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Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy Book Pre-Launch Excitement!

The moment has finally arrived when I am going to be a published Author very soon. I am so excited! I just launched a new Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy Book – Author Sandra Bellamy Facebook page. It would be amazing if you could Like it as I haven’t secured the page name yet – I need at least 25 Likes to get the name, sometimes it’s more, and I want to put the page name in my book, so the race is on. I believe this book is life changing for me and I hope it will be for a ton of others too. Here is the Facebook link www.facebook.com/pages/Break-Through-The-Barriers-Of-Redundancy-Book-Author-Sandra-Bellamy Although my book is aimed at redundant workers, because it takes a holistic view of redundancy and getting back into work, it really does tackle a lot of well-being, confidence building and self-love issues, before dealing with the practicalities of job-hunting.

I have to check all of my hyperlinks work and then convert the manuscript to HTML for Kindle. Then -oooohhhhhh!!! It will be published Author time!!! So in these next few days/week – I should be able to proudly say that Sandra Bellamy is a published Author of Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy To Get Back Into Work: – An A-Z ‘How to’ guide.

For those of you who don’t like to watch videos or who can’t for some reason, here is a translation of my Quirky Books TV Video excitement:

Hi, it’s Sandra from http://www.quirkybooks.wordpress.com. I am going to be a published Author soon and I cannot wait! I spent four nights trying to reformat my book for Kindle and had no joy, and I think I have finally cracked it with the Table Of Content hyperlinks .. and I am so excited because I am just day, hours, away from being a published Author and it’s my dream. After two and a half years of making this book – Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy To Get Back In To Work – An A-Z How To Guide, I shall be finally there. Wow! It’s going to be incredible. I cannot wait! I am just so excited! It’s going to change my life, it’s going to help a ton of people and I just love it! I love helping people. I love writing. Oh my gosh to just be writing all the time again, was amazing. I took some time out of my day job – holiday – to do my writing of my book and I was spending ten hour shifts doing my writing and editing and amending, and it’s really hard work, really really hard work, but it’s so beautiful, I felt so at peace and at one with life and it’s absolutely fantastic! I have just been doing Facebook training with someone for their business, because I do Facebook and Twitter and Blogging training for business and that’s all great too, so you may see some books in the future, or a book about one or more of those subjects. More Quirky Books on the way. This Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy book is incredible, it’s a complete A-Z guide for getting back into work and it takes a holistic view of redundancy. It’s all about going back to your inner being to the roots of who you are and what you were born to do before all the noise got in the way, the kids, the mortgage, marriage. Or just when life take it’s ups and downs and doesn’t quite go to plan, how you would want it too. But it’s amazing. It’s a really good book, even though I’ve written it and I say so myself and I look at it and think – ‘Did I really write that?’ But yeah I’m really proud of it. I love it and I hope you’ll love it too. So Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy book will be out soon and I am so excited. Thank you for being on this journey with me. I have a ton of Bloggers, Facebookers and Tweeters, who have followed my journey for quite some time now on getting this thing published. Love to you all X. I really appreciate it. Until next time, Embrace Your Quirky and each others. Bye.

Keep embracing your quirky and believing that your dreams can come true.

Thanks for all of your love and support during my journey into print – Well into a Kindle at the very least!

Write soon

Sandra

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Exclusive Preview – Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy Book Blurb

Hi everyone

I am still working on the final edit of my book and it is taking longer than I expected, but it will be worth the wait.

After a short break, I am working back in my day job again, and I start teaching Blogging as an aid to recovery on Monday 24th of February. I had planned to publish my book in February, depending on how long it took to edit it to a standard that I am happy with. Although I have people waiting to buy my book, I won’t compromise on quality, and I know they wouldn’t want me to. It looks likely I will publish it in March rather than February.

I now own the copyright of the book cover illustration and design, although credit still goes to my illustrator Victoria Warby for creating it. I think she has done a fantastic job.

Please note that the entire book cover is copyrighted and will be revealed in the future – For now, I can exclusively reveal the Book Blurb.

Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy Book Blurb

Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy Book Blurb

Break Through The Barriers of Redundancy Book Blurb: Copyright Sandra Bellamy/quirkybooks – Cover Illustration created by Victoria Warby

Coming soon to Amazon: My new book – Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy To Get Back Into Work: – An A-Z ‘How to’ guide.

I am pleased to say that a link to my website http://www.beatredundancyblues.com has been added to http://thefilmorecv.co.uk/job-search-sites.php site, that is the sister site to http://www.jobmanji.com.

I would love to have your feedback on the blurb.

Always remember, your writing dreams can come true, if you work hard and believe in your abilities as a writer.

Write soon
Sandra

Beat redundancy blues – Celebrating successes – Highlights for 2013

Hi everyone
I would like to thank you all for your continued support during 2013.
Not only have I accomplished a lot personally but professionally too.
Personal highlights include:
  • Receiving a Good Citizens Award from the police.
  • Meeting and speaking to HM the Queen at St James’s Palace.
  • Becoming a self-employed Tutor and teaching my first Blogging as an aid to recovery course – How to start a WordPress.com blog.
Professional highlights include:
I couldn’t have done it without you.
I  would like to wish each and every one of you a Happy Christmas and a hugely successful 2014.
Stay positive
Sandra Bellamy

 

 

Over 50’s Redundancy Success Story

I would like to introduce you to Sherri Matthews, she is a writer and fellow blogger. After reading my redundancy success story on my sandrabellamy.co.uk site, she wanted to share her own redundancy success story, with us.

Sandra,

You are inspirational. I too was made redundant twice, both due to office closure. The second time, in June 2011, was at the same time that my then 18 year old daughter was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Like you, at first I was distraught but I realised that I needed to change my life and pursue the one thing I’ve always wanted to do, which is to write. I hoped that by doing so I could encourage and inspire others to change their lives, my message being that it is never too late since this all seemed to happen to me after I turned 50.

I’m now 54 and my life has changed dramatically. I have had some articles published in magazines and when I started my blog in January of this year I had no idea of the community I would find here. I am going to be writing about this and my experiences since that time soon.

Your site is so helpful and encouraging and I wish you every success in all you do  :-)

Sherri’s blog can be found at sherrimatthewsblog.

Redundancy success story – Artist at work

At beatredundancyblues we love a good redundancy success story. Artist Matthew Evans, tells us about his.

Artist Matthews Evans Image 1 Image 3

I was originally made redundant in September 2012. Looking back it has been quite a whirlwind year and all of those old clichés are still going around in my head, “they’ve done you a favour”, “everything happens for a reason“ and “they didn’t deserve you”. All very kind words at the time but initially I wasn’t convinced. I had never had that much confidence in my previous job, even though I had held on to it for twenty one years. The truth is, looking back I was in a rut and going nowhere, a comfortable, yet empty existence. The one thing I did have going for me was my artwork, which I have done as a hobby for all of my life. Originally I wanted to be a journalist and enjoyed writing at school but was convinced to go with my head and not my heart and studied graphics. I went into greeting cards and although I never did much card illustration in my job, my art exhibiting hobby began to develop. Unfortunately, the day never came when I had the nerve to leave my job.  That decision was made for me when I was made redundant. Going back to those well worn clichés, I thought they might right.

I was unemployed for three months and did the usual looking at job pages but found that many jobs were specialised. I continued to paint and set about scanning my art and registered with an artists agency. Although I realised this would take a while, it gave me focus. Also, my daughter’s school, that is just around the corner, asked me to volunteer in class a few days a week. I toyed with the idea of teaching assistant and looked into courses, something which still interests me. I was going in all different directions but keeping busy.

Then the breakthrough, I went to an open day for an insurance customer service job working on the telephones, which I had never done before. Because training was included and they said they were more interested in personality and personal attributes than experience, I decided to apply. I got the job and what a transformation it has been. Over the last ten months, it hasn’t been easy and I have been faced with a lot of challenges but this is what I needed to lift me from my rut. I had my days of low confidence and “what am I doing?”. I stuck at it and now I have a new vocation which I never would have thought of before. The support I have received from new colleagues and the team leaders has been fantastic. There is a long way to go but at least I am going somewhere and I can look back and see the meanings of those clichés – “Redundancy is not the end but a chance for a new beginning” and “don’t be a afraid of trying something new.”

Regarding my other interests, my new employer is also very active in the community, so maybe I can volunteer in schools and arts projects as part of their day to make a difference scheme. My art continues with a few sales from the agency and I am now making my own range of handmade cards available in local coffee shops. I am hoping to develop this in the future so that these are also featured on the websites I subscribe to. It is important to have the best of all worlds as my art has always been a constant companion and it is still there. My new employers are also showing interest in my art. I still need to work on my self-belief and overcome a few more challenges to build confidence and maybe that eventual breakthrough will come. From my own experience, I would say, keep positive and try all avenues, as you never know which is the one. Believe in yourself even in the dark days and never be scared to accept help, there is a lot out there. I fully support what Sandra is doing with this site and hope to continue my links in the future.

My story will continue and if you want to see my work please visit:

www.facebook.com/MatthewEvansArtist www.ArtWanted.com/sunset
www.matthew-david-evans.artistwebsites.com
www.matthew-david-evans.fineartamerica.com
www.LondonArt.co.uk/matthewevans/ www.theuntappedsource.com/matthewevans

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

I produce commissions for private buyers with subjects including pets, houses, landscapes and portraits and take part in many local and national exhibitions. My work features regularly in local newspapers and is used to raise money for various charities. I specialise in capturing the atmospheric effects of light on water at evening and sunset inspired by trips to Cumbria, Wales Scotland and Europe.

In recent years I have continued to build my local profile in local shows, especially through my work with several art societies most notably The Huddersfield Art Society. In 2011, I was pleased to be asked to serve as their President, after carrying out a number of roles on their Council.

In September 2011, I took part in a group show with Barry De More and Matthew Midgley at the Smith Gallery, Brighouse. I exhibited forty pieces in a show which was well received by the public and Council alike, and it achieved good sales. During this show I was also asked to discuss my work with several school groups to encourage them to produce their own pieces for the Peter Brook Art Prize.

I was thrilled to be asked to take part in this year’s Brighouse Arts Festival to coincide with The Queen’s Jubilee.

My internet presence is building and in late 2011 my work was included on www.Londonart.co.uk.

I hope that 2013 will herald more exciting opportunities to continue my own development and help others to fulfil their full potential also.

 

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