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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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Apr 25, 2016

This week we take on the tricky topic of splitting household chores between husband and wife. I share three different thoughts for ways to approach this issue:

1) Evaluate what is important to you, both personally and as a couple.

2) Talk about your priorities and make a plan to tackle the work that needs to be done AS A TEAM. Not me versus you. You are a TEAM and together you can take o anything!

3) Change your attitude. From selfishness toward generosity. Reflect on where those angry resentful thoughts are truly coming from and learn to reject them, first in your own heart, but then in your words and actions.

Let me know your thoughts on this topic and what the split of household duties looks like inside of your marriage. Are you focused on “fairness” and winding up resentful and unhappy? Or are you learning to “let go” and open your heart to the joys has planned for you in your marital relationship when you approach with a generous attitude of self-giving love?

INTERVIEW
This week I share a recent conversation I had with Diana von Glahn from The Faithful Traveler. Diana and her husband David produce a Catholic-themed travel TV show which is both beautiful and inspiring. Diana shares about their work as well as some her personal and professional challenges and triumphs. You will love what she shares!

CHALLENGE
This week’s challenge is to spend some time reflecting on what your thoughts and attitudes are toward household duties, and then spend some time in prayer. Open your heart to really hear what God wants to tell you for the benefit of your marriage.

FEEDBACK
I share feedback from listener Annie who adds her thoughts to our recent discussion on prayer. Also, three lovely ladies left reviews at iTunes this week. If you have the time, go there and leave your review/subscribe to the podcast now. Thank you!

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!

Apr 18, 2016

This week's show comes to you from the ball field (near the port-a-potty!) and we are talking about saying "no" nicely. Why do we nee this topic? Because so many of us are so very bad at setting boundaries! We talk about some ways to prioritize your commitments and prepare yourself ahead of time so that you don't wind up committing to things you don;t value at the expense of yourself or your family.

We all need this topic! Just thinking things through ahead of time and being ready with a phrase like "Let me think about that and get back to you" or "I love what you are doing, but I just cant commit to participating right now" can be very helpful in the moment when you are tempted to say YES out of guilt or anything less than a real desire to spend your time on that thing.

INTERVIEW
This week I share a recent conversation i had with Minnesota Mom, Margaret Berns, whom I have known and loved online and IRL for many years. Margaret shares the good, the bad, the ugly and is unafraid to take on even the toughest of topics -- depression and sex. You know you need to hear what she has to say!

SHOUT OUT
This week's Girlfriends Shout-out goes to listener Carmen who wrote to share that, despite her hurt feelings and suffering a recent miscarriage, she is making an effort to spend more time alone with her husband in order to improve her marriage. A very inspiring small act of generosity and love during a difficult time. You inspire me, Carmen!

CHALLENGE
This week's challenge is to consider how you feel about saying NO in your life. What could use some work? Plan now for how you are going to say NO the next time you need to and prioritize your personal commitments in a way that lines up with your values.

FEEDBACK
I share feedback from listener Dena who asks for advice about kids owning/sharing toys, and from Erica in Orlando who shares her thoughts about Girlfriends. Thanks so much, ladies!

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 notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Apr 11, 2016

This week we are talking about prayer. How has the way you approach prayer changed over your lifetime? How should we respond when it seems that God does not answer our prayers? What is the point of prayer? And what can we do when it feels like God is far away?

INTERVIEW
The inspiration for this topic comes from my interview with author Hallie Lord. Hallie's new book, On The Other Side of Fear, will be out this summer so she shares about that topic, but also about prayer and ways in which she experiences God's presence in her life.

SHOUT OUT
This week's Girlfriends Shout-out goes to listener Jen who wrote to ask for resources for marriage support for couples who are often far away from one another. She has been working on her relationship with her husband who is a truck driver and often is gone for long periods of time. We are proud of you, Jen, for taking those small but important steps toward softening your heart and opening yourself up to growing in love and sacrifice in your marriage. Great job! (And we will do more podcasts on this topic in the future.)

CHALLENGE
This week's challenge is to think about your prayer life. What needs improving? Are you in a rut? Do you need to seek some spiritual advice from a priest or get yourself to confession? Do you need to make greater use of the sacraments? Do you need to make greater efforts toward finding time for daily prayer? Decide what needs improvement, and then commit to making a small step toward that improvement this week.

FEEDBACK
I share feedback from Mary Lenaberg (from Passionate Perseverance) who is suffering from the flu. :( Also, listener Ginny checks in and Sarah Reinhard as well. Thanks so much for your voice feedback. It makes my day!

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

Apr 4, 2016

We are talking about ways we can survive -- and even thrive! -- when times are busy. Whether it's during baseball season (like us!) or other busy times, there are some simple ways to make sure you and your family make it through packed calendar days.

Lower your standards.
What can you let go of during a busy time? Homemade meals, housework, or kids' nightly bath times? Now is the time to accept the less-than-perfect in exchange for keeping sane.

Ask for help.
It can be humbling to have to ask for help, but there are people in our lives who can support us and pitch in sometimes, if only we will ask. It can even be mutually beneficial to ask for help from friends and extended family members sometimes. It may not take a village, but it does take many hands and helpers to raise a family!

Take care of yourself (and your relationships).
Sometimes the first thing we let go of when it comes to busy days is the acre we need to give ourselves. Whether it's proper nutrition, rest, or exercise we often put ourselves last when we get crunched for time. But when life gets busy you need to take care of yourself more than ever, so that you will have the strength and stamina to care for others. Also important is to remember to care for our relationships, especially our marriages, because these can get neglected and suffer if we are too busy.

INTERVIEW
In this week's interview I get to chat with Kathryn Whitaker who blogs at Team Whitaker. Kathryn shares beautifully about her triumphs as a mom of a preemie baby. She also discusses the craziness of busy family schedules and shares how her family once "pulled the plug" on EVERYTHING with wonderful results. Kathryn also shares her success with Fr. Michael Gaitley's book, 33 Days to Morning Glory.


This week's Girlfriends Shout-out goes to listener Renee who wrote to ask about handling an unruly 2-year-old at Mass. Hang in there, Renee. You are doing great, and you will get through this! :)


This week's challenge is to think about your family's schedule and discuss your outside commitments as a family. Decide together if the activities you are committed to are really serving your family's needs and priorities. Let me know how it goes for you!

FEEDBACK

I am still looking for questions for a fun new project I am working on related to the podcast. What do you want to know? About my life, my work, my opinions,? Ask me anything! You can leave questions here or email me any time. Thank you! 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!

Complete notes and links at DanielleBean.com

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