2020, A Day In The Life Of Liz, Boston, Idaho, Jackson, Reporter, Suffolk University

Lessons from moving 2,546 miles across the country

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. 

George

I will love you forever, George

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.

2020, A Day In The Life Of Liz, Reporter, Twin Falls

Summer of 2020

Since Fall is officially here, I got to looking through my pictures and seeing all the fun adventures I had this summer and decided to document it.

This summer was weird, actually all of 2020 has been kind of weird, but when I look back at these pictures I realized how much fun it actually was.

I hope you all had a great summer too! HAPPY FALL!

Got to spend a lot of time with my baby Jackson!
Went home to Massachusetts to see my family, and we flew right over Cape Cod!
Got to see my best friends Andrew and Andrea and my Massachusetts dog George!
And my favorite family! I miss them all the time!
And made some new friends in Idaho! Congratulations Kevin and Haley!
I met this awesome guy who is from Boston but now flies this B-25 all around the world!
I saw a moose for the first time!
Went to my SECOND rodeo with Trevor!
And anchored the news with Ryan Denniss!

2020, A Day In The Life Of Liz, Idaho, Jackson, Reporter, Twin Falls

Celebrating 1 Year at KMVT

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.

2020, Idaho, SPRING, Twin Falls

Spring is my favorite season

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!!

Yellow is my favorite color!
How cool is it that this is a photo I took? It looks like a painting.
Beautiful views while taking my dog for a walk!
Speaking of… my handsome boy
I had to go to Wilson Lake in Jerome County for a possible boat sinking. There was not boat sinking, but this was a great sunset!
Idaho is so pretty
I love tulips, I think they are my favorite flower, they close up at night, and come alive when the sun comes out! Such smart flowers!

I hope you liked looking at the beautiful pictures as much as I did! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

2020, A Day In The Life Of Liz, Idaho, Jackson, Reporter, Twin Falls

A Day in the Life of Liz

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.

Here I am, just getting to work.

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.

We have been doing a lot of our interviews over Zoom, or FaceTime.

I have a great set up figured out for how I conduct my online interviews.

Heading out to get B-Roll

Even though I can do all my interviews over the internet, I still have to go out and get B-Roll!

Saw these beautiful flowers while I was out getting 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.

CAR WASH!

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.

YUMMY!!!
Time to 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.

In the recording booth, ready to track my package.
Selfie with my boss Kade on my way back from the recording booth.

After I lay down my voice and finish all my B-Roll, I have to export!

I have little notes to remind myself of things!

After I finish all my editing and writing and exporting, I have to start my web stories.

Web story time!

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.

A very time consuming process.

It was around 7 o’clock when I finished all my work and went home to see… my pup pup Jackson.

Always so happy to see me!

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.

Laying in bed with my puppy.

Then I got ready for bed, took Jackson out to go to the bathroom once more, and went to sleep.

What. A. Day.

2020, Jackson, Twin Falls

My Pup Pup Jackson

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.

I make him cuddle with me.

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.

2019, A Day In The Life Of Liz, Idaho, Reporter

Living it up in Idaho

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!

2019, A Day In The Life Of Liz, Idaho, Reporter, Suffolk University, Twin Falls

Life Lately with Liz!

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!

Thanks for reading! Have a great summer!

A Day In The Life Of Liz, Boston, Derek Hough

Derek Hough Live! The Tour!

Now, hopefully you already know about my obsession for Derek Hough, because if you don’t that would make this blog post less dramatic.

So, let’s assume you do. You know all about how I became obsessed with Derek Hough in 11th grade, and ow I have been to every one of his tours including his show at the Radio City Music Hall, and I have even met him 6 times.

On April 23rd, my love for him and his talents was expressed again, as I attended Derek Hough Live!! The Tour! Now, let me tell you, this was my 7th time seeing Derek, and truly each time they get better.

Derek Hough is magic. His show was funny, his show was beautiful, his show was moving, his show was magical. I wasn’t Elizabeth Hadley the stressed out senior in college with zero free time. I was just Elizabeth, happy and free.

The way that Derek can transition from tap to contemporary to salsa to hip hop to the tango in minutes is amazing. He is one of the most talented people to walk this earth, who is actually really genuine and humble.

The thing that gets me about Derek the most is that he never takes his success for granted. He even said so himself. He said, every night I come up on stage and I always feel like I have to earn it. I have to earn that I get to do this every single night, and I love doing it. Derek was born to be on stage, and how lucky is he that he gets to do what he was put on this earth to do.

I got to meet Derek before hand, and this was my sixth time meeting him. He is just such a beautiful soul.

I asked him what he wishes he knew when he was 22 like I am.

He said, well, I wish I knew that you don’t have to have your life figured out when you are 22. I also wish that I knew that you are who you surround yourself with. If you surround yourself with people who are hard working and nice, you will want to be like them. I love that he said that, and it was such a nice thing to say to me.

The best part of Derek’s show was the backup dancers. WOW! They are talented! They seemed so grateful and happy that they got to be up on that stage and performing alongside such a talented dancer like Derek. But, they are just as talented!

The message of Derek’s show was simple. You. Are. Enough. Just. As. You. Are.

So, in case you needed to hear that today, there you go. You are enough, and you always have been and always will be enough. Just as you are. Never doubt that you aren’t.