Erin Talks Week #1 | Life Update and I’m Going Back to School?

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Hi everyone! How’s your 2017 going? I hope you lot are doing well, Alhamdulillah. I’ve been thinking about the format I wanna do my Erin Talks series with and what kind of content I wanna talk about in these posts. After a lot of brainstorming, I decided that I will talk about:

  1. My 2017 resolutions update and progress ’cause I’m trying to achieve all of them by the end of this year.
  2. A photo of the current week spreadsheet in my planner to show my to-do lists and just kinda talk about why I didn’t do what I was supposed to on a particular day ’cause I procrastinate.
  3. Random things that are worth mentioning.

Resolution update

Losing weight

I promised I won’t touch instant noodles, fast food, and sugary drinks as my first step to getting healthy. And guess what?

I had grape drink, lime asam boi drink, nasi lemak kukus ayam goreng, Maggi curry instant noodles with egg (so delicious!), KFC, McDonald’s Spicy Fried Chicken set all in the span of 6 days and right now I’m chugging down mango drink at two thirty in the morning.

Saving money

I didn’t buy anything this week except for a new pair of contact lens. The previous ones have passed its 3 month expiry period. And last night I bought a financial tracker app on Google Play Store.

Learn how to cook

My mom didn’t cook this week so I didn’t learn any new recipes. She rarely cooks fancy food if my brother isn’t home from university.

Get flawless skin

My skin is behaving quite well this week but I can’t stand the dryness of my skin. I can’t live without toner and moisturiser. But I do have a zit on top of my left brow, though. Hideous. The acne scarring is still there. Untouched.

January book challenge

A MASSIVE FAIL. I didn’t read a single page. I didn’t even get the book from the bookshelf and put it in my room. I plan on reading this weekend but I have posts to write so which is it..


Weekly spreadsheet

Here’s a look at my week #1 spreadsheet. The highlighted ones mean they’re crossed off and done. As you can see, I didn’t read at all. I didn’t even finish 9/1 and 11/1 posts ’cause I procrastinated. How do I combat procrastination? Can someone please tell me what do I do to not procrastinate in doing work again in the comment down below ’cause I’m getting pretty tired of my lazy ass self.

Week #2 is going to be busy with more photos I need to take and posts I need to finish writing.


The final thing I want to talk about is I’m going back to school in February.

Yeah, you read that right. I’m not excited that I only have 4 weeks at home ’cause I’ve been enjoying every single minute I’m not at school. I do miss my university but not the whole student life with literally 20 assignments and 5 projects and 10 tests to do in 3 and a half months. To think that I have gone through a year and 3 months doing exactly that and survived it baffled me.

I wanted to postpone another semester for private reasons but my advisor said I have to come back to school in February or it will be recorded as unrecorded withdrawal which means that the 4 semesters I did and tens of thousands ringgit spent on my education will be burned.

If you’re clueless about my education or if you’re new here, I’m doing a Bachelor’s degree in Education majoring in Teaching English as Second Language since November 2014 at Management & Science University, Shah Alam. I did 4 semesters of degree and took a gap year in February 2016 and will have to go back to school in February 2017.

I have 4 more semesters and 3 month internship before I can graduate so I’ll finish my degree in late 2018. If I didn’t take a gap year, I’ll be graduating with my other classmates probably the end of this year or early next year but life happened and I had to take a gap year so there’s that.

My Bachelor’s degree runs for 3 years with 8 semesters + 1 internship. We have 3 semesters (2 long semesters and 1 short semester) in a year. I have done 3 long semesters and 1 short semester so I have 3 more long semesters and 1 short semester to go before I can go for internship aka be a high school English teacher.

So here’s to juggling life between school and blogging next month. Can’t wait to get my degree so I can be done with school once and for all and get a job and focus more on my blog and live life and buy a Chanel bag and go to Denmark and have cute babies and be normal again.

Maybe I can do a post about what to expect once I’m back in school, eh? Oh, y’know, the whole typical spiel of “I promise I won’t procrastinate I promise to always finish my assignments on time I promise to study everyday I promise to always have my life together” and all that snaz which we all know is a big fat lie coming out of my mouth. Soz not soz.

In other words, lemme spend the next 4 weeks not having to care about money or bills to pay or assignments to do or clothes to wash or food to make by myself and basically the whole shenanigans of adulting. #PrayforErinFeb2k17

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  • You have total of 8 semester? U are halfway now . I hope u can graduate on time. All the best erin!
    I didn’t take care of what i eat too, i cannot resist mcd prosperity and new year food

    • yes, i’m already halfway through! can’t wait to finish my studies!
      i love prosperity burger! aih sedapnya

  • I can so relate to all of these!!

    Parie x
    Class and Glitter

  • Lenne Zulkiflly

    welcome back to school erin! i know school is no fun at all but you can do this! xx

    • thank you Lenne! thank god Shah Alam tak bosan sangat so weekends i can walk to AEON hehe

  • Razanah Anis

    Hello and welcome back, senior( even we’re not studying at the same base).. xD

    • hahaha hi and thank you! tesl jugak kan 🙂 x

      • Razanah Anis

        hee yup.. but I’m still in my dips.. 😀

  • Lya Amie

    school starting soon sounds tiring ! Goodluck Erin!

    • i’m already tired of thinking about school haha thank you Lya! x

  • Caroline

    Love how organized you are with the planner. Inspiring! And I love that your future dream evolves Denmark. I am sure you will go one day, hit me up when you are in Copenhagen <3
    x Caroline
    http://www.silverstories.dk

    • thank you Caroline! ooooh definitely! i will go to Denmark one day and i will hit you up! xxx

  • maybe you could beat that procrastination by getting a lot of inspiration from blog itself or pinterest, installs the pinterest apps , they might help sometimes!

    • thank you anis! i don’t know why i’m lazy all the time omg T.T

  • bivichan (BV)

    your weekly spreadsheet look so neat. while mine is a mess and full of doodles and sticky notes XD
    all the best while getting back to school. 🙂

    • thank you BV! i’m not very crafty so i don’t doodle on my journal haha. i wish i were, though xx

  • Alya Farhanah Mohd Tarmizee

    About your losing weight and get flawless skin, I don’t know if this helps buuuuut try drink lemon water every morning and before you go to bed. My acne scars almost disappeared but it does take time.

    Never skip breakfast and eat meals in small portions continuously, instead of melantak one huge meal. If you feel like snacking, snack on fruits. It requires discipline but you’ll love the results. These has worked for me to lose and maintain weight hehe.

    Hope this helps!

    • hello yaya 😛

      • Alya Farhanah Mohd Tarmizee

        Hi Nisnad hehe

    • i used to make detox water with lemon at night and drink it in the morning but lama dah tak buat. maybe i should start doing that again! gosh i always skip breakfast. and my favourite snack is biscuits and hot tea! i’ll start when i’m back in uni la. dekat rumah makanan semua heaven menggemukkan T.T

  • nadiah izzaty

    yeay!! welcome back for study dear . Nanti kot kot boleh jumpa area shah alam * muax *

    • thank you nadia! yes boleh je dekat aeon ke hehe xx

  • I failed at juggling uni and blogging for 2 years lol. Any tips on how to be disciplined with blogging in the midst of a busy period? :'(

    • it’s so hard. i’m at home doing absolutely nothing and i still can’t follow my blog planning schedule. ugh. however, i will try and do both once i’m back in uni and maybe i’ll do a dedicated post for that (if it works for me lah lol) xx

  • hostel closer to campus. msu doesn’t have hostel, though. we have to rent apartments/condos nearby. i don’t have my driver’s license yet! T.T

    sometimes you need a lil break from school kan. maybe ada problems etc. i rarely heard of malaysian students doing gap year.

  • Siqah Hussin

    welcome back to study erin! and welcome back to Shah Alam. Hihi. Pasti masa yang ada kat rumah digunakan sebaiknya sekarang.

    “Jarum di dinding terus berdetak, ahhh”. 😀

    • thank you siqah! aaaaah terasa malas nak sambung balik ni 😀

  • Good luck with all your resolutions. I have most of the same goals. Come to think of it, I have the same goals each year. Right now I am dabbing on Korean skin care routine, it’s such a hassle but I am hoping for the best.

    Looking at your notes made me miss the uni. I wish you the best regarding your studies!

    – Gretch of GG Memochou

    • thank you Gretchen! i can’t wait to graduate, though xx

  • Good luck with schooling, it’s so important to focus on school and graduate, life will come soon, trust me about that! Loved reading your 2017 resolutions!!!

    xo, Yasmin
    http://www.iamyasmin.ca

    • thank you so much Yasmin! in shaa Allah i’ll get through it xx

  • I hope we could all not procnastinate and be productive and conquer the world and still eat just about anything.

    • soooo true! eat just about anything WITHOUT getting fat hahaha x