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What’s in a Name? // Why I Started This Blog

I umm’d and ahh’d about the title of this blog.

You see, sloth renovations started as a hashtag for my personal Insta posts after buying my first home. It was an inside joke between myself and my parents, that we would eventually complete the renovations, just at a sloth-like pace. The simple #slothrenovations, changed to a Insta page after realising a few people were interested in the transformation. On the Insta page, I’d made began to make note of the debts I managed and the goals I had set, but predominately tried to stick renovations, despite long periods of time between small renovation projects. The problem is minimalism, personal finance and goal setting are all things I love TALKING about, they aren’t something you can always photograph. I was on the wrong platform, so I moved to Facebook. However, something about Facebook still didn’t feel quite right… so the day after I created the Facebook page, I created this blog.

This isn’t my first blogging rodeo. I perhaps could have realised how much I enjoyed the thought of blogging much earlier in life, you know maybe when I spent majority of my weekends redesigning my MySpace and Tumblr pages as a young teen? At 18, I started a blog on minimalism and loved it. Unfortunately, as I’ve mentioned previously… I give things my all, for about two weeks, tops.  I have so many ideas on posts for this page, I would love to keep it a constant. Whilst keeping my last blog, I was managing university and working. Now I am simply working, so I suppose this is almost like a hobby to fill in my spare time. Note: any tips on how to keep a sustainable blog would be greatly appreciated! 

A huge thank you to those who have already followed, read and/or engaged with my posts. For only having this up for a few days, it has well and truly exceeded my expectations. I thought I was starting this to share tips and tricks about decluttering or personal finance, with friends and family that occasionally asked for them (or maybe I should say I just thoroughly enjoy discussing these topics and perhaps may have forced it upon them). However, I’ve always enjoyed reading blogs, watching YouTube videos or listening to Podcasts about these topics. I can’t say I’ve found many others, if any, in this town with similar interests and I suppose that’s also why I’ve taken to the internet, to find other individuals who think like me.

I want to help people – somehow. Recently, I checked my credit score a few months ago (not something I had ever done), to my surprise I was above average in all categories, including that of location and age. It got me thinking, are we bad with debt because our parents taught us that it was taboo to discuss? Are we bad with money because we don’t know how to live life with intention? Are we so overwhelmed with decisions, opportunities and chances, that we simply say ‘f*ck it’ too often?

Now, why did I keep the title Sloth Renovations, if this page rarely shows the renovations? Because I had an epiphany, my niche interests of goal setting, minimalism and pursuing a debt free life all point to one thing – I am undergoing a renovation on life. To renovate is often to repair or improve, are we not all renovating our own lives in some way or at least wishing we could?

P.S apologies for the French.

Baby Sloth x

Fresh Starts

“Oops. I did it again.” – Britney Spears

I didn’t keep up with my blog… and I’m not sorry. How rude.

On June 4, I posted that my life was going in a new direction. And this could not have been anymore accurate. I began to say that I was going to be on the ultimate minimalist and frugal challenge. I was unemployed and decided to move with only what I could fit in my car.

So where am I today?

I am very please to say that I did bite the bullet and make my big move. On Friday night, 5 July, my dad and I jumped in the car and began the twelve hour drive to Brisbane. I did secure employment. I did give myself the fresh start I said I wanted. I’ve since taken some time out to begin to make Brisbane feel like home, settle into a new job, learn to drive around in a capital city and work out public transport. Not to mention gain some weight because capital city food is amazing… as are the drinks. As of late, I’ve had chances to start to reflect on it all and how it has made me feel.

My blog was all about plan and purpose. And I had a plan… and I threw it out the window. I now sit here wondering if this is what I had thought a fresh start would look and feel like. Quite frankly, no. The thing about fresh starts is that they are exactly that… they are a new beginning. When you’re already on a plan and a path, you have a direction. When you make such a dramatic jump, sometimes it feels like going backwards. I do admittedly feel a bit lost at the moment… but that’s okay. I’m learning to be kinder to myself.

I’ve sat here for the last few weeks wanting to blog about this move, but not knowing what to say. Everything my blog had stood for now felt like fraud. My blog was about goals, working towards financial freedom and being a minimalist.

This blog once spoke about saving money by not buying a coffee everyday… and guess who has bought a coffee every day. I was documenting no spend weekends, and I’ve almost become a shopaholic. I had monthly goals and now I only have one for the rest of the year.

I attended Xerocon 2019 for the last few days and I think this was the push I needed to blog again. We were privileged to hear from a lot of incredible speakers. There was a lot of thought provoking content that made me realise why I started all of this. I started blogging because I’m human, with a voice and just like anyone else I am trying to find my way through life. I was surrounded by like minded people, who don’t find goals and spreadsheets nerdy or lame. It was the wake up call I needed. Just because I had a fresh start, didn’t mean I needed to completely reinvent my personality or hide my peculiar niche interests of minimalism, finance and living life with intention.

Here’s the biggest thing I have learnt after this move.

Life has a beautiful, but completely absurd, way of nudging you in a direction. I decided not to share about why I had become unemployed in my previous post. I didn’t really know what I could or couldn’t say. I was given a choice to stay with the company or to take redundancy. I sat there thinking why me, just like a disposable cog in the machine at first. A friend then mentioned, I wanted to move so why didn’t I take it as a sign. And so I did. This was the mainly the reason I could move.

I had worked out whilst I was in New Zealand in May that I wanted to move. The plan was January 2020. I had put myself into such a box of where I worked, who I associated myself with and what my goals were… I simply wasn’t living life and I wasn’t being the person I wanted to be.

I do feel a little bit disappointed in myself that I am not the person that was blogging a few months ago. However, I am still moving forward it’s just on a much slower and more personal trajectory. I think my goal for the rest of the year is to work towards being in the present. Easier said than done and I have absolutely no idea how to even go about it.

I do have some positive points to end on. These points are the reason I feel like I am where I am meant to be in life:

  • I have a job that I am absolutely loving. I am working with my strengths, within an incredible team and have a sense of healthy challenge and pressure again.
  • The house I own back home is taking care of itself.
  • I am on the hunt for a rental – it may be exhausting but it also is quite fun!
  • I got to reconnect with my childhood best friend again.
  • For my 23rd birthday… I got to see my two favourite people get married!

I’d love to hear about your big moves, your life changing moments, your fresh starts. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment, email or get in contact with me over the various socials.

Much Love,
Baby Sloth x