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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?

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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. …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

The Women’s Roundtable at Bell Investment Advisors

March 6, 2013

In case you didn’t know – say, you just started following my blog because of your interest and/or concern about career/life issues – you might not know what the rest of Bell Investment Advisors is all about. We are a privately-owned registered …Read More

The Value of Career/Life Coaching

January 24, 2013

Where would the San Francisco Giants be without their expert coaching staff? Most likely, they would not have won their second World Series in three years. And how about those Forty-Niners?? And Lance Armstrong. On second thought, let’s not go there. . …Read More

Building Positive Momentum in Your Career and Life

December 21, 2012

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

Good News for English Majors

November 12, 2012

In his recent Wall Street Journal article, How to Avoid a Bonfire of the Humanities (10/25/12), journalist and English teacher Michael S. Malone references the historic and broadening rift between the sciences and the humanities. In a world now …Read More

An Open Letter to the Editor of the New Yorker

October 18, 2012

I had to Google “Patricia Marx” to find out that she was a humorist; a colleague of Roz Chast, my long-time favorite New Yorker cartoonist with whom she wrote a book; a professor of writing at Princeton; and a former writer for SNL (Saturday Night …Read More


September 11, 2012

September has always and will always bring with it a whole string of back-to-school feelings, even though I haven’t been back to school since earning two post-graduate degrees a number of years ago. I love reading and learning and will forever do both, …Read More

Life Lessons from the Olympics

August 14, 2012

I don’t know when I’ve spent this much time in front of a television set so fully engaged. I watched as much of the Olympics as I could every day and night, and when I couldn’t – like every day at work – I caught up with the day’s major …Read More

The Ages and Stages of Life – Part III

July 19, 2012

Despite the fact that I said I would keep you updated as the week went on with my sister Susan and her family in Texas, there were too many fun and important things to do, plus trying and failing to get online was infuriating. I had to go to the …Read More

The Ages and Stages of Life – Part II

June 18, 2012

I am in Texas for a couple of universal age-related-stage-of-life type things: my nephew Mark’s oldest son, Cody, is graduating from Wiley High School.  (His younger son, Colton, will be a sophomore next year, and I am committed to coming back for his …Read More

The Ages and Stages of Life – Part I

June 13, 2012

When I was still in my twenties, burning with confusion and angst, I was driven to search relentlessly for my Self. My mother had always told me not to delve too much, and so it was inevitable. In addition to searching in most of the wrong places, I …Read More

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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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Bell Investment Advisors has been a major supporter of the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir ( 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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