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Girlfriends connects with women about the things that really matter: faith and family, work and relationships. As a writer, speaker, wife and mom, host Danielle Bean (DanielleBean.com) is a voice of encouragement, humor, and practical support for women in all walks of life. Danielle interviews a new guest each week and takes on topics that include fitness, time management, work, emotional health, homemaking, motherhood, marriage, parenting, and practical spirituality. It is in knowing our worth as women that we find joy in family living. Connect with Girlfriends to know your worth and find your joy!
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May 8, 2017

This week, we are talking about the power of habits. I am inspired by a recent book I am listening to, The Power of Habit: Why we Do What We Do in Life and Business. I want to encourage you to change one negative habit into a positive one in your life. We discuss some ideas for ways to challenge ourselves to do better in one these categories:

1) Health and Wellness

2) Relationships

3) Work

4) Spiritual Life

And then we discuss some ways to increase our chances of succeeding in changing our habits. These include: 

1) Hold ourselves accountable.

Find a way to include others in your new habit so you will feel pressure to continue.

2) Set a time limit on your personal challenge.

Especially when we feel it is hard and overwhelming, setting a time limit on the challenge can encourage us to keep it up until it gets just a little bit easier.

3) Use the word "BUT" to control negative thoughts.

Allow yourself to be negative if you must, but don't stay there. Add the word BUT to the end of your negative thought and turn it into a focus on the positive.

4) Get rid of temptations and distractions.

Make your new habit, by default, the "easiest" thing to do. Make breaking your new habit very inconvenient.

5) Track your progress.

Whether it's keeping a journal or crossing days off the calendar, having a tangible way to see your progress will encourage you to continue.


SUPPORT

Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to our newest supporter, Kristin! Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session each month!

RETREAT

The You're Worth It! Retreat for Women

Find out more about bringing his unique event for women to your parish, group, or community. Read more and request more information here.

SPEAKING

Find out more about having me come speak to your parish, conference, or group.

My newest book is available!
You're Worth It! Change How You Feel About Yourself By Discovering How Jesus Feels About You

Complete show notes and links available at DanielleBean.com

 

 

May 1, 2017

This week we are taking on a topic near and dear to my heart. Do you love yourself? In my work and ministry, I am all about teaching women to know their worth so they can find their joy, but how exactly do we do that?

Our secular culture tells us to find our worth in our physical selves, in our beauty, our accomplishments, and our possessions. But all of these things leave us empty and disillusioned. we are built for a relationship with God, and only in the context of that relationship will be find peace and lasting joy.

We also talk about what true humility is and how what kinds of things can become distractions from the kind of "holiness" and "personal achievement" God calls us to.

Finally, I take a reader question about "cry room wars" at Mass and discuss ways in which I find Colleen Duggan's recent post helpful. Also helpful was a reminder I heard from a Benedictine monk in a recent homily about Chapter 72 of the Rule of St. Benedict. How much happier and holier would we all be of we approached others in love and with mercy! Let me know your thoughts on these topics. I love hearing from you!

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to our newest supporter, Dan! Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session each month!

RETREAT
The You're Worth It! Retreat for Women
Find out more about bringing his unique event for women to your parish, group, or community. Read more and request more information here.

Apr 24, 2017

Speaking of tired, I recorded this podcast from two different airports with a pretty terrible microphone. It was the only way I was going to get the podcast done this week, but I apologize for the audio quality. Or lack thereof. ;)

In this week's show, we are sharing ideas for ways to cope with life when you are JUST TOO TIRED to cope. We all have days when we are extra busy, stressed, sleep-deprived, etc. and we need some basic ways to get through them with grace. Some of the ideas I share:

1) Cross some things off your list.
It might be chores, household upkeep, carpool, errands, complicated dinner menus … whatever it is, make your life easier by taking some obligations off your plate. Everyone will survive. I promise.

2) Ask for help.
We don't like to ask for help. Our pride gets in the way. But sometimes, to get through an especially tiring time, we need to ask others to pitch in. Give them the grace of the opportunity to be generous with you!

3) Make sleep a priority.
This sounds like a no-brainer, but how often do we resist or avoid rest, even when we are very tired? No Netflix, no Facebook. Get yourself to bed early tonight!

4) Watch your diet.
Sugar and caffeine are texting when you are sleepy, but they will sabotage your sleep at night, making you're recovery take much longer. Preserve your sleep by avoiding "easy drugs" to wake yourself up. Your body will thank you and recover more quickly from the Crazy Tired.

We also share some feedback from David N. in response to Andrea's difficulties wth her mother-in-law we shared on the show last week. Calling on all men to admit you are listening to Girlfriends! Thank you, David!

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to our newest supporter, Kristin! Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session each month!

RETREAT
The You're Worth It! Retreat for Women
Find out more about bringing his unique event for women to your parish, group, or community. Read more and request more information here.

SPEAKING
I will be speaking at the Together in Holiness conference in Houston TX on Saturday May 6. I hope to meet you there! Find out more about having me come speak to your parish, conference, or group.

My newest book is available!
You're Worth It! Change How You Feel About Yourself By Discovering How Jesus Feels About You

Complete show notes and links available at DanielleBean.com

Apr 17, 2017

In this week's show, we are sharing ideas for ways to celebrate all 50 days of Easter this year. Some of the ideas I discuss are:

1) Take some Lenten practice into Easter.
2) Set a 50 day goal.
3) Set a new tradition for Sundays.
4) Spread out the "Easter fun" in forms of crafts, recipes, and activities.

I also share feedback on NFP from Kristin and listener Andrea asks a question about dealing with an unsupportive mother-in-law. Share your feedback, questions, and ideas with me via email or voicemail.

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to those of you who support the Girlfriends podcast through pattern pledges. Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session each month!

The You're Worth It! Retreat for Women
Find out more about bringing his unique event for women to your parish, group, or community. Read more and request more information here.

 

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Apr 10, 2017

This week, I am sharing some of the ideas that make my life easier and more enjoyable as a work-at-home mom. These are not truly "productivity" tips, as I am not expert in those things, but they are some things that help me to be more efficient and happy throughout my days. Here is the list we discuss:

1) Use your email as a to-do-list.
2) Get a "walking desk" to keep you moving even when you're busy at work.
3) Use wireless earbuds or a head set for phone calls.
4) Set up some built-in rewards for yourself as you accomplish tasks throughout your day.
5) Work out in the morning if you possibly can.
6) Vary your jobs between work tasks/home tasks, physical tasks/mental tasks as you go.
7) Use even small pockets of tie in creative, productive ways..

I also share feedback on marriage advice from Vanessa and answer a reader question about how to get kids to have at Mass.

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to this week's new Patreon supporter, Colleen. Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session each month!

Our next session is Monday, April 10 at 8:00 PM ET. See you there!

 

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Apr 3, 2017

This week, we are talking about ways to add more positivity to your life. Here are the tips that I share:

1) Watch your media consumption.
2) Find something funny.
3) Move your body.
4) Help someone.
5) Hang out with positive people.
6) Read God's word.
7) Plan something fun.

We also talk about how to balance a need for basic housework with caring for small children and I share some feedback on teens from our friend David N. Let me know what you think of this week's topics! I love to hear from you.

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to this week's new Patreon supporter, Sam. Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session each month!

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Mar 27, 2017

This week, we are talking about parenting teens, and sharing some ideas for ways to get through the unique challenges associated with parenting this age group. There seems to be a dearth of information out there in Catholic circles, mostly because parents want to respect the privacy of their own teenagers, but I worry that the silence leaves some struggling moms and dads (and teens!) feeling like they are all alone. You are not alone! The main points I share for getting through the teen years are these:

1) See the big picture.
Much as we need the reminder when they are trying toddlers, we need it all the more so when they are teens: This will not last forever. They will grow up. They will change. They will mature. Today is not forever. Frustrating moments may feel never-ending, but the truth is that every stage of he journey toward adulthood is a temporary one. Keep trying your best and keep your eyes on the prize!

2) Remember your own teen years.
While this may cause some anxiety (because we know ALL TOO WELL the trouble we got in as teens!), it can also help you shift your perspective and become more compassionate toward your teen when they are having a tough time. Remember the dumb things that mattered SO much to you way back then? It felt real, didn't it? Understand that that is your teen's limited perspective now. They will outgrow it, but this is a normal stage for them to be in, and they are truly sometimes suffering in the moment.

3) Don’t take it personally.
This is hard to remember, but it truly is not about you. It’s about hormones, it’s about confusion, it's about drama at school, it’s about sports team problems. you;re teens are not acting out as a rejection of you and all you have done for them and all you hold dear. They are acting out because that is physically and emotionally a part of this stage of growth. Sometimes, too, our teens push our limits and test us because they know they CAN. It is a privilege to be that "safe" and steadfast relationship for them.

4) Remember who they are.
That sweet 7-year-old boy is in there somewhere, beneath the layers of sullenness and eye rolls. That generous 5-year-old girl is in there, beneath the Goth make up and earbuds. Your job is to see that person you knows well and love through to the other side of these tumultuous years. Remind them who they are. Call them to be their better selves. Whether they let on or not, they are listening!

5) Change your attitude.
The teen years are actually pretty awesome. Big kids can be a bigger help around the house. They are people you can actually have a conversation with. They bring new ideas, new people, and new adventures into your home and family. It's a joy to watch your children grow into the people God wants them to be. Revel in their youthful energy and idealism!

This week we also have more feedback on our recent topic of NFP. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! Please share your ideas and feedback with me about this week's show topic.

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to this week's new Patreon supporter, Sam. Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session each month!

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Mar 20, 2017

This week, I share a survival tale from the terrific snowstorm we endured in the northeast this past week, and then we talk with Pat Gohn. Pat is an author, editor, and catechist whose most recent book is All In: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters. Pat shares her own struggles and triumphs of faith and her personal experiences as they relate to being Catholic and STAYING Catholic. She shares from the heart with a depth of knowledge about the Church and the Catechism that will inspire you.

Pat Gohn's website
Pat Gohn's books on Amazon
Pat on Facebook
Pat on Twitter
Catechist magazine

This week we also have lots of feedback on last week's topic of NFP. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! Please share your ideas and feedback with me about this week's show topic.

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to this week's new Patreon supporter, Chija. Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session each month!

Mar 13, 2017

This week we are getting real about Natural Family Planning.

If you are unfamiliar with NFP, here are some basic resources for you:

Catholic Teaching on Love and Sexuality
On Birth Control, from Catholic Answers
Helpful Links to some different resources/methods of NFP

Here is a link to the column I wrote for Crisis on the topic of NFP a few years ago:

5 Ways I Don't Love Natural Family Planning 

My main points, which I discuss in this week's show, are:

1) NFP does not work well for everyone.
2) NFP is not mandatory.
3) Have we no shame?
4) It's only information.
5) Temperament matters.

Please share your ideas and feedback with me about this week's show topic!

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to this week's new Patreon supporter, Amy. Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session each month!

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Mar 6, 2017

This week I'm sharing wonderful conversation I had with Sam Ratzinger, a mom of 13 who is "famous" for her family's approach to debt-free living.

Check out some of the media coverage of Sam's family:

'Our simple life': Meet the couple who earn $110,000 a year and have THIRTEEN kids - all with college funds - but have never owed a cent in debt

How one family is sending 13 kids to college, living debt free — and still plans to retire early

Sam shares beautifully about her family's journey to financial freedom and some of the sacrifices they have made along the way, as well as many of the joys they find in living a counter-cultural, simple life. Her down to earth approach and great sense of humor will inspire you!

Check out Sam's blog here: Thy Will Be Done

CatholicTV
Also in this week's show, I shared about my trip to CatholicTV and the spot I did on This Is the Day. Here is the link to the video of that interview.

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to this week's new Patreon supporters Alicia and Jennie. Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session each month!

Compleet show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Feb 27, 2017

This week I'm sharing an inspiring conversation I had with the awesome Kate Wicker, author of the newly-published Getting Past Perfect: How to Find Joy and Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood.

Kate shares beautifully about her own struggles in motherhood, along with what ultimately inspired her to write this important book. Tune in and let us know what you think!

Kate's website
Kate's books on Amazon
Kate on Twitter
Kate on Instagram
Kate on Facebook

In this week's show, we also share some reader suggestions for podcasts to listen to. Let me know if you have more to add to our list. Comment here, or send me your feedback by email or voicemail.

Thank you to listeners Laura, Melissa G., and Aliza for sharing their thoughts with us this week as well. I love hearing from you!

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to this week's new Patreon supporters Alicia and Jennie. Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session each month!

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Feb 20, 2017

This week we are talking about the winter blues and some simple ways to combat the feeling of BLAHHHHHHH this time of year. We talked about this in episode #008 last year, and I recap some of those ideas as well as share 5 new ones:

1) Celebrate something.
2) Be deliberately grateful.
3) Fake it till you make it.
4) Move your body.
5) Challenge yourself. 

I share more ideas and suggestions for each of these, as well as some examples from my own life. I hope you will share your ideas with me too. I love hearing from you!

In this week's show, I also share some girlie-girlness, talking about some nail health and beauty tips. Here are the links I promised for that:

Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen supplement

UV lamp/nail dryer (for gel polish)

Gelish nail polish starter kit (everything you need to get started, besides the lamp is included here!)

In this week's show, we also share some reader suggestions for podcasts to listen to. Let me know if you have more to add to our list. Comment here, or send me your feedback by email or voicemail.

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to this week's new Patreon supporters Alicia and Jennie. Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session each month!

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Feb 13, 2017

This week we are talking about some simple ways to help and support your husband in his fatherhood. We all want our husbands to be the best dads they can be, right? We all want what's best for our children, right? Well, let's consider some small steps we can take to encourage our husbands in the important part of their lives.

The ideas I share are based on this blog post and are as follows:

1) Take notice
2) Respect his authority
3) Criticize carefully
4) Give him a break

Send me your thoughts, ideas, and struggles with regard to supporting your husband in his fatherhood. I love hearing from you and I would love to have your feedback to share on a future episode of Girlfriends.

Also mentioned in this week's show is the You're Worth It! day retreat for women. For more information about how to bring me and the encouraging, empowering, inspiring day to the women of your community, please check out my retreat page and let's connect!

In this week's show, we also share some reader suggestions for podcasts to listen to. Let me know if you have more to add to our list. Comment here, or send me your feedback by email or voicemail.

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to this week's new Patreon supporters Alicia and Jennie. Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session each month!

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Feb 6, 2017

the topic of practicing generosity in marriage is an important and a timely one, because every one of us who is married is called to holiness inside of our marriage, and that is not going to be an easy thing.

We all have times in marriage where things go great and it's easy to get along, but all also experience tougher times when it's hard to keep going, and where commitment and love become a choice -- and a HARD one at that!

I share some of my own less-than-stellar experiences and behaviors inside of my own marriage. I have more often than I like to admit chosen to be selfish and prideful in place of practicing generosity in marriage. It's important that we be honest with one another about the challenges of marriage, because they are real, but it is equally important that we call on one another to be better and to live up to our commitment in marriage, even through the tough times. Join me in talking about this and share your feedback.

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to this week's new Patreon supporters Alicia and Jennie. Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session each month!

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Jan 30, 2017

This week we are talking the importance of self-care, but first and foremost, WHAT IS IT? What does it mean? How do you do it? What are some easy ways we can practiced better care for ourselves? Some of the points I discuss:

1. Self-care should not be a once-in-a-while BIG thing. It should be small habits that you build into your everyday routines.

2. SLEEP is so important, and most of us could be doing better about getting proper rest.

3. It's important to practice good "emotional hygiene." I explain what I mean by that with some ideas about how you can focus on improving in this area too.

4. We need to let go of "busy" as a badge. the best and most effective workers are not those that are "on" 24/7 and constantly stressed. The best and most effective workers (at home or in the workplace) are those who balance their work with downtime.

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to this week's new Patreon supporters Monique, Tracey, and Gigi. Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session each month!

Complete notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Jan 23, 2017

I am thrilled to share a fun and enlightening conversation I had with Katie Kimball from Kitchen Stewardship. Katie shares beautifully about conserving resources, eating and cooking with real food, and teaching our kids kitchen skills, as well as offering some tips for staying healthy through the cold and flu season this year.

Katie's website
Katie on Twitter
Katie on Facebook
Katie on Instagram

In this week's show, I also share about the day retreat for women that I have been working on. You can find all the details at my website. I would love to bring this retreat to your community!

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to this week's new Patreon supporters Monique, Tracey, and Gigi. Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session on Wednesday, January 25 8:00 PM ET, at Patreon.com/Girlfriends

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Jan 16, 2017

I am so happy to share this conversation with you! My friend, author and artist Eileen Cunis, and I chat about her newly-published, beautiful children's book that teaches about God's Love: Jesus is With Us Always: The Story of the Eucharist.

Eileen shares about her conversion to Catholicism from Protestantism and what led her to create this beautiful book that teaches children about the Eucharist.

You can find out more about Eileen and her work at her website: EileenCunis.com

Please check out Eileen's book, and once you have, be sure to leave her an Amazon review to help introduce more people to this beautiful and useful resource.

In this week's show, I also share about the day retreat for women that I have been working on. You can find all the details at my website. I would love to bring this retreat to your community!

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends at Patreon.com/Girlfriends

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Jan 9, 2017

This week we are talking about some easy, pain-free ways to improve your eating habits starting RIGHT NOW! I share the following ideas:

1. Roast your veggies!

You and your family will enjoy a greater variety of vegetables more often if you make a habit of roasting them -- so easy and so good!

2. Don’t drink your calories!

Way too many drinks have way too much sugar in them. Don't fall for it! Find ways to replace high calorie beverages with water, seltzer or other drinks. 

3. Plan ahead!

We often make poor food choices when we are stressed or rushed. Prepare ahead to make healthy foods as easy to choose as less nutritional ones.

4. Have some chocolate!

Keep temptations under control by having small pieces of one high-quality chocolate bar when cravings strike. You will amazed by how little you need to feel "satisfied" for a sweet treat.

We also talk about saying goodbye to big kids at the airport, celebrating children's birthdays during busy seasons, and my all-time favorite topic -- LAUNDRY!Send me your feedback on all of these and any other questions you may have. I would love to hear from you!

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends at Patreon.com/Girlfriends

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Jan 2, 2017

Happy new Year! In this episode, we are talking about some doable ideas for goals we should all think about setting in 2017. Even if you are not a resolution-making kind of person (I'm not), we can all benefit from a prompting to look back at the year that has passed and look forward to the future with an eye to what we might like to happen.

I challenge you to join me in setting some do-able goals in each of the following categories:

1) Set a spiritual goal.

2) Set a professional goal.

3) Set a relationship goal.

4) Set a health goal. 

After you have decided what you might like your goals to be, let's break them down into some smaller steps that you can take action on right away. For example, if you have a health goal of running a 5K in the spring, you can begin today by researching and starting a run/walk program of training to get you there. Or if you have a relationship goal of spending more time with your elderly aunt, call her up today and commit to a time this week that you can go visit her. Whatever your goals, make sure you move toward making them a reality right away.

Let me know what your goals are for 2017 and how we can help support you in achieving them!

This week, I also share a belated voicemail from listener David about taking kids to Midnight Mass. Let me know what you think!

Complete link sand show notes at DanielleBean.com

Dec 26, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I will be back in 2017 with fresh, new content. Thank you for being a part of the Girlfriends podcast. May God bless you and yours with many blessings during this Christmas season and throughout the new year.

Dec 19, 2016

In this special episode, I chat with Sarah Reinhard and Lisa Hendey about their work on The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion: A Book of Daily Reflections.

We discuss some of the challenges all women face when it comes to making daily prayer a priority, as well some of the ways those challenges change as our roles change as wives and moms. We share some of our own difficulties this Advent season and ways we are doing our best to encourage and support one another during this busy -- but meant to be prayerful -- season.

I always love any opportunity to connect with Sarah and Lisa, and I hope you will enjoy our conversation.

Wishing you an abundance of peace and joy this Christmas! See you soon!

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends at Patreon.com/Girlfriends

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Dec 12, 2016

In this (50th!) episode, we are talking about the Christmas Crazies and how to avoid them. In addition to recognizing that you are in control of many of the pressures you feel this time of year, I share some other ideas as well:

1) Keep some of your routines.
Daily routines and habits are part of how you and your family can find comfort and stay sane during crazy busy holiday celebrations.

2) Watch your sugar.
It's just EVERYWHERE this time of year. You don't have to say no to everything, but give some serious thought to the ways in which continually over-indulging in sugar makes you miserable in the long run.

3) Know when to say no.
You do not have to attend every event and send every gift and acrd just because you were invited to. Know your personal lists and your family's limits, and do your best to respect them.

4) Make room for quiet. 
Never more than this time of year, our souls crave quiet. Find yourself some in any creative way you can.

I also answer questions from listeners about how to handle Santa Claus and whether or not to take young kids to Midnight Mass. Let me know what you think!

INTERVIEW
This week we have such a fun conversation with Lisa Henley Jones, blogger at Of Sound Mind and Spirit. Lisa shares so beautifully about faith, family, work, and what she has learned (sometimes the hard way!) over the years about what is really important.

 

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends at Patreon.com/Girlfriends

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

 

Dec 5, 2016

In this episode, we are talking about some easy, simple ideas for celebrating and observing Advent yourself and with your family. I share 5 ideas:

1) Pray a little more.
Look for ways to add prayer and Scripture to your daily routines.

2) Give a little more.
Get creative with ways to give to others during this season of generosity.

3) Mark the days.
There are some easy, fun ideas for ways to count down till Christmas, by yourself or with your kids.

4) Add music!
Here is the Spotify Advent playlist I talk about. Let me know yours!

5) Do something more at your parish.
Find a way to participate in something or give your time to something in your parish community.

INTERVIEW
This week we have a delightful conversation with Tiffany Walsh from Life of a Catholic Librarian. Tiffany shares some great thoughts on the ways in which she has grown and changed as woman through the years and how she has learned to become comfortable in her own skin. She also shares the "mistake" of over-worrying and trying to control too much in our lives and our family's lives. Such a great perspective from a wise and thoughtful lady. You will love Tiffany! Check her out:

Tiffany's blog: Life of a Catholic Librarian
Tiffany's podcast
Tiffany on Twitter
Tiffany's writing at CatholicMom.com

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends at Patreon.com/Girlfriends

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Nov 28, 2016

This week we are talking about the ugly sin of JEALOUSY and all the ways it threatens to hurt our relationships and rob us of peace and joy in our lives. Women especially are vulnerable to this sin because we notice all the details about ourselves and others. Some steps I recommend to overcome jealously:

1. Discover why you are vulnerable.
What's going on with you? Are you tired, stressed, feeling unappreciated? Get to the source of your current weakness and you can better avoid the temptation toward jealousy.

2. Find out what lie you are believing.
Do you feel unworthy? Do you believe God does not love you? Do you think that God can "run out" of love and blessings? Get to the heart of what false things you are believing about God and yourself in order to fix your perspective on the blessings God gives other people.

3. Address it.
Once you recognize jealousy, it's important to address it. This can happen in confession, which is a great way to get the graces you need to overcome temptation. But this can also happen in heart-to-heart talks with a trusted friend or your husband. Acknowledge the sin of jealousy and you will take away some of its power over you. Also, we can address jealousy in our own spiritual lives by working directly against it, by praying for those we are tempted to be jealous of. This is a difficult practice, but well worth it in the benefits you can gain from it.

INTERVIEW
We talk this week with the lovely Kara Klein, member of the music group His Own. Kara shares so beautifully about her music and ministry, as well as her struggles as a young single woman in the church. You will love all that she shares!

Kara's website
His Own on Facebook
His Own on Twitter
His Own on Instagram
His Own on Youtube

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends at Patreon.com/Girlfriends

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Nov 21, 2016

I take my inspiration this week from a fun episode of Gretchen Rubin's podcast, Happier. In the podcast (and in her books), Gretchen looks at 7 essential parts of life where, if we focus on making improvements, we can find greater happiness in our life and work.

In her recent show, Gretchen Rubin went through the 7 essentials and shared what improvements she might make in each of these areas. In this episode, I do the same, in the hopes of inspiring you to examine where in your life you can make some small changes and improvements to find greater happiness.

Here are the 7!

1. Eat and drink more healthfully.
2. Exercise regularly.
3. Save, spend, and earn wisely.
4. Rest, relax, and enjoy.
5. Stop procrastinating, make consistent progress.
6. Simplify, clear, and organize.
7. Engage more deeply—with other people, with God, with yourself, with the world.

Let me know what you are inspired to work on!

INTERVIEW
We talk this week with Lori Crock, owner and founder of MoveStrong Kettlebells. Lori shares her journey toward fit living and the ways in which sh works with women of all fitness levels to gain strength, improve their health, and achieve their goals.

You will love Loris' down-to-earth, realistic approach to fitness and the ways in which she incorporates her Catholic faith in all that she does.

SUPPORT
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