Monthly Archives: June 2015

meet kathryn: chicago voluntour entrepreneur

Kathryn Pisco, Unearth the World

“One of my favorite quotes from The Alchemist is like ‘When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.’ That’s how I felt in hindsight, looking back on the process of prepping for the trip.”

If you live in a state of perma-wanderlust as badly as Alysse and I do, you are totally going to empathize with the range of emotions I experienced while putting this story together: longing, joy, wonder, jealousy, conviction, a little more jealousy. I can’t actually complain—I’ve been lucky enough to plant my own two little feet on insanely breathtaking places, from Ireland last winter with our good friend Alayna to South Africa in college for a three-week study abroad. And Alysse may work for a nonprofit now, but she’s had some super cool travel experiences herself, from visiting a friend in China to doing yoga in Costa Rica this March. For 2016, I am planning/hoping/dying to finally take the trip I’ve been dreaming about and visit India for a couple weeks in the winter—then go to Peru later in the summer! If it all works out, I think it might be my most epic year yet. BUT I don’t think I can even dream of approaching Kathryn Pisco’s passport. She visited 20 countries in nine months! Continue reading

happy father’s day!

Yesterday was Father’s Day and all we kept hearing on the radio was how Mother’s Day was way more important. We thought, well that’s pretty ridiculous! Dads are important, too! So today, the day after the Day of the Dad, we wanted to write about a certain group of people, the likes of whom are rarely discussed on this blog: Guys! Needless to say, none of what we or our awesome Panachies do would be possible without our dads. PWP is equipped with no shortage of fatherhood: Kate’s dad Stan and stepdad Dave as well as Alysse’s superfantastic dad Ken. Steve of Purple Door and Steve with First Class Care have been featured on the blog, and since we’ve started writing in 2013, no fewer than five PWP babies have been made, all with great dads (with panache).

Alysse and Dad! #nofearkengear

Alysse and Dad! #nofearkengear

Whether your dad is your rock, your support system, your best friend, your caregiver or even just your sperm donor, let’s all take time to thank them for giving us life so we can go on to be the best we can be! Continue reading

meet karissa: children’s psychotherapist in milwaukee

Karissa Kesselhon on People With Panache

“My favorite demographic is school age to teenager,” says Karissa. “I don’t ever want kids to not have someone be there for them.”

“You’re living in your own reality,” says Karissa Kesselhon. Kate and I spend each week sharing stories of women turning their dreams into reality. This week I got to meet Karissa, who has a whole different view on that topic. She’s a psychotherapist, so every day she sees the impact of our brains’ perceptions on our actions, personalities and realities. Continue reading

meet monika: badass entrepreneur and coach in chicago

Monika Black on People with Panache

What Monika lives by: “I don’t say no, and I’m always there when you need to dance. You should never have to dance alone unless you want to.”

You know those amazing conversations after which you’re so full of thoughts and feelings and inspiration that you feel exhausted afterward (in the best way) even though all you did was pretty much sit and listen? I was lucky enough to meet Monika Black a few months ago and that conversation was one I will never forget. After lots of stories and a little dancing, I came away with a renewed sense of purpose. You’ll see why.

Monika is one busy woman. She owns a consulting and coaching business called TandemSpring with her husband, Tomer Yogev. She co-leads DyMynd, the eHarmony of the financial world. It’s a ground-breaking company that uses assessment tools to connect women with the right financial institution, and she runs it with Carolyn Leonard, another fantastic woman you shouldn’t be surprised to see on PWP in the near future. Oh and she teaches psychology at DePaul University. But it’s not any one of these things that makes her unique. From the moment you meet Monika, you can’t help but notice her energy! I’ve never met someone with so much spirit in my life. Continue reading

meet katie and cody: milwaukee candlemakers

BWY’s first scent was Kitten Toots: strawberry, bergamot and vanilla. “Having people email me ordering Kitten Toots is hilarious to me,” Katie says. “I want to talk about Yeti’s Breath and Mountain Men and My Drunk Sass! I want this to be fun and something we treat lightheartedly.”

BWY’s first scent was Kitten Toots: strawberry, bergamot and vanilla. “Having people email me ordering Kitten Toots is hilarious to me,” Katie says. “I want to talk about Yeti’s Breath and Mountain Men and My Drunk Sass! I want this to be fun and something we treat lightheartedly.”

I’m trying to envision Katie Daly as a kid decked out in colonial garb.

1) I am a weirdo and 2) Katie Daly: Candlemaker was sighted making her very first hand-dipped wax masterpiece on a field trip to Blackberry Farms, a living history farm outside of Chicago. (Katie probably wasn’t actually dressed up, but that’s just how I like to picture it.)

Katie Daly, 31, is now all grown up, generally dressed in decade-appropriate attire, and employed as a full-time training and development specialist in Fond du Lac, north of Milwaukee. She facilitates classes about how to be a better employee by day. But step into her candle laboratory at night, and you know she’s so much more. Continue reading