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Great Escape Monthly Review: June 2016

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After May I was ready to move on. A friend from home connected me to a work colleague along the South Coast of Sydney and before I knew it, I’m hopping the train two hours south to Berry, New South Wales.

While I mostly enjoyed my experience at the Olympic eventing stable, the stress and the lack of free time was hurting me both emotionally and professionally. I knew it was time to move on to greener pastures. I was much happier in June. My new farm is wonderful. The pastures are green and the horses friendly. I live near the ocean in wine country. Life can’t get much better than that!

I had significant time to write and catch up with a lot of outstanding assignments. I even picked up a new client. As far as business goes, I’m finally back on track to reaching my monthly goal as far as income. Let’s take a look at what I did in June.

My Great Escape Monthly Review

Where I’ve Been
  • 5 days in Maraylya
  • 5 days in Sydney
  • 24 days in Berry
The Highlights
  • I moved to a different farm along the South Coast – After six weeks working at an Olympic horse farm, I moved on to a much quieter Warmblood breeding farm. The horses are beautiful, and I’m no longer working for pennies. I even have enough time to focus on my writing.
  • I got to see Vivid SydneyVivid Sydney is an annual light installation and art festival in Sydney. Key buildings, like the Sydney Opera House, light up with stunning light displays set to music. It was an incredible experience.
  • I have more time to write – I have more free time to catch up on my blog plus to pitch new clients and editors. It feels great to be back at and working towards my freelance goals.
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The Lowlights
  • It poured buckets the weekend I was in Sydney – Between leaving my first horse farm and moving to the second one, I spent a few days in Sydney. I had dinner plans with the American I met on Tinder, but he cancelled due to the crazy weather and then later ghosted me. I also didn’t get to see Vivid Sydney at all that weekend.
  • Spiders, spiders, and more spiders! – Next to heights, I’m terrified of spiders. I love my little cottage at the horse farm, but each night I have to kill on average of one spider that is about the size of a quarter. I know they are harmless, but occasionally I do find them in bed with me. No Bueno!
Monthly Income

After months of hard work, I finally made over $1,000! It’s the second month this year. In June, I grossed $1,130 through my various business lines. Of course, that’s before business expenses and self-employment tax, which I have to pay in July. Yay for Uncle Sam! I’m working hard to keep this trend moving forward in the coming months. Is anyone looking for a writer?

Each month I still have to pay $300 in student loan bills and with upcoming travel back to the states, I’m looking at roughly $500 to fly from the West Coast to the East Coast. Why does domestic travel in the United States have to be so expensive!? So I welcome the extra income on top of the money I make at the horse farm, which I use for everyday and travel expenses in Australia.

Monthly Expenses
  • Transportation: $30.34
  • Accommodation: $124.39
  • Food and Drinks: $374.10
  • Activities, Tours, & Fun: $56.88
  • Other (i.e., doctors, cell phone, general living expenses): $152.44

In June, I spent a total of $738.15 for my everyday living expenses and fun things, like Vivid Sydney and a two-hour massage. I also had to see the osteopath in Sydney to realign my hips after I was kicked by a horse at the Olympic stable. That means I spent an average of $24.61 a day in June.

* All expenses have been converted from AUD to USD.

Favorite Photo of the Month

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Hands down, Vivid Sydney was one of the coolest things I have seen in my travels. If you’re in Australia in May and June next year, definitely check it out.

Goals for July
  • Make at least $1,000 in my freelance writing business
  • Start planning my Western Australia road trip
  • Continue to grow this blog
Books I Read in June
  • Flight Patterns by Karen White – Karen White is one of my favorite authors so I purchased her new book as soon as it was available and devoured it in about 3 days. If you’re looking for a great beach read then pick up the book.
  • Star Sand by Roger Pulvers – I’m not sure what to think of this book. It was one the free Amazon Prime books that I picked so at least I didn’t waste money on it. It was a decent book and a quick read, but it didn’t leave me saying “wow.”
Favorite Quote of the Month

“Travel far enough, you will meet yourself.” – Cloud Atlas

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My main man, Alfie

 

Until next time, safe travels my friends!

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