Tag Archive | "rejection"

Day 230 — Another Tragedy

Friday, December 11, 2009


The holiday cheer in our house feels like it’s been sucked up by a vacuum. Last week, we bought a tree, and I got my two children a few small presents. What they really want for Christmas is an Xbox 360 Elite, and they’ve saved up their own money to buy one. That’s the good […]

Day 228 — Add Forgiveness to Your Gift List

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Even when life is bad, it soon chirps along like a spring-born sparrow. While the bad part of our lives don’t change at the core, we somehow manage to hone the surface to make them look okay; sometimes even great. Used car dealers are good at this. They can take a damaged car, even when […]

Day 216 — The Skin I’m In

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Okay, who was it? A woman, no doubt. Someone blew the whistle on my online dating profile for posting a fetching photo that showed a halo of a nipple. It was barely showing. You can’t decide for yourself (see photo below). The consequence: The dating site deleted my picture and sent me a scathing email […]

Day 160 1/2 — Manifesto of the Idle Workers of the World

Saturday, September 5, 2009


ANN’S NOTE: I decided to post the manifesto early given the outpouring of support and response I received from my appearance on the Fox Business Happy Hour yesterday. Tune in to NPR affiliate the Louisiana Radio Network at 10:45 AM EST on Labor Day to hear me speak more about it. Read the manifesto through […]

Day 156 — ‘Ch-ch-ch-chia!’

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


The purpose of Girl On the Brink is to embrace, not alienate. Yet, sometimes I feel I alienate because others think I’m a snob. But I’m not. Nonetheless, I don’t know what some of my male suitors are thinking when they email me like a bolt from the blue. Honestly, I don’t know how they […]

Day 136 — Performance Goals

Friday, August 7, 2009

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I’m beginning to view new relationships in terms of goals and deadlines, similar to the annual performance review. With a job, you’re forced to disclose—in writing—your goals to your supervisor and HR. The deadline for achieving them is your end-of-the-year review, which means you’ve got to set benchmarks throughout the year if you plan on […]

Day 135 — To Prune or Not to Prune

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Yesterday I came home to find the garden in my front yard decimated. My ex and two young sons (all live together in a twisted Brady Bunch kind of way) had their own version of work week, which turned my Adam’s Family style garden into Wisteria Lane, sans the desperate housewives; only a desperate divorcée. […]

Day 133 — No, Not My Underwear

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


When I was laid-off seven days before Thanksgiving 2008, I barely had enough time to gather my belongings. My exit was an orchestrated affair that humiliated and labeled me emotionally as a criminal. I had served the organization for 3-1/2 years and even spoke at one of its conferences, earning the highest of evaluation marks […]

Day 129 — It’s Raining Men

Thursday, July 30, 2009


I resented learning Salesforce, the contact management system, in my last job. I liked the way I managed my own contacts, and I didn’t need access to anyone else’s. It was like taking physics in high school. I mean, am I ever going to really need to know this? So, while I was going through […]

Day 108 — Vanishing Job Leads

Sunday, July 5, 2009

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My most promising job leads vanished last week, and I’m crushed by the thought of starting over with my job search. A call from a recruiter and email from an HR director told me I’m being passed over for more promising candidates. Eight months have lapsed since I lost my full-time job, and it’s getting […]