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Isn’t the beginning of a new year refreshing? The days following Christmas are sort of sacred to me. My sisters are not back in school yet. The Christmas events are over. It is a quieter time spent at home playing with new toys. The house gets to be messier. People wear pajamas longer. I read more. I cook less.

During the past few weeks I tried to set aside a few hours to unplug, reflect and set a few goals for 2014. I love this time. I don’t expect word counts or finished products at the end of this time. Just reflection & refocusing for the upcoming year.

In addition to setting goals for 2014, I picked a Word of The Year. I was introduced to the concept through this blog.

2013 Reflection

Last year, on January 1st…I packed up and drove to South Dakota. I moved into a house in town. I had a job. It fell through. I started blogging. I started quilting more. We fixed up our house. I started freelance writing. We got married! I survived planting, haying & harvest. It was about feeling my way around in the dark. Fumbling. Learning lots. Not much depth or focus. Trying new things. Newness & change.

2014 Hopes

This year, I’m feeling more prepared for the blizzards, calving & spring planting. I am more confident in what I enjoy writing about and working toward. Best of all in 2014, I don’t have to plan a wedding or renovate an old house! Yippee! That should free up about a gazillion hours.Growth

I’m hoping to grow into the new roles that I started in 2013: blogger, writer, quilter, farm wife. Last year, beginning, finding, accepting, and declaring these four new roles was a major accomplishment for me. In 2014, I’m hoping to grow into those roles. It is time to put down roots! I can’t wait.

Please let me know if you picked a word of the year, too!



  1. Jacqueline

    Love it! Funny that you said, “it’s time to put down roots”. Root is my word for the year!

    • Sierra Shea

      I wondered if it might be! I saw that you pinned a bunch of cool sayings about Roots! 🙂

  2. Nancy Overstreet

    We have a saying on the wall in our teachers lounge at the school I work at: BREATH – you will never live this moment again. With everyone’s life being so busy I think an important word for 2014 could be BREATH. I am looking forward to a little bit of calm in the new year, however this may not reasonably happen until we are through the teenage years 🙂

    • Sierra Shea

      I like that saying, especially for teachers. I did some substitute teaching last year & I understand the need 🙂


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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!