Cleansing Rain

Anyone else feel like the rain has stuck around a little longer than normal this year? While I am definitely ready for sunny weather & warmer temperatures to return, I am learning to love the rain. Life kind of stands still in the rain. The rain reminds us to slow down. There is something peaceful about sipping a hot tea and watching the raindrops slowly roll down my window- even if I am sitting in my office.

As I sit here, I can’t help but think about how this rain is cleaning away some of the dirt and smells of the city. At the same time, the rain is reminding me that I need to slow down and mentally take note of the cleanse that needs to happen within me. I’ve been carrying baggage, afraid to let go. It’s time for me to use this rainy weather to not only cleanse my city, but also my heart.

We are heading into spring- a time of new beginnings. It’s time to embrace this rain- letting it cleanse us of all the unnecessary until only the essential remains.

Have you been holding onto something also?
Is there something you need to be cleansed of?

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Adventures in Brooklyn

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You know the saying ‘April showers bring May flowers?’ Well, apparently NYC missed that memo and our May is off to a very wet start. While I love the romantic shadow the overcast weather casts over the city, I am still dreaming of our sunny weekend adventures in Brooklyn.

This past weekend we went to Williamsburg and spent the afternoon in the most authentic Brazilian restaurant I have ever seen. Seriously- you could have told me we were in Brazil and I would have believed you. It was dreamy. One of our friends does a lot of work in Brazil and his co-worker speaks Portuguese and visits Brazil monthly. This coworker introduced us to this little piece of paradise. He ordered for our table in Portuguese, so I have no idea what exactly we ate- but it was delicious. If you are ever looking for an authentic Brazilian restaurant go to Miss Favela in Williamsburg {but get there early or you won’t get a seat- seriously. and be ready for a live band and lots of dancing. who knew lunch could be a party?}.

After our trip to another country {kidding- kind of}, we returned to America and explored Dumbo and the Brooklyn Bridge. We got there right as the sun was beginning to set. I highly suggest visiting Dumbo. Walking along the river, watching the kids run along the pebble beach, and soaking in the views- it is all perfect.

And I happened to bring my new camera lens with me, so naturally I had to play around a little bit with the pretty background. :) On a sad note, I don’t know why I didn’t take any pictures inside the restaurant- I did post some of it on snapchat, so you should follow me there ;)

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Anyone else excited about Mother’s Day?! I could not be more thankful for my mom and the lessons she has taught me over the years. She is my inspiration and my encourager. Each year we designate one day {although one day is definitely not enough} to celebrate the moms in our life and finally the day is approaching. Here are a few Mother’s Day gift ideas to remind your mom how much she means to you!

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1.) Book a mother/daughter trip! Anyone else dreaming of a trip to Charleston?
2.) The BEST spiralizer! {If you haven’t jumped on this bandwagon yet- you MUST and your mom should too}
3.) Her new go-to lipstick for summer! {i love rouge rock!}
4.) Sunglasses {she can look cute & give sight to someone in need by wearing these. Win-win!}
5.) Books are always a good idea {I’m currently swooning over all things French & this book “How to be a Parisian“}
6.) Perfect summer tote (on sale for under $40!)
7.) Casual afternoon free-leaf-tea & treats are always a good idea
8.) Classic Burberry perfume (on sale for under $50!)

Any other suggestions?
How do you celebrate Mother’s Day?

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1 Year in Thailand & 1 Year in NYC

Two years ago this month I moved to Thailand.
One year ago today I moved from Thailand to New York City.

Where has the time gone? Each year I am befuddled by how quickly time passes. {anyone else with me?} It feels like just last month I was in the classroom with my 20 Thai students, but if feels like years since I drove my motorbike to the Thai street markets. To say I miss Thailand would be an understatement. The sweet people, the culture, the food, the adventures… It was incredible.

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At the same time, I can’t believe I’ve lived in NYC for a year! How can this city already feel so much like home, yet I feel as though there is still so much left to explore? Even my southern husband was amazed out how easy it was to make New York our new home.

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Each year of our marriage has been spent in a different city. Our first year was in Branson, our second in Dallas, our third in Thailand, and our fourth in NYC.  While we have no intention of leaving the city, I know this year will be full of  plenty new adventures. I can’t wait to see what God has in store!

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You are Loved

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If you ever get the chance, come to NYC in the spring. The trees are blooming, birds are chirping, tulips are abundant, and outdoor tables are starting to fill up the sidewalks. It is heaven. Now that we are spending more time outside, I am noticing all the new art painted on the side of building walls. Who doesn’t love coming across sweet, simple reminders?

The other day I was aimlessly walking and enjoying the gorgeous weather when I came across this “you are loved” art. Simple as it may be, it spoke directly to my heart. Yes, I know I am loved- but sometimes, you just need the simple reminder.

What quote or note would you want to paint on the side of a building?

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Summer Bucket List

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As the weather starts growing warmer, I can’t help but think about everything I want to do this summer. I’m dreaming of picnics in the park, boat rides on the Hudson, trips to the beach, and adventures with loved ones. Anyone else think it is time to create a spring & summer bucket list?

What are some things you plan on doing this summer?

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A Rise Movement in NYC

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“Love is never stationary.
In the end, love doesn’t just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it.
Simply put: love does.”
Bob Goff

There is a movement taking place in New York City right now. Our church is in the midst of our Rise campaign and I could not be more excited. I literally get chills watching the Rise campaign video {check it out below}.

I adore living in NYC and could not be more thankful for how the Lord has used this city to stretch, grow and heal me. But living in such a dark city can also be hard- especially for those who don’t have hope and Truth.  So we are on a mission to change this city.  And if we want to change the city, we need focus on the people.

Bob Goff reminds us that love does things. We cannot be stationary and see change. Change takes action, prayer and love. So let’s all join together in action. Join me in prayer- both for NYC and your home. Let’s be His arms and feet. Let’s love our neighbors fiercely. Let’s change our city’s culture. Let’s make an eternal impact.

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Photography by Ashley Mongoue Photography

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Planning Weekend Trips

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Traveling truly brings me joy. It can be a trip halfway around the world or simply a short drive/train ride away. Anyone else with me?  There is something magical about  stepping out of your routine and exploring a new area.

I just returned home from a long weekend in Florida and am already dreaming about our next destination.  As the summer approaches and warm weather is {hopefully} here to stay, it’s time to start planning weekend trips.

If you could travel anywhere for a long weekend, where would you go?

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{all photos by Ashley Monogue Photography}

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Fighting for Your Attention

fighting for your attentionThe world is full of noise and every time you turn the corner someone is fighting for your attention. Whether we are walking down the street, checking our email or on social media- we are constantly being stimulated and sharing our own thoughts and opinions.

Today I am headed off to Florida to visit my grandparents. This weekend, I want to be intentional about being quiet and being present. In a world telling us to hustle, I’m choosing to chill. I’m not going to let the world fight for my attention this weekend. This weekend is about being present and spending quality time with loved ones.

{I might still post on instagram and snapchat : @ChloeBArnold,
but I won’t be mindlessly scrolling through my feeds this weekend.
I’ll like your posts just as much on Tuesday ;) }

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Spring in New York City

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Spring is magical, but spring in New York City is a little extra special. The past few days have been overcast and rainy {and my cold has lingered longer than necessary}, but today the clouds parted and the gorgeous blue skies decided to make their grand entrance. It is GORGEOUS! We are finally reaching 60-70 degree weather days and not only are we loving it, but the flowers in the parks are too! I’m headed to Florida this weekend, but I’m already planning our first picnic in Central Park! Anyone want to come join? Spring in New York City beyond blessed 2Spring in New York City beyond blessed 3

Come follow spring adventures in NYC on instagram and snapchat :: @ChloeBArnold!

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