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Bonnie Bell, MA, MDiv.

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

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...

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...

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Keep Your Eye on Corporate Earnings, and Turn Off the TV – 4/3/2018
April 4, 2018

An analysis of the market, the most important investment principles, the threat of tariffs and trade...


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The Tariff Tantrum and The Trade Deficit
April 23, 2018

Tune in to Jim Bell, CFP®, President & Founder, Bell Investment Advisors, as he presents a half-hou


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Trump Punishes Craft Beer
April 19, 2018

Thanks to the St. Patrick’s Day editorial page of the Wall Street Journal, I learned about America...

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Bell Investment Advisors to Sponsor Oakland Symphony‘s Season Finale: The Artist’s Struggle

On Friday, May 18, at 8 pm, at the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Oakland, Maestro Michael Morgan will conduct Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium for Violin and Orchestra, followed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Op. 74, Symphony No. 6, “Pathêtique” in B Minor. As a young conductor, Michael came to know Leonard Bernstein at […]

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