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Bonnie Bell, MA, MDiv.

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

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 peo...

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 dream...

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 attenti...

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 ...

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 W...

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 the...

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 Good...

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 de...

Life Lessons from the Olympics

August 19, 2016

Watching the Olympics this year has been like gobbling down manna from heaven — something completely different — and something for which I was starving to cancel out the particularly nasty political rhetoric that continues to swirl around us in this f...

The Art of Transition

June 2, 2016

One of our long-time clients at Bell Investment Advisors recently called me to ask if my Career/Life Coaching included “working with young people as well as older people.” I was surprised that after all these years, he didn’t know I work with client...

Interview Preparation

March 7, 2016

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 s...

The Search for Something Better – Redux

December 30, 2015

If you are familiar at all with my thinking, you know that I am big on recommending that people take seriously the notion of conducting a personal “Year End Review” in order to clear the path for the new. In case you have forgotten the questions that ...

Not Thankful at Thanksgiving?

November 25, 2015

Attacks by ISIS in diverse places, hate-filled political agendas at home, thousands upon thousands of refugees fleeing from war torn countries, hunger, poverty — and yet right here at home, despite homelessness and way too many people in need, shopping ...

Back to School/Back to Work

October 20, 2015

I always forget how much I love the Fall until October, when everything starts moving toward winter, and something makes me feel like sautéing sliced apples with cinnamon and butter for breakfast and walking to the Cal stadium for a football game. The tr...

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

July 29, 2015

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 dream...

Transitions: Big Ones, Small Ones, and Everything in Between

May 18, 2015

Bonnie Bell First of all, let me just say that I have missed you! I was out of the office for almost a month for major but not life threatening surgery, and in a bit of a health transition ever since, but all is well now, and I’m back to work full speed...

More on Passion in Career and Life

February 18, 2015

Last year at about this time (1/14/14), I posted a blog, How to Follow Your Passion When You Don’t Know What It Is. You can find it by title in the Index to the right of this page and read or re-read it as a companion piece to this. Beyond that, you wil...

Happiness First; Then Success?

December 16, 2014

I received an early Christmas gift in late November that will make all others this year pale by comparison. It’s one of those priceless “inner gifts of the heart” that only the person receiving it can recognize or fully appreciate. You know what I m...

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Market Analysis – September 2017
October 4, 2017

September Surprise! On average, September is the worst month of the year for stock market performanc...


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President Trump: The First Sixty Days
April 5, 2017

A discussion of the Trump administration’s actions and policies that are relevant to investors and


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Strength in Numbers: A Golden First Half for Global Stocks
July 26, 2017

By no means am I an authentic basketball fan. For example, I do not under-stand a pick and roll. But...

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Charitable Giving During the Retirement Years: A “Choirside” Lecture

The Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir is hosting a presentation on October 28 by Jim Bell, CFP®, President and Founder of Bell Investment Advisors, for parents and grandparents of chorus members — and opening the event to others in the community who are interested in attending. The half hour talk on giving during the retirement […]

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