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Bonnie Bell, MA, MDiv.

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by Bonnie Bell, MA, MDiv., Principal and Director of Career/Life Coaching

Predicting vs. Planning

March 5, 2019

Right on the heels of all the “Happy New Year” greetings in January come the inevitable predictions about the future on just about every topic imaginable. It’s an ancient phenomenon, this deep human desire to know what’s going to happen before it …Read More

“What’s Bonnie Going to Do?!”

January 31, 2019

Ever since Jim’s Succession Letter went out last month announcing that Forrest has become President of Bell  Investment Advisors, people have been asking me about my own plans for 2019, as if now I would be joining the Peace Corps or the circus, or …Read More

Reaping the Harvest

October 31, 2018

It seems like, every year, the very day after Labor Day I am ambushed by fall. While I am still holding onto summer, still wearing my white jeans, and still having barbecues, I don’t want to even think about fall. This year the weather even joined the …Read More

Forget the Diet. Take a Walk!

August 8, 2018

I’m older than most of my readers, so don’t write me off as some young thing with an abundance of energy bursting forth from my youth. I’m probably quite a bit older than most of you and am someone for whom sports was never a passion. Consistent …Read More

The Imposter Syndrome

June 26, 2018

I’m sure you must have heard of Imposter’s Syndrome. You may have even experienced it at some point in your past, though maybe not for quite some time if your experience was at all like mine. When I was in my very first professional role, I often …Read More

Come Volunteer with Us!

April 5, 2018

Bell Investment Advisors’ staff is once again partnering with our office building neighbors three floors up, the legendary Oakland law firm, Wendel, Rosen, Black and Dean LLP, to work side by side on a project to rehabilitate the home of a senior …Read More

A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting a Job

March 5, 2018

I found the following online 60-minute course on, a free online resource for job seekers. It’s an amazing resource that not only includes job listings, but reviews of businesses, reviews of employees who work at these businesses, and a …Read More

How About a New Year Filled with Resilience?

January 24, 2018

As you have probably heard — or experienced first-hand — the long-term success rate of New Year’s resolutions is pretty slim. Statistics for 2017 reveal that 80% of resolutions set by people in January fail by February. So rather than even spend …Read More

What’s Your Next Step?

November 29, 2017

I frequently find myself reminding people that “career” is not a noun; it’s a verb. We evolve, the marketplace evolves, the people around us evolve, and the organizations in which we work evolve; nothing about career is static or likely to last …Read More

Interview Preparation

October 24, 2017

Many years ago I found myself racing from my then home in El Cerrito to the San Rafael Bridge, on my way to an important job interview. Just as I as I was about to make it to the freeway, the signal at the railroad crossing began to clang, causing me to …Read More

Why Do You Do What You Do?

August 9, 2017

Why do you do what you do? is a very different question than the most often asked question in day-to-day life, whether in a social setting or the marketplace: What do you do? The latter is a fair question and a reliable conversation starter, one that …Read More

How to Plan and Take a Vacation Even if You’re Unemployed

June 19, 2017

Who doesn’t love a vacation? The mere word, which means “planned time spent not working,” along with other descriptors such as “break, breathing space, intermission, recess, recreation, respite, and rest,” immediately releases some sort of …Read More

The Cover Letter (and/or LinkedIn Message)

May 9, 2017

The cover letter will never go out of style or cease to be of importance in the application process. A well-written cover letter, or LinkedIn message, for that matter, can literally be the added attraction to the application package that grabs the …Read More

It’s Not About “Who You Know” — It’s About Who Knows You!

March 4, 2017

I heard this twist on a familiar phrase at a meeting recently. The person who repeated it didn’t know where she’d heard it either, so I have no idea where it came from. If you happen to know the source, please let me know. Meanwhile, I plan to assign …Read More

The Resolution Revolution

January 12, 2017

By the time you read this, the new year will be at least a couple of weeks old, and if you made any new year’s resolutions at all, you may have already broken them. The statistics on keeping new year’s resolutions are not favorable. According to Ray …Read More

Myth-Busting Your Way to Career Success, Part 2

December 23, 2016

Myth #4: The only type of work available to older applicants is part-time. This is so not true! And oddly enough, younger workers who would prefer to work part-time rather than full-time for various reasons, including child-rearing, are convinced that …Read More

Myth-Busting Your Way to Career Success, Part 1

December 19, 2016

The Wall Street Journal’s Encore Section is always a treasure trove of inspiration and information for us all, no matter our age, but the November 28, 2016 cover story brings especially good news for the over-40 crowd: “Five Myths About Landing a …Read More

Three Bulls-Eyes!

October 10, 2016

  I am always half-expecting a bulls-eye out of left field, meaning that one of my clients finds the perfect fit — the job that we designed in my office based on the clarity that has emerged regarding their gifts, talents, values, experience and …Read More

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Best Quarter for U.S. Stocks Since 2009
April 5, 2019 The breadth of the U.S. stock market gain in the first quarter of 2019 caused all sectors of the …Read More


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August 26, 2019 The three biggest financial commitments that most people will make in their lifetimes are buying a …Read More

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