Rain Bennett

Right as Rain: The Culture of a Company

If you’d asked me a few years ago what I knew about Lululemon, I probably would have responded, “I like their yoga pants” with a smirk like I was the first guy to make that stupid joke. Honestly, I don’t think I’d even set foot in one of their stores. But when I started working at Sync Studio in Durham, the assistant manager Sam worked part time at the Lululemon in Southpoint Mall and invited some of her coworkers to take my class. I had personally trained Sam for a few weeks and she thought the Lulu team would...

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Right as Rain: The Mental Muscle

I just meditated for the first time since my daughter was born on April 9th.  For the past month, it’s been hard to stay on schedule with anything, and that 20 minutes of “me time” early in the morning was the first to go.  But it was also the most notable negligence throughout my days. I couldn’t focus when I was reading, I was sluggish and tired, and I wasn’t able to maintain any discipline throughout my day — whether it be lack of exercise, procrastination, or eating poorly.  Granted, we had a newborn at the house and all...

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Right as Rain: Spice Up Your Life

My girlfriend Maya and I had been cooped up for 20 days with our newborn daughter, Bellamy — our sweet, adorable, and completely dependent Bellamy. But last Saturday morning it was sunny (and we were somewhat rested), so we decided to venture out to the Chapel Hill Farmer’s Market to pick up some produce. We settled on coffee and croissants, instead. While strolling through the booths, Maya told me that she wished she had more of a green thumb. I told her I used to, since I’d grown up gardening with my dad and canning foods with my mom....

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Right As Rain: Float, Float On

I fight everyday to stay focused and I lose. The stresses of being self-employed, having a newborn at the house, and trying to find the time to do my creative work have me feeling like I’m tattered and unraveled at times. I know I’m not alone in this. We know now more than ever that the quality of our mental state can either lift us up and keep us floating along, or drag us down below the surface where we feel like we’re gasping for air. It can be so strong that it even has a negative effect on...

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Right as Rain: Barre For Your Booty

On my quest to find the perfect workout, I am always on the lookout for new and interesting fitness disciplines. Over the past few years, Barre workouts have exploded in popularity across the globe, but I never quite knew what they were. Wellbridge.com says that: “Barre fitness classes are simply ballet-inspired, incorporating a ballet barre and maybe some plies and pirouettes here and there into the workout. Essentially, barre classes mix elements of Pilates, dance, yoga and functional training, and the moves are choreographed to motivating music.” Recently, my friend Ariel from Lululemon has been posting Instagram pics about...

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Right as Rain: Cycles of Violence

I was excited to be back at Full Frame for the first time in years. Since I’d moved back to North Carolina in 2014, I’d inevitably have some shoot scheduled for that first weekend in April and couldn’t attend the festival. I’d watch my friends and colleagues post pics on social media, having the times of their lives at one of the largest documentary film festivals in the world. This year, I went alone with the intention of watching some of most talked about docs, hanging out with my filmmaking friends, and writing about the local experience of the...

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Right as Rain: Why We Love Stories

I’ve always considered myself a storyteller, more than anything else. I tell people if we lived in simpler times where all we had to do was hunt, gather, and protect our tribes, I would be the guy around the fire at night telling the stories of past generations to entertain and educate the youth. Instead, I live in a time where telling stories — in visual form, text, or the spoken word — is the way I make my living. The term “storyteller” is overused today and even criticized for being so. I agree that not everyone who claims...

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Right as Rain: A Family Story

When I was around five years old, my great Uncle Vic and Aunt Sue (my mother’s aunt) moved back from Florida to live in a house next door to ours. Though he was only related to us by marriage, Uncle Vic quickly became a family favorite. Born in 1908 in Buxton, NC, he was a charming man with a dirty mouth and a century’s worth of stories to tell. My favorite stories were those of his time in the US Coast Guard. As I grew older, I became more interested in my family’s connection with the Coast Guard and...

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Right as Rain: Plant the Seed, Trust the Process

The great philosopher and social commentator Kevin Hart once said, “Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work.” This is true not just with fame, but with any goal. Many of us would like to be an expert at something — a true master of our craft. Hell, some of us just want to be good at something or stick with our plan to reach a goal. But why is it so hard to lose weight, or save money, or finish that book, or be famous? The secret is, they all require the same thing...

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Right as Rain: Courage Over Confidence

There is exactly one month left before my first child, a daughter, is due to be born. Am I ready? Who knows. Is anyone ever ready? I suppose what will happen will happen. It is strange though, going to be a father. A big part of me feels that I was made for this. I’ve always wanted to be a dad and thought I would make a good one. But it is all just an idea right now. I have no idea what to expect; I just expect to (try to) roll with the punches. I am the first...

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