By: Ken Boone
Well, I made the move to Huntersville (just north of Charlotte, NC) in July 2009, and by the following February I was sitting in a Starbucks on my first date with Celia, my future wife. In the course of sharing our life stories, she asked me “what do you want to do with the rest of your life?” All I could say was “I don’t know.”
It was a good question and required a lot of thought. I’d never had the luxury of doing what I wanted, so it took time. Once I figured that out, the next question was, “How are you going to do it?”
In early March 2009, before I moved south from Rochester, I narrowed my list of southern cities in which I might want to live. I began eliminating them from my list. Raleigh, NC – OUT! Austin, TX – OUT! Virginia Beach, VA – OUT! They’re all great locations, but none of them felt right. Then I got down to Charlotte, NC area. HOORAY!
At the time, I was an accounting consultant at a contact lens manufacturer. I was offered a staff accountant position, but the money offered, and duties required just didn’t sit well with me. I was over 50 and had a ton of experience, so “no thanks!” What didn’t factor in my calculations was the fact that we were in the middle of the worst recession since the Great Depression (which caused me actual depression) but I was moving south, one way or another.
So I’m an average, non-descript kind of guy, but there are two things I’m great at: Shooting free throws and using Microsoft Excel. I’m too old, too short, and too slow to play in the NBA, but I knew I could hustle up a living crunching numbers.
Since our first date, Celia and I have been practically inseparable. We got married exactly one year after the day we met. And remember when she asked me what I wanted to do and I responded that I didn’t know? Well, she helped me find out what I wanted to do, and more importantly, who I am!
Together, we went on a journey. We made music, giving concerts, playing church services, weddings, funerals, outdoor festivals, and even a hoe down or three! Celia created and presented wildly successful mental wellness seminars, covering topics such as recovery from depression and abuse.
We did a lot, and we’ll do more. Along the way, I found what I want to do. I learned how to do it by just doing it, and the things we did led us to podcasting, where everything comes together.
Who are we? That was harder to figure out. But it did become clear. Everything we did was about inspiration, inclusion and recovery. Very early in our relationship, Celia asked me this question, which she cobbled together from various sources: “If money were no object, and you absolutely could not fail, what would you do?” For us, that is sharing hope and help with people recovering from life on life’s terms.
So, my friends, find what you love. Do it well and with conviction. To badly butcher one of my favorite adages, “Doing what you love for a living means you’ll never work a day in your life!”
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About the Author
As owner of the Descant Music & Media Group, Ken is a creator and producer of several podcast shows. He is also a music producer, as well as a writer and an accountant for small businesses and nonprofits.