Episodes
In this episode, Danielle Bean talks to Maria Marianyagam, a children's book author, about teaching kids virtue. Maria shares her journey of becoming a children's book author and the importance of starting to teach virtues at a young age. They discuss Maria's board book series, which focuses on virtues like hope and courage, and how parents can engage with the series. Danielle also addresses the topic of female friendships and the importance of cultivating meaningful connections with other...
Published 04/09/24
Do you know that next Sunday we will observe Divine Mercy Sunday? This time of year is a wonderful opportunity to focus on Jesus’ gift of Divine Mercy. A great way to celebrate Easter for all 50 days is to plan to practice the Corporal Works of Mercy in your family and in your community. In this week’s show, Danielle shares ideas for creative ways to practice each of the works of mercy: Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Clothe the Naked, Shelter the Homeless, Visit the Sick, Visit...
Published 04/02/24
In this episode, Danielle Bean shares five things to inspire your Holy Week. She encourages listeners to add more quiet to their lives, make Holy Week different, engage in interactive prayer experiences, consider Holy Week creative projects, take a pilgrimage, plan for a special Good Friday, and attend additional liturgies at church. At the end of this week's show, Danielle offers advice and encouragement to a listener who wants to publish a book about her near-death...
Published 03/26/24
In this episode, Danielle Bean discusses how to handle family drama. She emphasizes the importance of setting realistic expectations, thinking ahead and planning ahead, picking your battles, and setting boundaries. She also shares listener feedback on cultivating joy and offers advice on embracing your temperament, faking it till you make it, and praying for the grace to be more joyful. Takeaways Set realistic expectations for family drama and recognize that it is a normal part of family...
Published 03/19/24
In this episode, Danielle Bean interviews Erika Ahern from CatholicVote and The Loop. They discuss the importance of engaging in deep conversations about politics and religion, teaching children to navigate these topics, and the mission of The Loop to "become the media." They also share insights on balancing work, home, and relationships, and offer advice on seeking forgiveness and navigating difficult relationships. Engaging in deep conversations about politics and religion is important for...
Published 03/12/24
In this episode, Danielle Bean discusses what to do when feeling unmotivated. She provides 10 different strategies to consider, including reflecting on the root cause of the lack of motivation, setting small goals, finding inspiration, changing your environment, being kind to oneself, taking breaks in your work, seeking support, focusing on the why behind the goal, trying something new, and celebrating your progress. She also addresses listener feedback and encourages re-thinking Lent as an...
Published 03/05/24
You know you love candles! How about some free CATHOLIC candles? Michael and Anna Camacho, the husband and wife team behind CORDA Candles, join Danielle Bean on the Girlfriends podcast. They share their journey of starting a faith-based candle business and the inspiration behind their unique scents. The couple discusses the challenges and rewards of working together as a married couple and the importance of creating pure and clean candles. They also talk about the impact of small Catholic...
Published 02/27/24
In this episode, Danielle Bean interviews Emily Stimson Chapman about her work as a writer and her collaboration with Scott Hahn in creating Catholic children's books. Her newest book is The Supper of the Lamb. They discuss the importance of engaging children in theology and finding balance in motherhood. Emily shares her experience of saying no to opportunities and the challenges of managing writing while raising her family. They also discuss the importance of female friendship and raising...
Published 02/20/24
In this episode, Danielle Bean discusses the upcoming season of Lent and provides ideas for how to approach it. She encourages listeners to do something more, do something less, and love someone better during Lent. She shares personal stories and examples to illustrate these concepts. Additionally, she reads listener feedback about forgiveness and concludes by inviting listeners to join her Lenten journey through her Substack. Takeaways During Lent, consider doing something more, doing...
Published 02/13/24
Father Basil Nortz, author of Holy Silence, joins the Girlfriends podcast to discuss the importance of silence in a noisy world. He shares the inspiration behind writing his book, Holy Silence: A Practical Guide to Recollection in God, and the different types of silence, including silence of the body, silence of the senses, silence of the memory, silence of the imagination, silence of conversations, and silence of self-love. Father Nortz emphasizes the countercultural nature of silence and...
Published 02/06/24
In this week's episode, Danielle discusses the important topic of forgiveness, even in the face of terrible things. She emphasizes the need for flexibility in our plans and goals, as well as the importance of recognizing our own need for forgiveness. Danielle shares personal stories and insights from Scripture to highlight the challenges and rewards of forgiveness. She encourages listeners to choose forgiveness as an act of the will, even when it is difficult, and reminds them of the power of...
Published 01/30/24
In this episode, Danielle Bean interviews licensed marriage and family therapist Melissa Tablada about resolving conflict in marriage. They discuss the importance of deep connection, practical guidelines for resolving conflict, the value of date nights and couple prayer, and the myth of not going to bed angry. Melissa provides practical advice for couples to communicate effectively and maintain a healthy relationship. The episode concludes with listener feedback and advice on dealing with...
Published 01/23/24
This week we are thrilled to be launching the Dan & Danielle Bean podcast, exclusively available through subscription at daniellebean.com. After more than 7 years of podcasting on her own with Girlfriends, Danielle is overjoyed to be working on this project with her husband Dan and can’t wait to share it with you! Dan and Danielle have been married almost 30 years (this July!) and they have eight awesome kids. In this new show, they share stories, thoughts, fun, and wisdom that we have...
Published 01/16/24
Danielle Bean chats with Dr. Bob Schuchts, the bestselling author of Be Healed and the founder of the John Paul II Healing Center in Tallahassee, Florida. Danielle and Dr. Schuchts discuss every person's need for healing, some ways that we sometimes seek healing in all the wrong places, and Jesus as the source of all healing. They also explore the importance of belief in God's healing power and the challenge of overcoming self-sufficiency. Bob explains the tree and the apple analogy for...
Published 01/09/24
Did you make any resolutions this year? In case you need a little inspiration and encouragement, Danielle shares her idea for the ONLY resolution you need to make. If you do nothing else this year, consider working on this--letting God love you. Three things to keep in mind as you do that: 1. Take the time. It takes time to get to know God and let him enter more deeply into your life. Time and again, Jesus "went away to pray" and we need to do likewise. 2. Screen your thoughts. What are...
Published 01/02/24
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We are taking a break and using this opportunity to revisit this popular episode where Danielle shares 5 innovative ideas for things to give up in the new year. 1. Undisciplined phone use Are you constantly checking your phone throughout your day? Do you spend too much time mindlessly scrolling through social media? Consider setting limits to when, where, and how you use your phone, and your mental health will be better for it. 2. Stuff you don’t...
Published 12/26/23
“Your marriage is the foundation on which your entire family life is built. Anytime you've got extra pressure in your outside lives, it can really add to the pressure that you experience in your relationship.” In the weeks that lead up to Christmas, financial stress, social pressure, and endless to-do lists can add up to a tense situation in your marriage. We need to take steps to protect and nurture our marriages during the busy season of Advent. Danielle shares some ideas: Pause. Take a...
Published 12/19/23
“Give your kids the gift of Scripture that's going to be imprinted on their hearts forever. Put it into their hearts and minds. Make that what's filling their little hearts during this season of Advent.” Here we are, in the thick of Advent! Are you stressed yet? Let’s stay focused on the things that are truly important and help our kids to do the same. Danielle is sharing 6 ideas for ways to nurture your kids’ faith lives this Advent season: Scripture Verses You might add some relevant...
Published 12/12/23
Snippet From the Show “I do this podcast for you, so it makes sense that I would answer your questions to celebrate the 400th episode. I’m so grateful you’re here. ” Crazy, but true! This is the 400th episode of the Girlfriends podcast and to mark the occasion, Danielle asked for your questions and she answers many of them in today’s show. From work/life balance to raising Catholic kids, Danielle offers ideas and insight on the topics that are on your mind. Thank you for being part of the...
Published 12/05/23
Snippet From the Show “The holiday season can be a hard time for many people. If you are grieving or struggling, it can be hard to feel pressured to be joyful.” Ready or not, Advent is here! Are you looking forward to this crazy-busy season, or approaching the holidays with some sadness this year? The good news is that joy is not something that depends on your outer circumstances or even your feelings. Authentic joy is something we can choose every day, and especially something we can choose...
Published 11/28/23
Snippet From the Show “I think that the question of love is something really pressing today and the hearts and minds of everyone, especially of young people.” – Anne Marie Bollman Today’s special guest is Anne Marie Bollman, a senior at the University of Notre Dame studying the Program of Liberal Studies and Theology with a minor in history. On campus, she is a student worker for the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture and is deeply involved in Right to Life, coordinating its annual...
Published 11/21/23
Snippet From the Show “When it comes to our spending habits, sometimes the most important thing we need is information.” Whether it’s because of inflation or your growing family, as we look ahead to Thanksgiving and Christmas, many of us are facing tighter budgets this year. Danielle is sharing some reminders of simple ways that we cut back a bit and save some money this month: No-Spend Challenge Challenge yourself to not spend money (beyond essentials) for a set period of time. You might...
Published 11/14/23
Snippet From the Show “We have resources to help moms identify how they feel about themselves and to get in their right mind and hearts over it, and then we give them all the materials in a step by step way.” –Grace Emily Stark There is so much in our culture today that makes young women feel uncomfortable in their own bodies. Moms want resources to help their girls navigate the emotional and physical changes of their teen years and encourage a positive outlook on their own womanhood....
Published 11/07/23
Snippet From the Show “Having people over is about so much more than just entertaining. It’s about truly connecting with one another and building real community.” The holiday season is right around the corner, and maybe you are giving some thought to holiday hospitality. Do you dread having people over? Or do you avoid it altogether because it just takes so much effort? Danielle shares some tips to help you overcome some of those obstacles and truly get better at hospitality. Have a...
Published 10/31/23