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Making a Good Life Happen® Blog



Bonnie Bell, MA, MDiv.

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

Careering (Part 1)

July 21, 2011

We definitely need to update our thinking about retirement – I personally hate what the term has come to represent – but we also need to hit the refresh button about the word career. Career, I like to remind people, is not a noun; it’s a verb. It …Read More

Fear Fighting

June 13, 2011

The other day, I stumbled across a description of a new book called My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock, an unemployed journalist. With that title alone, I probably would not have gone on to read about it in the first place, if it hadn’t been for …Read More

Making a Good Life Happen – for Someone Else

May 16, 2011

If you don’t already know about Rebuilding Together Oakland (RTO), I’m here to tell you what I know from my very recent hands-on experience as a donor and volunteer for this remarkable non-profit organization. First let me say that I am not a skilled …Read More

Changing the “Terrible Economy” Conversation

April 27, 2011

It’s encouraging to hear that the unemployment rate is coming down at long last – now 8.8 for the first time since The Great Recession began in 2008. But I’ll bet you don’t know what the unemployment rate is if you are a college graduate or have …Read More

What Do the Blue Zones Have to Do With You?

April 6, 2011

Even though daylight savings arrived way back on March 13, and the first day of spring on the 21st, it just didn’t seem like spring. When the sun finally came out from behind the rain clouds last week, so did I. Entering our backyard garden for the …Read More

Life Goes On…

March 15, 2011

With access to 24-hour technology comes 24-hour news, much of it highly stressful, even on the best of days, let alone during the kind of global disaster we are witnessing now in Japan. Our hearts and minds are stretched to the breaking point. How to …Read More

What’s Your Story?

March 2, 2011

There’s nothing like a death in the family to get everyone thinking and talking about life. My brother-in law – my husband’s younger brother – died two weeks ago following a protracted illness that broke everyone’s heart. The after-effects are …Read More

The Story of Who You Actually Are (aka, The Resume)

February 3, 2011

Depending on your life situation as you read this, you may be surprised that I want to begin the “making a good life happen” conversation by talking about The Resume. Please don’t plug your ears or stop reading because you think you already know …Read More

Making a Good Life Happen – The Blog

January 10, 2011

With the new year just a few days old, the atmosphere is thick with upbeat greetings and optimistic resolve. This ritual is so ingrained in us, we can’t help ourselves. It’s what we humans do each year in our endless failed attempts to be gods …Read More

Market Analysis

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Market Analysis – October 2019
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Bell received notification from our custodian, Charles Schwab, of a text message-based phishing attempt imitating Schwab. The phishing attempt appears to have been sent to a random set of phone numbers, not necessarily clients of Schwab or Bell Investment Advisors. The phishing attempt was conveyed through text messages appearing to come from Schwab, but in …Read More


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