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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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Mar 28, 2016

This week, we are talking about ways to improve our marriages. My title is a little wrong because the ways I share for improving your marriage may not necessarily be "easy," but they are simple.

Give up negativity.
Do you tend to have negative interactions and conversations with your husband? It's an easy habit to fall into, but don't be a downer! Look for ways to have positive conversations with your husband and to avoid whining, complaining, and focusing on the bad stuff.

Be active together.
Think of ways that the two of you can share a project together when you have time alone. When we share tasks, common goals bring us together and make feel part of the same "team." Find a simple thing the two of you can work on together in a positive way.

Do more than your share.
Stop keeping score of who does what and what is "fair" with regard to household chores. Give up the idea that everything in marriage is supposed to be 50/50. It never will be and life is not fair! Give yourself the peace of mind and heart that come from letting go of fairness and looking to give generously inside of your relationship.

Use the power of prayer.
Praying with your spouse is a powerful way to grow spiritually and personally inside of your relationship, but even if you and your husband aren't there yet, you can use prayer to improve your marriage by praying FOR your husband daily. Also powerful are the small ways that we can offer up marital sacrifices and inconveniences for the benefit of our relationships. Grow closer to Jesus while praying for your husband and asking for healing in your marriage.

INTERVIEW
In this week's interview I talk with author/blogger Jeannie Ewing who writes and shares from the unique perspective of a mom with two beautiful daughters who have special needs. Jeannie shares from the heart about her experiences as a mom, her writing goals, and ways in which she had grown both personally and professionally over the years.

SHOUT OUT
This week's Girlfriends Shout-out goes to listener Claire who wrote to share about working on being faithful to a daily routine with regard to housework, meals, and caring for kids.

CHALLENGE
This week's challenge is to think about the ways of improving your marriage that we talked bout. pick one that speaks to you especially and focus on it in the coming week. Look for ways to improve your marriage, making one small change, each day this week. Then let me know how you do!

Complete notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Mar 21, 2016

This week, we are talking about the Communion of Saints, the power of friendships, and how to help those we love when they suffer.

Sarah Reinhard shares some touching feedback about how she supports a family member through a time of terrible loss and we talk about small ways to show love, friendship, and support to those who are suffering, even if we can't "fix" every problem they face.

In this week's interview, I talk with Michele Faehnle, co-author of Divine Mercy for Moms: Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina. Michele shares her struggles and triumphs as a mom and as new author, as well as ways she seeks balance between family and work opportunities. She also describes some special ways that you can participate in works of mercy, even if you are a busy woman with many responsibilities.

I also share a Girlfriends shout out, a challenge, and some fun feedback (and helpful!) from listeners. Thank you, as always, for being here. Your encouragement and support of Girlfriends means so much and I am so grateful for your presence here. God bless your week!

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

 

Mar 14, 2016

In this week's abbreviated version of Girlfriends, I share with you notes from my sick bed, as I have been suffering from the FLU this past week, and am still not fully recovered. Along with some silly observations, I do want to remind us all of the importance of praying for those who are chronically ill. Also, it is important to remember the power of "offering up" even our small sufferings and sacrifices, uniting them with the suffering of Jesus, so that they become infinitely worthy in God's eyes, and powerful in our own life.

In this week's interview, we talk with Maria Johnson. Maria shares humbly and beautifully from her experience as a teacher and mom for many years. She is such a voice of peace, empowerment, and wisdom, I just know anxious, young moms are going to cling to her every word. And speaking of words, you don't want to miss the bad one she makes me say, or the "insider" information she shares about her buddy, Pope Francis.

 

Find complete notes and links at DanielleBean.com.

Mar 7, 2016

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This week, we are talking about ways to use the power of your words positively. I share three different ideas:

1) Use your words to encourage and affirm.
Words have the power to build others up in encouraging ways. Do we do that often enough? Look for ways to compliment and affirm and encourage others in your home, your family, and even strangers you might meet. The power of positive words can last a lifetime!

2) Use your words to ask for what you want.
Sometimes we don't realize the importance of speaking clearly about what we want and need. We do not have to be whiny or demanding, but directly speaking to loved ones and co-workers about your feelings, wants, and needs is so much more productive than hinting or (worse!) being passive aggressive or gossiping with others about your problems.

3) Use your words to teach and share.
We do this every day with our children, but are there ways you could do a better job sharing your perspective with your family and teaching your kids what it's like to be a wife and/or mom? Additionally, are there ways that you could share the truth with others or stand up for what's right in your family, workplace, or among friends?

In this week's interview, we talk with Simcha Fisher. Simcha shares beautifully, and with her usual sense of humor, about some of the ways she has triumphed in her motherhood and lessons she has learned from writing online.

This week's Girlfriends Shout-out goes to Sarah Reinhard, a past guest here on Girlfriends, who recently accepted a new position as senior marketing specialist at Kennedy Brownrigg Group, a communications company that focuses on the Catholic market. We are so happy for you and wish you the best of luck in your new adventure, Sarah!

This week's challenge is to think about the three ways of using words positively we talked about: to encourage and affirm, to ask for what you want, and to teach and share. Choose one where you think you have room for improvement in your life and and make an effort to step outside of your comfort zone and USE YOUR WORDS!

FEEDBACK
I want to thank listeners MrsShawn and MistyMornings for leaving reviews on iTunes this week. It is so helpful to have those reviews and so encouraging to me as I produce the podcast each week. If you can spare a moment to leave an iTunes review, I would be so grateful. Also, please be sure to rate and subscribe while you are there. It really helps me get the word out about Girlfriends.

I received some negative feedback this past week about the guests on Girlfriends as well as the segment transitions I use to introduce the segments on Girlfriends, and I would love to know what YOU think. If you have a moment, please fill out this brief form to share your opinion about Girlfriends. Don't be shy! It's anonymous, and your feedback is so helpful to me!

Thank you, as always, for being here. Your encouragement and support of Girlfriends means so much and I am so grateful for your presence here. God bless your week!

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

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