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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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Dec 26, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I will be back in 2017 with fresh, new content. Thank you for being a part of the Girlfriends podcast. May God bless you and yours with many blessings during this Christmas season and throughout the new year.

Dec 19, 2016

In this special episode, I chat with Sarah Reinhard and Lisa Hendey about their work on The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion: A Book of Daily Reflections.

We discuss some of the challenges all women face when it comes to making daily prayer a priority, as well some of the ways those challenges change as our roles change as wives and moms. We share some of our own difficulties this Advent season and ways we are doing our best to encourage and support one another during this busy -- but meant to be prayerful -- season.

I always love any opportunity to connect with Sarah and Lisa, and I hope you will enjoy our conversation.

Wishing you an abundance of peace and joy this Christmas! See you soon!

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Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

Dec 12, 2016

In this (50th!) episode, we are talking about the Christmas Crazies and how to avoid them. In addition to recognizing that you are in control of many of the pressures you feel this time of year, I share some other ideas as well:

1) Keep some of your routines.
Daily routines and habits are part of how you and your family can find comfort and stay sane during crazy busy holiday celebrations.

2) Watch your sugar.
It's just EVERYWHERE this time of year. You don't have to say no to everything, but give some serious thought to the ways in which continually over-indulging in sugar makes you miserable in the long run.

3) Know when to say no.
You do not have to attend every event and send every gift and acrd just because you were invited to. Know your personal lists and your family's limits, and do your best to respect them.

4) Make room for quiet. 
Never more than this time of year, our souls crave quiet. Find yourself some in any creative way you can.

I also answer questions from listeners about how to handle Santa Claus and whether or not to take young kids to Midnight Mass. Let me know what you think!

INTERVIEW
This week we have such a fun conversation with Lisa Henley Jones, blogger at Of Sound Mind and Spirit. Lisa shares so beautifully about faith, family, work, and what she has learned (sometimes the hard way!) over the years about what is really important.

 

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Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

 

Dec 5, 2016

In this episode, we are talking about some easy, simple ideas for celebrating and observing Advent yourself and with your family. I share 5 ideas:

1) Pray a little more.
Look for ways to add prayer and Scripture to your daily routines.

2) Give a little more.
Get creative with ways to give to others during this season of generosity.

3) Mark the days.
There are some easy, fun ideas for ways to count down till Christmas, by yourself or with your kids.

4) Add music!
Here is the Spotify Advent playlist I talk about. Let me know yours!

5) Do something more at your parish.
Find a way to participate in something or give your time to something in your parish community.

INTERVIEW
This week we have a delightful conversation with Tiffany Walsh from Life of a Catholic Librarian. Tiffany shares some great thoughts on the ways in which she has grown and changed as woman through the years and how she has learned to become comfortable in her own skin. She also shares the "mistake" of over-worrying and trying to control too much in our lives and our family's lives. Such a great perspective from a wise and thoughtful lady. You will love Tiffany! Check her out:

Tiffany's blog: Life of a Catholic Librarian
Tiffany's podcast
Tiffany on Twitter
Tiffany's writing at CatholicMom.com

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Complete show notes and links at DanielleBean.com

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