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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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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
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 14, 2016

This week we are discussing the ways in which wounds and mistakes from our past threaten to harm us in the present and future. How can we let go of our past and make forward progress in our work and relationships? In what ways do past failures give us negative expectations for the future? How can we overcome our past so we can enjoy the present and build the future we want? I discuss 3 different aspects of our life that our past can affect:

1) Personal Relationships
We all bring baggage to our personal relationships and past wounds can set us up for insecurity and distrust.

2) Work
Whether your work is that of a full time parent or homemaking or a professional career, we all have goals for our work. In what ways might your past be holding you back from setting and achieving important goals in your work?

3) Spiritual Life
Sometimes, because of past sins, we hold on to a sense of guilt and unworthiness, even if we know our sins have been forgiven. Of course we need the sacrament of confession, but we also can take steps toward recognizing the limitlessness of God's mercy and forgiveness.

INTERVIEW
We talk this week with Mary Ellen Barrett, amor, writer, and homeschooling consultant. She helps us laugh at our mistakes in parenting and set realistic goals for raising good Catholic kids. You will love laughing along with us!

Mary Ellen's homeschool consulting business
Mary Ellen on Facebook
Mary Ellen on Twitter
Mary Ellen on Pinterest

Upcoming:
The Choice Wine Live (marriage conference I will be speaking at in Jacksonville, Florida, November 19)

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

Nov 7, 2016

This week we are talking about working moms, and the balance of home life and professional life. This plays out in all different kinds of way sin different families, but I share some guiding principles for us to keep in mind when deciding these things and discussing the topic of working women.

First, I think it's important to recognize that this is not a black and white, one size fits all topic. Every family is different, and we all need to prayerfully decide what works best for our families.

Second, Let us never say NEVER. Life has a way of throwing us curve balls and while you may think you will always work, or will always stay home with your young children, you may wind up facing different circumstances and making different choices in the future. That is okay. That's life.

Third, I encourage women to put their motherhood first. What that means will vary form one person to the next, but our vocation is to motherhood, and we need to give that primacy over all other things. We will be happiest and most satisfied, whether we work full time, part time, or not at all, if we recognize the worth of that calling.

And finally, we note that we are blessed to live in times such as these, where families can prioritize their children and their needs while paying the bills, in many creative and innovative ways. Figure out what is best for you family, and the go do it!

INTERVIEW
We talk this week with Rebecca Frech from Catholic Conspiracy. Rebecca shares some of her trials and triumphs in motherhood, working life, fitness, and friendship. She also shares some inspiration and humor from the experience of her daughter's illness and her winding up needing to use a wheelchair. You will love all that she has to share!

Rebecca's book is Teaching in Your Tiara: A Homeschool Book for the Rest of Us

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

Oct 31, 2016

How grateful are you? Science proves that being grateful and focusing on our blessings makes us happier, healthier, and more satisfied and fulfilled in our daily lives. But it can be hard to remember to be grateful especially when life gets challenging. This week we have some reminders:

1. Say it.

Speak your words of gratitude to your family members, friends, co-workers, and even people you run into every day. We inspire and encourage others when we say our blessings out loud.

2. Write it down.

You might try keeping a gratitude journal. Or consider writing a letter to thank someone who has made a difference in your life -- a teacher or relative, or a priest. Or simply send a card or a text message, sharing your thankful thoughts with someone.

3. Remind yourself.

Add time for focusing on gratitude to your daily routine. You might add it to your evening prayers or a family mealtime. Or you could consider setting an alarm to interrupt your day and remind you to look for the good things in your life and work.

4. Look for the good.

Even inside of bad situations, or perhaps especially inside of challenging situations, train yourself to look for the good. make it a habit to turn your thoughts toward the positive, the good and encouraging things you are grateful for -- especially in a moment where you are feeling frustrated or impatient. Hard to do, but the rewards are many -- and the more you do it, the more of a habit it becomes.

INTERVIEW
We talk this week with Leticia Velasquez, author of A Special Mother Is Born. Leticia shares her challenges and triumphs as a mom of a child with special needs as well as a writer. You can follow Leticia on Twitter!

Thank you so much to everyone who supports the show through Patreon, through sharing links on social media, through iTunes reviews, and by sending me your feedback. I am so grateful for your presence here each week!

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

Fun show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Oct 24, 2016

Do you have trouble simply doing what you are doing? Do you suffer from endless to-do lists that run through your head, distracting you from what you are currently doing and causing you unending stress? I think we all do from time to time. In our recent show about being too busy, we discussed red flags that can be signs you need to slow down and remove some activities and responsibilities from your daily life.

In this show, we consider the simple (and yet challenging!) concept of simply doing ONE THING at a time. It is important to give ourselves permission to do this, and to remove unnecessary distractions that rob us of joy and harm our personal relationships. Take a listen and see if God might be asking you to do a little less multi-tasking in your life.

INTERVIEW
We talk this week with Alana Mitrovich, a wife, teacher, and hoping to be an adoptive mom. Find Alana online at The Catholic Home Economist and consider donating to her cause for adoption at Bring Home Baby Mitrovich.

Thank you so much to Monique for writing in and everyone who shred the link to last week's episode online. You know I love hearing from you -- keep those voicemails coming!

More links for this episode:
The Choice Wine Live (marriage conference I will be speaking at in Jacksonville, Florida, November 19)

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

Oct 17, 2016

Is regular physical fitness a challenge for you? I think many of us know we could be doing better, but we get discouraged by ideas of perfection sometimes, or we are not sure where to begin.

I want to encourage every woman to make fitness something that WORKS in her life, as a benefit to her own physical and mental health. Some things to keep in mind:

1) Pick something you enjoy
You won't exercise regularly if you don't enjoy SOME aspect of it. Not every moment needs to be bliss, but choose something you are naturally inclined to do and keep up on a regular basis. Also! Choose a time of day that you are most likely to stick to a work out habit as well.

2) Imagine the benefits
Think of all the ways -- even the small and seemingly insignificant ways -- that you will feel GREAT and look better and have more energy when you do take the time for fitness. Imagine all the details of all the benefits and you will be motivated to get started and/or continue.

3) Reward yourself in healthy ways
Break up big goals into smaller ones and find healthy ways to reward yourself for achieving them. Will treating yourself to a smoothie after your workout get you moving? Or allowing yourself time for a long bath and some downtime with someone you love? Or purchasing a new book when you are consistent in your workouts over the course of a couple of weeks? Whatever motivates you, make it simple, make it small, and then do it!

4) Stop worrying about not doing it "right"
Forget perfection! We sometimes throw away a perfectly good and healthy routine simply because we feel we are falling short of some unrealistic expectation or unrealistic goal we have set for ourselves. Nobody is perfect! Make the adjustments you need to your schedule and your workout and make it work for YOU!

5) Vary your routine
No matter how great your work out routine, we all get bored from time to time. Switch out boring ones, try new activities, or rediscover oldies but goodies. Variety is the spice of life! And the secret to to sticking with your fitness goals.

How about you? What works for you to make fitness a regular part of your life in the leg term? Let me know and I can share your wisdom in a future podcast.

INTERVIEW
We talk this week with my friend Annemarie Rossi, blogger at Real Food Real Deals. Annemarie shares some ideas about eating well and feeding your family well on a budget, as well as her thoughts on personal triumphs and challenges over the years as wife, mom, friend, and professional.

Thank you SO MUCH to Amy and Sarah for leaving feedback on Voxer this week. You know I love it -- keep those voicemails coming!

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Oct 10, 2016

Is social media a tool you use for fun and information? Or has it become something negative in your life? Does it encourage you as a wife and mom, or does it DIScourage you by tempting you to compare your life to others and despair sometimes? This week we are talking about different ways that social media can be a positive or a negative influence in our lives, and how to handle it better, so that we use all things for good.

INTERVIEW
We talk this week with singer, song writer and youth minister Jackie Francois Angel. Jackie shares some perspective as a new wife and mom, but also recalls her single days with some great words of advice for young women hoping to marry someday. You will not want to miss her HILARIOUS answers in the lightning round too. Check it out!

Jackie's website

Jackie on Twitter

Jackie's music on iTunes

Thank you SO MUCH to Barbara and Emily for being our newest Patreon supporters. God bless you for your encouragement. It means so much to me!

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Oct 3, 2016

Are you too busy? How can you know? This week I broadcast from the Phoenix airport where we discuss some of the warning sigs that you might be too busy and that it may be time to remove some obligations from your calendar.

INTERVIEW
We talk this week with author Stephanie Engleman. Stephanie shares some of the ways she has felt God's guidance and inspiration in he writing, but also in her daily life as a mom. She is author of A Single Bead which is young adult fiction, but the book sis receiving rave reviews from readers of all ages. Check it out!

Stephanie's website
Stephanie's book, A Single Bead, published by Pauline Books
Stephanie on Twitter

Thank you SO MUCH to Melissa, Sarah, and Kristen who left voice feedback this week, and to Analia, Kristen, and Sarah who pledged their support on Patreon. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support of the Girlfriends podcast. I love hearing from you!

More links for this episode:

Echo Prayer app (as recommended by Sarah Reinhard)
The Choice Wine Live (marriage conference I will be speaking at in Jacksonville, Florida, November 19)

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

Sep 26, 2016

Our topic this week is worrying. Are you anxious? Do you worry a lot? We all worry sometimes, and we can all recognize the uselessness of doing it, but it can feel very hard to stop. We will take a look at a few different strategies for removing anxiety from our daily lives:

1) Pay attention to your caffeine intake.
I know. I love coffee, tea, and Diet Coke. But do you ever find yourself feeling nervous or anxious and you aren't even sure why? Consider caffeine. It's been shown to cause nervousness, and if you develop a habit of drinking lots of it daily, you might be developing an anxiety habit right along with it. Take a brek and see if you notice a difference.

2) Time your worrying.
With this strategy, you let yourself worry -- a little bit. If you find yourself worrying repeatedly about something, set a timer for 5 minutes. Then, for those 5 minutes, go ahead and worry all about it. Think about all that could go wrong and let yourself worry. When the timer goes off, you have to stop, though, recognizing how nothing was accomplished with your worrying.

3) Focus on gratitude.
So your whole world is falling apart, or you are pretty sure it is going to any minute. Deal with that anxiety by shifting your focus away from negative thoughts and focusing instead on what you are most grateful for. Look for big things and small things to be grateful for. Verbalize your gratitude. You will find your energy for worry dwindles this way.

4) Exercise!
Sometimes anxiety and nervous energy needs a physical release. Go outside for walk, rake some leaves, ride a bike, or run up some hills. Breaking a sweat can be a great way to relieve stress and release anxiety and worry from your body in a physical way.

5) Pray!
Duh! I saved this one for last, but it really needs to come first. How many times does Jesus tell us he knows us, loves, and is caring for us? How many times does Jesus remind not to fear, not to worry, and to trust him? Are we listening? Worry is what happens when we think everything depends on us or that no one i staking care of us. Say a Divine Mercy chaplet or simply repeat the prayer "Jesus, I trust in you" as often as you need to to banish worry from your day.

INTERVIEW
This week I share a fun interview I had with Sr. Anne Flanagan, FSP, who is an author and musician, but also a social media early adopter. She shares about her order's beginnings and how social media has become an integral part of evangelization for her.

Sr. Anne on Twitter
Sr. Anne's music on iTunes
Sr. Anne's blog
Sr. Anne on Facebook

Thank you SO MUCH to Jessica, Catherine, and Sarah for sharing their feedback this week. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support of the Girlfriends podcast. I love hearing 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

Sep 19, 2016

Our topic this week is daily prayer. While we all need to be sure we are making time for quiet, focused prayer each day, there are also some easy ways we can pray throughout the day -- even when we are busy. I share the following ideas:

1) Pray a morning offering. I like this one, but there are lots of ways to offer your day at the very start.

2) Attach prayer to daily activities. Whether you are driving or folding laundry, if you use daily actions as prompts to prayer, you will have regular reminders to connect with God.

3) Use music. Whether you like Christian rock or Gregorian chant, find and use music that inspires you throughout your daily activities.

4) Pray for your family one word at a time. This is a little practice I use to pray for many people I know and love in a focused way.

5) Use an examination of conscience. This is a great way to reflect on your day, ask forgiveness, ask for help, and give thanks at the end of each day.

INTERVIEW
This week I share an inspirational conversation I had with farm wife, mom, and theological writer Gina Loehr. This energetic lady shares about life on the farm as well as some surprising ways in which God has called her to motherhood and a professional life. She even met Pope Francis and has a new book out about that experience, The Church is Our Mother: Seven Ways She Inspires Us to Love. Check it out!

Gina's books on Amazon
Gina's website

Thank you SO MUCH to Christen who left an iTunes review, and Sarah Reinhard who left a voice message abotu how much she loves Daria Sockey, and to Tracy who is our newest supporter on Patreon. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support of the Girlfriends podcast. I love hearing 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

 

Sep 12, 2016

This week we are talking about communication between the sexes. If we understand one another's communication styles and preferences, we can have much clearer and more fruitful communication in our relationships, especially in our marriages. I share 3 ways that men and women tend to communicate differently:

1) We speak about emotion differently.
2) We speak for different purposes.
3) We speak differently when faced with a problem.
In talking about these differences together and with our spouses, we can better understand one another and avoid unnecessary conflicts and offenses. We are all learning this stuff together!

INTERVIEW
This week I share an great conversation I had with Roxane Salonen who is a wife, mom, and author. Roxane shares about balancing writing with motherhood and some important things she has learned along the way. You will not want to miss the important words of wisdom that her friend Linda shared with her once. And we end with pickles and cinnamon candy! Sounds good, right?

Roxane's blog
Roxane's books
Roxane on Twitter

Thank you SO MUCH to Pat Gohn who left an iTunes review, and Melissa and Annemarie who left great voice feedback this week. Thank you for your support of the Girlfriends podcast. I love hearing from you!

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

Complete links and show notes at DanielleBean.com

Sep 12, 2016

This week we are talking about communication between the sexes. If we understand one another's communication styles and preferences, we can have much clearer and more fruitful communication in our relationships, especially in our marriages. I share 3 ways that men and women tend to communicate differently:

1) We speak about emotion differently.
2) We speak for different purposes.
3) We speak differently when faced with a problem.
In talking about these differences together and with our spouses, we can better understand one another and avoid unnecessary conflicts and offenses. We are all learning this stuff together!

INTERVIEW
This week I share an great conversation I had with Roxane Salonen who is a wife, mom, and author. Roxane shares about balancing writing with motherhood and some important things she has learned along the way. You will not want to miss the important words of wisdom that her friend Linda shared with her once. And we end with pickles and cinnamon candy! Sounds good, right?

Roxane's blog
Roxane's books
Roxane on Twitter

Thank you SO MUCH to Pat Gohn who left an iTunes review, and Melissa and Annemarie who left great voice feedback this week. Thank you for your support of the Girlfriends podcast. I love hearing from you!

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

Complete links and show notes at DanielleBean.com

Sep 5, 2016

This week we are talking about getting rid of the guilt that can be so crippling in our lives. First, we must distinguish between healthy, helpful guilt, and unhealthy, unhelpful guilt. We are talking about "getting rid" of the unhealthy kind, so it's important to note the difference. Once you determine you are dealing with unhealthy guilt, here are some points to keep in mind:

1) God made you unique and you are meant to be a unique blessing to the people in your life.
2) Find out what your family actually WANTS. You might be surprised!
3) Be careful what you read from the "experts." YOU are the expert in your own life.
4) Get an outside opinion. If you are feeling confused about the guilt you feel, talk with someone you trust and get the benefit of their perspective.
5) If you decide to embark on something new, immediately take at least one small step toward your goal. Banish the feeling of guilt and paralysis by taking action -- however small -- toward meeting your new goal!

INTERVIEW
This week I share an awesome chat I had with Daria Sockey from the Coffee and Canticles blog. She shares so beautifully about her own fun adventures and challenges as mom and homeschooler.

Daria's blog
Daria's book: The Everyday Catholic's Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours

Thank you SO MUCH to Erica who left voicemail feedback this week.

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

Links for this episode

From our healthy goals check-in: My Fitness Pal app

Full show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Aug 29, 2016

This week I am reflecting on the time my family and I have spent these past two weeks, saying goodbye to big kids starting college, both near and far away. I'll admit to being a bit of an emotional wreck through all of this, but I do have some thoughts to share about what has made this time of transition a bit easier.

1) Focus on long term goals and successes.
2) Think about the definition of positive accomplishments as a parent.
3) Let yourself be sad.
4) Open your heart to new possibilities.

INTERVIEW
This week I share a really wonderful conversation I had with Leticia Adams, who shares life as a mom and (YOUNG!) Grandma, and the lessons she has learned as a covert to the Catholic faith. You won't want to miss all that she shares. Leticia is beautiful voice of truth and realism.

LetiAdams.com
Leticia's blog at Patheos
Leticia on Facebook
Leticia on Twitter
Leticia on Instagram

Thank you SO MUCH to Jessica, our newest Patreon supporter of this podcast. As always, I am so grateful for your presence here. God bless your week!

Complete links and show notes at DanielleBean.com

Aug 22, 2016

Pre-recorded because I am ON THE ROAD with my family this week!
In this week's show we are talking about BOUNDARIES -- what they are, how to set them, and why they might be the best hing you ever did for yourself and your relationships. I offer these thoughts on the topic:

1) Decide what you really want.
2) Be clear and firm.
3) Remember that you are only responsible for yourself.
4) Be patient, because change takes time.

INTERVIEW
This week I share a really fun conversation I had with Dwija Borobia, wife/mom/blogger/adventurer/artist from House Unseen. She shares thoughts and stories that will make you laugh and also touch your heart. She's the real deal and I loved having a chance to chat with her.

Dwija's blog
Dwija on Instagram
Dwija on Twitter

FEEDBACK
Listener Audra shares a voicemail this week about how she approaches improving body image. She offers some really good food for thought and encouragement for those of us who struggle with learning to love our bodies. Definitely a must-listen! Thank you Audra!

As always, I am so grateful for your presence here. God bless your week!

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Aug 15, 2016

This week we are discussing the perennial topic of kids and chores. How do you get your kids to help around the house? How do you teach them life skills without losing your mind? How important is an allowance? How can we motivate our kids to contribute the household work in meaningful ways? What are some of the benefits to having kids do regular chores, and why do we sometimes avoid doing it anyway?

INTERVIEW
This week I share a great conversation I had with Christine Johnson who is my Twitter friend and running buddy on Nike+ Christine shares about a big mistake she made in the past and how she found healing and hope through the sacrament of confession. She also shares some of her fitness triumphs that are sure to inspire you.

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Aug 8, 2016

This week we are talking about right and wrong ways to make an apology to someone you have hurt. I share some examples of what I think are "fake" apologies -- those where you make excuses for yourself, refuse to take actual blame, or accuse the other person of wrongdoing. Then I go on to share what I think is the anatomy of a "good" and "real" apology:

1) Express sorrow.
2) Admit it's your fault.
3) Offer to make up for it.
4) Promise to do better.

Of course we won't always be perfect in our apologies and we should not demand perfection from people who apologize to us, but there is always room for improvement. I think it's helpful to think the process of apologizing and forgiving through so that we can get better at healing and improving our relationships with others -- from your marriage to your workplace.

INTERVIEW
This week I share an inspiring conversation I had with author/publisher/mom Regina Doman. She shares some beautiful testimony of the way God has worked in her life and also a moving prayer she has composed in the wake of her young son's tragic death:

Lord,
I do not ask You to keep my children safe
I do not ask You to keep my children healthy
I do not ask You to make them happy, or rich, or successful.
I only ask You to fill them with an incredible, reckless love
for you, Jesus Christ,
because then they will be safe
and they will be healthy
and then they will be happy, rich, and successful
in the only thing that really matters
in this life and the next.
Amen.

Complete notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Aug 1, 2016

This week we are talking about body image. Do you feel good about how look? Most of don't, and many of us engage in varying degrees of self loathing because of what our bodies look like and the physical ways in which we fall short of perfection.

DUMB, DUMB, DUMB. What a lot of wasted time and energy for beautiful accomplished women! Instead, I suggest that we combat negative body image in the following ways:

1) Appreciate the things your body does well and the ways in which you can love others and care for others because of your body. Be grateful for the health and capabilities you have.

2) Make a list of things you like about yourself, physically and non-physically. What positive things can you focus on?

3) Stop the negative voices in your head! DO not let yourself talk badly to yourself in the same way you would not let someone else talk badly to your mom, sister, daughter or best friend. Defend yourself against negative self-talk!

4) Screen your media. Be aware of the kinds of ideas and images that come to you through movies, TV, magazines, and social media. They are forming your mind and setting your beauty "standards" whether you know it or not!

5) Get some new clothes -- ones that fit you well and flatter your body type. This will make a world of difference!

6) Convert the energy you might spend berating yourself, obsessing over numbers on the scale, or comparing yourself to others into a positive force for the good by focusing outward, on other people in your life who will benefit from your time and attention. There is so much good work to do! Get moving on it and you'll soon be too busy to worry about your negative body image.

INTERVIEW
This week I share a great conversation I had with Olympic athlete, Rebecca Dussault. In addition to being a World Champion cross country skier, Rebecca is an amazing wife and mom and entrepreneur at Fit Catholic Mom. Rebecca takes a wise and balanced approach to fitness and combines it with Catholic spirituality in a way that is sure to inspire you!

Rebecca's website
Rebecca on Facebook
Rebecca on Twitter

 

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Jul 25, 2016

This week I share about how we can find peace in the midst of chaos. We all experience chaos. What kind of "chaos" is in your life right now? Busy schedules? Lots of work? Difficult relationships? Financial challenges? Health issues?

I share a bit about how my prayer life has changed over the years and some ways in which I try to "LET GO" of control in my life, as hard as that sometimes is. What kinds of things help you trust in God? How do you find peace, even when all around you seems out of control?

INTERVIEW
This week I share a great conversation I had with Rose Sweet, a speaker, author, and religious advisor. She shares about the joys and challenges of being a faithful woman in the modern world and about some of the ways in which she ministers to the divorced and re-married inside of the Church.

As always, I am so grateful for your presence here. God bless your week!

Jul 18, 2016

This week I am sharing a bit about my early start as a writer and then I read an excerpt from my VERY FIRST book, My Cup of Tea: Musings of a Catholic Mom. I invite you to share about what is “your cup of tea.” What kinds of sacrifices do you find challenging as a wife or mom, and how to do you put them into perspective?

INTERVIEW
This week I share a great and funny conversation I had with Anna Mitchell from the Son Rise Morning Show. Usually, Anna is the one interviewing ME on Tuesday mornings on her show, but this time we turned the microphones around and she shared some of her personal and professional triumphs and goals. Very fun and inspiring too!

Anna on Facebook
Anna on Twitter

As always, I am so grateful for your presence here. God bless your week!

SUPPORT
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Complete notes and links at DanielleBean.com

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