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This month felt like a bit of an experiment. I barely pitched any articles, I went on two press trips and yet still somehow made my income target (just). I feel as though I’m in a liminal space, but I’m not sure what is ahead. All I know is that freelance writing allows you to be so flexible and nimble. It feels like only a few short months ago I decided to focus on travel writing, and here I am, at the end of the month, having travelled to India and writing this post from Canada. KESS InHouse Iris Lehnhardt Romantic Sea Beach Brown Decorative Door, 2' x 3' Floor Mat
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The word ‘inspirational’ gets thrown around a lot in the disability space, but I have to say that freelance writer, blogger, editor and disability activist Julie Jones absolutely inspires me. I first met Julie on a famil in Thailand last year as part of the KESS InHouse Alison Coxon Dance Decorative Door, 2' x 3' Floor Matconference. Echaprey Metal Black Table Lock Training Dining Table Connector Door Drawer Cabinet Buckle Hardware Accessories (10Pcs)We spent lots of time talking about the number of people who want to travel but can’t because of a multitude of barriers - societal, not their own. It’s not easy advocating for accessible travel in a space where travel writing is often portrayed as white sand, glimmering water and ten course degustations. But Julie’s blog and now, her new magazine, are breaking down some of those barriers.
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If you’ve been reading this blog for a little while you’ll know that 2017 and 2018 were huge years for me. I went full time as a freelance writer in 2017 and hit $100K worth of commissioned work by November.KESS InHouse Beth Engel Snow Princess Decorative Door, 2' x 3' Floor Mat In 2018 I worked part time, but still managed to hit a similar income level ($120K). But despite having a couple of hugely successful years, this year I’ve decided to ease up a little.