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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Aug 29, 2016

This week I am reflecting on the time my family and I have spent these past two weeks, saying goodbye to big kids starting college, both near and far away. I'll admit to being a bit of an emotional wreck through all of this, but I do have some thoughts to share about what has made this time of transition a bit easier.

1) Focus on long term goals and successes.
2) Think about the definition of positive accomplishments as a parent.
3) Let yourself be sad.
4) Open your heart to new possibilities.

This week I share a really wonderful conversation I had with Leticia Adams, who shares life as a mom and (YOUNG!) Grandma, and the lessons she has learned as a covert to the Catholic faith. You won't want to miss all that she shares. Leticia is beautiful voice of truth and realism.
Leticia's blog at Patheos
Leticia on Facebook
Leticia on Twitter
Leticia on Instagram

Thank you SO MUCH to Jessica, our newest Patreon supporter of this podcast. As always, I am so grateful for your presence here. God bless your week!

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Aug 22, 2016

Pre-recorded because I am ON THE ROAD with my family this week!
In this week's show we are talking about BOUNDARIES -- what they are, how to set them, and why they might be the best hing you ever did for yourself and your relationships. I offer these thoughts on the topic:

1) Decide what you really want.
2) Be clear and firm.
3) Remember that you are only responsible for yourself.
4) Be patient, because change takes time.

This week I share a really fun conversation I had with Dwija Borobia, wife/mom/blogger/adventurer/artist from House Unseen. She shares thoughts and stories that will make you laugh and also touch your heart. She's the real deal and I loved having a chance to chat with her.

Dwija's blog
Dwija on Instagram
Dwija on Twitter

Listener Audra shares a voicemail this week about how she approaches improving body image. She offers some really good food for thought and encouragement for those of us who struggle with learning to love our bodies. Definitely a must-listen! Thank you Audra!

As always, I am so grateful for your presence here. God bless your week!

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Aug 15, 2016

This week we are discussing the perennial topic of kids and chores. How do you get your kids to help around the house? How do you teach them life skills without losing your mind? How important is an allowance? How can we motivate our kids to contribute the household work in meaningful ways? What are some of the benefits to having kids do regular chores, and why do we sometimes avoid doing it anyway?

This week I share a great conversation I had with Christine Johnson who is my Twitter friend and running buddy on Nike+ Christine shares about a big mistake she made in the past and how she found healing and hope through the sacrament of confession. She also shares some of her fitness triumphs that are sure to inspire you.

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Aug 8, 2016

This week we are talking about right and wrong ways to make an apology to someone you have hurt. I share some examples of what I think are "fake" apologies -- those where you make excuses for yourself, refuse to take actual blame, or accuse the other person of wrongdoing. Then I go on to share what I think is the anatomy of a "good" and "real" apology:

1) Express sorrow.
2) Admit it's your fault.
3) Offer to make up for it.
4) Promise to do better.

Of course we won't always be perfect in our apologies and we should not demand perfection from people who apologize to us, but there is always room for improvement. I think it's helpful to think the process of apologizing and forgiving through so that we can get better at healing and improving our relationships with others -- from your marriage to your workplace.

This week I share an inspiring conversation I had with author/publisher/mom Regina Doman. She shares some beautiful testimony of the way God has worked in her life and also a moving prayer she has composed in the wake of her young son's tragic death:

I do not ask You to keep my children safe
I do not ask You to keep my children healthy
I do not ask You to make them happy, or rich, or successful.
I only ask You to fill them with an incredible, reckless love
for you, Jesus Christ,
because then they will be safe
and they will be healthy
and then they will be happy, rich, and successful
in the only thing that really matters
in this life and the next.

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Aug 1, 2016

This week we are talking about body image. Do you feel good about how look? Most of don't, and many of us engage in varying degrees of self loathing because of what our bodies look like and the physical ways in which we fall short of perfection.

DUMB, DUMB, DUMB. What a lot of wasted time and energy for beautiful accomplished women! Instead, I suggest that we combat negative body image in the following ways:

1) Appreciate the things your body does well and the ways in which you can love others and care for others because of your body. Be grateful for the health and capabilities you have.

2) Make a list of things you like about yourself, physically and non-physically. What positive things can you focus on?

3) Stop the negative voices in your head! DO not let yourself talk badly to yourself in the same way you would not let someone else talk badly to your mom, sister, daughter or best friend. Defend yourself against negative self-talk!

4) Screen your media. Be aware of the kinds of ideas and images that come to you through movies, TV, magazines, and social media. They are forming your mind and setting your beauty "standards" whether you know it or not!

5) Get some new clothes -- ones that fit you well and flatter your body type. This will make a world of difference!

6) Convert the energy you might spend berating yourself, obsessing over numbers on the scale, or comparing yourself to others into a positive force for the good by focusing outward, on other people in your life who will benefit from your time and attention. There is so much good work to do! Get moving on it and you'll soon be too busy to worry about your negative body image.

This week I share a great conversation I had with Olympic athlete, Rebecca Dussault. In addition to being a World Champion cross country skier, Rebecca is an amazing wife and mom and entrepreneur at Fit Catholic Mom. Rebecca takes a wise and balanced approach to fitness and combines it with Catholic spirituality in a way that is sure to inspire you!

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