Growing up, I had lots of goals, lots of dreams and ambitions.
For a little while, I wanted to be an actor on Broadway.
Then I wanted to be a princess. Don’t ask me why, I just wanted to marry a prince so I could be a princess and have all the fancy jewels.
Then my goal was to go to college so I could graduate and be a news reporter and eventually work my way up to being the host of Good Morning America.
So, I went to Suffolk University and I had 5 internships and 3 jobs and commuted from home to school every day. I mastored taking the train, and learned all the ins and outs of Boston.
And I loved it. I mean, honestly I LOVED it.
I took classes that were hard but would prepare me for my job, some of which I still think about today.
On May 17, 2019 I got a job as a reporter. On May 19, 2019 I graduated college.
On June 10, 2019 I began my drive to Idaho for my first job as a reporter at KMVT News in Twin Falls, Idaho.
I was excited, scared, nervous, and really happy.
I was moving from Easton, Massachusetts to Twin Falls, Idaho to start my career.
A 2,546 mile drive to prepare myself for what was about to happen.
And here is what I now know:
I greatly underestimated how hard it would be to move literally across the entire country by myself at the age of 22.
The greatest way to learn is by doing the job. College was awesome and great, but my goodness, I’ve learned more in the past year and a half than I did in 4 years of school.
Nothing will prepare you to cover a fatal car accident, or horrific house fire. Nothing.
You will go home at night and not be able to forget about your job.
You really don’t get a day off.
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, your day will not go how you planned it.
But, there is one thing I have learned over everything else that I will carry with me for the rest of time:
Life has its own plans for you.
I mean, growing up I had all these dreams and goals and things I wanted to do, and moving to Twin Falls, Idaho wasn’t one of them, wasn’t even a thought that popped into my head.
But it has without a doubt been the best decision I’ve ever made.
There are people I didn’t know 2 years ago who now, I couldn’t picture my life without.
The people in this community are some of the nicest, most genuine, most caring people I know.
I mean, I really just love being a part of this community, with all my heart.
Now, I’m not saying you should just drop your goals and dreams and hope for the best, but I am saying that some of the best things to happen in your life and too good to imagine, they are too good to dream up.
I guess what I’m saying is, be open to all the possibilities that come your way, because sometimes the most unexpected ones are the best ones.
I still have so much to learn, so far to go, so many more mistakes to make, so many more stories to tell.
And I am so excited to see all the things that happen to me that were too great to dream up.
Earlier this week, my dog of 11 years passed away.
George was the best dog there ever was.
The day we got George, my brother Bruce and I were sitting in the living room watching Wizards of Waverly Place the movie. (It was 2 days before the start of 7th grade for me, and 5th grade for him)
Mom told us to come outside because Dad was home and had a surprise for us.
Bruce jokingly said, “A dog,”
To which I replied, “Yeah, right”
Well, what do you know? It was a dog, a 10 week old Yellow Lab Puppy who didn’t even have a name.
We named him George after Curious George, because George got into everything. (Thinking back on it, he should have died a long time ago. He ate chocolate, banana bread, power bars, and a wooden coat tree)
I have been thinking a lot about our time with him this past week, and I feel sad. I’m sad to know he will no longer be there whenever you come home, I’m sad to know that we have to continue on without him.
The best thing about dogs is how loyal they are.
I can’t even tell you the number of times I woke up in the middle of the night having a panic attack, and George was always there. I doubt he knew what was happening, but he was there all the same.
Dogs don’t have any prejudices. George loved everyone. And he thought everyone loved him, (which I mean, who wouldn’t just look at his face)
I feel so grateful for my time with George.
He taught me that love changes and grows.
First, I loved George because of how adorable he was.
But, the more time I spent with him, the more I realized his personality and his love and his heart.
I know that George is in heaven right now playing with all the dogs and eating all the treats.
I also know that I will see him again.
But for now, I will just go on missing him.
I will love you forever George, thank you for being the best boy a girl could have.
1 Year ago on this very day, I started working at KMVT. I remember I was so nervous walking in that day, wanting to make sure I would make a good first impression.
It was the greatest decision ever to take this job, not only have I learned a lot about being a good journalist, but also about life.
Moving here was hands down the hardest thing I have ever done. I had just graduated college, and I left everything I had ever known and worked for to move here. I was lonely and sad, and some days I still am. But, most days I love it.
I used to be the type of person who was always working towards my next goal. Whatever I was doing wasn’t good enough, it could be better, I could be better. And while I still have goals and dreams, I have realized that if I live like that I will never be happy with where I am right now.
I love living in Idaho. It’s beautiful, the people are some of the nicest I have ever met, and there is so many fun things to do.
This job is stressful, there is so much that could go wrong, and I don’t want to do a bad job. But, the best thing that I ever could have done is plan ahead. I know I contradict myself, because I also say to live in the moment, but if you don’t plan ahead, you won’t get your work done in time, and make it in time for the shows.
I do miss my home in Massachusetts, but at the same time, I have made a home here, with people who I love.
The most important thing I have learned since moving here is everything works out. Maybe not what you imagined or pictured in your head, but sometimes even better. I love working here at KMVT News, and I love living here in Idaho, and I am excited to see what my future holds, but for now… I’m just going to be happy.
Hi friends. Recently, I realized that spring is definitely my favorite season. I love how everything comes to life again, how I can feel the sun on my face, I love the flowers blooming, but it isn’t too hot out yet. I love spring, it makes me happy.
You know what else I love? Seeing beautiful sights in nature.
Over the last few weeks I have taken pictures of pretty things I have seen while I was out walking my dog, or getting B-Roll for my stories and they will be in this blog, check it out!!
I hope you liked looking at the beautiful pictures as much as I did! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well!! I was talking to Andrea and Andrew on Tuesday, and they said how I should document one day in my life and make a blog post about it, so that’s what I did. Throughout the day Tuesday I took notes, took pictures and well… here we are.
I get to work at a different time every day, it depends on when I set up my interviews and all of that, but on Tuesday, I got to work at 10:30 in the morning, clearly just out of the shower.
I have a great set up figured out for how I conduct my online interviews.
Even though I can do all my interviews over the internet, I still have to go out and get B-Roll!
My boss told me to wash one of the KMVT cars while I was out, which is one of my favorite things to do.
Lately, I’ve been craving chicken all the time, so after the car wash, I headed to get Chic-Fil-A before I start editing.
After I ate my food, I started editing. Editing can be very tedious, but somedays it pays off. On this day, I loved my stories. It took me about 3 hours to finish all my editing, but it was worth it. Everyone has a different editing rhythm, but I have found one that works for me.
After I lay down my voice and finish all my B-Roll, I have to export!
After I finish all my editing and writing and exporting, I have to start my web stories.
The station has been weird lately, many people are working from home, and all the stories have been related to the virus in some way or another, but we are doing our best!
After my web stories are written, I have to wait until the show is over to clip my videos, so they will be on the website.
It was around 7 o’clock when I finished all my work and went home to see… my pup pup Jackson.
I made my dinner, which was just leftovers and sat down at my table by myself to eat it while I watch some Netflix. My nightly routine.
Now, this was just my Tuesday, and the thing is that I never really know how my day is going to go when I get to work. There are so many unknowns. A few weeks ago we had an earthquake 8 minutes before the 6 p.m. newscast and had to change our shows. One night, there was a house fire at 8 p.m, so it’s random and you just never know what your day will hold.
Then I got ready for bed, took Jackson out to go to the bathroom once more, and went to sleep.
Hello all, Let’s talk about something fun, something adorable, something handsome. My puppy Jackson.
I adopted Jackson from the Twin Falls Animal Shelter in the end of July, and that was the best choice I made since moving here. He is 1 years old now, or at least that is what everyone thinks, since he was adopted, I just picked a birthday and made it his.
Jackson is just so cute.
He has no respect for your personal space. He hates being alone, he never wants me to leave.
The best thing about him is he just loves life, no matter what we do, he is happy and ready to do it. A walk, the dog park, sleep, playing with his toys, he is ready and excited.
The best thing about dogs, is they just live in the moment, whatever is going on right now is all that they care about. Which is probably the thing that I am the worst at. I wish I was better at it, but I’m not.
So thank you baby boy Jackson for always being my best friend.
Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well, I am very sorry that I haven’t written a blog in a while, but here I am ready to get back to it!
As you all know, I am living the dream here in Twin Falls, Idaho as a reporter for KMVT News. That may sound sarcastic, but I mean every word of that! I love this job!
I have officially worked here for 4 months now! June 17th-Oct 17th!
I have covered so many interesting stories.
I got a dog! Jackson and I were made for each other, he is so hyper and is always up for an adventure, but he also loves a good nap now and then! I adopted him from the Twin Falls animal shelter.
I am so much happier and so much less lonely with him here!
My Mom came to visit, and so did my Dad!
Now, if anyone is reading this who is a senior in college, or is looking for a job, I have some tips that I have learned since I started this job!
Number 1: Take it day by day, it’s important to look ahead and have goals, but so much can change so quickly, so it’s important to just take it day by day.
Number 2: Really throw yourself into wherever you move to. For me, it’s Southern Idaho. I really have embraced the culture here, and I think the viewers can tell who tries to understand what is important here. Being a reporter isn’t about me, it’s about the viewers, so I try to do stories that matter to them, like Friday night football, or farming stories. Those things matter to them, so that is what I do.
Number 3: Don’t take everything so seriously. This job can really be kind of sad, when I go cover house fires, or car crashes, or people that lost their job, I get sad and I feel so bad for those people. I try to not take my own life so seriously and just have fun too.
Number 4: This job can kind of make you want to be a mean person, because a lot of people will be mean to you. Sometimes, I am driving back from a story, and I think, wow that person was so nice to me, and really made me feel welcome at their house/store/farm. I realize that being a nice, kind, caring, selfless person is way more important than what type of job you have because I remember those people, and I never remember the mean/annoying/rude ones.
Since being here my goal of life has changed. My goal is just to be nice and kind and have people feel good when they are around me.
Anyways, I hope you all are doing well. Have a great day!
Hello friends! Liz here! So much has been going on in my little world lately, I thought you’d all like to see what is going on in my crazy world!
Well, on May 19th, 2019, I graduated from college!
Then, on June 10th, Mom and I started our drive across the entire country. From Easton MA to Twin Falls, Idaho in 6 days! What a long, tiring, beautiful 6 days!
On June 17th, I started my new job as a Reporter at KMVT News here in Twin Falls, Idaho. I started on June 17th, and on that same day I moved into my new apartment.
Then, two weeks later, I got stitches.
I lost my phone on the side of the highway covering a car crash, and I was phone less for 5 days. I went live on air for the first time.
I am covering all sorts of stories here, and it’s very hard to do. I get sad sometimes when the story is sad, and some days I don’t do a very good job, but I am trying, that’s for sure.
This whole new life out here is very different for me. I’m all alone, I don’t have any friends, and I’m working at my first job out of college, literally right out of college. It’s hard and overwhelming, but it’s also good and challenging and I’m learning so much.
Life out here is so different than Boston. For one, there is no public transportation, which is how I got around back home. Second, things aren’t open on Sunday’s and things close early. People here more just enjoy their day, which is hard for me to do. I’m learning.
It’s very beautiful though. There is a lot of beautiful outdoor adventures that I have been going on, which I love.
So, if you want to visit me here, let me know! I have a nice big apartment you can stay in, and we can go kayaking, and swimming and biking and you can come to the studio!