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We have a new office!

Here’s the real truth: working from home is hard.

Here’s my old office before baby and after baby.

It sounds like this glamorous dream where you never get out of your PJs or have to leave the house.

But, the new wears off pretty quick!

{I did it for three years. And wrote about my productivity attempts here.}

Anyone I know who works from home successfully DOES NOT stay in their PJs all day.

It’s hard to feel fully-human without putting on shoes during the day!

I would have gone on indefinitely working from my small home office (read: a kitchen table that I used as a desk), but we plumb ran out of room in our house after Joslyn was born.

My desk was in the nursery. John’s desk was in the living room. Our printer and file cabinets where shoved in the closet under our clothes. Our extra supplies were shoved in boxes upstairs and all my books where in totes. Yuck!

So, we spent the late spring and a bit of summer rearranging and building an office space in the back corner of the shop.

Let me tell you, nothing will keep you humble like walking past tractors on your way to your desk!

I’m writing from this new space today and just delighted to be more than five steps away from the refrigerator. (Hello, temptation all. dang. day.)

I feel so “normal” — whatever that is!

Here’s a whole bunch of iPhone pictures of our building process.

We hired just a bit of help for the framing and the electrical, but other than that — we did everything ourselves!

I am very grateful that Ron and John put so many hours into this space, and proud that we could all build something together like this. Joslyn even helped from her stroller and exersaucer.

I read that Rose Wilder Lane (Laura Ingalls Wilder’s daughter, she was also a writer) built and remodeled her own homes and libraries and I thought to myself, “That’s the kind of writer I want to be!”

That’s exactly what we did!

We’re still getting settled in the office. I can’t ever remember which drawer has the stapler and which one has the pencils.

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  1. Uncle Jon

    Very nice… where is the desk, nice shelves, but you need a good desk…. and I agree, when working from home the key is putting on your shoes…. nothing says you aren’t serious about working like bare or sock feet…. when you need to seriously get productive lace up your shoes and get at it….

    • Sierra Shea

      Agree! I actually have a pair of tennis shoes that I only wear in the house! I’ll post a pic of the desk soon!!

  2. Aunt Jackie

    It looks great! I love the shelves. Happy writing!


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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!