Category Archives: Power Up Your Passions

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:

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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

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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

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

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


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 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.


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

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.

7 Ways to Know You Are in the Right Career

by Meredith Lepore

With the average American spending 9-10 hours a day at work so 40-50 a week, it would be nice to find a job where you aren’t miserable. In fact, it would be really great to have a whole career that makes you happy, but finding that — and realizing when you have — isn’t always easy.

According to a 2012 report released by Gallup, there are twice as many “actively disengaged” workers in the world as there are “engaged” workers who love their jobs. And in the U.S. in particular, 52 percent feel pretty blah about their job and 18 percent actively hate them. But 30 percent are quite happy when it comes to work. If you’re lucky, you are part of that 30 percent, but thanks to self-doubt or the grass always looking greener elsewhere, you may not even know it. Here are seven signs you have found your calling.

  1. You don’t get the Sunday blues.

“A clear sign you like your job is that you don’t have Sunday night anxiety,” Megan Broussard, founder of ProfessionGal, a career site for women, told Bustle. “People in jobs they hate often spend the whole weekend stressed because they’re dreading work on Monday. If the extent of your Sunday depression is, ‘Ugh, I’d so much rather watch 20 episodes of Scandal tomorrow than work,’ you’re doing well.”

  1. You don’t mind putting in extra effort.

Every job involves annoying and challenging tasks, but you realize that is just a part of the bigger picture and you sign up for extra work. Simone N. Sneed, founder of Advice For A Brilliant Life, an online destination for socially conscious professionals who want to excel, told Bustle,”If during challenging times you find yourself digging in and stepping up rather than opting out, you’ve found a career that you love.”

  1. You are one with your company.

Broussard told us that you know you’re on the right path when “you feel like the company you work for is your own, and you truly feel the ups and downs of the work you do because you truly care.”

  1. You can finally afford the things you want.

Of course, if you truly are happy in your career, money usually isn’t the reason, but it can be one of them. It is great when you have a job that allows you to live the lifestyle you want, or at least get close to it.

  1. You talk about your job all the time.

If you’ve ever hated your job, you know how much complaining career dissatisfaction provokes. But if you actually enjoy your job, you tend to be equally vocal about it. You know you’re in the right gig, said Broussard, when “you are the only happy one at happy hour because everyone else is drinking to wallow after a bad day. You’re pumped you’re so lucky to do what you do.” Just be careful about talking too much about how you love, love, love your career. All of those miserable people at the bar may not want to hear it.

  1. You tell other people they should work at your company.

This is a big one. If you are truly happy with your company, you encourage other people to apply. You find yourself at brunch describing what solid people your coworkers are, the company’s bright financial future, the value of its mission, and listing the many, many perks. (Did you mention the frozen yogurt machine?) Basically you talk about your job like it is your latest crush, says Broussard.

  1. You’re a little scared.

Nicole Williams, the bestselling author of “Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success,” and Secret’s Career Confidence Coach told Bustle, “Don’t misinterpret nervousness and stress as [evidence of] being in the wrong job.” It may be “due to the fact that you’re really excited about performing well, feeling challenged or even a little out of your league. These are actually signs that you’re in the right job,” Williams said. Remember, it is always good to be a little scared in your career. Comfort can quickly turn to boredom. “If you don’t feel a little nervous and stressed, it indicates that your job is not challenging enough or that you don’t have enough passion for either the industry or company to make it work in the long run,” she added.

The wrong job is more often packaged in boredom, a lack of stimulation and/or passion for what you’re doing. A lack of emotional or intellectual investment is a sure sign that it’s time to move on.

Meredith is a freelance writer based in New York. Her work has appeared in Marie Claire Magazine, Refinery 29, DailyWorth, Levo League, Business Insider and GoGirlFinance. She earned her Masters in Journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Meredith enjoys reading, jogging, SoulCycle, asking her dog Otis questions and decorating her teeny, tiny West Village apartment.