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Bonnie Bell, MA, MDiv.

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

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 ...

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 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...

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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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