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My word of the year was: growth.Growth

John’s word for the farm was: management.Management2


For me, growth rang true in a real, physical way.

I watched my stomach grow larger and larger as we awaited the birth of Joslyn Shea at the end of October.

I spent the last two months of the year watching her grow from 7.2 pounds to 12 pounds.

Our family grew! Growth was the perfect word for me in this aspect.

I also grew as a writer this year because I self-published my first book.

The editing, layout, design, printing, ordering, shipping and promotion steps were all a huge learning curve.

Traditional publishing has perks, but we loved going the indie route.

I was able to have 100% creative control of the end product – it was a blast.

We also grew by planting grass at the 4S Farm, feeding our first group of calves there, calving out some fall cows and doing some clean up projects.

Another highlight for 2014, was all the books I read! It is so nice to be done with college reading & able to read on my own.

This was a great word for me and I loved this process of picking a theme for the year.


For John and the farm, management was a great word.

It was hard, but a good guiding light and reminder.

We tracked the costs on our corn and soybean fields in excel. We also tracked the cost per cow per year. We have a few loose ends to tie up, but we are 90% complete with our record keeping for 2014.

Now, we just have do keep this habit up for the next fifty years. Yikes!

Soon, I’ll post my 2015 word and the 2015 word for the farm.

How was 2014 for you?


  1. Jill

    Gratitude was my word for 2014… and it was successful in many areas for our entire family. Approaching each day with gratitude and thankfulness can really improve one’s outlook on life. “It is not joy that makes us grateful, it is GRATITUDE that makes us joyful!”
    2015 is going to be the word of FOCUS for me… focus on faith, on family, and whatever else comes to be. Happy 2015 to your sweet family!!!

    • Sierra Shea

      What a great word for 2014! That was in my top three for this year :)

      And focus is a good word for you for the upcoming year…very cool! Thanks for sharing!


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Hey, I’m Sierra Shea! I am so glad you are here. 

Where do I start with writing to introduce this blog? At the beginning, I suppose: I’ve been writing on various platforms online since 2013. I started blogging shortly after moving to South Dakota.

I am a mother and a maker at heart. I’m so grateful to be married to John and mother of three: Joslyn, J.D. and Jesse.

I am a self-taught decorator and designer. I am a brand new shepherdess and a Spiritual Director.

I love living in South Dakota, even though the winters & the wind can be a near-daily struggle.

Blogging is a grounding force in my life and it helps get me out of my head, unstuck and moving in the directions I always hoped I’d be going!