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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

April Goals Check-In

Happy Saturday!

It’s official! I’m on holidays, hooray!

I’ve been hesitant to write this post, as I completely missed most of my marks in the month of April, thus probably explaining the late post. However, as I hinted at in Breaking My Own Rules, I think it’ll be worth it in the end!

April Goals

  1. Friends & Family – Cousin’s baby shower – complete.
    It’s getting harder to pick goals for family and friends, however my cousin’s baby shower was coming up and I knew this something I wanted to help with where I could.
  2. Home –  organise pest control  – not complete.
    This is one of those things that have been on my to-do list, I just haven’t got around to organising it yet!
  3. Career – complete rotations – complete.
    Without going into too much detail, I’ve finished working within the other departments and I will return back to my original team once holidays are over.
  4. Self-Love – meditate once a week – not complete.
    It’s been quite the full on month, I probably would have benefited from meditating at least once in April. However, there’s always this month to do so!
  5. Growth – watch a documentary – not complete.
    To my knowledge I don’t remember watching a documentary?
  6. Health – Gym 2x a week – not complete.
    I started so well, I was going 3-4 times a week at the start of the month… and then all the public holidays hit.
  7. Finance – Reach $X mortgage excess – not complete.
    With my overseas adventuring only a few days away, my finances had been going towards the trip for the last month.
  8. Travel & Adventure – Purchase festival ticket – not complete.
    Sooooo, I’m not going to this particular festival anymore, so it seemed pretty void to try and complete this goal.
  9. Romance & Love – Hike together – complete.
    Well, what a bitter sweet goal. We went on our hike, and broke up the following day. Can’t say the break up was on the to-do list, but it’s what was needed and I am now on the way to healing.
  10. Blog Goals – 100 WordPress followers – complete.
    This goal was well and truly hit! Not only did I receive over 100 followers, I also have now received over 2,000 views. Not bad for a hobby blogger!

4/10… not ideal. Perhaps you’ve noticed from the more recent blog posts that my life is taking a bit of a different course. I never would have thought I would be travelling overseas this year (to be honest, it was to the point where I just never thought it was ever going to happen). Finances will rebuild and health is a ongoing journey opposed to a destination. As I often mention in these monthly posts, these goals simply give me direction, I don’t sit around feeling sorry for myself if I don’t hit these targets.

I know I didn’t go into great amounts of detail with these goals, however I feel like I’m just beginning to write excuses and justify my lack of actions when I do so. Next month will probably look a little different again, love and romance will be put on the back-burner and I will have more of a focus on self love and growth.

How’s your year progressing? I hope you’re making 2019 the year you want it to be!

Much Love,
Baby Sloth x