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“CHAMPION YOUR CAREER” NAMED 2017 BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD FINALIST

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  http://bookexcellenceaward.com/honorees/2017-finalists/ .

“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, http://www.championyourcareer.com. 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 hbellows@championyourcareeer.com or 206.595.7927.

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Part Two – Values Mining: The Jewels of Finding Fulfilling Work as featured on Bublish

Author’s Insight:

By answering the second question you can help uncover the real or underlying value for you. So for you, perhaps money is not the real value; perhaps the real value is “security” or “being successful” or “being independent” or “being able to provide for my family.” It’s always helpful to anchor or relate the values you express to real world situations. If you say you value “honesty” or “teamwork,” write down what “honesty” or “teamwork” would mean in terms of your behavior and how it would impact others.

Author’s Excerpt: from CHAMPION YOUR CAREER: Winning in the World of Work

Step 3: Now you have two lists. Go back and compare your two sets of answers to the question. Is there anything there that surprises you or concerns you? For example, if you are concerned because the word money is on your list, you might ask, “What does money mean for me?” Your answer might be “Money means security” or “Money means success” or “Money means freedom” or “Money means being able to provide for my family.”

Halimah Bellows to be featured at Third Place Books in Ravenna

Seattle-based author and career counselor/coach Halimah Bellows, MA, MS, CCC, CPC will be featured at a reading, signing and discussion of her book, “Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work” on Thursday, April 13 from 7:00-8:30pm at Third Place Books, Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave NE in Seattle. For more information, call 206-525-2347.

Focus on Your Future – 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: https://bublish.com/bubble/stream/12423?share=email.

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Author Insight

This book is designed to help you understand that you have the power to be your own champion. You can create your own positive perspective with the messages you play in your inner dialogue and then manifest those messages in the material world. You can do this for yourself. Do not allow other people to tell you, “Don’t do this” or “You shouldn’t do that” or “This is not good enough.” Instead you can say, “I know what works for me. I can make my own life and I can champion my career. I can make it happen for myself. I can be successful at whatever vocation I choose.”

Book Excerpt

As you move through this process you will see that when you show up to work, you get to decide how your situation is going to be. There are no victims in the career development ladder unless you choose to be one. The inner voice that says “I have to get a job,” gradually shifts to be more about, “I want to do something that feels good to me, something that serves me. I want to be in an environment that’s nurturing and productive.”

Doing What You Love – 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 https://bublish.com/bubble/stream/12008?embed=1.

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Author Insight

As we listen more to our intuition, we come into conflict with the status quo and others’ expectations of who we are and what we should be doing. A natural consequence of aligning our own values and integrity is that we will inconvenience someone, including ourselves.

Book Excerpt

Creating a life of your own design, based on your known passion and sense of purpose, takes boldness, but the rewards of greater self-pride and just plain delight are worth it! Many of us have lost sight of our dreams, ideals, talents and passions in order to stay in survival mode, to support a family, or to live up to others’ expectations. This path has led us to feel restless and unsatisfied, even though perhaps all our material needs are taken care of.

You can expect life to get a little bit crazy as you explore and play with new beliefs, concepts and connections to form your new life based on your own values, passions and personal definition of your life’s purpose.

Does Your Work Blend with Your Personal Life?—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 https://bublish.com/bubble/stream/11755?share=email.

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Author Insight

If your work life and your personal life do not add up to a high enough level of satisfaction, then you might be ready to look at a career change. Either way, this book will help you determine what your basic needs are for happiness in the workplace as well as your personal life. Then it will help you move on to a higher level of overall satisfaction in your life.

Book Excerpt

Some people might make he decision to accept a 50 percent satisfaction level from their work life because perhaps they happily leave their job at the office and then come home and pursue a hobby like playing music. You need to look at your own workday to determine if you are able to make a 50 percent job satisfaction work for you, or if you feel you are stuck in a dead-end situation.

As you know, you have two sides of your life: your work life and your personal life. What you should aim for is to blend the two together to come up with a TOTAL satisfaction level.

“Champion Your Career” Gets Another 5-Star Review

 

“Champion Your Career” is itself a champion. Wise, filled with energy and compassion, this book provides lots of ideas for job seekers, career changers, and retirees on how to find satisfaction in the world of work. Not sure of what you want to do? Ms. Bellows offers exercises and activities to help job and career seekers define goals, both personal and professional.



For those readers who have not articulated goals, Ms. Bellows gives lots of frameworks and steps for everyone to follow in developing plans. These can be used by those who are entering the job market (and who are perhaps overwhelmed), those who are seeking change, and retirees seeking a new focus.

One of the most appealing features of this book is

Ms. Bellows’ focus upon individual life goals, including rewards that may well go beyond financial and status. The author validates all of these choices, and encourages them. “Champion Your Career” is a wonderful guide to making smart, well-planned, and meaningful life choices.

E.R., Amazon Customer

HALIMAH BELLOWS TO BE INTERVIEWED ON DR. PAT SHOW ON JULY 28

Seattle-based career counselor/coach Halimah Bellows, MA, MS, CCC, CPC will be interviewed on the Dr. Pat. Show on Thursday, July 28 at 11 am. Tune in at https://www.transformationtalkradio.com/. 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 Careeer” gets 5-star review

Winning in the World of Work is one of the best. 

by John Lederer

This review is from: Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work (Paperback)

As a dean at a public community college, I have seen many career guidance books, but Halimah Bellows’ Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work is one of the best. She takes a very simple and intuitive idea–that happiness and success comes from following your passion–and turns it into an effective strategy for organizing your life. Furthermore, she provides simple tools, resources and strategies for helping the reader discover their skills, talents, and interests, and then translates that information into career choices. Finally, once a target occupation is identified, Ms. Bellows provides effective strategies for career development and success. This book is a great resource for any recent high school graduates or adult student seeking to find their vocational passion.

A WAKE-UP CALL TO MEANINGFUL WORK – featured on Bublish

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Author Insight

If you’re stressing out over people and situations that you absolutely believe you have no control over, it is time for an emotional adjustment, either by shifting your attitude or shifting into a more satisfying work experience.

 

Book Excerpt

Within the past decade or two, people have been talking about “worthy work.” People don’t just want a paycheck anymore; they want more than that. In Zen and the Art of Making a Living, Laurence Boldt writes about three alarm clocks in relation to waking up to our life’s work.

First, there is your internal clock, the desire for creative self-expression. This alarm goes off when you feel stuck, stifled or bored in your current work situation. You have talents and abilities that are not being fully used in your job. Maybe they’re even being fully ignored! You go to work because you have to, not because you want to. When the internal alarm goes off, you think, “OK, I have to start moving on and doing something else.