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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 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 inves...

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. . ...

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 s...

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 thoroughly...

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 Liv...

September

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, ...

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 events...

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 Starbucks...

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 ...

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 spent...

The Enemies Within

May 15, 2012

During career transition – when it feels as if the rug has been pulled out from under you and it seems as if you have been stripped of your identity – the dissonant choir of negative inner voices that have been lurking around in your head for a lifeti...

News Update

May 15, 2012

It’s been a long time. . . I left you with the “Fail at Something Every Day” message for much longer than intended, but important obligations have intervened. In April, we participated in another project for Rebuilding Together Oakland. (For details...

Fail at Something Every Day

March 14, 2012

Last week on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose (March 8, 2012), I happened to see an interview with Sara Blakely – mastermind of Spanx, the hip hosiery company that manufactures seamless, stretchy tights and hose designed to pull you in and shape you u...

The Bow Stance

February 15, 2012

Archery is the national sport and pastime in Bhutan. Prior to a fortuitous business trip to Bhutan last fall, I was fascinated to discover in my research this curious centuries-old factoid about the tiny Himalayan country I was soon to visit: a long shot ...

Lunch & Learn Event 2/17

February 3, 2012

To my Blog Fans: If you are in the Bay Area and interested in meeting me in person, we will be hosting a Lunch & Learn in our office, “What About Coaching for High Performance?”, on Friday, February 17, from 12:00 to 1:30.  If you have questi...

Happy New Year!

January 10, 2012

I love saying that and hearing it, but I always forget about it until the first time I say it or the first time I hear it in the new year. Inevitably, a good mood shows up in January, along with some good news. It’s as if everyone has simultaneously for...

How to Follow Your Passion (When You Don’t Know What It Is.)

December 5, 2011

Most people have heard by now about how important it is for them to find their passion, work with passion, and live with passion. The problem is that many people honestly don’t know what their passions are, much less how to find them or turn them into p...

Some Thoughts About Passion

November 15, 2011

It’s been a very long time since my last post, but, hey, I’ve been to the Himalayas – more specifically Bhutan – and back: more about that at some other time. Meanwhile, if your interest is piqued, read the article in the current issue of our news...

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Market Analysis – September 2017
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