Party in the USA

I fell in love with the United States nearly four years ago when I first visited the bright lights of New York City in December 2011. Having spent less than a week there in the lead up to Christmas, the city seemed so magical, just like you would expect from the movies. Ever since I touched back down in Heathrow from that trip, I just knew that one day I had to return to the land of the free, and see far more of it than just the little island of Manhattan.

This summer, my dream finally became a reality, and I was lucky enough to take a trip of a lifetime, venturing over to the United States for six weeks. Being in the in-between stages of finishing university and finding full-time work, there never seemed like a better opportunity to go. So on the 18th Of July, my boyfriend and I jumped aboard a Norwegian Air Dreamliner bound for JFK Airport, and waved adios to England for the summer…

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…and what a summer it was. I can honestly say that I had the most amazing time of my life, and couldn’t have been happier. I can also say that I have never felt more inspired to get a job out in Los Angeles where the sun is shining, or in NYC, the heart of everything! In total we spent ten days in New York, 12 days in Miami, 2 INCREDIBLE nights in Las Vegas, 13 days in Los Angeles and 5 days in Seattle.

I definitely favoured some places (VEGAS) more than others (Seattle), but wouldn’t change the trip for anything. I just know that the next time I visit the States, which will hopefully be sooner rather than later, I’ll probably find myself drunk, sat at a slot machine in Caesar’s Palace once again! 😝

Thank you once again for an amazing summer, USA!! 🇺🇸

P.S. I am not normally a drunken gambler…

P.P.S. Vegas changes people.

A fresh start… part 456850

Welcome to the redevelopment of my blog! Time and time again I have resorted to explaining why I have not posted in so long, but after one hell of a final year at university, and an incredible summer in the United States – I have the perfect excuse.

Now with time to spare, and having a flick through my archives of old blog posts, I think it is fair to say to myself that some were a little immature, and not the kind of thing I would want associated when applying for jobs nowadays. The time had definitely more than come to have a good old clear out, and rebrand my WordPress as something I would be proud of going forwards into my career. — Saying that, I am not disappointed in any of the posts. They may be a little (a lot!) cringeworthy, but it was all part of the development in my writing practice, just simply laying the foundations down for how I write today.

Partnered with some amazing work experience with companies including ITV, Heat magazine and my local newspaper, the Bournemouth Echo, I feel that my writing has become a lot more refined, and I think I have definitely found my particular niche. Now more than ever, I am entirely comfortable changing up the style or tone depending on what particular media platform I am writing for.

I am also extremely proud to say I will be graduating my Multimedia Journalism degree with a 2:1 classification, something which I never thought would be achievable. After three years of blood, sweat and tears, a few near misses, and a thousand breakdowns, I completed the unimaginable. If I was told I would be in this position five years ago, I probably wouldn’t believe it, so big up to me for getting my shit together!

The current goal as of present is to 1)  find myself a job which I love and am passionate about, 2) appreciate life….and 3) start paying off my university debt. DAMN. And regarding this blog, it’s out with some of the old, and in with the new. Enjoy!

Lateness.. again…

I genuinely cannot believe it has been more than two months since I have last blogged. Despite my promise to myself to blog twice a week, I’ve been sucked into uni work and have found no time to write! Second year is definitely a lot different to the first, as we’ve been completely thrown into things whereas last year it was more of a gentle ease and so much has happened since I last posted!

Obviously, started year two of my university course and absolutely loving it this year – they always say it takes a while to settle down, especially coming from a school where I had been for seven years!

My biggest achievement so far is that I am just about writing at 80WPM for Shorthand. I never thought this day would come as I really wasn’t getting to grips with it, but now it is like something has clicked. And once you’re on the ball, every word you hear or see, in your head you are turning it into shorthand! Strange, but true. I even attempted 100WPM the other day and didn’t find it as difficult as I thought it would be so hopefully I’ll be there soon!

Another great thing is that me and a group of friends completed a seven-minute documentary about schizoaffective disorder. I will post this in the next few days, as I would like people to see it, and also get some more publicity for this terrible mental disorder which effects many people in the UK. There are a few mistakes, but it’s not bad for our first documentary!

I completed a weeks placement at my local newspaper – The Daily Echo Bournemouth, which was amazing. I learnt so much and everyone there were absolutely lovely, and made my time there so enjoyable. I had around ten of my articles published (once again will post these in the next few days) which I literally could not believe. It is the weirdest thing opening your local paper and seeing your name ‘By Fern Balch!’ I felt very proud, and cannot wait for more placements to come.

And finally, none other than good old Piers Morgan retweeted one of my tweets! Within ten minutes I had around 50 new followers, a stream of trolls saying really inoffensive things such as ‘who names their child Fern?’ (great trolling!). By the next day I had 200 new followers on my account, numerous retweets and around 70 favourites. Not bad considering I didn’t think he’d even see it!

I definitely am going to get back into the swing of things this time, and really mean it. I finish the first semester on Friday, so from then until the 6th January (excluding Chrimbo of course), I will be doing nothing but writing, blogging, practicing shorthand and working! And maybe drinking a few cheeky mulled wines here and there…

The Future King of England

Just want to say a huge congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their little baby boy, born today; the 22nd July 2013, at 16:24pm, weighing 8lbs 6oz!

I am so excited to find out the name of our future King of England, and get a first glimpse of him on those famous steps outside St. Mary’s Hospital.

I wish them all the happiness in the world and this very special time.

Long live the Royal family!!