Revival

You get a job at a blog software company and you stop blogging. I have decided to revive this space.

What have I been up to this past 6 years?

A lot has happened since my last post, a lot I could talk about, and a lot I hope to talk about someday on this blog. I am still working as a Happiness Engineer, supporting WordPress.com users.

I still have a family with 4 kids, who are now each 6 years older.

I live in a new house, which we bought and moved into during the pandemic.

I went through a journey where my understanding of God was been challenged, deconstructed, reexamined, and reconstructed.

I still have a lot of the same unanswered questions, unreached goals, and unanswered emails.

I’m still ask myself what I want to do with my life and while simultaneously asking if that’s even a good question to trouble myself with.

I’ve learned to spend less energy planning out numerous hypothetical futures and more energy being present in today.

I and am now wrapping up a summer-long sabbatical, where I have had time to reflect on my life and decide, among other things, to revive benchilcote.com.

No expectations

I’ve always had an itch for side hustles and hold onto the hope that one day I will get to earn my livelihood from my own ventures. I have always struggled with the question of whether I should create my own opportunities or wait for opportunities to come to me.

In order to scratch this itch while maintaining balance in other important roles I play, I am allowing myself one project to give a nominal amount of time to each week. Getting back to my personal blog seemed like the right option.

I am approaching this restart with no expectations, no editorial schedule, and a loose plan (at least for now). Followers can expect music and posts about creating music, theology, and other adjacent topics.

Picking up where I left off

In real life, I’m not altogether outgoing. I enjoy being around people, but am not much of a conversationalist nor skilled in small-talk. Fortunately, I have made tremendous strides in the past 20 years under the tutelage of my wife.

I have, however, enjoyed the times I have made meaningful connections with others in the past and want to create new opportunities for that.

I also miss creating things, be it music, videos, or writing (which is a skill I’d very much like to develop!)

With all this in mind, I hope to pick up where I left off and pursue each of these ends with benchilcote.com. Stay tuned!

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