go and sit by her


well it’s officially autumn. i hope the crisp air is invigorating and you’re enjoying the change of season. i’m finishing up the last couple profiles of the ladies we met over the summer at the social media conference in paris. they’ve each been so fascinating to research and i think about them often. today’s gal is one i felt was a kindred spririt right away. whenever we were together it seeemed we were giggling like kids in school and getting in trouble at the back of class…she’s that friend who makes you laugh so hard that you get scolded even though she’s the one provoking you! but she was well worth every cross look and detention we got! so, mes amis, please get to know the darling, mischevous and marvelous, Ann Garvin. i started digging into her social stuff and didn’t know where to jump off so for now let’s start with her FB page facebook.com/AnnWertzGarvin where her latest book was featured in the Huffington Post: huffingtonpost.com


as far as her official bio, (you meet people and talk but never really know and understand fully what they do and have accomplished) and this is what’s being said about her. i took it verbatim since it’s way more prolific than i could ever be: Ann Garvin is an author, speaker and educator. As professor of health, stress management, research methods and media literacy at University of Wisconsin Whitewater, she has worked extensively in psychometrics, statistics and psychology. Ann is the author of On Maggie’s Watch & The Dog Year (Berkley Penguin, 2014). She also holds an adjunct teaching position in the Masters of Fine Arts at Southern New Hampshire University allowing her to marry her love of people, story and writing and help others to do the same.


she writes for a really cool site called unreasonable whose tagline is ‘for those hungry to put a positive dent on history’. her articles are many and varied, succinct and interesting. unreasonable-increased-productivity and her tagline for her own site is ‘come sit by me’. but stay out of trouble if you do!

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on her own site she’s writing about everything from nutrition to publishing to advocacy.

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on her twitter feed she’s doing something really unique by adding images and her hashtag to the actual tweets using something called pic monkey, giving another dimension to the ann experience! picmonkey.com


once she’s tweeted them she goes one step further and adds them to her pretty pinterest boards. we definitely learned a lot from each other on the trip about ways to maximize our social skills and the knowledge just keeps on coming!

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along with ann’s work in nutrition and saving the world, she’s a brilliant wrtiter who mixes nostalgia with optimism and humor. her two books are her latest focus and she’s even got a youtube channel to share and promote them!


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you can check out the first chapter of The Dog Year here: sneak-peek and see ann wow her crowd on her you tube promo:

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our sweet ann has generously offered to give away of each of the books so if you’re interested in either, leave a comment and let us know which you’d like to read. i’ll announce the winners in the next post.


all in all i thought this quote on ann’s site summed her up pretty well. she seems to know that there are universal laws about life, love and how they affect what you put out into and take out of the world. ann’s message is that we’re all in this together. that we have choices and can direct our energy and lives to create positive experiences for ourselves and others. she loves life and i love her. miss you girl!

October 1, 2014. Tags: . Embrace Paris Trip, EmbraceParis.


  1. Peggy Braswell replied:

    ann sounds so interesting + you met so many interesting women on that trip to Paris + i am green. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com


  2. Nikon replied:

    Great photos of her – she has a charming look!


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    Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter
    and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed.

    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but
    I had to tell someone!


  4. Karena Albert replied:

    Ann is an incredible woman and how cool that you can now call her your friend, Claudia thank you so much for the intro!
    The Arts by Karena


  5. Ann replied:

    Claudia, thank you so much for such a lovely profile. I don’t think I’m quite as wonderful as you say but I’ll take it! You are so …what….what can you say about a kindred spirit. You are so kindred. :)


  6. Rosemary Plunkett replied:

    Thanks for sharing the profile of Ann, What an interesting woman and am intrigued by the books.


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