For nine “business days,” I’m blogging about my transition from the corporate world to full-time, at home, mommy-hood … with some baking and freelance writing on the side. So join me, won’t you?

Day 9:

Corporate world: Annual performance review time is happening right about now in many corporations. Reviews can include phrases, a point scale, feedback from your peers and your boss.

Mommy-hood: Reviews happen here, too. When Abigail turned a year old a couple of weeks ago, it was a good time to look back on the past 12 months.

Whether you work in a corporate environment, on a farm or for a telemarketing company, there comes a time when your performance will be reviewed. Like when a field team leader corn detassler lets you know how you did on a certain row. (True story.) Or when a team leader reviews a couple of your phone calls. (True story.)

I’ve heard annual performance reviews shouldn’t be a surprise. And I agree. Feedback happens along the way.

Same with parenting. Feedback happens along the way. Sometimes you don’t look for it, like from a nosy relative, but it can still be helpful. And babies certainly have their own ways of providing it.

I think it’s safe to say my husband and I have learned a lot this past year — how to calm a fussy baby … and how to make one laugh.

All in all, not a shabby past 12 months.


Bonus: I hope you’ve enjoyed my blog these past nine days; I’ve enjoyed writing them. On a serious note, shout out to fellow parents who “make it work” every single day. Whether you work for someone else outside the home or not (or are a hybrid like me), I extend a handshake and a hug. Parenting is truly the most difficult job I’ve ever had. But, oh, so rewarding. There are so many things I’d like to tell my single, judgmental self. Hey, that gives me an idea for some blog posts …