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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Nov 28, 2016

This week we are talking about the ugly sin of JEALOUSY and all the ways it threatens to hurt our relationships and rob us of peace and joy in our lives. Women especially are vulnerable to this sin because we notice all the details about ourselves and others. Some steps I recommend to overcome jealously:

1. Discover why you are vulnerable.
What's going on with you? Are you tired, stressed, feeling unappreciated? Get to the source of your current weakness and you can better avoid the temptation toward jealousy.

2. Find out what lie you are believing.
Do you feel unworthy? Do you believe God does not love you? Do you think that God can "run out" of love and blessings? Get to the heart of what false things you are believing about God and yourself in order to fix your perspective on the blessings God gives other people.

3. Address it.
Once you recognize jealousy, it's important to address it. This can happen in confession, which is a great way to get the graces you need to overcome temptation. But this can also happen in heart-to-heart talks with a trusted friend or your husband. Acknowledge the sin of jealousy and you will take away some of its power over you. Also, we can address jealousy in our own spiritual lives by working directly against it, by praying for those we are tempted to be jealous of. This is a difficult practice, but well worth it in the benefits you can gain from it.

We talk this week with the lovely Kara Klein, member of the music group His Own. Kara shares so beautifully about her music and ministry, as well as her struggles as a young single woman in the church. You will love all that she shares!

Kara's website
His Own on Facebook
His Own on Twitter
His Own on Instagram
His Own on Youtube

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Nov 21, 2016

I take my inspiration this week from a fun episode of Gretchen Rubin's podcast, Happier. In the podcast (and in her books), Gretchen looks at 7 essential parts of life where, if we focus on making improvements, we can find greater happiness in our life and work.

In her recent show, Gretchen Rubin went through the 7 essentials and shared what improvements she might make in each of these areas. In this episode, I do the same, in the hopes of inspiring you to examine where in your life you can make some small changes and improvements to find greater happiness.

Here are the 7!

1. Eat and drink more healthfully.
2. Exercise regularly.
3. Save, spend, and earn wisely.
4. Rest, relax, and enjoy.
5. Stop procrastinating, make consistent progress.
6. Simplify, clear, and organize.
7. Engage more deeply—with other people, with God, with yourself, with the world.

Let me know what you are inspired to work on!

We talk this week with Lori Crock, owner and founder of MoveStrong Kettlebells. Lori shares her journey toward fit living and the ways in which sh works with women of all fitness levels to gain strength, improve their health, and achieve their goals.

You will love Loris' down-to-earth, realistic approach to fitness and the ways in which she incorporates her Catholic faith in all that she does.

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Nov 14, 2016

This week we are discussing the ways in which wounds and mistakes from our past threaten to harm us in the present and future. How can we let go of our past and make forward progress in our work and relationships? In what ways do past failures give us negative expectations for the future? How can we overcome our past so we can enjoy the present and build the future we want? I discuss 3 different aspects of our life that our past can affect:

1) Personal Relationships
We all bring baggage to our personal relationships and past wounds can set us up for insecurity and distrust.

2) Work
Whether your work is that of a full time parent or homemaking or a professional career, we all have goals for our work. In what ways might your past be holding you back from setting and achieving important goals in your work?

3) Spiritual Life
Sometimes, because of past sins, we hold on to a sense of guilt and unworthiness, even if we know our sins have been forgiven. Of course we need the sacrament of confession, but we also can take steps toward recognizing the limitlessness of God's mercy and forgiveness.

We talk this week with Mary Ellen Barrett, amor, writer, and homeschooling consultant. She helps us laugh at our mistakes in parenting and set realistic goals for raising good Catholic kids. You will love laughing along with us!

Mary Ellen's homeschool consulting business
Mary Ellen on Facebook
Mary Ellen on Twitter
Mary Ellen on Pinterest

The Choice Wine Live (marriage conference I will be speaking at in Jacksonville, Florida, November 19)

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Nov 7, 2016

This week we are talking about working moms, and the balance of home life and professional life. This plays out in all different kinds of way sin different families, but I share some guiding principles for us to keep in mind when deciding these things and discussing the topic of working women.

First, I think it's important to recognize that this is not a black and white, one size fits all topic. Every family is different, and we all need to prayerfully decide what works best for our families.

Second, Let us never say NEVER. Life has a way of throwing us curve balls and while you may think you will always work, or will always stay home with your young children, you may wind up facing different circumstances and making different choices in the future. That is okay. That's life.

Third, I encourage women to put their motherhood first. What that means will vary form one person to the next, but our vocation is to motherhood, and we need to give that primacy over all other things. We will be happiest and most satisfied, whether we work full time, part time, or not at all, if we recognize the worth of that calling.

And finally, we note that we are blessed to live in times such as these, where families can prioritize their children and their needs while paying the bills, in many creative and innovative ways. Figure out what is best for you family, and the go do it!

We talk this week with Rebecca Frech from Catholic Conspiracy. Rebecca shares some of her trials and triumphs in motherhood, working life, fitness, and friendship. She also shares some inspiration and humor from the experience of her daughter's illness and her winding up needing to use a wheelchair. You will love all that she has to share!

Rebecca's book is Teaching in Your Tiara: A Homeschool Book for the Rest of Us

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