We had the good fortune of connecting with Candy and Joshua Carpenter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Candy and Joshua, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Selling our house and closing our electrical contracting business was a leap of faith that felt extremely risky at the time. 5 years in, we have come to realize that everything in life has inherent risk, and we choose to feel excitement instead of fear when we take on more and bigger risks! Security is a fantasy; it takes very little to poke a hole in our “security.” When we embrace risk we simply accept what is, and adapt.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As singer/songwriters, we tell stories that are relatable. Our first single, You Are My Kind Of Crazy, takes true facts from our dysfunctional upbringing and encourages our audience that it’s ok if you are “My Kind Of Crazy.” We use visioning and commitment to set goals at the beginning of each year and speak out loud with many friends and fans to deepen our commitment to those visions. This has remarkable and sometimes surprising results, always very close to what we envisioned. We have learned not to panic; the universe is very elastic, and forgiving; people are generally very kind. Candy likes to say, during or after a challenging episode, “But did you die?’” Our mission statement is, “to inspire others to be the best versions of themselves,” so we practice, daily, to be that best version of ourselves.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Tombstone, Arizona, is one of our most favorite stops on our tour. We see twenty states, give or take, every year, and this town is remarkable. As a National Historical Landmark, it is the same dry, dusty, weather-beaten town it was back in the days of Wyatt Earp and the Shootout at the OK Corral. The people, like a living piece of history, still carry six guns and live as if nothing has changed in the Wild West. We stay at Wells Fargo RV located right on historic Allen Street, near all the action at the OK Corral, museums and history. If you are looking for a hotel stay, we highly recommend Tombstone Monument Ranch for the full cowboy ranch experience and the best for comfort too! You can’t beat the OK Cafe for the best scratch kitchen breakfast and lunch at reasonable prices and the friendly fun staff! Grab yourself some “Crack Coffee” from the Tombstone Antique Mall on your way to Bisbee for a day of exploring more history, arts and music! If you still have time, take a drive to the Chiricahua National Monument for extraordinary trails and unique views!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Our fans; at a crucial point, one of our fans donated $2200 to repair the bus and save our career; at one point, our fans voted our single to the top of a singer-songwriter competition; many of our fans subscribe to our fan club and encourage us to keep going.
Chuck and Karin Collins