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Bonnie Bell, MA, MDiv.

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

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 f...

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 consp...

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 satis...

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 ...

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 years....

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 attitude”....

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 school...

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 pain,...

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 help!...

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 s...

Why Do You Do What You Do?

November 12, 2013

This 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 people are used to answeri...

Cleaning House: You Never Know What Might Turn the Tide

October 11, 2013

For those of you who wonder if I offer career coaching services over the phone or Skype with people in cities outside the Bay Area, the answer is yes. At the moment, I have clients in New York, LA, Boston, and one in Europe. I won’t specify the country,...

Cal Performances’ Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp: Winners of the First Bell Youth-in-the Arts $5,000 Grant

September 4, 2013

Part of making a good life happen for me, is bringing plenty of music, dance, and other live performances into my life – plays, dance, the Oakland East Bay Symphony, jazz, occasional opera, stand-up comedy and more. I love the excitement that fills a ve...

Sometimes Nothing Changes and Everything Changes. . .

August 19, 2013

Just this morning, I had one of the best client sessions of my 25-year career! That’s quite a claim to make, when you stop to think about it, so I’ll try to explain it as best I can. Emily (no, not her real name) placed her first call to me from her c...

The Search for Something Better

June 12, 2013

One of my former clients recently emailed me about embarking on a new job search, now that her current position has lost its luster. The job was a great fit a few years ago for getting her out of one field and into a new one, but now she has evolved, the ...

Hitting the Bulls-eye! (in 2013 and beyond. . . )

May 17, 2013

As I was reviewing some of my blog posts from 2012, I came across this one and realized it would be apropos to publish it again, because the same themes apply to several of my male and female clients who found their way to their bulls-eye jobs this year. ...

Making a Good Life Happen – The Philosophy

March 19, 2013

If you know anything about philosophy in general, you know it has something to do with the pursuit of wisdom – “an overall vision of or attitude toward life and the purpose of life.” You may or may not know that at the heart of every philosophy ...

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

March 13, 2013

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, so I have no idea where it came from either. If you happen to know the source, please let me know. Meanwhile, I plan to assign ...

Market Analysis

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Market Analysis – July 2017
August 2, 2017

Thomson Reuters estimates that corporate earnings for the S&P 500 may again reach double digits ...


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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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More Than $82 Million Awarded for Arts Projects Nationwide Includes $13,000 awarded to Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir  Oakland, CA — National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included […]

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