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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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Sep 26, 2016

Our topic this week is worrying. Are you anxious? Do you worry a lot? We all worry sometimes, and we can all recognize the uselessness of doing it, but it can feel very hard to stop. We will take a look at a few different strategies for removing anxiety from our daily lives:

1) Pay attention to your caffeine intake.
I know. I love coffee, tea, and Diet Coke. But do you ever find yourself feeling nervous or anxious and you aren't even sure why? Consider caffeine. It's been shown to cause nervousness, and if you develop a habit of drinking lots of it daily, you might be developing an anxiety habit right along with it. Take a brek and see if you notice a difference.

2) Time your worrying.
With this strategy, you let yourself worry -- a little bit. If you find yourself worrying repeatedly about something, set a timer for 5 minutes. Then, for those 5 minutes, go ahead and worry all about it. Think about all that could go wrong and let yourself worry. When the timer goes off, you have to stop, though, recognizing how nothing was accomplished with your worrying.

3) Focus on gratitude.
So your whole world is falling apart, or you are pretty sure it is going to any minute. Deal with that anxiety by shifting your focus away from negative thoughts and focusing instead on what you are most grateful for. Look for big things and small things to be grateful for. Verbalize your gratitude. You will find your energy for worry dwindles this way.

4) Exercise!
Sometimes anxiety and nervous energy needs a physical release. Go outside for walk, rake some leaves, ride a bike, or run up some hills. Breaking a sweat can be a great way to relieve stress and release anxiety and worry from your body in a physical way.

5) Pray!
Duh! I saved this one for last, but it really needs to come first. How many times does Jesus tell us he knows us, loves, and is caring for us? How many times does Jesus remind not to fear, not to worry, and to trust him? Are we listening? Worry is what happens when we think everything depends on us or that no one i staking care of us. Say a Divine Mercy chaplet or simply repeat the prayer "Jesus, I trust in you" as often as you need to to banish worry from your day.

INTERVIEW
This week I share a fun interview I had with Sr. Anne Flanagan, FSP, who is an author and musician, but also a social media early adopter. She shares about her order's beginnings and how social media has become an integral part of evangelization for her.

Sr. Anne on Twitter
Sr. Anne's music on iTunes
Sr. Anne's blog
Sr. Anne on Facebook

Thank you SO MUCH to Jessica, Catherine, and Sarah for sharing their feedback this week. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support of the Girlfriends podcast. I love hearing from you!

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends at Patreon.com/Girlfriends

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Sep 19, 2016

Our topic this week is daily prayer. While we all need to be sure we are making time for quiet, focused prayer each day, there are also some easy ways we can pray throughout the day -- even when we are busy. I share the following ideas:

1) Pray a morning offering. I like this one, but there are lots of ways to offer your day at the very start.

2) Attach prayer to daily activities. Whether you are driving or folding laundry, if you use daily actions as prompts to prayer, you will have regular reminders to connect with God.

3) Use music. Whether you like Christian rock or Gregorian chant, find and use music that inspires you throughout your daily activities.

4) Pray for your family one word at a time. This is a little practice I use to pray for many people I know and love in a focused way.

5) Use an examination of conscience. This is a great way to reflect on your day, ask forgiveness, ask for help, and give thanks at the end of each day.

INTERVIEW
This week I share an inspirational conversation I had with farm wife, mom, and theological writer Gina Loehr. This energetic lady shares about life on the farm as well as some surprising ways in which God has called her to motherhood and a professional life. She even met Pope Francis and has a new book out about that experience, The Church is Our Mother: Seven Ways She Inspires Us to Love. Check it out!

Gina's books on Amazon
Gina's website

Thank you SO MUCH to Christen who left an iTunes review, and Sarah Reinhard who left a voice message abotu how much she loves Daria Sockey, and to Tracy who is our newest supporter on Patreon. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support of the Girlfriends podcast. I love hearing from you!

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends at Patreon.com/Girlfriends

Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

 

Sep 12, 2016

This week we are talking about communication between the sexes. If we understand one another's communication styles and preferences, we can have much clearer and more fruitful communication in our relationships, especially in our marriages. I share 3 ways that men and women tend to communicate differently:

1) We speak about emotion differently.
2) We speak for different purposes.
3) We speak differently when faced with a problem.
In talking about these differences together and with our spouses, we can better understand one another and avoid unnecessary conflicts and offenses. We are all learning this stuff together!

INTERVIEW
This week I share an great conversation I had with Roxane Salonen who is a wife, mom, and author. Roxane shares about balancing writing with motherhood and some important things she has learned along the way. You will not want to miss the important words of wisdom that her friend Linda shared with her once. And we end with pickles and cinnamon candy! Sounds good, right?

Roxane's blog
Roxane's books
Roxane on Twitter

Thank you SO MUCH to Pat Gohn who left an iTunes review, and Melissa and Annemarie who left great voice feedback this week. Thank you for your support of the Girlfriends podcast. I love hearing from you!

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends at Patreon.com/Girlfriends

Complete links and show notes at DanielleBean.com

Sep 12, 2016

This week we are talking about communication between the sexes. If we understand one another's communication styles and preferences, we can have much clearer and more fruitful communication in our relationships, especially in our marriages. I share 3 ways that men and women tend to communicate differently:

1) We speak about emotion differently.
2) We speak for different purposes.
3) We speak differently when faced with a problem.
In talking about these differences together and with our spouses, we can better understand one another and avoid unnecessary conflicts and offenses. We are all learning this stuff together!

INTERVIEW
This week I share an great conversation I had with Roxane Salonen who is a wife, mom, and author. Roxane shares about balancing writing with motherhood and some important things she has learned along the way. You will not want to miss the important words of wisdom that her friend Linda shared with her once. And we end with pickles and cinnamon candy! Sounds good, right?

Roxane's blog
Roxane's books
Roxane on Twitter

Thank you SO MUCH to Pat Gohn who left an iTunes review, and Melissa and Annemarie who left great voice feedback this week. Thank you for your support of the Girlfriends podcast. I love hearing from you!

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends at Patreon.com/Girlfriends

Complete links and show notes at DanielleBean.com

Sep 5, 2016

This week we are talking about getting rid of the guilt that can be so crippling in our lives. First, we must distinguish between healthy, helpful guilt, and unhealthy, unhelpful guilt. We are talking about "getting rid" of the unhealthy kind, so it's important to note the difference. Once you determine you are dealing with unhealthy guilt, here are some points to keep in mind:

1) God made you unique and you are meant to be a unique blessing to the people in your life.
2) Find out what your family actually WANTS. You might be surprised!
3) Be careful what you read from the "experts." YOU are the expert in your own life.
4) Get an outside opinion. If you are feeling confused about the guilt you feel, talk with someone you trust and get the benefit of their perspective.
5) If you decide to embark on something new, immediately take at least one small step toward your goal. Banish the feeling of guilt and paralysis by taking action -- however small -- toward meeting your new goal!

INTERVIEW
This week I share an awesome chat I had with Daria Sockey from the Coffee and Canticles blog. She shares so beautifully about her own fun adventures and challenges as mom and homeschooler.

Daria's blog
Daria's book: The Everyday Catholic's Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours

Thank you SO MUCH to Erica who left voicemail feedback this week.

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends at Patreon.com/Girlfriends

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