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Start of the Trail

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Start of the Trail is a shared Story venue for the authors to voice their thoughts and experiences. Our hope is to motivate compassion and instill a sense of connectedness. We open ourselves to bring you opportunities of reflection.

This podcast is an audio transcription of our blog post articles.
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Here's to Dads!
By Jessica Norwood, Molly Schroeder, and Ronnie Coyle Dads. They're great for laughs, learning, and often puns. June is wrapping up and it's a great month to celebrate all father figures! All three authors at Start of the Trail were busy celebrating Father's Day a few weeks ago. We thought it would great to share the memories we have of the dads in our lives. Did you know that Father's Day was not a nationwide holiday until 1972? I did not know this until recently. Enjoy our Father's Day edition of the blog with some special guest contributors on the podcast. https://startofthetrail.com/2021/06/29/heres-to-dads/
16:19
July 1, 2021
What is on Your Summer Playlist?
By Jessica Norwood, Molly Schroeder, and Ronnie Coyle Music changes everything. It helps us in stressful moments. It keeps us moving during a workout. It can motivate us for the game. Did you know it can also make you smarter and help with memory? Let's play that music then! Music can help you make an entrance, right Jessica? It can help us relax. It can help you through your workday. Music says a lot about who we are, or what we might be experiencing at the moment. Couldn't we even say that music is life? Jessica, Molly, and Ronnie think so and we want to provide some of our favorite music for your summer playlist. https://startofthetrail.com/2021/06/02/what-is-on-your-summer-playlist/
10:36
June 2, 2021
Me-er than Me
By Jessica Norwood This past weekend I turned 29...for the tenth year in a row. I love birthdays, but being the center of attention is a lot of pressure, haha. I must be honest, this journey of starting a blog and writing thoughts, experiences, and feelings has been an adjustment. I have this insecurity about talking about myself. I don’t want it to be all about “me”. What I have learned is that it is OK to talk about myself (there, I said it!). My hope is that talking about the things I have learned or overcome can help someone in a similar scenario, from health struggles to gardening tips. I’m coming around to this process. https://startofthetrail.com/2021/05/27/me_er-than-me/
10:24
May 27, 2021
How To Be The Perfect Wedding Guest
By Molly Schroeder In the past six years, I have been lucky enough to attend over thirty weddings with even more to come. 2020 put a hiatus on our wedding fun, but we are picking up right where we left off with five weddings this year. While I have never had my own wedding, I have been blessed to stand up in five weddings and have been the maid of honor in three of them. This includes the two weddings that I will be standing up in, in September. Yes two weddings in one month, actually two weddings in one weekend! It’s going to be a great weekend full of love, laughs, and tons of dancing, but that’s a story for another time. https://startofthetrail.com/2021/05/13/how-to-be-the-perfect-wedding-guest/
05:58
May 13, 2021
Thank You, Mom!
By Ronnie Coyle, Jessica Norwood, and Molly Schroeder “To the world, you are a mother. To your family, you are the world.” I was going to start off this post by stating the history of moms; however, moms are our history. They are the reason we exist. Not to be debated with people’s beliefs of existence, just stating a fact we come into this world by way of our mother. While we honor and appreciate our mothers in May, which is more about marketing than anything else, this is my call to give mothers their due at any and all times. Mothers, you rock! Happy Mother’s Day, every day. https://startofthetrail.com/2021/05/11/thank-you-mom/
09:10
May 12, 2021
Mindset, Movement & Magic
By Jessica Norwood Hello, Start of the Trail listeners! This week we are changing it up a bit. I recently sat down with a friend who is on a mission to inspire and help others find purpose and passion in everyday life. We all need a little extra self-care right now and Krissy Zegers is the perfect person to help transform us into the best version of ourselves! https://startofthetrail.com/2021/04/29/mindset-movement-magic/
46:37
April 30, 2021
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream. A Nod to Our Favorite Summer Trips.
By Ronnie Coyle, Jessica Norwood, and Molly Schroeder With most of us putting off summer vacations in 2020, we are looking forward to safely returning to our travels in 2021. We would like to share some of our favorite places to visit and a few we are hoping to in the very near future. While not intentional, the three of us did have a couple of the same notable 'favorites', not just in destinations but also in the delectable treat known as ice cream. Let's pull out our maps and go on a journey together. Wait, do we still have paper maps. Maybe we should say, let's open up our favorite map application on your smartphone. Either way works for us. https://startofthetrail.com/2021/04/22/i-scream-you-scream-we-all-scream-for-ice-cream-a-nod-to-our-favorite-summer-trips/
19:01
April 22, 2021
Green is Not Just a Color
By Jessica Norwood 10 ways to be more sustainable in your everyday life. I know it may be cliche to write about being “eco-friendly” this time of year, but it is something our household has been passionate about for years. It seemed fitting to talk about it right now, but trust me when I say I could talk about it any day! Continue reading at https://startofthetrail.com/2021/04/14/green-is-not-just-a-color/ Earth Day 2021! April 22.
12:44
April 15, 2021
Let’s Go Camping: 5 Tips for your Next Camping Trip!
Hello everybody, this is Molly with ‘Start of the Trail’ blog. In this article, our journey will focus on my tips and tricks for your upcoming camping trip. Let’s begin. Camping season is almost upon us and I am starting to finalize my yearly retreats to the woods. While I like to think of myself as a seasoned camper I often find myself learning from each trip I take. Continue... https://startofthetrail.com/2021/04/07/lets-go-camping-5-tips-for-your-next-camping-trip/
08:52
April 8, 2021
Sharing Their Stories
In this article, Ronnie is taking a different approach. He would like to share some of the creators he follows and enjoys. He will also give you a little insight into why he connects with their content. Link to blog post > https://startofthetrail.com/2021/04/01/sharing-their-stories/ Enjoy!
06:59
April 1, 2021
Our Top TV Shows, Audiobooks, and Movies.
Our post this month is worth binge-reading (or listening)! Literally. Our three authors are bringing you our 'current' favorites to binge-watch...and listen. The selections are so gripping, you might feel like you are up against the ropes, trying to survive the end of the world, and escaping to space. Every month, Molly, myself, and Jessica will bring you a collaborative blog post. We will brainstorm ideas we each can write about. Then we will bring those stories together for our fourth post of the month. Enjoy! Link to blog post > https://startofthetrail.com/2021/03/25/our-top-tv-shows-audiobooks-and-movies/
18:44
March 25, 2021
Straw Bales...The 8th Wonder of Gardening
Hi, this is Jessica Norwood with ‘Start of the Trail’ blog. In this article, I talk about straw bale gardening, in what I call the 8th wonder of gardening. Let’s get started.
09:37
March 18, 2021
Dear Old Friends
Hello everybody, this is Molly Schroeder with ‘Start of the Trail’ blog. In this article, our journey is about old friends. Let’s begin.
04:33
March 11, 2021
Finding My Voice
Hello my friends, this is Ronnie Coyle with the ‘Start of the Trail’ blog. In this article, I reflect on a recent challenge I accepted. Listen in to my initial reflections.
06:54
March 4, 2021
What Does Mississippi Avenue, Fort Master, and The Game Have in Common? Some of Our Fondest Snow Memories
Hello everyone, this is Ronnie Coyle with the ‘Start of the Trail’ blog. Every month, Jessica, Molly, and I will bring you a collaborative blog post. We will brainstorm ideas we each can write about. Then we will bring those stories together for our fourth post of the month. Our post this month is ‘snow’ much fun! Yes, as the title alludes to, we share some of our fondest snow memories. It’s snow joke. Okay, enough snow puns, it’s snow laughing matter. Ahh, it continues to snowball.
11:52
February 25, 2021
Finding My Confidence
Hi, this is Jessica Norwood with ‘Start of the Trail’ blog. In today's article, I talk about finding my confidence and overcoming my fear of public speaking. Let’s begin.
05:60
February 18, 2021
The Path My Heart Chose
Hello everybody, this is Molly Schroeder with the ‘Start of the Trail’ blog. In this article, our journey will focus on my heart attack survivor story. Let’s begin.
06:39
February 11, 2021
The Start of the Trail Begins
Hello everyone, this is Ronnie Coyle with the ‘Start of the Trail’ blog. In this article, our journey begins. I provide a brief introduction to our new blog and the reason for the name. Let’s begin.
04:19
February 4, 2021