Best US Cities to Visit this Summer

It might be the end of June, but it isn’t too late to plan a summer getaway! We’ve put together a list of our favorite places in the US to visit over the summer.

1. Savannah, Georgia

It might be the oldest city in the state of Georgia, but Savannah’s gothic and historic sights make it one of the greatest landmark cities in the South. The city that was saved from destruction is made up of different squares lined with Spanish moss. The famous River Street is home to many great restaurants and shops, as well as breathtaking views of the water. Pick from one of several historic hotels and be sure to visit some of the famous restaurants like Mrs. Wilkes and the Crystal Beer Parlor. First time in town? Hop on the trolly and get a personalized tour!

2. Charleston, South Carolina

Charming Charleston is a place with endless possibilities in terms of lodging, restaurants, and activities. Hide away in Isle of Palms at the Wild Dunes resort or get a feel for historic downtown at the King Charles Inn. Stop by Hyman’s for some fresh seafood, or get some comfort food while taking in the views of the Ravanel bridge at California Dreaming. Take a tour of the city in a horse and carriage, and end your evenings with some dessert from Karminsky’s. Be sure to spend a few days at the beach, whether that be Folly, Isle of Palms, Kiawah, or Sullivans Island. Just make sure you bring sunscreen, the South Carolina sun is hot!

3. Dallas, Texas

Would this even be a “best places to travel” list without the Lone Star state?! Dallas is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. The progressive additions coming to the city haven’t strayed from the long time Texas traditions. Take a drive out to Fort Worth to visit the historic Stockyards, and don’t leave without having a meal at Hard Eight BBQ in Coppell. Spend a night at the original Top Golf, and tour the world renowned AT&T Stadium.

4. Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

A hidden gem along the Outer Banks, Ocracoke Island is a 9.6 mile island only accessible by ferry. The Ocracoke experience is one unlike any other beach town can offer. Take your pick at hotels, motels, and houses to rent while you’re there. Our favorite is the Pony Island Motel. This cute and cozy motel is family owned and affordable. Once you get settled, ditch your car and rent a golf cart to ride around town. Stop by the wild horse enclosures on your way to the beautiful private beaches, and grab a bite to eat at the famous Howard’s Pub. Make sure you grab a t-shirt on your way out, and don’t forget some dessert at Sweet Tooth!

5. Washington, D.C.

Let’s be real, there is never a bad time to visit the nations capital! There are endless options for activities, and often times, you can’t fit in everything you want to do in one trip! We recommend making a list of things you absolutely want to do, and try to hit those places first. For first timers, we recommend hitting the following places:

  • Georgetown Cupcakes. This is the same cupcake store that is featured in the TLC show, “DC Cupcakes”.
  • Stop by all the monuments, the Capitol, and the Supreme Court building.
  • Take a photo in front of The White House!
  • Hop on a paddle boat in the Tidal Basin and get a good workout!
  • Take a stroll through Arlington National Cemetery. There is truly nothing like it in the entire world. Visit the eternal flame of JFK, the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, and anyone you may know who is resting in the hallowed grounds.
  • Pick a few museums to visit! Our favorite is the Newseum.
  • If you have time and the schedule works out, check out a Nationals game! Even if baseball isn’t your thing, the stadium is absolutely beautiful!

In terms of lodging, there are unlimited options. You can stay in Virginia or Maryland for cheaper rates, but if you’re willing to spend a little more, the Trump hotel is absolutely beautiful!

 

Best Books To Read This Summer

Whether you’re taking extra classes, traveling the world, or working extra hours, summer is the perfect time to pick up some new books. We’ve put together a list of our favorite books that have kept us busy over the last few summers!

1. Licensed to Lie

This legal thriller written by the one and only Sidney Powell shines a light on the corrupt nature of the Department of Justice. From the death of Ted Stevens to the collapse of Enron, she covers it all. If you’re interested in the law, this one is for you!

2. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Calling all Lincoln fans! This is a long one, but a good one. This novel written by Dorris Kearns Goodwin was actually the basis for the Steve Spieldberg film “Lincoln” (which was absolutely amazing!). Goodwin provides a deep history on all of the hopefuls for the Republican nomination, Lincoln’s life before politics, and how he had the media and mostly everyone working against him (sound familiar?). Pick up this book and get to know more about the small town lawyer who went on to change the course of American history.

3. No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden

The title really speaks for itself. Written by a Navy SEAL, this novel takes you through the journey SEAL Team Six embarked on to take down the man who was deemed responsible for the September 11th terror attacks on the United States.

4. The “Killing” Series

Regardless of the controversy surrounding Bill O’Reilly, his “Killing” series goes into detail on some of the greatest historical figures. The series consists of several books, our favorites being Killing Lincoln and Killing Reagan.

5. The Day Kennedy Was Shot

In this 1968 novel, Jim Bishop details an hour by hour account of the day that President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas. From conversations between Secret Service agents to maps of Lee Harvey Oswald’s escape route, this book lays out every chilling detail of that scary November day. We have one of the original hardcover copies of this book purchased by a grandparent in 1969, so just holding this book is like time traveling. Luckily, this book was reissued in 2013, and is available via Kindle for $7.99!

6. Girl Defined

Girl Defined is a Christian book written by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird, the founders of Girl Defined Ministries. Kristen and Bethany both turned down careers in modeling to give their life up to God, and have been sharing their passion for Christ with others ever since. They can be found making YouTube videos full of wisdom for young Christian girls, or speaking at various conferences all over the country. This interactive book walks you through the Bible while sharing their thoughts on God’s design for womanhood.

These are the top six that will definitely take up an entire summer! Be sure to let us know if you decide to read any of these, and what you think about them!

 

 

It’s Okay To Change Your Mind

Choosing a college major can be one of the most stressful decisions you have to make…

I’ve been thinking about this topic a lot lately, as my younger brother is about to enter into his freshman year of college. His going back and forth between finance and engineering reminded me of the flighty behavior I showed throughout my freshman and sophomore years of college… before I found what I was supposed to be doing.

Some people come out of the womb knowing exactly what it is they are destined to do for a career. But for a lot of us, that isn’t the case. With the exception of a few outliers, almost everyone I know has changed their major at least once. Whether it was for change of heart or need for convenience, many of us run to our advisor for the “Change of Major” signature during our college careers.

My parents are very successful in their fields, and so is basically everyone that I’m related to. Several of my cousins are in the medical field, so I just figured that I’d follow the beaten path. After binge watching Dr. Pol on Netflix during my senior year of high school, I decided that I wanted to be a vet. Not just any vet though, a large animal vet. I wanted to be outside working on farms.

The pre-veterinary program at my school fell within the School of Agriculture, so that is where I reported on the day of student orientation weekend when I could pick all of my classes. My advisor handed me my degree plan with all the courses I need to take, and my heart completely dropped. Chemistry. Chemistry II. Organic Chem. Biology. Calculus. Yeah… not my thing. I’m no idiot, I knew that being a pre-vet major was similar to the pre-med track and that I’d be in those courses. It was just in that moment that I realized I was doing something wrong.

I talked to my parents about how I was feeling, and they understood (luckily). My mom suggested that I try the more business side of agriculture. I quickly agreed and changed my major to Agricultural Business the next morning. I went through my freshman year studying agriculture and enjoying it, but knowing that it wasn’t my true calling in life.

After I had decided to move back home, things changed for me. There was no School of Agriculture at my new college. My parents suggested that I just get a regular business degree, so I reluctantly complied, unable to see any other options. During my time at my second school, I concentrated in marketing, finance, and finally, general business due to a scheduling conflict and class requirements.

It wasn’t until July 8th, 2016 that I figured out exactly what it was that I wanted to do. I was sitting in my room and scrolling through Twitter, unfortunately becoming aware of the shooting that was going on in Dallas. I turned on Fox and watched the live coverage throughout the night. Seeing an officer get shot on live TV was the moment that changed everything for me. It was in that moment that I knew I needed to go to law school. I had known the country was falling apart at the seams. I had known that laws weren’t being enforced. I needed to go to school and learn about everything I could in order to uphold what have been set in place to protect all of us. Ever since that night, I’ve spent each day doing things that would help me reach my end goal. I just recently graduated with my undergraduate degree, and I’m taking a “gap” year to work with my favorite political organization in my favorite city.

Don’t feel like you need to know exactly what you want to do with the rest of your life when you register for classes. If you’re not one hundred percent sure, choose something that will still give you some great skills that you could apply to more specific areas in the future. I’m definitely a little biased, but you can never go wrong with a business degree! Bottom line, follow your gut. Don’t let anyone push you into a major that you don’t feel completely passionate about. Stick to your guns, and you can’t go wrong.

-J

 

 

Where It All Began

Rewind back to 2014. It was April, and I was visiting the best college that had accepted me with my dad. It was rainy and cold, and the excitement of visiting my new home had faded into pure fear as I walked in an out of the large brick buildings that made up the medium-sized campus. The ride back to the hotel was silent. My dad knew I was second guessing my decision to go there, but was too nice to call me out.

The ding from a Twitter notification saved both of us from the silence that was beginning to grow uncomfortable. It was a DM from a girl that was also going to this school. She was saying that her roommate had decided on another school, and she asked if I wanted to room with her. A calm rushed over me. “If I know my roommate, I’ll be okay in the Fall,” I told myself as I eagerly wrote her back, agreeing to her offer. Little did either of us know that this roommate arrangement would turn not only into an incredible friendship, but we would become an extension of one another’s family.

That freshman year of college was full of lessons that we needed to learn. After that year, I wound up moving back home (did I mentioned that this school was 9 hours away from my house, in another state?) to attend a college there. She stayed, but that didn’t change our friendship at all. If anything, that made us closer. Sharing our now very different lives with each other on a daily basis, we bonded over the wild memories that we didn’t appreciate freshman year. We became really amazing at alternating cities to hang out in. Beach trips and birthday celebrations always helped us look forward… and honestly, pulled me through some of my toughest semesters at school.

So now, how did Unbounded Ambition come about? That brings us to April 21st, 2017. One of our regular phone calls was more depressing than usual. We were both venting to each other about how much money we didn’t have. I was teaching dance part time in an attempt to focus on leaving my last semester of college with high grades. She was working as a server and just like me, struggling to balance everything with school. Unhappy with where we were financially and emotionally, we let our entrepreneurial spirit lead us to what is now Unbounded Ambition. We were fans of small Instagram shops (HamsaFaith, anyone?!), and often times spent what little money we had in those stores. What began as a tearful conversation ended on a positive and encouraging note. After a few emails were exchanged, Unbounded Ambition was born on Etsy.

We wanted to create a brand that sold the clothes and other items that we loved while encouraging our customers to live fearlessly in their lives. Vintage clothes, old band tee shirts, distressed denim, and cute crafty decor are just a few of our favorite things. We began searching through thrift stores and finding old jeans to cut up into shorts, band tees to acid wash and cut, and tried our hand at designing our own t-shirts!

So here we are, June 21st, 2017. We have 9 sales to date. Nothing crazy, but it’s paid for a few meals and tanks of gas for both of us. Recently it dawned on me that this brand is so much more than an Etsy store filled with affordably priced cute clothing. We are two girls with so much to share… thus the formation of this blog. Our journey is just beginning. So follow us ¬†as we navigate through life; growing this brand, and growing personally.

Check us out on Etsy (we have shirts on clearance right now!), and give us a follow or like on our social media platforms:

Facebook – @UnboundedAmbitionEtsy

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Twitter – @UnboundedBrand

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