Rain Bennett

Right As Rain: Impact Over Impressions

I’m in San Diego this week shooting for a short documentary series I’m doing and I just left the house of the people featured in the next episode. Very quickly, as has happened on all of these shoots, they became fast friends. I stood in the doorway talking with them both for over 25 minutes while their kids got ready for bed. Although I was tired and had an early flight to catch, I didn’t want to leave. We were deep in a conversation about life, work, and our passions. I noticed a book by Jen Sincero in his...

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Right as Rain: Scheduling Personal Appointments

My girlfriend Maya and I just got back from our first weekend alone without our daughter, Bellamy. We spent the weekend under the falling orange, yellow, and red leaves of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. We explored caverns, detoxified in a wood-burning outdoor sauna (I jumped in the freezing cold dipping pool; Maya passed), got massages, and tasted eight different wines while relaxing at a vineyard on top of Stone Mountain. But most of all, and best of all, we slept. It was a reset that we both have needed for a long time. Now that I’m already...

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Right as Rain: A Novel November

Well, tomorrow is November 1st. That means it’s time for NaNoWriMo, once again! NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. Participants attempt to write a 50,000 word manuscript between November 1 and November 30. Originally started in San Francisco in 1999, the month of November was chosen to “fully take advantage of the miserable weather.” I feel like that’s perfect, especially since writing can be such a miserable task. Last year I participated for the first time and was successful in writing a book that I’d...

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Right as Rain: Oh Hello, Old Habits

Well, it’s late October again and that means one thing: my annual end-of-year rumble with depression is here. Last night, I was talking to my girlfriend Maya and admitting how I was grouchy with my class Tuesday morning. She asked me why I was in a bad mood so early in the morning, and I told her I thought it was just that fall feeling coming back. She was very familiar with it. “Dang. I thought we might skirt past it this year since you said you were so happy,” she said. She was right. I am happy. 2018...

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Right as Rain: The Only Way Around is Through

When I was making my film, “Raise Up: The World is Our Gym,” I experienced a roller coaster of emotions and experiences. From 2012 to 2014, I was flying high (literally) — gallivanting around the world to countries I’d never visited, eating great food, meeting amazing people, making lifelong friendships and simply having the best time of my life doing what I felt like I was born to do. But from 2014 to 2016, I hit one of the lowest points of my life when it came time to do the real work of making this film.  With the...

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Right as Rain: Winners Always Quit

In the summer of 2001, I was sitting in a closet-turned-office of a modular building at PCS Phosphate, a phosphate mining plant that employed over 1000 people in Beaufort County (including my dad, and now me). I covered the skinny window in the door with tape so no one would see me napping. Really, no one would ever have noticed because they never had any work for me to do. I was part of a summer student work program, where they gave children of employees summer jobs when they were home from college. The year before I’d worked on...

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Right as Rain: Unbelieving Your Limits

As I deal with the growing pains of starting a new business where I will put myself much more in the public eye, I have had the clearest of epiphanies: Perception is a hell of a drug. I still struggle with believing I am worthy, though these days I am much more conscious of insidiousness of those thoughts. Since I’ve become more conscious, I can see other limiting beliefs popping up in front of me that used to be buried in the back of my mind. Now I call them out. I’m in the middle of scaling my business...

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Right as Rain: Helping Hands

Last month I was at a conference listening to Vicki Saunders speak. Vicki is the founder of SheEO, an organization that supports and finances female innovators and entrepreneurs through a concept she calls radical generosity. At one point, she asked us a question: “How many of you would help someone you knew was in need if you could?” All 93 of us raised our hands. “Okay,” she said. “Now raise your hands if you feel comfortable asking somebody for help.” About seven people raised their hands. I wasn’t one of them. “See?! Now, why is that? You clearly see...

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Right as Rain: Relief and Recovery

Well, here we go again. Eastern North Carolina is flooded with water, trees are down and homes are destroyed. But we will lace up our wading boots, dust off our shop-vacs and start to rebuild. Last Friday, I sat with my daughter on my couch with the television glued to the Weather Channel and my laptop glued to Facebook. You know that expression “It was like watching a train wreck in slow motion?” Well, it was just like that — except the train was Category 1 hurricane the size of the state of North Carolina. But it did seem...

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Right as Rain: At Home in a Hurricane

Hurricanes, for better for worse (usually for worse), are an inherent part of growing up in eastern North Carolina. Sometimes it means several days out of school that feels like an unexpected vacation, and sometimes it means going through all your toys and clothes, trying to find anything worth salvaging as you see pieces of your house scattered around the yard. Yet we still come back to the water. We rebuild our homes and we rebuild our hearts (which usually take longer), and we keep coming back. Because we know there is no place like it in the whole...

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