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Monthly Recap: May 2017

Monthly Recap: May 2017

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I’ve noticed that my favorite bloggers are also the ones that do monthy recaps! I treasure the insight into their lives and the going ons behind the blog. And since I’m never up-to-date in real time, I decided to do the same thing! Enjoy!

What I Was Up to This Month:

I quit my job. I went to a destination wedding. And I got a ton of elf selfies in Colorado.

Where I Went:

Colorado Springs. Golden, CO. And Rocky Mountain National Parks. Estes Park side.


1. I Quit My Job

Self-explanatory I think.

2. Colorado!

A weekend wedding in Colorado with my best friend ending up in a 5 day camping trip with Henry was definitely the highlight of this month.


I move in a week. So it’s really been an emotional roller coaster. Excitement to be replaced with nervousness. Curiosity replaced with tears as I think about missing my family and friends. You get the picture.

Most Popular Post:

Waiting is the Hardest Part – It’s that time of year where everyone is having the feels and transitioning into other stages of life! So no wonder this post about waiting for huge changes resonated with you guys who are also shaking up your lives.

Other Posts:

Dogwood Photography Challenge: Weeks 5-8 – This post was about month two of completing the dogwood photography challenge. I’m enjoying sharing these as just learning experimentation instead of pressure to have pretty perfect pictures.

What’s a Gap Year Again? – I hear the term ‘gap year’ get thrown around pretty loosely by Americans all the time. Among friends. On the web. Etc. So I wanted to create a consensus definition of what a gap year actually is before I delve more into the subject on my blog. Comment with your thoughts!

Most Popular Post on Instagram:

Can you believe this is in San Francisco??? You can see the whole city if you look left!! Where's your favorite city for urban hiking???

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You should definitely check out the lighthouse in San Fran! You get a great view of the city and a fun little hike.

What I Listened to This Month:

Found this song from NPR’s All Song’s Considered playlist a few months ago. The more I listen to it the more I love it! And this month I was really digging it.


If you’ve ever dreamed of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, or the Continental Divide, check out Sounds of the Trail! My friend recommended it to me and I love it! Definitely gets me pumped to prep and hike the AT!

What I Watched this Month:

I have been waiting for season 2 of Sense8 for two long years! Basically since I binge-watched the first season in like a day when I was interning in DC. The film work is amazing. I love that they seam together an international cast so effortlessly. Beyond having a compelling suspense-packed story, the show is just beautifully made. Give it a watch!


I didn’t try out any new recipes this month. We just cooked up our favorites and made camping food in Colorado. However, if you’re ever in Denver check out Lucile’s Creole Cafe for brunch. There was a long wait but it didn’t matter since there was a huge patio where you could start drinking (I tried a delicious Cuban OJ) and purchase beignets. Might actually be my favorite memory of the trip.

We also splurged and ate at the best Mexican restaurant in Estes park. With plenty of veggie options! If you camp in Estes, try Ed’s Cantina & Grill. Get the avocado margarita. The veggies tacos were okay but the quinoa black bean burger with fried green beans was phenomenal.

I’m going to go ahead and put this recipe out there.


We did some beer sampling in Colorado and fell in love with this Estes brew: Longs Peak Raspberry Wheat. We called a few stores in Denver on our way out and no one had them stocked!! So if you happen to be in CO and stumble upon a six pack of these I’ll pay you to send them my way!

What I Read this Month:

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach – I try and alternate between fiction and non-fiction books. I want to continue learning about everything basically so I usually read a type of book that has deeper insight into a specific subject. These usually take a bit longer for me to get through although I typically also immensely enjoy them. However, Stiff wasn’t hard to get through at all! My mom has been telling me to read this book for years. But she has some weird interests and she’s a physical therapist and a book about human cadavers just didn’t seem to be my style. This year I finally read it because she basically forced it in my hands and I’ve been trying to get through hard copies of books while I can. (I have plenty of ebooks for the Peace Corps!) Besides being so crazy informational, it’s hilarious! Mary Roach handles the topic of cadavers with extreme respect but the humor of her own situation (investigation into what happens to your body when you die) is not lost on her. Roach takes you through what happens if you’re embalmed, buried, decomposed, turned into fertilizer, become an organ donor, etcetera etcetera. I was laughing out loud, eager to read the next chapter, and also really thought about what use I want to put my own body towards when I die. It’s crazy and weird but 10/10 read this book.

The Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara, and The Wishsong of Shannara by Terry Brooks – At a Friends of the Library sale in Lubbock this past month we picked up the Sword of Shannara trilogy. You guys know me! I’m always on the hunt for good fantasy/sci-fi. So what’s my verdict on the books? They’re a nice size so they’ll keep you busy. They feature an epic quest. A struggle between good and evil. Elves, humans, gnomes, trolls and then magical creatures. I enjoyed the adventure. The Sword of Shannara particularly is basically Lord of the Rings. But in one book and with a few different twists. The Elfstones of Shannara and The Wishsong of Shannara tell their own story. I wouldn’t necessarily say these are a must read but you’ll definitely enjoy them if you like fantasy.

Coming Up in June:

I’m moving to Africa and starting my journey with the Peace Corps!

Needless to say I’m a bit busy this month. Between packing, goodbyes, moving, meeting a whole new group of people, and training, I’m more than likely not going to have much time for the blog! That’ll changed once I get settled into a normal routine. But that might be awhile. Thanks to everyone for following along and wishing me well! I’ll update again as soon as I can. In the meantime, feel free to comment with questions or email me about the Peace Corps!


About the author

I got my first taste of long-term travel when I took a gap year before beginning college. I lived and worked in Australia in one of the most transformative years of my life. Like many others, I caught the wanderlust bug and now I'm always busy adding to my bucketlist. Besides traveling, I'm into hiking and photography. I'm currently finishing up my senior year in college and planning my next big adventure!