Girlfriends (A Podcast for Catholic Women)

Girlfriends (A Podcast for Catholic Women)
Connect with Girlfriends. Know your worth. Find your joy.

How Busy Is Too Busy? (with Rachel Balducci)
May 26 • 55 min
Rachel’s new book is all about busy schedules and how we can find balance — and this time of quarantine is a wonderful opportunity to think about all those things and make a plan for personal and family schedules after quarantine. Rachel and I discuss…
Sanctify Your Home (with Andrea Zachman)
May 19 • 45 min
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. _Snippet From the Show Our homes…
Our Friend Faustina (with Emily Jaminet and Michele Faehnle)
May 12 • 48 min
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…
How to Cultivate Contentment
May 5 • 47 min
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…
It’s OK to Not Be OK
Apr 28 • 30 min
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…
5 Ways to Make Working From Home Work for You
Apr 21 • 45 min
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…
Coping in a Time of COVID-19 (with Dr. Jacqueline Brown)
Apr 14 • 58 min
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…
7 Ways to Find Peace in Quarantine
Apr 7 • 43 min
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? These…
How Fasting Can Help Your Marriage (with Colleen Duggan)
Mar 31 • 54 min
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…
How to Set Healthy Boundaries
Mar 24 • 43 min
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…
6 Tips for Parenting Your Children Through COVID-19
Mar 17 • 40 min
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…
4 Ways to Reduce Anxiety
Mar 10 • 44 min
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…
Bible Study for Catholic Women (with Lisa Brenninkmeyer)
Mar 3 • 48 min
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…
Living Memento Mori (with Emily Deardo)
Feb 25 • 43 min
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…
6 Tips for Parenting Big Kids
Feb 18 • 48 min
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…
5 Creative Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Feb 11 • 38 min
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…
How to Love Annoying People
Feb 4 • 46 min
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. 1)…
Why Catholic Fiction Matters (with Jacqueline Brown)
Jan 28 • 51 min
Our guest this week is Jacqueline Brown,author of the Catholic fiction series The Light Series. Jacqueline tells about her journey from a practicing clinical psychologist to Catholic fiction writer. Jacqueline shares about making time for beauty and art…
Don’t Hide Your Light
Jan 21 • 48 min
It’s easy to think we’re being humble when we’re really just being down on ourselves. Don’t hide your light! Let’s talk about some of our struggles in embracing the talents God has given us and allowing him to work through us to inspire and bless others.…
5 Spiritual Goals for the New Year
Jan 14 • 45 min
Happy New Year! Have you made spiritual goals for the year yet? What are they? This week, I want to share a few ideas to inspire you:1. Penance on Fridays Did you know every Friday of the year is meant to be penitential, not just during Lent? An easy way…
Amazing Women Saints (with Claire Swinarski)
Jan 7 • 37 min
Claire Swinarski joins me to talk about some of her favorite women saints (and saints to be), including St. Therese of Lisieux and Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange, who founded the Oblate Sisters in order to allow African-American women to enter religious life…
Throwback Tuesday: How to Find out Your Gifts
Dec 31, 2019 • 41 min
Happy New Years Girlfriends! Today I share another popular episode from the Girlfriend’s archive: How to Find Out Your Gifts. The New Year is a great time to reassess and reflect on what unique gifts God has blessed you with, and how you can use them in…
Throwback Tuesday: 6 Things You Should Do Every Day
Dec 24, 2019 • 52 min
This week we are getting back to basics. We always talk about how we can find peace, balance, and joy in family living, so here are six basic things to do every day to get there. Snippet from the Show There are times in your life when you don’t feel like…
Preparing for Christmas in Your Heart and Home
Dec 17, 2019 • 33 min
Preparing for Christmas during advent shouldn't be that different from preparing for the arrival of a new baby. In today's episode, I reflect on the ways that our Advent waiting mirrors the kind of waiting we do while pregnant and expecting. Here are…
Easy Advent Ideas for Busy Moms
Dec 10, 2019 • 36 min
Happy Advent! Are you feeling too busy and overwhelmed? Here’s help! This week, I am sharing some easy Advent ideas that are practical and do-able for even the busiest of moms. Paper Chain of Prayer Make a paper chain with a link for each day until…
Spend Advent in the Word of God (with Elizabeth Foss)
Dec 3, 2019 • 47 min
My guest this week is Elizabeth Foss, wife, mother, author, and founder of the women’s ministry Take Up and Read. Join us as we talk about how to immerse ourselves in the Word of God this Advent. Elizabeth also shares about the newest journal available…
6 Tips on How to Be More Grateful
Nov 26, 2019 • 46 min
It’s Thanksgiving week! Are you practicing an attitude of gratitude? Even though this is a special time for us to remember the importance of gratitude, being grateful in the everyday is something we can all work on improving. This week, I’m sharing 6 tips…
The Gift of Sacred Art (with Melissa Girard)
Nov 19, 2019 • 38 min
Melissa Girard joins us on Girlfriends to talk about the power of sacred art to reveal universal truths about humanity, the sacred, and man’s relationship with God. **_Snippet from the Show: _ Works of sacred art don’t simply draw you into themselves—they…
How to Do Difficult Things
Nov 12, 2019 • 41 min
I was inspired to take on this topic by my recent reading of Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins. (I did not finish reading because of the insane levels of foul language, so I do not necessarily recommend it!). In it, the…
Reclaiming the Art of Homemaking with Dr. Carrie Gress
Nov 5, 2019 • 42 min
It’s easy to downplay the art of homemaking as home decor, but it’s so much more. In fact, one of the greatest capabilities of the feminine genius is the ability to make a place feel like home. Today I’m sitting down with Dr. Carrie Gress, author of…
Hacks for Empty Nesters
Oct 29, 2019 • 39 min
After our recent episode on "Toddler Hacks for Weary Moms," I heard from listener Cathy in the Girlfriends facebook group (join the group here!). Cathy writes: “Danielle - I just listened to the podcast on Toddler Hacks. You had a lot of good suggestions.…
When Prayers Go Unanswered
Oct 22, 2019 • 42 min
It can be so hard to pray for something very good and very specific and then feel like God is letting your prayers go unanswered. Or worse, like he is ignoring our prayers altogether. How can we handle feelings of discouragement and frustration when this…
Help for Catholic Brides with Chloe Langr
Oct 15, 2019 • 40 min
This week my guest is Chloe Langr, mom, wife, author, and podcaster. Chloe is author of the recently published journal for Catholic brides, Created For Love: Reflections for the Catholic Bride-to-Be. Chloe shares her own experiences as a young bride…
A Year With the Mystics: Interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez
Oct 8, 2019 • 41 min
This week my guest is Kathryn Jean Lopez, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and author of many books, including her most recent, A Year With the Mystics: Visionary Wisdom for Daily Living. Kathryn shares how she came to write this…
6 Toddler Hacks for Weary Moms
Oct 1, 2019 • 38 min
Are you a mom of a toddler? Are you exhausted? I recently asked for people to send me questions on Instagram, and more than one listener requested that I do a show about surviving the toddler years. So I spent some time thinking about what things I would…
How to Manage Social Media for Teens
Sep 24, 2019 • 48 min
This is a scary topic for many parents—how can we manage our teens on social media? I am here to offer some help and encouragement, first of all that you can be of help to your kids with regard to social media, and second of all, it is your right and your…
Discerning God’s Will with Jackie Angel
Sep 17, 2019 • 37 min
My guest this week is Jackie Angel, singer/songwriter, wife, mother, worship leader, and now co-author of Pray, Decide, and Don’t Worry: 5 Steps to Discerning God’s Will. This book is available for pre-order now at Jackie co-wrote the…
Personal Finance How-To’s with Victoria Sechrist
Sep 10, 2019 • 40 min
My guest this week helps us take on an important topic that many of us avoid—personal finances. Victoria Sechrist is a financial trainer and a newly-married Catholic (she and her husband met on CatholicMatch!). She and I discuss planning for retirement,…
Making Family Prayer Time Happen
Sep 3, 2019 • 42 min
Do you struggle to make family prayer time happen in your home? Is it a goal of yours to pray together as a family, and yet you find yourself failing to make it happen? This week, I answer a question from listener Amy who is struggling to make family time…
Growing Closer to God through Parenting (with Lindsay Schlegel)
Aug 27, 2019 • 35 min
Author Lindsay Schlegel joins us this week for a show where we discuss how parenting can help us grow closer to God. That is the theme of Lindsay’s book, Don’t Forget to Say Thank You: And Other Parenting Lessons That Brought Me Closer to God. You can…
How to Cope with Hard Change
Aug 20, 2019 • 43 min
This week we are talking about seasons of change in motherhood, and how we can best cope with them. Whether you are sending a child off to college or to kindergarten, moving into a new neighborhood or starting a new job, change can be a challenging thing…
Live Big, Love Bigger with Kathryn Whitaker
Aug 13, 2019 • 41 min
This week’s guest is my friend Kathryn Whitaker, author of Live Big, Love Bigger: Getting Real with BBQ, Sweet Tea, and a Whole Lotta Jesus. Kathryn shares beautifully about how this book came to be, and also about her struggles with faith, marriage,…
5 Ways to Be More Confident
Aug 6, 2019 • 42 min
Do you struggle with confidence? I think many of us feel alone in our anxieties and insecurities, but it’s very common to lack confidence sometimes. Whether you are starting a new work project, or building a friendship, or growing in your marriage or…
Sorting Your Stuff with Lisa Lawmaster Hess
Jul 30, 2019 • 48 min
Are you working on organization this summer? Or thinking about ways to approach the fall season with a fresh, new, de-cluttered home or workplace? Today’s guest is here to help. Without guilt or any measure of negativity, Lisa Lawmaster Hess gives you the…
Taking on the World with Olivia Colombo
Jul 23, 2019 • 43 min
I can’t wait for you to meet Olivia Colombo! She is going to encourage you! Olivia is a young adult podcaster, speaker, and activist who is making changes and encouraging others with her positive energy in the Church and in her community. She and I chat…
So You Want to Change Your Husband
Jul 16, 2019 • 47 min
Who among us doesn’t want to influence our significant other? And this is not always a bad thing! We want good things for our husbands and we want them to become all that God has planned for them to be, and so we … nudge, nag, suggest, and criticize. But…
How to Make Schooling Choices for Your Kids
Jul 9, 2019 • 45 min
Should you homeschool, or send your kids to public school, private school, online school, charter school, or some combination of these things? These are hard decisions we have to make as parents, and at the end of this school year is an opportune time to…
Mary, Our Queen and Our Mother (with Marge Fenelon)
Jul 2, 2019 • 44 min
What is your relationship with Mary like? Do you struggle sometimes to feel close to our mother in heaven? Author Marge Fenelon writes extensively about Mary, from personal experience and from a historical perspective. Her newest book is My Queen, My…
Healthy Ways to Handle Failure
Jun 25, 2019 • 40 min
Failure feels terrible. Maybe you didn’t get a job you applied for, maybe your idea for a school fundraiser was a total dud, or maybe you just got impatient and yelled at your kids. Again. When we fail, we are sometimes tempted to live in denial or drown…
Girlfriends LIVE: Sharing Your Faith with Others
Jun 18, 2019 • 49 min
This week’s show was recorded live on Facebook with listeners interacting with me live as I recorded. This was a fun way to do the show and I hope you enjoy listening to it, even after the fact. We talked about the topic of sharing your faith with…
How to Plan a Wedding and Not Lose Your Soul
Jun 11, 2019 • 54 min
My daughter got married last weekend, and despite all the planning that goes into weddings, we survived! In fact, I enjoyed it! I am so grateful to God for the gift of this blessed event and all that we enjoyed in the process of planning and hosting. When…
Living Abundantly with Katie Curtis
Jun 4, 2019 • 26 min
This week I am excited to share a recent conversation I had with my friend, author Katie Curtis. Katie is a wife, mom, and author of The Wideness of the Sea, a beautiful novel about a young woman’s life transition in her career and among her family…
5 Things Good Friends Do
May 28, 2019 • 43 min
Do you struggle in friendships? So many of us do. But I am a firm believer in the idea that if you want a good friend you should be a good friend. So in that spirit, this week, I am sharing five things that good friends do. Snippet from the Show “It’s a…
Fighting the Temptation of Perfection with Colleen Carroll Campbell
May 21, 2019 • 41 min
This week I am chatting with one of my heroes, author Colleen Carroll Campbell about her newest book, The Heart of Perfection: How the Saints Taught Me to Trade My Dream of Perfect for God’s. Colleen shares about life as a wife, mom, and successful…
How to Make Good Habits Stick
May 14, 2019 • 43 min
This week I am answering a question from listener Erin who wants to know how to get herself to do the things she wants to do. We all struggle with making good habits. We have values and priorities, but sometimes when it comes to following through, we need…
Meet the Man Behind Girlfriends
May 7, 2019 • 60 min
This is the show you’ve been waiting for! This week, my husband Dan joins me on the show for an original interview—the first male guest we’ve ever had on Girlfriends. Dan takes readers’ questions from Instagram, discussing pregnant women, complementarity…
Principles for Effective Discipline
Apr 30, 2019 • 42 min
In anticipation of next week’s show, when my husband Dan will be coming on to share about discipline, I thought this week I would share my own perspective on effective discipline. At the beginning of this episode, I mention a new video series on Divine…
Easy Ways to Practice Mercy this Easter
Apr 23, 2019 • 50 min
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. I mention Fr. Chris Alan in today’s episode, and I just found out that he has created a video series on…
Rock & Roll Meets the Faith (with Dawn Eden Goldstein)
Apr 16, 2019 • 50 min
This week, I had the opportunity to chat with author Dawn Eden Goldstein about her newest book, Sunday Will Never Be the Same: A Rock & Roll Journalist Opens Her Ears to God. Dawn shares about her conversion from the Jewish faith to Christianity and…
Spiritual Benefits of Fasting
Apr 9, 2019 • 43 min
Holy cow, you guys! I heard from so many of you after my recent show (5 Ways to Grow in Patience) and you were all about the fasting. I mentioned in that show that I believe fasting is a helpful way to work on becoming more patient, and many of you wanted…
12 Ways to Boost Your Energy
Apr 2, 2019 • 49 min
We all have times in our lives and in our days where we feel worn out and sluggish, but today we will combat these feelings and boost our energy in simple ways! We talk a lot about things we should spend our time and energy on, things like: hospitality,…
5 Ways to Be More Patient
Mar 26, 2019 • 45 min
Patience is something we can all afford to work on. Not just because patience is a virtue and so we should avoid impatience, but because we can negatively affect relationships with others and our own happiness when we are impatient. This week, we also…
The Girlfriend’s Guide to Hospitality
Mar 19, 2019 • 41 min
Let’s talk about having people over! Why does hospitality feel so hard sometimes? The idea of having people over is so nice. Chatting in my clean living room, having beautifully prepared hors d’ourves, not running ahead of someone to make sure the…
Helping the Church in Need (with Brooke Taylor)
Mar 12, 2019 • 44 min
Today we’re talking about how we can help the global Church through prayer and offerings, and the ministry of The Church in Need, a papal charity that supports the Catholic faithful and other Christians where they are persecuted, oppressed, or in pastoral…
The Sacred That Surrounds Us (with Andrea Zachman)
Mar 5, 2019 • 38 min
Our guest this week is Andrea Zachman, author of The Sacred That Surrounds Us: How Everything in a Catholic Church Points to Heaven, a book that helps reveal our Catholic churches as shrines of devotion, packed with symbolism and deeper meaning. Andrea…
3 Ways to Declutter
Feb 26, 2019 • 43 min
Inspired by Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I’ve been thinking a lot about all the areas in my life that need decluttering. It’s not just my home that is in need of tidying, but also my digital space, and (most importantly) my…
Teaching Kids About Tough Moral Issues (with Leila Miller)
Feb 19, 2019 • 40 min
This week my guest is Leila Miller, author of Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids To Face Today’s Tough Moral Issues. Leila is a wife, mom, grandma, and author who has been combating evil in the culture for decades. She speaks with wisdom and from…
5 Ways to Spread Joy on Valentine’s Day
Feb 12, 2019 • 37 min
Whether you think Valentine’s Day is romantic fun or an over-commercialized beast, we can use it as an opportunity to spread joy. This holiday seems reserved for couples without kids, but celebrating love is something everyone can partake in. So whether…
Here’s Why You’re Giving Up On Exercise
Feb 5, 2019 • 41 min
It’s that time of year when the thrill of setting our New Year health goals starts to wear off and we are in danger of giving up on exercise. Let’s talk about how to deal with the temptation to throw in the towel, why you might be giving up on exercise,…
Connecting Catholicism and Good Manners (with Jacquelyn Youst)
Jan 29, 2019 • 43 min
This week I am sharing a recent conversation I had with etiquette expert Jacquelyn Youst who talks about how her Catholic faith intersects with her work teaching children and business people about the basics of manners. I know you will find her inspiring!…
7 Ways to Be More Humble
Jan 22, 2019 • 43 min
Humility gets a bad rap. Too many of us associate being humble with weakness, insecurity, and unlikability. But that is not the case! Humility is a virtue that goes hand in hand with trust–which is what we have been talking about on the podcast recently.…
How to Banish FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)
Jan 15, 2019 • 38 min
FOMO stands for “fear of missing out”. It refers to the times we feel left out or like we’re not measuring up to others. This happens a lot when we compare ourselves to the carefully crafted versions of people on social media. FOMO happens when we pay too…
3 Goals to Set for 2019
Jan 8, 2019 • 46 min
These 3 goals can actually be achieved by those striving for balance in 2019. It’s that time of year when everyone is thinking about and making New Year resolutions. Are you a resolution-maker? How good are you at keeping your new year commitments? This…
Happy New Years from Danielle Bean!
Jan 1, 2019 • 0 min
Danielle Bean wishes all the Girlfriends listeners a Happy New Years! Tune back in on January 8th for the first full length Girlfriends episode of 2019. For video content and articles that unpack the beauty of the Christmas season, visit…
Merry Christmas!
Dec 25, 2018 • 0 min
Danielle Bean wishes all the Girlfriends listeners a Merry Christmas! Tune back in on January 8th for the first full length Girlfriends episode of 2019. For video content and articles that unpack the beauty of the Christmas season, visit…
7 Ways to Find Peace at Christmas
Dec 18, 2018 • 37 min
Is it even possible to find peace at Christmas when everything and everyone seems maxed out with preparations and celebrations? Well, Christmas is the celebration of Jesus, who is the Prince of Peace, so I think it definitely should be part of your…
How to Stay Healthy Through the Holidays
Dec 11, 2018 • 39 min
Staying healthy through the holidays is hard, but not impossible! It’s the crazy holiday season, so all of our health and fitness goals should go out the window, right? Um, no. I am not here to snatch the Christmas cookies from your hands, but I am here…
Have Your Best Advent Ever
Dec 4, 2018 • 46 min
This week I’m sharing ideas for ways to have your best Advent ever and not drive your family crazy in the process. Know that it won’t be perfect. Add something spiritual to your daily routine. Add something fun to your daily routine. Plan a gift for…
5 Ways to Not Go Insane from Christmas Stress
Nov 27, 2018 • 40 min
Holiday preparations, with all the “extra” that they require of us as wives, mothers, and homemakers, threaten to send us over the edge from Christmas stress. We want to make everything merry and bright, but sometimes the pressure of outside expectations…
Setting Boundaries with Family over the Holidays
Nov 20, 2018 • 40 min
The holidays, with all their gatherings and expectations are rife with conflict. It’s time to talk about setting boundaries with family. Are you dreading the holidays because of the conflicts you know you will face with extended family members, or because…
Cleaning Closets and Finding Your Style with Meghan Ashley
Nov 13, 2018 • 45 min
How clean is your closet? How confident are you in your fashion choices and personal style? It’s OK to admit that these things are challenging. Catholic stylist Meghan Ashley is here to help! This week, I share the details of my own Closet Cleanse…
4 Ways to Raise Compassionate Kids
Nov 6, 2018 • 55 min
This week we are talking about how to raise compassionate kids who care about the thoughts and feelings of others. Isn’t that ultimately our goal? To raise good human beings? These ways I’m sharing are not a guarantee for a good outcome; they are just…
Should We Celebrate Halloween?
Oct 30, 2018 • 48 min
This week we are talking about Halloween and all the ways we can (as well as how we should) observe Halloween and All Saints Day. I share some of my own struggles with this issue as well as some practical ideas for ways to celebrate this season. For…
You Need More Sleep!
Oct 23, 2018 • 48 min
This week we are talking to and about the sleep-deprived—which probably means you. Whether you are lacking sleep because of insomnia, illness, small children, worries, work, or all of the above, this week’s show offers ideas for ways to get the rest your…
Build Community and Stay Connected With Allison Gingras (Part 2)
Oct 16, 2018 • 40 min
This week I am sharing a recent conversation with Allison Gingras, a friend and colleague who is a blogger, podcaster, author, speaker, and retreat leader. For contact information, resources, and offers on my new book, go to…
Making Bible Study Do-Able (with Sonja Corbitt)
Oct 9, 2018 • 48 min
First of all, my newest book, You Are Enough, is available for pre-order! Use the code, GIRLFRIENDS to get 10% off! I share the introduction to the book, as well as some special, limited-time offers for free stuff and discounts, so check it all out at the…
What Are You Keeping from God?
Oct 2, 2018 • 50 min
Are you all in for Jesus? Or is there something you are keeping from God? It has been my experience that we like to think we’re doing God’s will, but when it comes down to it, we struggle to turn over our lives to God and accept his will over our own. I…
This is Why Your Marriage Isn’t Perfect Yet
Sep 25, 2018 • 48 min
Do you want a better marriage? I know I do! Today I encourage you to think about some ways in which you might be falling into bad habits or negative spirals in your relationship with your spouse, along with four ideas for improvement. Making bad…
6 Ways to Support Your Husband as a Spiritual Leader
Sep 18, 2018 • 44 min
I offer six different ways every wife can support her husbands to be the spiritual leaders in the home and community: Think about what you want. Consider what you want from your husband and then ask yourself, “Is it fair and reasonable to ask this of…
How to Stop Yelling at Your Kids
Sep 11, 2018 • 48 min
Listener Tarcy reaches out this week with a question about how to stop yelling at her kids. She recognizes that it’s a bad habit, but struggles to stop. Do you yell at your kids sometimes? Or maybe your husband? Or co-workers? Let’s talk about why this…
Here’s How You Can Save the Church
Sep 4, 2018 • 46 min
The Church is in trouble, and we feel powerless in the face of this evil, but we are not powerless. I have been spending some time thinking and praying about what we can DO, actually DO to help save our Church and I am sharing them here today: Pray for,…
Fix Your Body Image with Mary Lenaburg
Aug 28, 2018 • 46 min
6 Things You Should Do Every Day
Aug 21, 2018 • 50 min
Build Community and Stay Connected With Allison Gingras
Aug 14, 2018 • 45 min
What is a Personal Relationship with Jesus?
Aug 7, 2018 • 43 min
Why You Should Go to Confession
Jul 31, 2018 • 43 min
6 Ways to Banish a Bad Mood
Jul 24, 2018 • 37 min
All About the Sacred Heart of Jesus (with Emily Jaminet)
Jul 17, 2018 • 39 min
Grow in Everyday Holiness
Jul 10, 2018 • 46 min
How can we grow closer to God every day? I think sometimes we take the ideas of holiness and sainthood and put them up high on an unattainable shelf in our minds. But God calls you to be holy! While he does call you to grow in big ways sometimes, he…
Here are the Answers to Your Prayer Excuses
Jul 3, 2018 • 43 min
Do you make prayer excuses? Don’t lie. We all come up with creative ways to avoid doing what we know we should do—pray! In this week’s show, I share some ways to respond to ourselves when we are tempted to make up excuses for why we aren’t praying more.…
5 Ideas for Your Summer Bucket List
Jun 26, 2018 • 44 min
Summer is a time set apart, and so I see … opportunity! To set a goal! To try something new! This week, I’m sharing some ideas I think you should consider adding to your list of goals this summer. 1) Learn something 2) Add to your spiritual life 3) Go…
Real Mom Connections
Jun 19, 2018 • 38 min
What a fun conversation we had with Heather Anderson Renshaw, wife, mom, writer, speaker, and upcoming author of Death By Minivan! With humor and grace, Heather shares about embracing her vocation as a mom, “growing up” in her marriage, and how she…
What Not to Do on Social Media
Jun 12, 2018 • 40 min
Do you misuse social media? I think we all should pause regularly to assess our habits and discern better use of Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, or whatever other social media website or app we’re using. I think there are some things we…
Fight Fair in Your Marriage
Jun 5, 2018 • 55 min
Our topic this week is conflict in marriage. How can we handle the inevitable disagreements that come in our married relationships with maturity and grace? I share some ideas for what I consider “fighting fair” but I want to hear yours too! I answer…
Live a Simple Life (with Rachel Balducci)
May 30, 2018 • 48 min
This week we are talking about the importance of simplicity—in all areas of your life, from spirituality to homemaking and hospitality. How can you live a simpler life and finally find peace in all that you do? Rachel has a new book coming out on this…
How to Find Out Your Gifts
May 22, 2018 • 39 min
There has been a lot of conversation recently about finding out your gifts, and I have been hearing from women who are seeking to know what their gifts are. They particularly want to know how God wants them to use their gifts in their lives. How do we do…
When Friendships Change
May 15, 2018 • 35 min
Listener Jennifer emails a question this week: How do you handle changing friendships? How do you navigate the need for a friendship to end, if a relationship becomes a negative influence in your life and motherhood? We discuss the importance of…
The Art of Childbirth with Mary Haseltine
May 8, 2018 • 43 min
In this week’s show, I share a wonderful conversation I had recently with Mary Haseltine, a wife, mom, doula, childbirth educator, and author of Made for This: The Catholic Mom’s Guide to Birth. Mary shares beautifully about how she came to write this…
Fake it Till You Make it
May 1, 2018 • 50 min
Does it sound like a bad idea to "fake it till you make it?" This week I'm sharing some ways that I think "faking it" actually can be an effective strategy for getting through tough times and challenges in your life. Some of the areas I think the idea of…
Be A Better Witness
Apr 24, 2018 • 52 min
This week we are discussing how we can all be better witnesses to our faith, and we offer some ideas for ways to improve: 1) Say something. Don't be afraid to speak the truth and to share your thoughts, even when they are in opposition to others. 2) Say…
4 Reasons Why You Should Nurture Your Mother-Heart
Apr 17, 2018 • 38 min
What is your "mother-heart" and why should you nurture that side of yourself? This week we are diving into a topic that is relevant to every woman, regardless of her state in life. Pope St. John Paul II tells us that every woman is called to be a mother.…
Why You Procrastinate (and How to Stop)
Apr 10, 2018 • 16 min
Do you procrastinate? Join the club! But don't let yourself wallow in that bad habit. There are things we can all do to get over our tendency to put off work we don't enjoy. This week, I'm sharing some simple ideas for breaking the habit of…
Being “Good Enough” with Colleen Duggan
Apr 3, 2018 • 47 min
Colleen Duggan is a wife, mom, friend, and author of the new book Good Enough Is Good Enough: Confessions of an Imperfect Catholic Mom. This week, I'm sharing an encouraging conversation she and I had recently about struggling with perfectionism, wanting…
3 Ideas for Holy Week
Mar 27, 2018 • 48 min
This week I share some happy news and goings-on from my family, and then three ideas for ways to set Holy Week apart and serve this holy season in the liturgical year. These three easy ideas are: 1) Do something more. Go to church when you usually would…
Living a Writer’s Life with Amy Schisler
Mar 20, 2018 • 49 min
Fiction author Amy Schisler shares about her work, her family, and how she balances a life of writing original "CLEAN" romance novels with her busy life as a wife and mom raising girls. You can check out Amy's work and learn more about her at her website.…
How To Survive Bringing Small Children To Mass
Mar 13, 2018 • 47 min
Children's behavior during Mass is such a common topic in Catholic family circles! At the very least, those of us who struggle to manage our children's behavior at Mass can know that we are not alone. This week, I share an email from a listener named Lori…
The Girlfriends Guide to Fasting
Mar 6, 2018 • 32 min
We've already talked about different ways we can add prayer and almsgiving to our Lenten observances this year, but this week I would like to focus on fasting as a spiritual practice. Learn ways to stay on track with your fasting and make it a meaningful…
7 Ways to Make More Time
Feb 27, 2018 • 45 min
Have you ever wasted time, avoiding tasks you don’t like to do, only to rush to complete them later? Everyone has certain things they don’t like to do and it is natural to put them off and fill the time with easier tasks. Even when we recognize what our…
Grow Your Generosity
Feb 20, 2018 • 40 min
Are you working on generosity this Lent? This week I'm sharing some ideas for ways in which we can all work on being better servants to the people God has placed in our lives—in marriage, parenting, work, and in our communities. This is something I have…
Redeeming Conflict in Lent (with Dr. Ann Garrido)
Feb 13, 2018 • 54 min
This week we talk about the beginning of Lent and I share some of my plans for the coming forty days. I also share a recent conversation I had with Dr. Ann Garrido, a professor and author. Ann Garrido, Doctor of Ministry, is associate professor of…
Find Healing in Jesus
Feb 6, 2018 • 45 min
Do you need healing in your life? Of course you do! We all suffer physically, spiritually, and emotionally. In this week's show, we discuss two Gospel passages that are helpful to reflect on when in need of healing. We talk about ways we can "get out of…
Own Your Day
Jan 31, 2018 • 49 min
Do you often feel overwhelmed by multiple responsibilities pulling you in different directions? Do you often feel like you are failing at many things — important things — that others count on you for? Do you feel there is never enough time for you, for…
4 Ways to Improve Your Marriage Right Now
Jan 23, 2018 • 44 min
Whether you're living in marital bliss or struggle, we all have room for improvement inside of our marriages. Marriage is a vocation and a call to holiness, and sometimes that call really is going to be a challenge for us to live up to. This week, I'm…
Getting Real About Family Prayer (with Alicia Hernon)
Jan 16, 2018 • 51 min
Do you struggle to find a rhythm with family prayer? Do you have kids who rebel against it, or a reluctant spouse? Or do you find it a challenge to motivate yourself to pray some days? Fear not! This week's guest, Alicia Hernon, mom of 10 and co-host of…
Getting Over Those Post-Holiday Blues #102
Jan 9, 2018 • 44 min
Are you feeling just a little blue now that the holidays are over? Are you struggling to fall back into your everyday routines? Well, this week we are sharing some ideas for ways to overcome those blues or blah's, or whatever you want to call them…
Merry Christmas!
Dec 21, 2017 • 0 min
I just wanted to take a second to wish you a Merry Christmas and to remind you that I'll be taking some time off with my family for the next two weeks. But don't worry, I'll be back in January with a whole new season of the Girlfriends podcast!
3 Things to Do this Christmas
Dec 18, 2017 • 21 min
Are you ready for Christmas? Don't worry, me neither. This week I share three simple things I think everyone should take time to do this Christmas season. 1) Hold Baby Jesus Spend some time "holding" Baby Jesus in your heart, reflecting on the meaning…
How to Enjoy Right Now
Dec 12, 2017 • 40 min
This week we are talking about the joy and peace to be found in being fully present in the HERE AND NOW. Mindfulness is kind of a buzzword these days, but what does it really mean? How can we practice being focused on the present moment when there is so…
Stay Healthy Through the Holidays
Dec 5, 2017 • 44 min
The holidays are such hard time of year for anyone who wants to stay healthy, eat well, and exercise on a regular basis. The change in routine plus the abundance of "unhealthy" options of eating add up to a difficult challenge for most of us. But I am…
14 Little Ways to Add Joy to Your Day
Nov 27, 2017 • 40 min
How can we add more joy to our days, especially as we gear up for Christmas and life gets busy and stressful? This week I am sharing 14 small ideas for ways you can be more joyful every day and bring joy to others in your life. What are your ideas? Please…
Have a Heart Like Mary
Nov 21, 2017 • 22 min
What does it mean to have a heart like Mary? In this week's shorter episode, we reflect on Luke 2:15-20, and we talk about how to have a heart like Mary, keeping things and reflecting on them in our hearts this holiday season.
Getting Ready for Advent (with Sterling Jaquith)
Nov 13, 2017 • 55 min
Are you ready for Advent? Are you dreading the busyness and stress in the weeks ahead? Have no fear! This week, our special guest, Sterling Jaquith, is sharing some encouragement and support to help us all face the holiday season with joy instead of…
6 Things that are Keeping You from Accomplishing Your Goals #095
Nov 6, 2017 • 47 min
6 Things that are Keeping You from Accomplishing Your Goals #095 by Ascension
Offer it Up
Oct 31, 2017 • 48 min
When life sends suffering your way, do you remember to "offer it up"? This is phrase many of us grew hearing our moms say to us, but what is the Catholic idea of "offering it up"? Do our sacrifices really have value? For ourselves? For our family and…
Improve Communication in Your Marriage
Oct 24, 2017 • 51 min
Do you want to improve your marriage? The number one thing you can do today to improve your marriage is focus on communicating better with your spouse. This week, I'm sharing six tips for improving communication in your marriage.
Stepping Out in Faith (with Mary Lenaberg)#092
Oct 17, 2017 • 37 min
This week we are talking with writer and speaker Mary Lenaberg. Mary shares the beautiful story of caring for her disabled daughter for twenty-two years, and then after losing her daughter, carrying on her daughter's legacy through the work God has called…
Small Ways to Pray All Day
Oct 9, 2017 • 33 min
Do you ever find yourself despairing of ever having a meaningful prayer life? This week we are sharing about ways to "pray all day" and become more aware of God's presence in your life, even if you are a very busy and distracted person.
Moms Need Friends (with Emily Jaminet) #090
Oct 3, 2017 • 50 min
This week I am talking with author Emily Jaminet, who together with her friend Michele Faehnle wrote The Friendship Project: The Catholic Woman's Guide to Making and Keeping Fabulous, Faith-Filled Friends. Emily shares beautifully about the struggles of…
7 Ways to Live More Simply #089
Sep 25, 2017 • 49 min
Do you long for a simpler way of living? Many of us have a restless sense in our hearts that life could be simpler and we could be happier, but how? This week, I’m offering seven ideas for ways to simplify even a very busy and complicated life.
What If I Stink at Trusting Jesus? #088
Sep 19, 2017 • 51 min
Do you trust in Jesus? It's so hard sometimes, isn't it? In this week's episode, I share five tips to help you put your life in Christ's hands and entrust yourself to his love.
Finding Hope and Healing (with Maria Dunlap)
Sep 12, 2017 • 46 min
This week, I start by giving you my Hurricane Irma update and recounting several moments of bursting into tears over the weekend. Good times! Then, I share my recent conversation with the awesome Maria Dunlap, founder and executive director of Vivian's…
5 Ways to Start Your Day Right #086
Sep 5, 2017 • 47 min
How do you begin your day? With peaceful prayer and journaling time? Or in a mad frenzy to get everyone dressed, fed, and out the door? How we start our days can set us up for failure or success, regardless of our life circumstances. Putting some thought…
Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy #085
Aug 29, 2017 • 41 min
What does it mean to "Keep holy the Sabbath"? What does that look like in real family life? This week I am sharing some thoughts and encouraging you to share your ideas for setting Sundays apart as a day of rest and worship.
Raising Catholic Kids #084
Aug 15, 2017 • 53 min
We all want to know how to raise Catholic kids who will keep their faith and make it their own, but is there a magic formula to share? NOPE. The good news, though, is that there are some things we can do as families to encourage our kids in their faith…
What Is a Catholic Feminist?
Aug 8, 2017 • 60 min
What is a Catholic feminist? Is that even a thing? We are talking this week with Claire Swinarski, host of The Catholic Feminist Podcast. Claire shares her journey toward fully embracing her Catholic faith while holding onto certain feminist ideals. She…
Find Time for You #082
Aug 1, 2017 • 51 min
We all know the drill about how important it is to "MAKE" time for yourself, or worse yet, "CARVE OUT" some time for yourself as a mom, but let's be honest. It just doesn't always happen. Life gets in the way. And sometimes, we are our own worst enemies…
How to Support Your Husband in Tough Times #081
Jul 25, 2017 • 57 min
If work stress, job loss or some other challenge has your man down these days, you as his wife – the one he looks to most for love and affirmation – are in a unique position to help him feel like a hero again. This week we're sharing some practical ways…
Simple Ways to Grow Closer to God #080
Jul 18, 2017 • 48 min
In this week's show, in addition to hormones and grocery budgets, we are talking about some simple ways to grow closer to God. As we read in James, "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you." (James 4:8) So how do we do that? Well, I don't think it…
6 Things to Say More Often
Jul 11, 2017 • 49 min
This week we are talking about six things I think people should say more often: "Thank you," "I'm sorry," "Hello," "You're great," "I need help," and last of all, nothing. I also share my thoughts on the movie, Wonderwoman. Tune in!
Knowing God’s Love (with Sister Miriam James)
Jul 3, 2017 • 53 min
This week I'm sharing a wonderful conversation I had recently with Sr. Miriam James, a sister with the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT). Sr. Miriam is a beautiful witness to the goodness of God's love with her own personal story of…
Abiding in God’s Word (with Elizabeth Foss)
Jun 27, 2017 • 53 min
This week's conversation is with the lovely Elizabeth Foss—wife, mom, writer, and encourager of many. She shares about her newest project as founder and chief content director for Take Up & Read, a Scripture study designed for women. Elizabeth discusses…
10 Easy Ways to Add Movement to Your Days
Jun 20, 2017 • 54 min
This week we are talking about adding movement to your days and form the healthy habit of sitting LESS and moving more, even outside of your regular "workout" times. This doesn't have to be complicated, and it can have amazing benefits for your health and…
Be Better at Hospitality #075
Jun 12, 2017 • 47 min
This week, we are talking about getting better at hospitality. This is a tough issue for so many women. We worry about our homes or our cooking skills or our children not being "good enough" for company. We stress about how to be the perfect hostess. But…
Plan Ahead for a Super Summer #074
Jun 6, 2017 • 45 min
In this episode, we talk about six ways to plan (at least loosely plan)a fun summer with your family! From changing up your prayer life to visiting new places, these six ideas will give you the chance to make this season fun, fruitful, and stress-free!
Stress Less #073
May 30, 2017 • 44 min
Did you know stress is bad for your health? It is! This week, we are talking about stress and ways that we can reduce the amount of stress in our lives—even if we can't always change the things that cause us stress. Let's discuss these simple ways to…
How to Handle Criticism #072
May 23, 2017 • 46 min
This week, we are talking about ways to handle criticism, which is a tough topic because nobody likes to be criticized. When we receive negative feedback, our immediate reaction is often to reject the criticism or brood over it and get angry. In this…
Big Life Changes with Haley Stewart #071
May 15, 2017 • 61 min
This week, we have a special guest Haley Stewart joining us for an inspiring conversation about big life changes- from Protestantism to Catholicism, from single life to married life, from married life to parenting, and from working mom to at-home mom.…
Change Just One Habit #070
May 11, 2017 • 50 min
This week, we are talking about the power of habits. I am inspired by a recent book I am listening to, The Power of Habit: Why we Do What We Do in Life and Business. I want to encourage you to change one negative habit into a positive one in your life. We…
Do You Love Yourself? #069
May 5, 2017 • 45 min
Our secular culture tells us to find our worth in our physical selves, in our beauty, our accomplishments, and our possessions. But all of these things leave us empty and disillusioned. we are built for a relationship with God, and only in the context of…
When You’re Just Too Tired #068
May 5, 2017 • 32 min
In this week’s show, we are sharing ideas for ways to cope with life when you are JUST TOO TIRED to cope. We all have days when we are extra busy, stressed, sleep-deprived, etc. and we need some basic ways to get through them with grace.
Real Life Tips From a Work-at-Home Mom #066
May 5, 2017 • 59 min
This week, I am sharing some of the ideas that make my life easier and more enjoyable as a work-at-home mom. These are not truly “productivity” tips, as I am not expert in those things, but they are some things that help me to be more efficient and happy…
Celebrate 50 Days of Easter #067
May 5, 2017 • 44 min
In this week’s show, we are sharing ideas for ways to celebrate all 50 days of Easter this year. I also share feedback on NFP from Kristin and listener Andrea asks a question about dealing with an unsupportive mother-in-law.
The Truth About Teens #064
May 5, 2017 • 51 min
This week, we are talking about parenting teens, and sharing some ideas for ways to get through the unique challenges associated with parenting this age group. There seems to be a dearth of information out there in Catholic circles, mostly because parents…
7 Ways to Be a More Positive Person #065
May 5, 2017 • 48 min
his week, we are talking about ways to add more positivity to your life. We also share some ideas about balancing never-ending housework with the needs of small children, and we hear some feedback from David. N! Find complete shownotes at…
All In for Jesus with Pat Gohn #063
May 5, 2017 • 62 min
This week, I share a survival tale from the terrific snowstorm we endured in the northeast this past week, and then we talk with Pat Gohn. Pat is an author, editor, and catechist whose most recent book is All In: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church…
Real Talk About NFP #062
May 5, 2017 • 49 min
This week we are getting real about Natural Family Planning.
Big Family Finances with Sam Fatzinger #061
May 5, 2017 • 61 min
This week I’m sharing wonderful conversation I had with Sam Fatzinger, a mom of 13 who is “famous” for her family’s approach to debt-free living. Sam shares beautifully about her family’s journey to financial freedom and some of the sacrifices they have…
Getting Past perfect with Kate Wicker #060
May 5, 2017 • 58 min
This week I’m sharing an inspiring conversation I had with the awesome Kate Wicker, author of the newly-published Getting Past Perfect: How to Find Joy and Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood. Kate shares beautifully about her own struggles in…
Banish the Winter Blues #059
May 5, 2017 • 56 min
This week we are talking about the winter blues and some simple ways to combat the feeling of BLAHHHHHHH this time of year. Find shownotes at
Make Your Husband a Better Father #058
May 5, 2017 • 40 min
This week we are talking about some simple ways to help and support your husband in his fatherhood. We all want our husbands to be the best dads they can be, right? We all want what’s best for our children, right? Well, let’s consider some small steps we…
Practicing Generosity in Marriage #057
May 5, 2017 • 51 min
We all have times in marriage where things go great and it’s easy to get along, but all also experience tougher times when it’s hard to keep going, and where commitment and love become a choice — and a HARD one at that! Find complete shownotes at…
What the heck is self-care anyway? #056
May 5, 2017 • 52 min
This week we are talking the importance of self-care, but first and foremost, WHAT IS IT? What does it mean? How do you do it? What are some easy ways we can practiced better care for ourselves? Find complete shownotes at
Kids in the Kitchen #055
May 5, 2017 • 48 min
I am thrilled to share a fun and enlightening conversation I had with Katie Kimball from Kitchen Stewardship. Katie shares beautifully about conserving resources, eating and cooking with real food, and teaching our kids kitchen skills, as well as offering…
Teaching Children About God’s Love with Eileen Cunis #054
May 5, 2017 • 55 min
My friend, author and artist Eileen Cunis, and I chat about her newly-published, beautiful children’s book that teaches about God’s Love: Jesus is With Us Always: The Story of the Eucharist. Eileen shares about her conversion to Catholicism from…
Set Do-able Goals for 2017 #052
May 5, 2017 • 48 min
Happy New Year! In this episode, we are talking about some doable ideas for goals we should all think about setting in 2017. Even if you are not a resolution-making kind of person (I’m not), we can all benefit from a prompting to look back at the year…
4 Painless Ways to Improve Your Eating Habits #053
May 5, 2017 • 52 min
This week we are talking about some easy, pain-free ways to improve your eating habits starting RIGHT NOW! Find complete shownotes at
Prayer Support for Catholic Moms #051
May 5, 2017 • 45 min
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…
How Not to Go Christmas-Crazy #050
May 5, 2017 • 61 min
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 several other ideas as well. Find complete shownotes…
Simple Ideas for Advent #049
May 5, 2017 • 62 min
In this episode, we are talking about some easy, simple ideas for celebrating and observing Advent yourself and with your family.
Free Yourself From Jealousy #048
May 5, 2017 • 49 min
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…
Episode 48: 7 Steps to Greater Happiness #047
May 5, 2017 • 66 min
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…
Don’t Let The Past Hold You Back #046
May 5, 2017 • 63 min
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…
Every Mom is a Working Mom #045
May 5, 2017 • 67 min
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…
Count Your Blessings #044
May 5, 2017 • 59 min
How grateful are you? Science proves that being grateful and focusing on our blessings makes us happier, healthier, and more satisfied and fulfilled in our daily lives. But it can be hard to remember to be grateful especially when life gets challenging.…
Do One Thing at a Time #043
May 5, 2017 • 55 min
Do you have trouble simply doing what you are doing? Do you suffer from endless to-do lists that run through your head, distracting you from what you are currently doing and causing you unending stress? I think we all do from time to time. In our recent…
Make Fitness Work for You #042
May 5, 2017 • 64 min
Is regular physical fitness a challenge for you? I think many of us know we could be doing better, but we get discouraged by ideas of perfection sometimes, or we are not sure where to begin. Find complete shownotes at
How to Handle Social Media #041
May 5, 2017 • 59 min
Is social media a tool you use for fun and information? Or has it become something negative in your life? Does it encourage you as a wife and mom, or does it DIScourage you by tempting you to compare your life to others and despair sometimes? This week we…
Are You Too Busy? #040
May 5, 2017 • 59 min
Are you too busy? How can you know? This week I broadcast from the Phoenix airport where we discuss some of the warning sigs that you might be too busy and that it may be time to remove some obligations from your calendar. Find complete shownotes at…
Episode 40: 5 Ways to Stop Worrying #039
May 5, 2017 • 61 min
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…
Easy Ways to Add Prayer to Your Day #038
May 5, 2017 • 57 min
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. Find complete shownotes at
The Art of Letting Go #035
May 5, 2017 • 49 min
The Art of Letting Go #035 by Ascension
Find Peace in the Midst of Chaos #030
May 5, 2017 • 50 min
Find Peace in the Midst of Chaos #030 by Ascension
Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life #007
May 5, 2017 • 45 min
This week, we are talking about the power of positive thinking.
Soften Your Heart, Bless Your Marriage #020
May 5, 2017 • 52 min
This week we are talking about marriage again. This time, we are focused on “softening your heart” inside of marriage. What does that mean? Do you find yourself “hardening your heart” inside of marriage? What does that mean and how does it affect your…
Pray, Fast & Give #006
May 5, 2017 • 51 min
This week, we are preparing ourselves for Lent, and so we discuss some creative ideas for ways to add prayer, fasting, and almsgiving during the 40 days between now and Easter.
Meal Planning Made Easy #005
May 5, 2017 • 43 min
This week, we are talking about some simple ways to make meal planning easier. Do you plan your meals or fly by the seat of your pants? Do you dread hearing the words “What’s for dinner?” at the end of a long and tiring day? This is why you need a plan!
Survival Tips for Busy Days #014
May 5, 2017 • 51 min
This week we are talking about ways we can survive — and even thrive! — when times are busy. Whether it’s during baseball season (like us!) or other busy times, there are some simple ways to make sure you and your family make it through packed calendar…
5 Ways to Not Eat a Cupcake #024
May 5, 2017 • 59 min
This week we are talking about how NOT to eat a cupcake (or whatever your temptation is you are trying avoid). Find complete shownotes at
5 Things I Have Learned From Running (that can apply to anyone) #021
May 5, 2017 • 54 min
This week I share five life lessons that I have learned from running that can apply to runners and non-runners alike. I also share a fun conversation I had with Mary Lenaberg, who blogs at Passionate Perseverance. Mary shares the good, the bad, and the…
Notes From a Sickie #011
May 5, 2017 • 26 min
In this week’s abbreviated version of Girlfriends, I share with you notes from my sick bed, as I have been suffering from the FLU this past week, and am still not fully recovered. Along with some silly observations, I do want to remind us all of the…
3 Ways to Use the Power of Your Words #010
May 5, 2017 • 54 min
This week, we are talking about ways to use the power of your words positively. Find complete shownotes at
Make Time for What Matters #025
May 5, 2017 • 54 min
This week we are talking about how to find more time in your days for the things you want to accomplish but never seem to get around to. Summer offers a unique opportunity to get new things accomplished as we change routines and enjoy some leisure time.…
The Truth About Prayer #015
May 5, 2017 • 55 min
This week’s topic is prayer. How has the way you approach prayer changed over your lifetime? How should we respond when it seems that God does not answer our prayers? What is the point of prayer? And what can we do when it feels like God is far away? Find…
De-clutter Your Life #023
May 5, 2017 • 48 min
This week we are talking about de-cluttering your life. Find complete shownotes at
Splitting Housework, Splitting Hairs #017
May 5, 2017 • 56 min
This week we take on the tricky topic of splitting household chores between husband and wife. Find complete shownotes at
Yell Less, Love More #004
May 5, 2017 • 43 min
Are you a yelling mom? In this week’s episode, we talk about how to handle negative emotions. We all get angry and we all get frustrated sometimes, but the ways in which we express these feelings can have a lasting impact on our families and…
There Is No ‘One Right Way’ #009
May 5, 2017 • 46 min
This week, we are talking about the temptation that exists, inside Catholic circles to discuss topics like breastfeeding, homeschooling, organic eating, etc. as if they are black-and-white Catholic moral issues, as if there is “one right way” to be a…
How to Make and Keep Friends #019
May 5, 2017 • 58 min
This week we are talking about friendships. We discussed a little bit about the give and take of female friendships back in Episode 12, How to Be a Better Friend, and I heard form many of you asking for more on this topic. This is so important because our…
5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blahs #008
May 5, 2017 • 49 min
This week, after a Lenten check-in, we are talking about the Winter Blahs that we can all be prone to this time of year. Find complete shownotes at
Easy Ways to Improve Your Marriage #013
May 5, 2017 • 49 min
This week, we are talking about ways to improve our marriages. My title is a little wrong because the ways I share for improving your marriage may not necessarily be “easy,” but they are simple. Find complete shownotes at
How to Set and Achieve Your Goals #018
May 5, 2017 • 52 min
This week we take on GOALS! How to set them and how to achieve them! Let’s do this! Find complete shownotes at
How to Say No Nicely #016
May 5, 2017 • 51 min
This week’s show comes to you from the ball field (near the port-a-potty!) and we are talking about saying “no” nicely. Why do we nee this topic? Because so many of us are so very bad at setting boundaries! We talk about some ways to prioritize your…
Manage Your Family’s Screen Time #022
May 5, 2017 • 58 min
This week we are taking on the perennial topic of screen time and how to manage it. How do you set limits on your kids’ consumption of media and digital content online, in games, in social media, in movies, and in music? Find complete shownotes at…
Slow Down & Savor Summer #026
May 5, 2017 • 49 min
This week we are talking about ways to slow down and savor the glorious season of summer. Find complete shownotes at
How To Be a Better Friend #012
May 5, 2017 • 52 min
This week, we are talking about the Communion of Saints, the power of friendships, and how to help those we love when they suffer. Sarah Reinhard shares some touching feedback about how she supports a family member through a time of terrible loss and we…
Your Cup of Tea #029
May 5, 2017 • 50 min
This week I am sharing a bit about my early start as a writer and then I read an excerpt from my VERY FIRST book, My Cup of Tea: Musings of a Catholic Mom. I invite you to share about what is “your cup of tea.” What kinds of sacrifices do you find…
Build a Better Body Image #031
May 5, 2017 • 58 min
This week I share about how we can find peace in the midst of chaos. We all experience chaos. What kind of “chaos” is in your life right now? Busy schedules? Lots of work? Difficult relationships? Financial challenges? Health issues? Find complete…
Hurt People Hurt People #028
May 5, 2017 • 54 min
This week we are talking about ways to find forgiveness and let go of grudges that ultimately only hurt ourselves. How can we understand people who hurt us? What can help us to forgive when we are filled with anger and resentment? Find complete shownotes…
How to Say Sorry Like You Mean It #032
May 5, 2017 • 56 min
This week we are talking about right and wrong ways to make an apology to someone you have hurt. I share some examples of what I think are “fake” apologies — those where you make excuses for yourself, refuse to take actual blame, or accuse the other…
Get Rid of Guilt #036
May 5, 2017 • 56 min
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…
Giving You The Gist #027
May 5, 2017 • 36 min
This holiday week I report from behind the scenes while spending a week in Boston taping The Gist on CatholicTV. I share interviews with my co-host Rachel Balducci, our studio manager Charles Green, and our producer Kate Andrews. We always have a ton of…
Kids & Chores #033
May 5, 2017 • 55 min
This week we are discussing the perennial topic of kids and chores. How do you get your kids to help around the house? How do you teach them life skills without losing your mind? How important is an allowance? How can we motivate our kids to contribute…
Learn to Set Boundaries #034
May 5, 2017 • 57 min
In this week’s show we are talking about BOUNDARIES — what they are, how to set them, and why they might be the best thing you ever did for yourself and your relationships. Find complete shownotes at
He Says, She Says #037
May 5, 2017 • 61 min
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…
What ‘Doing It All’ Really Means #003
May 5, 2017 • 43 min
No one can do it all, but many of us busy women are doing MANY things. So many things, sometimes, that we are exhausted. When looking for balance in our daily lives, it is important to consider all the things we do and prioritize our time. Among our many…
About Girlfriends Episode #000
May 5, 2017 • 12 min
In this episode, I introduce the Girlfriends podcast. Find our more about the schedule and structure of Girlfriends, and learn how to send your feedback so the show can better serve you and meet your needs. Women have unique gifts and strengths with which…
Overcome Jealousy & Competition #001
May 5, 2017 • 37 min
Ugh. This is tough. In this week’s episode, of Girlfriends, I talk about ways to overcome jealousy and competition among women. This is something we are all vulnerable to, and yet we don’t talk about it often enough. We all do this. We all compare…
3 Do-able Health Goals for 2016 #002
May 5, 2017 • 40 min
Are you tired of the “healthy” new year hype yet? Are you overwhelmed by seemingly unattainable goals for health and fitness? Why don’t we take some small steps together? In this episode, I offer three practical, do-able ideas for healthy goals in 2016…