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Bonnie Bell, MA, MDiv.

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

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

The Case for Quitting Your Job – Even if You Still Love It

October 31, 2014

I didn’t make up this title or topic, but it definitely caught my eye when I saw it at the breakfast table on Monday, October 13, 2014 in the Encore section of The Wall Street Journal (“A Special Journal report on the New Retirement”). The premise …Read More

Falling into the Harvest

September 17, 2014

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

The Art of Possibility, Part III

August 18, 2014

It’s difficult to track all the long-term results of learning to think differently or more powerfully or with more possibility! That kind of learning can last a lifetime and hopefully ultimately results in a good life, full of meaning, purpose and …Read More

The Art of Possibility, Part II

July 14, 2014

I hope I was successful in the The Art of Possibility, Part I in enticing some of you to begin reading The Art of Possibility (Rosamund Stone Zander and Bernard Zander, Harvard Business School Press, 2000; Penguin Books, 2002). I will be touching on many …Read More

The Art of Possibility, Part I

June 16, 2014

As I read The Art of Possibility, I was amazed to find so many intersections between it and my own life coaching experience over the past 25 …Read More

The Power of a Service Attitude

May 13, 2014

Do you remember the last time you experienced impeccable customer service? Read about my recent trip to Japan and why we have a lot to learn from the country’s widespread “service …Read More

Gritty City Repertory Youth Theatre

March 25, 2014

Gritty City Rep was selected as the 2014 Youth-in-the-Arts Grant recipient from a group of 35 other impressive applicant organizations, all of which have emerged in recent years to augment the dwindling arts programs available in the Oakland public …Read More

Hitting the Bulls-eye!

February 20, 2014

Just last week, one of my clients, Pamela – a writer/editor in her mid-twenties — hit the bulls-eye, – the very job toward which she had been aiming for the last three years, without realizing it. What she was experiencing was a lot of career …Read More

How to Follow Your Passion (when you don’t know what it is)

January 14, 2014

Paying as much attention to the passions in your life as to your financial assets can be extremely rewarding, and a career/life coach can …Read More

While the World is Focused on Outer Celebrations, Go Within

December 12, 2013

As soon as December 26 arrives with a thunk, the world shifts its focus to the New Year. By December 31, of course, all eyes are on the clock to hone in on the final countdown to the minutes and the last ten seconds – one by one – before pandemonium …Read More

Market Analysis

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“Stocks are falling. I’m buying them anyway.” – 12/4/18
December 5, 2018 The above is a quote from Jeff Sommers as the title of his 11/18/2018 “Strategies” column in …Read More

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Do You Have a Bias Against International Small-Cap Stocks?
October 25, 2018 With the S&P 500 fully recovered from the correction earlier this year, and hovering near its …Read More

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Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir Candlelight Concert

Bell Investment Advisors has been a major supporter of the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir (PEBCC.org) for almost ten years. We are lifelong music lovers and consider our involvement with Bay Area music and arts organizations central to making a good life happen for our family, our business, and our community. On Sunday, December 2 from …Read More

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