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 ( 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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Jan 26, 2016

Are you a yelling mom? In this week's episode, we talk about how to handle negative emotions. We all get angry and we all get frustrated sometimes, but the ways in which we express these feelings can have a lasting impact on our families and relationships. Instead of yelling, complaining, whining, and crying, lets discuss positive outlets for negative feelings.

First, it's important to assess your life and get a perspective on whether you have a fallen into a bad habit with regard to expressing negative feelings.

It's also important to look for appropriate ways to vent and have positive outlets for physical, creative, and emotional energy in your life. With proper balance, you can avoid becoming overly frustrated and angry and stop lashing out at others unfairly.

It's also important to talk about what our long-term parenting goals are, and whether or not "yelling" is moving us toward them. As hard as it sometimes is, getting our kids to listen and obey the first time we tell them something is a worthwhile investment of time and energy that pays off in the long term.

This week's interview guest is Karen Edmisten, a mom, wife, author, and convert from atheism. Karen shares some of the beautiful ways that God has touched her life and shaped her motherhood and writing career over the years.

And finally, this week's challenge is to approach the coming week with a greater sense of awareness of the ways that you respond to negative emotions in your life and in your relationships. Pick one time when you are tempted to respond in a hurtful or unhealthy way and replace it with a positive intervention. Go you! We got this!

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Jan 18, 2016

This week we're talking about "Doing it all." Do you do it all? What does that mean? Does anyone really do it? Of course not. But sometimes it feels like we do.

No one can do it all, but many of us busy women are doing MANY things. So many things, sometimes, that we are exhausted. When looking for balance in our daily lives, it is important to consider all the things we do and prioritize our time. Among our many responsibilities -- personal time, prayer time, marriage, parenting, and work -- how can we figure out how much time is reasonable for us to spend on each?

Well, the answer to that question is going to vary from person to person. In this show, I walk you through the thought process of determining how to best balance many responsibilities, using some ideas I got years ago from the book A Mother's Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot.

We each need to decide how our time ideally should be spent each day, and then comparing our ideals to the ways in which we are really spending (and sometimes wasting!) our time each day. By making a thoughtful, prayerful, intentional plan for the ways we will prioritize our responsibilities, we can not "do it all," but we can do what really matters. With God's help, we can do all the great and wonderful work he is calling us to do each day.

In this week's interview, I talk with Jennifer Willits, the awesome mom, author, radio personality and podcaster. Jennifer shares some touching moments from her family life, as well as some hilarious ones. You won't want to miss her chicken wings "recipe" for success!

Also featuring the "Girlfriends' Shout-Out" and our weekly challenge.

Thanks, as always for listening. I'm so glad you're here! Know your worth, find your joy!

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Jan 12, 2016

In this week's episode, I share 3 practical, "do-able for anyone" health goals we should all consider setting in 2016:

1) Consciously change or expand your idea of what foods and activities you "enjoy."

2) Limit something that is a bad habit for you. 

3) Try something new. 

We got this!

This week, we also interview author, and radio and TV host Teresa Tomeo ( Teresa shares some of her journey from secular news media to reverting to her Catholic faith. She also passes on some of her mom Rosie's awesome advice. Don't miss what she has to say!

This week's Girlfriends Shout Out goes to Anna Mitchell of the Son Rose Morning Show on Sacred Heart Radio (and EWTN) based in Cincinnati. Anna is an inspiration to women working in the media and balancing excellence in radio with a busy family life. Way to go, Anna!

Finally, this week's challenge is to think about the health goals we shred in this episode, come up with a plan for each one, and then share them with someone. Our goals become real when we say them out loud and share them with other people. So let's hold ourselves ourselves accountable!

Thanks, as always for listening. Know your worth, find your joy!

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Jan 10, 2016

In this episode, we take a look at some of the ways in which jealousy and competition hurt our relationships with other women and damage our self-esteem. We are not meant to discern our self worth in comparison to other people, and yet so often we do exactly that. We always lose the comparison games we play with other people inside of our own heads, and yet so often we are tempted to engage in them.

Why do we do this? What are some ways we can overcome jealousy? How can we stop hurting ourselves with competition and make positive efforts to improve our friendships?

This week we also talk with author and founder of, Lisa Hendey. Lisa shares with us some of her personal stories and takes part in our lightning round of fun questions so we can get to know her better.

Finally, I give a "Girlfriends Shout Out" to a worthy listener, and I offer you a challenge for the coming week. We got this. Know your worth, find your joy!

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Jan 8, 2016


In this episode, host Danielle Bean introduces the Girlfriends podcast. Find our more about the schedule and structure of Girlfriends, and learn how to send your feedback so the show can better serve you and meet your needs.

Women have unique gifts and strengths with which we care for the people we love and encourage and affirm one another in our important work as wives, mothers, sisters, and friends. You are meant to be a blessing to the world. Let's learn more abut the ways in which we can build one another up and find joy in our unique capacity for compassion, sensitivity, generosity, and love.

Every woman deserves to know her worth and find her joy!

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