This time on the blog, I have decided to be a little more transparent. For three years, I have called this blog a lifestyle blog, a collection of my experiences and encounters around Columbus. But after so many major events that have occurred in my life, I want to be a little more vulnerable with my readers.
To be honest, I’m not sure if I have readers (like consistent readers), since I haven’t been very consistent with writing or sharing information. Anyway, as I begin this new journey of being a married woman, I want to show you (yes, my readers if you’re out there) more of who I am.
Some of you may be wondering, what exactly is a panic attack?
When I was told by medical personnel at OSU’s University Hospital East that I had an unconfirmed diagnosis of a panic attack, I was confused too. The only reason why I say, “unconfirmed” is because a panic attack can only be confirmed by a psychologist or psychiatrist. The doctors at OSU could only confirm a medical diagnosis, which was confirming that I was "physically" 100% healthy.
As I was flying home from my bachelorette party in Dallas, Texas, I sat in my seat not feeling too well from a long weekend of partying, drinking, and not sleeping. It was one of the BEST WEEKENDS I had ever had, but it also took a lot out of me.
To say the least, I was extremely hungover, nauseous, sleep deprived and overly caffeinated while flying 50,000 ft. in the air on my way back to Columbus, Ohio. I was overly anxious about getting home and while I was trying to fall asleep on the plane, I just couldn’t. For some reason, I convinced myself that because my heart was beating so slow, that it would be a bad idea for me to fall asleep. So, I forced myself to stay awake. We had an hour left in flight, and I told myself, “Morgan, you can do this.”
The palms of my hands grew sweaty, my heart started to race, my mouth went dry, and in that moment, I knew I needed to get to a restroom. As my anxiety grew, I left my seat and made my way to the back of the plane to get to the restroom. While in the restroom, I took deep breaths, splashed water on my face and did everything in my power to calm myself down. I kept saying to myself, “Morgan, it’s okay! You’re going to be fine. Just breathe,” but nothing was working.
By this point, my body went cold and my mouth started to feel numb. I then realized, maybe this was more serious than what I thought, I felt like I couldn’t talk. I was so scared. My fiancé wasn't with me, I couldn’t call my parents, and I felt like my heart was about to burst out of my chest.
Soon enough, my mind began consuming itself with fear. With my wedding being two months away, all I could think of was, “Am I having a heart attack? It can’t be. I’m 26 years old. God, please don’t let me die.” I couldn’t help, but pray for the best, but couldn’t stop thinking the worst.
Soon I couldn’t catch my breath. Why couldn’t I catch my breath? I started to realize I was hyperventilating for air. I kept drinking water in hopes that it would help, but I was losing control of my breathing. For the sake of being in the restroom too long and feeling embarrassed I immediately opened the door.
I grabbed the flight attendant and told her I wasn’t feeling well. She could tell by the fear in my voice that something was wrong. As she rushes to grab my friends, a man by the restroom door soon grabs my hands. He tells me to slow down my breathing. As I try to catch my breath, he says, “Everything will be okay. Just breathe. You’re having a panic attack”. To be honest, I started to cry even harder. Probably, not the best thing to tell me, but I knew he was trying to help.
The flight attendant then returns to the back of the plane with my best friend and soon clears the back row of seats. The pilot asks on the intercom if any medical staff is on board, and all I can think of is, “Is this really happening? Has it gotten that serious?” A few minutes later, a registered nurse arrives, an older White woman, who looked a lot like Jane Lynch from Glee. She takes my vitals, wraps me in blankets (at this point I’m shaking) and she instructs me to keep breathing.
From what I can remember, she had the most soothing voice saying, “God has you. Everything is going to be okay, baby girl. You’re going to be okay. You are going to walk down that aisle.”
While she is saying this, she’s holding my hand with firm reassurance that everything is going to be okay. Two strangers holding hands on a plane, one making sure the other one knows they’re going to be okay. As she repeated "God has you", I couldn’t help, but to believe it.
If she is reading this right now, all I can say is, “Thank you”. You truly saved my life. In the chaos and absolute fear that consumed my mind, you were there. I will forever be grateful for kind strangers like you. Your compassion and your prayer over me meant everything. I hope this message gets to you. If this woman sounds familiar to you, please share this message with her. We were on American Airlines Flight 1164 on June 11.
As soon as the plane landed, I was rushed off onto a stretcher into an ambulance that “slowly” drove me to OSU’s medical center. I remember being so frustrated with the ER staff because in my head I thought I was dying. My body couldn’t move, my mouth was frozen and I could barely speak.
While I was being given multiple tests, my friends and family were rushing to the hospital to make sure I was okay. I was coming home from a bachelorette party so I could only imagine what they thought had happened. For me, it was one of the scariest moments of my life. And I checked out of the ER four hours later.
After it happened, I didn’t go into work for a week. I was mentally shaken. I sought out psychological help which confirmed that I had a panic attack. I was given information about panic disorders, anxiety, and stress, but it was all so new to me. I thought I was broken. I cried uncontrollably throughout that week and I was scared I’d have to adjust to a new way of life.
Three weeks later, I was in a terrible car accident on highway 315-North in Columbus where I hydroplaned across three lanes without hitting a single car. It’s a miracle that I walked away from the accident without a scratch. My car was completely totaled and the accident occurred three weeks before my wedding day. To many brides, these incidents may seem like signs from the universe telling them not get married; trust and believe I had many people ask, but for me it was a sign from God to slow down.
When you’re wedding planning, every single detail seems so important, but it’s not. My panic attack was a combination of stress, over-thinking and exhaustion built up over time. It was also a result of having too much alcohol, caffeine and not enough sleep all at once. My car accident was caused by mother nature and my “failure to control” a vehicle that was impossible to control, but that’s another story.
As of today, I’m married to the love of my life, Mr. Lawrence Pelt. We got married on July 29, 2017 and I’m so happy wedding planning is over. We had a beautiful wedding day shared with family and friends and I’m still feeling the aftershock (aka the abundance of love) of it all. I wouldn’t do anything different because this was my story to save the next bride whose overdoing it.
If I could give any advice to any future brides about wedding planning it would be to slow down, accept the help, hire a wedding coordinator or wedding planner if you are a perfectionist, don’t compare your wedding to anyone else getting married and have fun with your fiancé “soon-to-be-husband”. Your marriage is what matters most, not the perfect wedding.
Also, nothing and I mean nothing, is more important than your HEALTH and HAPPINESS.
After that, everything else comes secondary. Thank you for reading and I hope you share this post with that special bride in your life whether it’s your daughter, soon to be daughter-in-law, fiancé, or friend. This is for her.
First, let me say, I need to apologize to all my readers for not keeping my blog up to date. There really is no excuse, but there has been a shit load of craziness that has occupied my life for the past year and a half; including a major key alert – I’M MARRIED!
Yes, Lawrence and I finally exchanged vows on July 29, 2017 at Noah’s Event Venue in New Albany and we are now officially husband and wife, as Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Pelt. We were so blessed to have such a beautiful ceremony led by Pastor Luke Ahrens from Vertical Church Columbus as we shared this day with family and friends. I'm still amazed at how fast the day went.
We are so grateful for everyone’s love and support, and are happy to begin this new chapter in our lives. We promise a more detailed blog post will be provided later once we receive our professional wedding photos and video. We believe we hired the best talent to capture our day and are so excited to share it with you all.
After a long weekend celebrated with family and friends who traveled near and far, we knew we were ready for our honeymoon. Thankfully, we had our luggage already packed and we were ready to hop on a flight and travel back down to the beach, sand and warm weather.
We stayed at an all-inclusive resort, the Royalton Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for nine nights and ten days. Previously, we stayed at The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real which was absolutely breathtaking and you can read about our experience here. This time around, we tried to be cost-friendly, but also wanted a luxurious stay since our visit would be much longer. Also, this was the country where Lawrence proposed so it definitely brought back great memories.
When we arrived at our resort, we were immediately greeted with cold, wet towels, champagne toasts, and a warm welcome by guest services. We checked into Diamond Club and were taken back by the ocean views from the main entrance. For just a moment, as we waited on our room to be ready, we sat on a couch near the bar and just took in the smell, the humidity and each other. It was perfect.
Royalton Punta Cana Resort & Casino is an exclusive family and couples-oriented hotel that features modern décor, beautiful landscaping, and a luxurious private beach. The staff and butler service was excellent and we would definitely recommend this resort to couples looking for a cost-friendly honeymoon.
We booked a room that included a luxury swim-out pool located 30 ft. from the ocean and five feet from the beach which meant it took just seconds to sink our feet into that white sand. It was pure paradise. Everyday our agenda included the beach, pool, a 1-hour hydrotherapy session, and great food and drinks (more specifically lime, mint mojitos and Presidentes “a common Dominican beer”).
We also shared the occasional Mama Juana shot together in the evenings during and after dinner. It was fun to share in the experience with our bartenders, who constantly encouraged one shot after the other. Mama Juana is an aphrodisiac, so be careful my friends. It's made with herbs, spices, rum, honey and special island ingredients. The locals also say it cures hangovers, cancer, diabetes, and even world hunger. It’s the problem solver for everything in Punta Cana. If only life were that easy, and it was, even if we only got to experience it for just that brief moment.
Whenever we travel, we always like to venture off and experience the country we’re visiting. This time we decided to do a cultural excursion called, “Go Yuma – Raw Culture” hosted by our tour guide, Americo at Outback Adventures.
Through this excursion we were able to:
During our tour, we met a beautiful couple from Philly who recently got engaged, Tina and Mike. We shared great conversation with them during our 8-hour tour and we would like to wish them happy wedding planning and congratulations on their upcoming nuptials. Marriage is so beautiful and we know their day will be amazing! It was great getting to know you both especially with our tour being an intimate group of five.
Lawrence and I both know we are extremely blessed, especially with all the love and support we were surrounded by on our wedding day. We also know that not everyone has accessibility to education, healthcare and basic supplies or toiletries, so instead of hosting a bridal registry, we collected school supplies to donate to the Boy's Shelter in Higuey (pronounced e-gway) through the "Pack for the Purpose" (PfaP) program. The PfaP partners with local excursion companies to encourage travelers to pack requested supplies in their extra luggage space. They have opportunities available all over the world. For more information, click here.
While Lawrence and I were walking along the beach one day we ran into a few of my sorors from the illustrious Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated who were staying at the Hard Rock Hotel. The resort had a fun hashtag sign on the beach so we had to take a picture in front of it. Also, it was just nice to get off our resort for awhile and see what other people were doing.
Also, I want to apologize to my mother-in-law because she would not be happy with this photo, but how can you blame me? He looked so handsome in the middle of a beautiful group of women wearing pink and green, don't you agree? I love you, Mrs. Pelt!
Disclaimer: My mother-in-law is a beautiful woman of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
During our stay, we experienced international cuisine and top-notch drinks at the resort. Lawrence was a huge fan of his morning omelet, while I thoroughly enjoyed eating dessert before dinner every night. The resort had several restaurants to choose from and offered 24-hour room service, which we definitely took advantage of on lazy pool days.
Restaurants + Bars included:
The resort also partnered with Memories Splash Punta Cana (a sister resort nearby) which Royalton guests had full-access too (including the waterpark which was a lot of fun).
If my husband could tell you his favorite place on the resort, he would say the spa. We enjoyed a 50-minute Swedish massage the day before we left, but a luxury service of the Diamond Club was that you could use the Hydrotherapy Suite everyday for an hour. This included: the stone-coal sauna, a steam room, a hot tub, and a hydrotherapy pool. We always had the place to ourselves and we were completely relaxed every single time. This experience will definitely be missed; I'm actually missing it right now as I type this out. Ugh! Take us back.
Our honeymoon was a vacation we'll always remember and I'm so happy Lawrence and I were able to share this beautiful experience together. It was the perfect time away after a long year of wedding planning.
Lawrence, I love you more, always. I am so blessed to be your wife and I am excited to grow old together. More than anything, I am ready to build a family and look forward to many more adventures. I know our love for travel will keep us young. This is just the beginning.
For those interested in booking with this resort, please see details below. This was not a sponsored post and I am not getting paid for my opinion. Happy travels everyone!
Royalton Punta Cana Resort
All Inclusive Resort in the Dominican Republic
1-888-774 0040 or (305) 774-0040
*Traveler’s Note: There is a Level II Travel Alert for the Zika Virus which has been reported in several countries throughout the Caribbean. Please visit the CDC website, www.cdc.gov/zika/ if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before traveling to any of the affected areas.
Nothing makes me happier than seeing two people in love, especially when the two people in love are my close friends. As a lifestyle blogger, I get to support really cool things happening in Columbus, but every now and then, someone recognizes my crazy, awesome photography skills and I get to play with my DSLR for the day, and act like I know what I'm doing (wow, she's modest).
I would have to say my photography gravitates towards special moments, fuzzy feelings, happy faces, realness and authenticity. On a late Saturday afternoon, I met Tierra and Kenton at Pistacia Vera in German Village. All the locals must be used to photographers, because every car that drove past me either welcomed me with a friendly smile or waited on me while I was standing in the middle of the street to get my shot. Thank you, German Village for being so warm and inviting. Your cobblestone bricks and rich historic buildings, provided the perfect atmosphere for this charming couple.
As I was editing photos, I came across this gem ("shot") and I immediately started crying. As I'm writing this blog post, I almost want to cry all over again because this photo says it all. If you don't see it right away, you don't get it. They're in love, look at them. Do you notice the way she's grabbing his face and slightly smiling on his lips? Do you see the gentle way he looks at her? Ugh, it's so goddamn cute.
These two southern love birds are about to say, "I do" in Raleigh, North Carolina and I can't wait to celebrate their big day. Photos like these are supposed to be a beautiful reminder of the past, but all I could think about was the exciting future that they have to look forward too. From their first home to bouncing babies, I started to think about their grandchildren and how decades from now, they'll look back on these photos and they'll say, "Grandma and Grandpa were/are so in love." And guess what? I get to be a part of it. Damn, I'm lucky.
When I said, "yes" to taking these photos I didn't realize the effect it would have on me. I knew I wanted to take beautiful photos of Tierra and Kenton, but I wanted to take photos that their kids could look at years from now and say, "I want a love like Mom and Dad". When you're in the process of wedding planning, sometimes you need moments like these to slow down and be with one another, and these photos represent that exact moment they had.
Thank you, Tierra and Kenton for entrusting me with this magical moment of yours, you didn't have to ask me, but you did. You two are going to have a long, happy and fruitful marriage filled with many laughs, healthy babies, and a beautiful legacy to leave behind. I love you both and thank you for giving me all the feels as you placed your love in front of my camera.
Columbus art patron and collector, Charles Bluestone, was invited to curate an exhibition of works by his favorite Ohio artists. In 2016, Mr. Bluestone created a traveling exhibition entitled, Art 360°: Contemporary Art Hatching Across Ohio, in which 44 artists responded to the challenge to take an ostrich egg and transform it into a work of art. Now, these same artists have been asked to create small works for the walls of the Cultural Arts Center. This showcase will feature some of the most talented artists in the state.
Charles Bluestone, Esq., and
Friday, April 21 - May 19, 2017
Opening reception, Friday, April 21, 6 – 8 PM
Conversations and Coffee, Thursdays, May 11 and May 18, Noon – 1 PM
Columbus Cultural Arts Center Main Gallery
139 W. Main Street
Photo courtesy: Experience Columbus
As a three-year renter of a cozy one-bedroom apartment, I’m about done with this life. I’m forced to live like a minimalist and I hate it. It’s sounds so mature when you say it out loud, but it’s not. It’s boring.
I like having things. I like decorating for the holidays and hosting fun dinner parties, and having my own space. OMG! Space. I miss this more than anything.
It’s getting bad. We have two corn hole boards in our tiny coat closet and wedding décor occupying our living room floor like a third roommate. My fiancé and I are getting married in July and we’re so ready for home ownership.
You can only imagine what the next step is for us – researching houses and finding the best market to buy, but where oh, where to start? Time for my plug.
Photo courtesy: Barrett Columbus
As your stereotypical millennial, who watches way too much HGTV with every couple wishing for white marble countertops, crown mold ceilings, and exposed brick walls, how can you blame us? – I mean it’s “no deal” without getting open floor concepts and modern finish touches. C’mon on now, you’re giving us way too much credit if you propose we ask for less.
Trust me, the list can go on and on, but there are more adult-ing factors that go into this long-term decision. Like, what school districts are best for my kids, how long will my commute to work be? Are there grocery stores, retail shops and dining options nearby? But most of all how much room can we really afford for the neighborhood we want?
While many of 2017’s hottest neighborhoods come with longer commutes, according to Redfin.com their data reveals that homebuyers can truly have it all.
This, my friends, will contribute to the overall expansion of Columbus and growth of the city we all know and love. Data on homebuyer activity reveals that three neighboring areas outside the city of Columbus are heating up this year. While home prices continue to rise in the center of a booming tech city, homebuyers are increasingly focusing their searches in neighboring communities.
Photo courtesy: Redfin.com
According to RedFin.com, the up and coming neighborhoods are:
These hot neighborhoods represent the most up and coming neighborhoods in Columbus. This indicates that their value will increase in the near future and may also indicate lower availability as the year progresses.
One of the biggest factors that make these neighborhoods hotter than others is their close proximity to downtown Columbus while still being an affordable option. Prices will likely gradually climb throughout the year and fluctuate depending on supply and demand.
Columbus is on the sheer drop of home buying season. Once that hits, competition will be fierce for homes in hot neighborhoods. By the end of the year, values in these neighborhoods will have gone up and supply will likely decrease.
If you are looking to buy or sell your home in Columbus, consult with a Redfin.com agent today.
Thanks to Redfin.com for this awesome data. I could of kept all this wonderful information to myself, but I’m feeling selfless. Happy home buying, Columbus!
My name is Morgan Pelt and I am a Columbus Lifestyle Blogger. My blog features local businesses and events in the Columbus, OH area including: restaurants, stores, gallery hops, fashion, and people. I want this blog to be fun and resourceful. There's so many new places to discover, new food to try, and good people to meet. Are you ready to join me?