That Girl: Penni Thow


There is a vital period in your life, during your late teens and early 20s, when you're struggling to figure out who you are, what you want to do and who you want to be. It was a tipping point for Penni Thow. She wanted more out of her life and wanted to have a positive impact. So, she analyzed her career and what she was passionate about. While she didn't know exactly where that would lead her, she knew exactly where she wanted to go.

Following her passion, Penni landed the opportunity of a lifetime. As the producer of The Buried Life, a show about four regular guys on a mission to complete a list of “100 Things To Do Before You Die,” Penni’s work impacts the lives of individuals on a daily basis. The show has created a movement of people pursuing their biggest dreams and aspirations. And for Penni, that’s what it’s all about. It’s the mini victories every day that make each day exciting and give meaning to what she does.

If you could describe yourself in three words, what would those words be?

Ambitious, tenacious and empathetic.

Tell us about a girl in your life who rocks.

One of my best friends, Randi. She is one of the few people in life that would actually take a bullet for you. She has more discipline than anyone I know. She is thoughtful, caring, intelligent and the list goes on. One of those chicks you'd love to hate, but just can't because she's so lovely.

What are your dreams/goals/ambitions?

Well, I am a goal-oriented person and have a strategy or a list for all aspects of my life. Currently, my overarching goal is to achieve more balance in my life, be present and enjoy the ride. Really, that's the best part.

What are you most proud of?

The relationship I have with my siblings, Shayna, Rhys and Jordan. We were dealt a hand of cards during our teens that could have torn us apart. Despite differences of opinion and stressful circumstances, we leaned on each other and have come out the other end stronger and closer than before.

What piece of advice changed your life?

When I was 15 years old, a wise person shared these words with me, When we smell danger, we often know that crisis is upon us, always find opportunity in that; do not allow your emotions to run wild, instead default back to your principles and then boldly execute. I was just a teenager and at the time it meant nothing. However, these words stuck and now they guide many decisions in my life.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I don't know exactly what that will look like. What I do know is that I will look back with few regrets, having lived life to the fullest and proud of those around me and what I have accomplished.

What is the number item on your bucket list?

Learn to sing. I am tone deaf (self-proclaimed) and can't sing a tune to save my life.

Who has been the biggest female influence in your life and why?

My mom. At one point in her life, she had four kids under the age of five and a half and yet had the time to fix cars, build things, sew every Halloween costume, cook, bake, ride a motorcycle, wear a ball gown glamorously and attend every school event. My mother taught me to put my head down and work hard, to have integrity, self-respect and self-worth. She still inspires me every day.

What is the biggest risk you've ever taken and what did you learn from it?

To me, the biggest risk a person can take is not doing something they love or are passionate about due to fear. To me, the biggest risk I can take is to not push myself or to play small with my life.

Why are you a badass?

My friends say that it's my ability to laugh at myself and take life with a grain of salt. Well, that and my driving.

*Interview conducted and compiled by Lauren Rhew* 

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