A Day In The Life Of Liz, College, One Tree Hill, Wilmington, North Carolina

One Tree Hill Weekend

This past weekend, I had the best weekend of my 21 years. It’s been 4 days since it ended, and still that’s all I can think about. If you frequent my blog, then you must know that One Tree Hill is in my list of top 10 favorite things of all time. Nathan especially, but mostly just the show in general.

James Lafferty and me! I was shaking! 

One Tree Hill found me during a really hard time in life, (hello freshman year of college) and it just made me so happy when I watched it, and I became so invested in these characters lives that I obsessed over them, and made a goal to eventually “Return to Tree Hill” where it all began.

I’m officially a Scott Brother

One year ago I started saving up. These conventions aren’t cheap. Even though I knew that if I wanted to go it would have to be all my own money, and it would have to be something that I worked for, it was so worth it. I mean, I got to meet these characters who I have been in love with for years. I got to meet the person who plays Nathan FOUR TIMES. And, he’s still just as handsome as when the show was on, maybe even more so.

Sorry Haley, he’s mine! 

I think my favorite part about going to this convention was meeting people from all over the entire world who feel the exact same way that I do about the show. It was magical, it was almost like the rest of the world didn’t exist for a weekend, all that mattered was One Tree Hill. I felt so free while I was there, I felt like I could do anything. I just loved it.

I loved Stephen’s meet and greet too! 


A big part of this weekend was obviously meeting the stars, but also they did a really great job of recreating a lot of the fun things that happened on the show, like the Halloween Party, and the Banquet, and the party at Dan’s Beach House. I loved going to these things and honestly really feeling like I was a part of Tree Hill. And eating dinner at the same table as Stephen Colletti was definitely the highlight!!

Selfie at dinner with Stephen! 

I also loved walking around Wilmington and seeing the real places that so much of this show was filmed. I saw the bridge from the opening scenes. I saw Karen’s Cafe, the Naley bench, I saw the river walk and the river court. It was unreal, that’s the only word I can use to describe it, unreal.

I love you Wilmington! 

I went to this convention by myself. All alone. I knew no one. A lot of people didn’t get that when I told them. They were like, why? Aren’t you scared. And yes, I was scared to fly all alone, and be in a city I don’t know. But, I have spent so much of my life being too scared to do things so just not doing them, and I really want to change that. I want to be scared, but it can’t stop me from doing things that I want to do. It’s like the show says, “most people are stronger than they know, they just forget to believe in it sometimes,”-Kieth Scott.

Lindsey McKeon (Taylor James) may have been my favorite! 

And when I left I wasn’t alone, I made so many friend while I was there.

See, all my new friends! 

I am so so so so glad, happy and thankful that I took a chance and stepped out of what I am comfortable with and went on this weekend trip, so happy I did it. I don’t do enough things for me, I don’t do enough things to make me happy, and it was worth every single penny that I spent, every single one. It was the best weekend I have had. I wish I could go back right now. Thank you to everyone along the way who made it so amazing. There is so much more I want to say, but I think I’m still processing!

This was our question and answer session, haha! 

I hope I can “Return To Tree Hill” again sometime, but for now, the amazing memories and pictures will have to do!



Good Morning America, Times Square

Live In Times Square, This Is GMA, With Liz Hadley

Everyone who knows me at all, must know that my dream life is to be living in a brownstone in NYC with two dogs and working as the host of Good Morning America. I mean, I don’t exactly hide the fact that that is my dream.

One time Mom and I waited to be in the live show! 

On the first day of classes that’s my answer, when I meet someone and they ask what I want to be, that’s my answer, it’s just my answer, because it’s true. I probably spend around 8-10 waking hours thinking and working for that dream to come true.

I know it’s a large dream. I’m aware. But, it’s okay, because when I think of myself at my happiest, that is where I want to be, and that is what fuels me to to keep going on my worst days. I just imagine how awesome it will feel to finally do that, and finally accomplish what I’ve been working for for so long, and my day is okay again.

Same picture from the day we waited outside the studio! 

What you don’t know is why that is my goal, let me tell you a story.

When I was a young girl, I had a hard time sleeping. I couldn’t stay asleep, and I woke up really early. So I went into my parents room and they told me to watch the news. So I would go into the living room and turn on the TV, and watch the news. And I loved it. I was hooked, I loved how happy they were so early in the morning, and I loved how excited they were to be at work, and I loved the feel good stories, and I would always feel bad for the sad stories. I loved watching them, and how excited they made me for the day, and I guess I just told myself that that’s what I wanted to do, make people excited for the day, no matter how I do that, I don’t care, I just want people to wake up in a good mood. I want people to be happy, I want to be that light for them. 

Good Morning America, I think really tries to do that, they really try to help put people in a good mood for the start of their day.

Terrible picture of me, but cool day way back in 2014

Yes, they do cover the breaking news stories, and the sad stories, and the exciting stories, but they also have fun, and they add a little humor in, and the anchors banter, and they really try to make it a show about encouraging people to go out and have a good day, and that is how I look at the news, whether it’s morning, noon, or night, I want to be the person encouraging them to make their day the best it can be. 

And I’ve never been one to aim low, sure I could work at a market that’s not number one, but why work for mediocre, when I could work for the top market in the world.

I know it might not happen, I know I might have to settle for the Today show, but it’s not going to stop me from dreaming, and working hard, and never giving up. I can’t wait for my name to be next to Robin Roberts and Ginger Zee someday.

Live in Times Square, this is Good Morning America, with Elizabeth Hadley, or at least someday it will be.