Recently, I traveled to the beautiful island of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico with my husband and immediate family for a week-long vacation. Before we left, we were asked by several of our friends, extended family members, and co-workers whether or not it was safe to travel to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. There is no doubt that we had our own concerns as well, but there was also no other place our family wanted to go and I'm happy to report that Puerto Rico is ready to welcome back tourists to the island.
If you've never been to Puerto Rico there's no better time than the present to book your trip. The aftermath of Hurricane Maria was devastating, resulting in thousands of lives lost as well as unimaginable living conditions. Although the island was left without power and running water for months, the residents of Puerto Rico persevered and are recovering much of what was lost, whether its dealing with the emotional loss of a loved one or their homes. There are still a few areas that are recovering, but most of the popular tourist attractions (if not all) are back in business.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, where I was compensated by the Butler County Visitor’s Bureau to write about my experience. All opinions are my own and do not reflect the sponsor's point of view.
Recently, I took a trip down to Butler County for a weekend long girls trip to eat, explore, and unwind from the world. Conveniently located between Cincinnati and Dayton, Butler County provides one-of-a-kind experiences for all ages. From skydiving 18,000 feet in the air to shopping local farmer’s markets on a Saturday morning, I truly believe this small town is a place for everyone to enjoy.
With only a two-hour drive from Columbus, we hopped in the car and made our way down I-71 south to one of the most charming, historical getaways in Ohio. You don’t always have to “get away” to “getaway” – because sometimes the adventure is right in your backyard. I love Columbus, but exploring Butler County felt all too familiar – because even though we were visitors for the weekend this place instantly felt like home.
This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
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Lately (more like the past two days), I’ve been reading a lot about “perfectionism” and the art of letting go. It’s easier said than done and like many people in the world, I’ve conditioned myself to strive for perfection in all things that I do. With that, I’ve also always found myself falling short of that perfection – whether it’s not finishing projects, canceling plans, wallowing in self-pity or just plain giving up. This idea of perfectionism (which many of us struggle with) is exhausting. And I know I’m not the only one.
When it comes to achieving success, we often equate that to perfection. We want everything to look and be perfect, but perfection should never be the end goal. This is not new news to us, but we still do it anyway. Even with the knowledge at our fingertips, we continue to push harder for perfection. Albert Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” So can we all admit that striving for perfection over and over again; and then falling short of perfection is a recipe for insanity?
It's officially been four months since Lawrence and I got married at Noah's Event Venue in New Albany, Ohio. Our summer wedding was absolutely magical; filled with love, happiness, and a lot of queued laughs (which you will see all throughout these photos).
Planning a wedding can be stressful, but working with the best vendors in Columbus made our day effortless. Today, I am dedicating this post to all my bride to be's with stories about my post-wedding experience as well as to all our awesome vendors who went above and beyond our expectations. Thank you for your service, professionalism and amazing attention to detail. Our wedding was the absolute best, and we appreciate each of your talents so much.
My name is Morgan Pelt, founder and lifestyle blogger behind Columbus Living – a blog dedicated to sharing stories about local businesses, events and entrepreneurs. I grew up in Columbus and as a creative outlet; I like to share my adventures and experiences through writing, photography and social media. It's time to discover new places, try new food, and meet new people. Let's go!