming goals that have realistic time frames so that discouragement doesn’t set in. She stresses, “What I focus on and teach others through my book and the CAREER QUEST CARDS TM ©, and app is that, in order to meet a goal, you need to turn to those things that you want to make happen, things that will give you a sense of accomplishment, skill building and joy. Those goals will be much more sustainable.”

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.