Girlfriends (A Podcast for Catholic Women)

Connect with Girlfriends. Know your worth. Find your joy.

About the show

Danielle shares advice, encouragement, and connection for Catholic women in all walks of life.

Episodes

  • Sanctify Your Home (with Andrea Zachman)

    May 19th, 2020  |  45 mins 4 secs
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    Today I have guest, Andrea Zachman, on the show. She is author of The Sacred That Surrounds Us, a beautiful book for kids and parents that details all of the items in a church and how each of them points us toward heaven.

  • Our Friend Faustina (with Emily Jaminet and Michele Faehnle)

    May 12th, 2020  |  48 mins 44 secs
    ascension, ascension press, balance, catholic, catholicism, danielle bean, divine mercy, emily, faustina, fitness, health, jaminet, kids, michele faehnle, motherhood, our friend faustina, parenting, prayer, spirituality, st. faustina

    I recently had the chance to sit down with two dear friends, Emily Jaminet and Michele Faehnle. These two inspiring ladies are authors of several books together. One of their most recent books is Our Friend Faustina: Life Lessons in Divine Mercy. This book is a collection of personal stories from women about ways in which they have been blessed by St. Faustina and Jesus’ message of Divine Mercy.

  • How to Cultivate Contentment

    May 5th, 2020  |  47 mins 29 secs
    ascension, ascension press, balance, catholic, catholicism, danielle bean, fitness, health, kids, motherhood, parenting, prayer, spirituality

    Do you suffer with discontent? In what way do you feel like you fall short, or your life falls short of your expectations? What things or status do you long for and wind up feeling disillusioned or disappointed?

    This week we are talking about those feelings of discontent, where they come from, and how we can cultivate a greater sense of contentment with what we have and who we are.

  • It’s OK to Not Be OK

    April 28th, 2020  |  30 mins 24 secs
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    How are you doing? Not so great? Me too.

    This week, I’m sharing from my heart about some of the ways this time of quarantine and social isolation has been challenging for me and my family. I want to encourage you to know that if you are struggling, it’s alright to admit that. It’s OK to not be “quarantining well.” Whatever that means.

  • 5 Ways to Make Working From Home Work for You

    April 21st, 2020  |  45 mins 40 secs
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    With the threat of COVID-19 and the importance of self quarantining, many of us find ourselves working from home in new and unusual ways. Maybe your office job has shifted to your home. Or your spouse is now working from home or your kids are doing school work from home.

  • Coping in a Time of COVID-19 (with Dr. Jacqueline Brown)

    April 14th, 2020  |  58 mins 2 secs
    anxiety, emotions, jacqueline brown, mental health, nature, quarantine, teens

    Dr. Jacqueline Brown has been on the show before. A couple of months ago, she came on to talk about the importance of Catholic fiction and her popular series of books, The Light Series. But this time, she is joining us in a different capacity, as she is also a psychologist.

    Dr. Jacqueline Brown and I discuss coping mechanisms for a time of quarantine, some of the complicated emotions many of us are feeling, and how to best take care of our kids, our marriages, our work, and ourselves in these uncertain times.

    Snippet from the Show
    Turn off the news. If you can be in nature, be in nature. It's amazing just how much being around trees, grass, and flowers helps our mental health, and even our physical health.

  • 7 Ways to Find Peace in Quarantine

    April 7th, 2020  |  43 mins 23 secs
    ascension press, balance, catholic, catholicism, change what you can, connect with others, coronavirus, covid-19, danielle bean, emotional eating, fitness, gratitude, health, kids, motherhood, parenting, peace, pray don't worry, prayer, spirituality, trust, trust god

    How are you holding up? Are you adjusting to a new “normal”? A new way to getting up every day and doing your job, supporting your husband, and helping your kids with schoolwork? All without the usual social events and connections we are used to?

  • How Fasting Can Help Your Marriage (with Colleen Duggan)

    March 31st, 2020  |  54 mins 37 secs
    ascension, ascension press, balance, catholic, catholicism, danielle bean, fitness, health, kids, motherhood, parenting, prayer, spirituality

    Author Colleen Duggan joins us for today’s show, sharing about some of the surprising ways that the practice of fasting has blessed her marriage. We have talked about some of the spiritual benefits of fasting before, but Colleen is passionate about its strength as a spiritual tool specifically for marriage.

    At the end of today’s show, I shared a little bit of feedback from Katherine, a listener who has a son who was born without an immune system. She shares these quick tips for social distancing as a family.

    For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit AscensionPress.com.

  • How to Set Healthy Boundaries

    March 24th, 2020  |  43 mins 33 secs
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    Do you struggle to set healthy boundaries in your relationships with strangers, co-workers, extended and immediate family? If so, join the club! This week, I share some ways I have recently struggled to set boundaries in my own life, along with ideas for how you can get better at setting boundaries in your life as well. All relationships are improved by setting reasonable boundaries. It is not mean or selfish to stand up for ourselves and say what our personal preferences and limitations are.

    I also share some feedback I received from listener Deirdre who is worried and anxious about the Coronavirus with her young children and aging parents. How can we manage our worries about illness and other things that are beyond our control?

    For episode shownotes, text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777 or visit AscensionPress.com.

  • 6 Tips for Parenting Your Children Through COVID-19

    March 17th, 2020  |  40 mins 12 secs
    ascension, ascension press, balance, catholic, catholicism, danielle bean, fitness, health, kids, motherhood, parenting, prayer, spirituality

    We are all facing many unknowns these days as we struggle to adjust to changes in work, school, and home schedules as a result of COVID-19. How can we make sure we are caring for our children well through anxiety, stress, and worry? This week, I am sharing six ideas for ways we can focus on being the parents our kids need us to be in the days and weeks that lie ahead.

    For full episode shownotes, visit AscensionPress.com or text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777.

  • 4 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

    March 10th, 2020  |  44 mins 16 secs
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    Are you anxious? Are you worried? If so, know you are not alone in experiencing anxiety. Many of us worry about many things, but God wants better for us—he wants us to grow in trust in him to provide for everything we ever need. And yet it’s hard, and we struggle sometimes with worry and fear. This week, I’m sharing four things that can help.

    For full episode shownotes, visit AscensionPress.com or text GIRLFRIENDS to 33-777.

  • Bible Study for Catholic Women (with Lisa Brenninkmeyer)

    March 3rd, 2020  |  48 mins 54 secs
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    This week’s Girlfriends guest is Lisa Brenninkmeyer, founder of Walking With Purpose. Lisa creates beautiful Bible studies that bring Catholic women together to read and study Scripture, all over the US, Europe, and Canada. In our conversation, Lisa shares about how and why she founded the ministry as well some of her most recent projects and plans she has for the future. She is a joy-filled, inspiring woman, and I just know you will appreciate all that she shares.

  • Living Memento Mori (with Emily Deardo)

    February 25th, 2020  |  43 mins 52 secs
    ascension, ascension press, balance, catholic, catholicism, danielle bean, fitness, health, kids, motherhood, parenting, prayer, spirituality

    This week’s Girlfriends guest is Emily Deardo, author of the newly-released Living Memento Mori: My Journey Through the Stations of the Cross. Emily shares about her diagnosis with serious illness at the age of 11 and the ways in which her struggles and health challenges have shaped her faith life. Her book is an inspiring read any time, but an especially great pick for Lent this year.

  • 6 Tips for Parenting Big Kids

    February 18th, 2020  |  48 mins 38 secs
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    As our kids grow up, become teenagers, go away to school, and become young adults who work and live lives of their own, parenting them becomes different—and in some ways, harder.

    This week’s topic is inspired by the content of my newest book, Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood, newly available on Amazon and at Ave Maria Press.

  • 5 Creative Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

    February 11th, 2020  |  38 mins 28 secs
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    How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? It can be a tricky date on the calendar for some of us who have high expectations and wind up feeling disappointed and unappreciated when things don’t go as planned. One antidote to that is to find creative new ways to celebrate love on February 14!

  • How to Love Annoying People

    February 4th, 2020  |  46 mins 21 secs
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    We all deal with annoying people sometimes. Whether the annoying person is a stranger at Mass, a co-worker, or your own husband, here are some ideas for ways we can answer God’s call to love every human being, even if they are getting on our nerves.