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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 30, 2016

This week we are taking on the perennial topic of screen time and how to manage it. How do you set limits on your kids' consumption of media and digital content online, in games, in social media, in movies, and in music? We share some ideas for:

1. Controlling Time
I talk about ways i have in the past and continue now to control the amount of time my kids spend playing video games and watching TV, etc.

2. Controlling Content
I share that I really like using Safe Eyes for an Internet filter, but there are other options available. I also find that Kids In Mind is a handy tools for screening movies before allowing our kids to watch them. But no system is perfect! We need to be having ongoing conversations with our kids about the media and what our Church teaches about human sexuality and dignity.

3. Talking About It
Prepare yourself for having those important conversations with your kids! Theology of the Body resources are a great tool for parents in having these important conversations (and no, I did not know that my book was listed at the top of this page when I decided to link to it -- funny!).

4. What About You?
We moms need to control our own consumption of media and make smart choices about the kinds of movies we will watch, TV shows, music, and social media. How do you plan to limit your own screen time this summer and fully engage in your family relationships?

INTERVIEW
This week I share a fun conversation I had with Kate Wicker, my hilarious and humble friend who shares from the heart about messes, mayhem, and mother hood, as well as how we talk about our bodies and maintain good health. Kate shares some of her personal challenges and triumphs and the ways in which running and learning to care for her body have been part of her success.

If you would like to leave a review and subscribe on iTunes, I would be so grateful! As always, I am so grateful for your presence here. God bless your week!

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Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

May 23, 2016

This week I share five life lessons that I have learned from running that can apply to runners and non-runners alike.

1. You are stronger than you think.
2. Long term goals are the most important.
3. We all have a need for time alone.
4. Planning ahead makes a big difference.
5. Be more grateful.

INTERVIEW
This week I share a fun conversation I had with Mary Lenaberg, who blogs at Passionate Perseverance. Mary shares the good, the bad, and the funny from her perspective as a wife and a mom who is grieving the loss of her disabled daughter Courtney. You will not want to miss hearing about what Mary "shared" with the UPS man. !!!

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FEEDBACK
I share feedback from listener Amy who connected with me on Voxer. She shares about her happy marriage and mentions Alice Von Hildebrand's book again: By Love Refined: Letters to a Young Bride. 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!

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Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

May 16, 2016

This week we are talking about marriage again. This time, we are focused on "softening your heart" inside of marriage. What does that mean? Do you find yourself "hardening your heart" inside of marriage? What does that mean and how does it affect your relationship?

First, we discuss the idea of receptivity. Woman are uniquely gifted in being receptive inside of relationships. But do we sometimes reject this gift or deny it? Out of pride or defensiveness, do we sometimes close ourselves off in ways that hurt our marriage?

Next we talk about our habits. What kinds of habits do you have in communication with your spouse? Are they good or bad? Helpful or hurtful? We discuss ways to improve our daily habits to bless our marriages.

Finally, we talk about the idea of having a "Tabor Vision" of your husband. Do you see your man as God sees him or do you define him by his flaws? This concept comes from Alice Von Hildebrand in By Love Refined: Letters to a Young Bride.

INTERVIEW
This week I share a fun conversation I had with Bonnie Engstrom, blogger at A Knotted Life and co-host of The Visitation Project. Bonnie shares the amazing story of her son's miraculous healing at birth and how his story is part of the official cause for the canonization of Venerable Fulton Sheen. She is a beautiful and enthusiastic woman of many talents and you will love getting to know her.

CHALLENGE
This week's challenge is to examine your approach to your marriage in light of "softening your heart" as we talked about. Pick one area where you can improve, and make that change!

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May 9, 2016

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NOTES
This week we are talking about friendships. We discussed a little bit about the give and take of female friendships back in Episode 12, How to Be a Better Friend, and I heard form many of you asking for more on this topic. This is so important because our female friends can be a wonderful source of support and encouragement for us, but it does take some effort. Some ideas to keep in mind:

Know your personality type. Socialization comes easier to some of us than others. If you are painfully shy, recognize that this is something you will need to work on, and set some reasonable friendship goals. If you are naturally outgoing and at ease in social situations, you might consider that God is calling you to be more of an initiator in your friendships, to balance out the shyness of others.

Pray about it. Many of us say friends are important to us, or that we struggle to find friends, but how many of us bring this topic to prayer? God knows the support you need, he knows your loneliness. Go to him and ask him to help fill the desires of your heart. Trust that he will.

Consider how well you offer and receive help. This is what friendships are made of -- the back and forth of giving and receiving support form one another. But sometimes our pride gets in the way of us graciously receiving the help from others, or our insecurity prevents us from offering real support to others. Give some thought to ways you can improve your approach to both of these -- giving and receiving help.

Maintaining friendships takes time and effort. So once you've made a friend, how do you keep her? Friendships require nurturing. You can't ignore your friend for months because you are "busy" and then expect her to drop everything and pay attention to you when you are ready. It's ok to be busy sometimes, but recognize that if friendships are important to you, they are worth the time and effort it takes to maintain them.

Let me know your thoughts on friendship. I would love to hear your stories, struggles, and triumphs with female friendship in your life.

INTERVIEW
This week I share a fun conversation I had with Marybeth Hicks, author, speaker, columnist, and radio host. She and I discuss parenting successes and failures, and how we can raise our kids to be "geeks." I just love everything that Marybeth had to share, with humor and humility, and I know you will too.

SUPPORT

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Complete notes and links at DanielleBean.com

May 2, 2016

This week we take on GOALS! How to set them and how to achievethem! Let's do this!

After a check-in on our previous topic of 3Do-able Health Goals for 2016, I recommend the following waysto approach setting and achieving goals:

1) Pray! It is so important to approach life'sbig decisions and goals prayerfully. Spend some time asking Godwhat he thinks you should be doing to grow in holiness each day andthen set your life goals accordingly.

2) Write down your goals. Somehow, goals becomemore real when we dare to write them down. this forces us toorganize our thoughts and be more precise with our hopes and dreamsthen just "Maybe someday ..." kind of wish-making.

3) Share them with someone. This step boothholds you accountable and gains you a partner in achieving yourgoals. Friends, family, kids, husbands can all support andencourage you if you let them them know what you are hoping toaccomplish.

4) Just do it! It sounds simple and dumb, maybebut sometimes we need a reminder that we can just begin workingtoward our goals. We need to give ourselves permission to beginworking right ow, instead of waiting for the "perfect time" whichnever will come anyway.

Let me know your thoughts on this topic of setting and achievinggoals. What are your goals in health & fitness, homemaking,relationships, work or spirituality? What helps you set goals andkeep on track once you do?

INTERVIEW
This week I share a fun conversation I had with Alicia Hernon, co-host of theMessy Parenting podcast. Alicia, a mom of 10, is a veteran whoshares from the heart about how to take small steps towardimproving your parenting and your marriage. She is a delight totalk to and I just know you will enjoy our conversation. Check outthe Messy Parenting podcast she creates with her husband Mike atMessyParenting.org

CHALLENGE
This week's challenge is to pick one of your goals and then workbackwards to smaller steps it will take to achieve it. Get it downto small enough steps that there is some action you can take twoardyour goal today. And then DO IT! Go you!

FEEDBACK
I share feedback from listener Tracy who adds her thoughts to ourrecent discussion on saying no and tells how much she enjoyedhearing from Minnesota Mom, Margaret Berg, recently. Also, thelovely Alice left a review at iTunes this week. If you have thetime, gothere and leave your review/subscribe to the podcast now. Thankyou!

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

Complete notes and links at DanielleBean.com

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