The Two-Word Heart of You

The Two-Word Heart of You

The Two-Word Heart of You

I met Paulina Porizkova (yes the supermodel) at an event this past month. In 1984, she became the first Central European woman to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She was eighteen.

She looks the same.

No, I’m sorry, she’s more beautiful, and more importantly, she hung out at the dinner table, closing the restaurant down, talking to us girlies. She listened, asked questions, and ate french fries by the handful. So did I.

Before I met her that weekend, I was worried we’d be standing together, and someone would take our photo. She’s over six feet, and I joked that I would look like a short hairy thumb next to her.

I told her that, and we laughed. They took a picture of us laughing.

I just looked at it. I do not look like a thumb. You can see for yourself here.

We often describe ourselves in comparison to something—our younger selves, our smarter friends, our more accomplished partners. I’m trying to stop doing that, even in jest.

Later, Paulina asked me why my skin looked so great and who cuts my hair. She said she wanted to take my picture because she thought the photos on my old website didn’t do me justice. (See my new one here.)

I told her I dyed my hair, and she said she did too. She asked the others at the dinner table to describe themselves in two words. When she came to me, I said, “Funny and Sad,” and she took my hand and smiled.

Try describing yourself in two words.

I asked writers recently to talk about their whole book in two sentences and gave a class on it. It’s hard to do. (scroll down for more)

Two words. You. It’s a great exercise, eliminates comparisons, and it’s good to know you—the two-word heart of you.

Let me know what you come up with, friends. I’d love to hear. You can tell me here.

For those of you trying to describe a book, scroll down. There’s something for you here, too. And don’t forget about the contest. That’s down there as well.

xx Ann


  1. Sandra Margolese on April 27, 2023 at 8:36 am

    I always love it when the name, Ann Garvin, is in my email inbox! Your new website picture is stunning and joyful! My two words are, Pithy and Poignant.

    • Ann Garvin on May 8, 2023 at 7:51 pm

      I’m so happy to see this. I love Pithy and Poignant. That is what you are.
      ALSO, lovely.

  2. Dauna Easley on April 27, 2023 at 9:34 am

    Encouraging Survivor. I have survived many challenges, but if I hadn’t made a conscious decision to encourage others who are in the midst of a challenge of their own; my losses would be more painful to endure.

    • Ann Garvin on May 8, 2023 at 7:52 pm

      Encouraging Survivor. Dauna–These words do seem like they are you.
      The woman in my life, even those far away, are so lovely.
      Thank you for being here.

  3. Carol Ann on April 27, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    Curious and Independent. Your new photos are fabulous! The capture what I imagine to be your essence!

  4. Kate on April 27, 2023 at 6:49 pm

    Absolutely love your new photo! So says the hopeful but realistic me.

Leave a Comment