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Monthly Recap: September 2017

Monthly Recap: September 2017

Monthly Recaps

What I Was Up To This Month:

This month was a crazy whirlwind. I was evacuated out of Burkina Faso into Ghana. I closed my service in the Peace Corps. I came back to Lubbock and sold a Vespa in Dallas. It’s been a hard month with a lot of unexpected changes but I made it! I’m trying to get into a routine again. I’m also working on my health-recovering from some things from Africa and paying attention to my mental health.

Where I Went:

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Tamale and Accra, Ghana

Lubbock, Texas

Dallas, Texas


1. Good food again!

This can’t be overstated. After healthy food options and putting on some weight, I realized how hard it was for me to get all the nourishment I needed in Burkina Faso. I also enjoy not having to worry if something is going to make me sick!

2. Family and friends

I didn’t realize how soon I would be able to see my family and Henry but I’m not complaining.

3. Modern Amenities

Electricity. A shower. A sink with running water. A comfy bed. Lights. Internet. It’s so nice to have modern amenities!


1. Being evacuated and unemployed

The shock of being evacuated has been replaced with a creeping of anxiety: what next?? I’m working on that currently but I didn’t expect to be in this situation quite so soon. I miss Burkina Faso as well-it’s such a special place and I’m thankful for my experience. It’s hard communicating this experience to my family and friends because it’s a pretty unique situation.

2. Sickness

Yep. Even coming home I got an upper respiratory infection. My body does not deal with sudden change well!

Most Popular Post:

On Being Evacuated – Haven’t read this since I published it actually! I wrote this to sort through my feelings about being suddenly removed from Burkina Faso.

Other Posts:

Tô, Bucket Baths, and Other Culture Shocks – I wrote a few posts in Burkina Faso that I never got to publish because I never got Wifi! This was written my first week of leaving with my host family while I was adjusting to a completely different lifestyle.

Nothing Good Ever Happens After 8pm – Another post I wrote while in Burkina about the nighttime experience in village. Basically, shit hits the fan.

Most Popular Post on Instagram:

Back when @henrylawson and I made it to the top of a dormant 🌋 Next question is where is the best place to see an active volcano and not burn up in the process???

117 Likes, 9 Comments – Phyllis Goode (郝紫霞) (@phyllismgoode) on Instagram: “Back when @henrylawson and I made it to the top of a dormant 🌋 Next question is where is the best…”

Also just getting up to sharing a lot of my photos from my big Colorado trip with Henry in May! I didn’t have time to go through them all before I left but it was a good past time in Burkina!

What I Listened to This Month:

Leave the Light On

Leave The Light On, a song by Overcoats on Spotify

Overcoats has been an amazing find this year. Check out their album!


I recently discovered Crooked Media and Pod Save America! If you haven’t heard of them, this podcast advertises itself as a no-bullshit conversation about politics. And it’s perfect! The hosts formerly worked for Obama, have great insight in the inner workings of Congress, and they’re also hilarious. I look forward to every episode-not something I previously did when following politics. I’m also dying to get one of their Repeal and Go Fuck Yourself shirts.

What I Watched This Month:

I’m slightly embarrassed. And when I say this month I really mean I binged the first season this weekend.


I love Torchy’s-mainly for their queso. And this queso does not disappoint! On a healthier note, I made beet hummus and used the leftover leaves to make an excellent pesto. Don’t throw those beet leaves away!

What I Read This Month:

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – This book is amazing. Elizabeth Gilbert is a stunning author and in a time of such change and anxiety, this was the perfect read. Book > Movie.

Coming Up in October:

Who knows really? I have some weekend trips in mind. Meanwhile, I’ve decided to take the GRE to fill up some empty time space so I’ll be studying for that!

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!