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Great Escape Monthly Review: December 2016

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[img] Great Escape monthly review Newcastle Street ArtIf I had to choose one word to describe my December, it would be “work.” I worked over the Christmas holidays at the horse farm, which was awesome because public holidays are double time. Cha-ching! When I wasn’t with the horses, I was slaving away on my computer working on my client project that was due at the end of the month.

Due to all the work I was doing, I didn’t spend much, and I saw my bank account dramatically increase. That’s always a good thing. For fun, I started planning my East Coast trip and tentative travel plans for South East Asia. Secretly, I want to do an overland travel tour in Africa, but the cost and logistics are making it a bit impossible for 2017.

My Great Escape Monthly Review

Where I’ve Been

  • 30 days in Scone
  • 1 day in Newcastle

The Highlights

  • I finished a large client project. Back in November, I was assigned a large project by a client. I wasn’t super thrilled about the topic and style of each article, but I enjoyed the payout, so I worked my butt off in my off time to complete the project. It was nice to finish off the year with a solid month of freelance income.
  • I paid off the remaining balance of my East Coast trip and scheduled my travel dates. I can’t wait to dive the Great Barrier Reef, sail through the Whitsundays, and explore the sand and sea of Fraser Island. I’ve also become to plan my travels through South East Asia, which are still very much up in the air at the moment.

The Lowlights

  • The French girl I work with has been tough. Working in a foreign country has indeed taught me how to work with different nationalities and a language barrier. But, it can only do so much when your coworker can’t pull her weight and get the job done correctly. It’s added a lot more work and stress on my plate.

[img] great escape monthly reviewMonthly Income

December was my best month yet for freelancing. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do much else other than the big project for one of my clients. It sucked the life out of me at times. Sourcing 30 images for 19 different articles is no fun, and I don’t plan on doing it again anytime soon. In December I grossed $2,258, but, unfortunately, I won’t see much of that until January or February. Of course, that’s before taxes.

Monthly Expenses

  • Transportation: $0
  • Accommodation: $52.72
  • Food and Drinks: $291.80
  • Activities, Tours, & Fun: $1071.67
  • Other (i.e., doctors, cell phone, general living expenses): $425.69
  • Business Expenses: $0

In December, I spent a total of $1,841.88 USD or $59.42 a day. The largest expense was the remaining balance of my East Coast tour package, which included my GBR liveaboard, Whitsundays, and Fraser Island tours.

Not including that cost, I spent $770.21 or about $24.84 a day. Out of that number, my biggest expense was internet data. Thanks to my client project, I sucked down data like no tomorrow. And thanks to Australia’s slow and expensive internet data, it adds up quickly!

Favorite Photo of the Month

[img] Great Escape monthly review Bob the frogGoals for January

  • Cut expenses and save more money!
  • Begin a regular workout routine
  • Pitch new clients

Books I Read in December

  • No Place to Rest by D.L. Barnhart – This Amazon Prime free book was a good read that helped distract me from my writing work when I desperately needed it. The book was creative and kept me on my toes through it. I really enjoyed the book.
  • Thicker Than Water by Michael McDonnell – Another Amazon Prime book. Do you sense a pattern yet? This one was okay. Not much of a plot and quite short. Don’t waste your time.
  • Kissing the Enemy by Leighann Dobbs – I’m a sucker for a historical fiction book, and this one hit the spot. While it’s not the same caliber as Gone With The Wind, it was a quick and easy read.

Favorite Quote of the Month

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of your life.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


  1. WOW! You really work hard Katelyn, I love the gross income, lol. Curious about the kissing the enemy book, haha. And the bad experiences, well! we can learn from that.

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      Thanks, Nate! I’m a bit of a workaholic, but I like to stay busy. Plus, the money helps fund my travels! 🙂

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