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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Jun 27, 2016

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This week we are talking about ways to slow down and savor the glorious season of summer. I offer the following ideas:

1. Be present.
Make a conscious effort to be fully present in the moments you share together with family and loved ones. Put aside technology and other distractions and give yourself permission to focus on just the one experience. Enjoy it!

2. Make a list.
You can do this by yourself or invite your family's input. Write up a list of things you want to do this summer. On days where you are free or bored, consult the list and do something fun!

3. Eat fresh foods.
Whether you grow the foods yourself or visit a farmers' market, summer is a great time to experiment with delicious new foods and ways to prepare them. Try a new food or try a new recipe for salads or grilling. Yum!

4. Do something new.
Summer is a great time to challenge yourself physically, especially with something that will take you outdoors. Try a zip line or a bike race or hike a trail, alone or wth friends. Get out there and challenge yourself!

5. Read!
Take advantage of your local library and indulge in a chick-lit novel or something else you might enjoy on the beach or in the hammock. Set a good reading example and show your kids what a pleasant lifelong activity reading can be -- especially in the summertime.

6. Invite friends over.
No excuses! Summer is a great time for casual entertaining, in the yard and by the BBQ. Invite friends to hang out around a fire pit or for drinks on the porch. Forget entertainment perfection and practice the kind of hospitality we are all called to. No time like the summer!

This week I share an inspiring conversation I had with Lisa Mladinich. Lisa shares some of the ways that God has touched her heart and taught her important lessons through her students and through connecting with other women. We talk about life's triumphant moments and also mistakes and what we can learn from them.

As always, thank you for being here! I appreciate your presence each week.

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Jun 20, 2016


This week we are talking about how to find more time in your days for the things you want to accomplish but never seem to get around to. Summer offers a unique opportunity to get new things accomplished as we change routines and enjoy some leisure time. What are your goals for this summer? Here are my tips to help you:

1. Plan ahead.
Make a schedule to see where you have time in your day for different tasks and what opportunities there are for accomplishing new projects. Writing it down helps you see your responsibilities and prioritize.

2. Turn off the TV
Or Facebook,or whatever is distracting you and wasting your time. When you remove distractions and time-wasters from your day, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.

3. Set a timer.
Big projects can be broken up into smaller ones. Large commitments can be accomplished just 20 minutes at a time. I find that setting a timer keeps me focused on a single task and keeps me from feeling overwhelmed by larger projects.

4. Sacrifice sleep.
This can be a temporary help to finishing an important project. Either getting up earlier or staying up later than you normally do can be a simple way to "find" more time in your day. of course, I do not recommend sacrificing sleep over the long term, but as long as you do manage to get enough rest, working when everyone is is asleep can be a great way to focus.

5. Enlist help.
Do you have access to childcare or house cleaning help? What creative ways could you get the help you need to focus on an important project. the bonus is, when you have time devoted in this way, you will be more inclined to focus on the task at hand. Babysitter is only available for 2 hours? Get moving!

This week I share a great conversation I had with writer/mom/podcaster/event planner Heather Renshaw. Heather shares about learning from marriage and motherhood, her love of sociology, her wild taste in music, and more. You won't want to miss all that this beautiful mom has to share.

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Jun 13, 2016

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First, I update you on goings-on around here, from my birthday last week to my son's high school graduation. Here is the speech he gave at the graduation ceremony that made me so proud and grateful.

Also, my new book is available for pre-order:
You're Worth It! Change How You Feel About Yourself By Discovering How Jesus Feels About You

Now this week we are talking about how NOT to eat a cupcake (or whatever your temptation is you are trying avoid). I share these ideas:

1. Eat Protein
I love eggs! They start my mornings off with high protein satisfaction. When you eat protein, you feel satisfied for longer and you are less likely to experience sugar highs and lows, crashes, and cravings. It doesn't have to be eggs, though. Find some healthy sources of protein you enjoy and make them a part of your everyday meals.

2. Plan ahead.
Plan ahead to not have the cupcake in your house in the first place. Or plan ahead to have satisfying snacks with you when you are out so that you don;t wind up STARVING and ready to eat anything in the world. Shop wisely and stock your fridge and pantry with good choices.

3. Find New Rewards
Change how you think about food as a reward. Think about other things you enjoy that you could use to replace a "cupcake" as a reward for a surviving a stressful day or doing something difficult. Maybe you would like to get your nails done or take a long bubble bath. Make a conscious decision to change what you think about as a "treat" and you will find it easier to NOT eat the cupcake.

4. Pause.
Hit the pause button in your brain. When you feel a craving, just PAUSE. You don;t have to say no, you just need to wait and re-visit the idea a little while later. Often, you will find yourself distracted after a few minutes and will forget about the cupcake you never really needed in the first place.

5. Just Eat the Cupcake.
It's just a cupcake. Don't give it the power to make or break your day and self esteem. Everything in moderation and balance! Sometimes it's ok and appropriate to say yes to a cupcake, as long as your life and eating habits are otherwise in balance. It's not about one cupcake.

This week I share an inspiring conversation I had with recording artist Andrea Thomas. Andrea shares what it's like to work in the world of Catholic music and ministry, and some of the joys and trials she has experienced along the way.

Andrea's website: Andrea Thomas Music
The Vigil Project

At the end of the show, I share Andrea's latest song, He Rose Again.

Thank you to Lisa who is the newest supporter of Girlfriends through Patreon. 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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Jun 6, 2016

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This week we are talking about de-cluttering your life. We focus on three main areas:

1. The Kitchen

What spaces need clearing out in your kitchen? How can you make sure to keep the things you use and need, but get rid of those things that are taking up space in your kitchen and cluttering your work areas for no good reason. I share a recommendation for A Slob Comes Clean and her method of storing plastic food containers.

2. Living Spaces

What drives you crazy in your living areas? What “stuff” is piled up or taking up space that you don’t even see anymore? I encourage you to go through your house with a trash bag or a donations bag and clear out the junk. Give yourself the gift of free and open space in your home! If you are overwhelmed by the job of de-cluttering your home, just start small. Pick one area, one table, one drawer and commit to de-cluttering it today. I promise you will be inspired to keep going.

3. Your Heart and Mind

In addition to our physical spaces, our hearts and minds can get cluttered too. What is filling your mind with worry or “busy-ness”? What is burdening your heart and soul? Are you holding onto grudges or past hurts? Are you holding onto guilt that you could be freed of through confession? What are you waiting for? Get in there!

This week I share a conversation I had the privilege of having with Dr. Mary Amore. Dr. Amore shares about her work and ministry, her writing and her DVDs. She discusses her life’s triumphs and challenges with a sense of humor and practicality that will endear her to your heart.

I share Julie’s email, asking about a link to subscribe to Girlfriends with an Android device. We are now on Google Play! Thank you to my newest Patreon supporter, Angie! And 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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