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My First Ever Blog – How it Began

Updated: Jun 5, 2021

Hi I am Jen and new to blogging so go easy on me!

I am the very proud owner of The Engine Shed and with it being more than just a holiday accommodation to me, I decided to start a blog alongside it too!

I have had many, many ups and downs in my life and really been through some mentally tough times which left me pretty exhausted with life; for me the low points in my life have been a struggle if I am honest. I guess that friends and family have always seen me as strong; interpreted me as a fighter, overcoming things and working hard to get what I wanted. Lots of that is true but the struggle is REAL! I mean I often put on a brave face and wouldn’t let people see my vulnerable side…well I am now!!

You’re probably thinking…what’s this got to do with The Engine Shed? I promise I am getting to that!

So without giving you my life story, I found myself at a crossroads a couple of years ago, really my outlook was bleak, I had become someone I really didn’t want to be! The glass was half empty and I was not counting my blessings.

Then everything changed, I met someone who really opened me up to thinking differently about life and I was fortunate to start a fresh knowing that everything was going to be alright. Think from the Inside Out!

Check out The Inside Out Revolution by Michael Neill…at this point I was changed, can’t really explain it but I could see clearly and everything became less effort and more fun!

I was able to identify the things that lifted my mood easily and found joy and gratitude in my work again. Nature nurtured my soul and filled me with inspiration so I made slight changes like putting my desk by the window and glancing out at the trees and sky frequently through the working day.

When I was little I always dreamed of living in the country and having a horse on my own land and I distinctly remember my Nan saying ‘when we win the pools you can’, it had always been an out of reach dream until one day I spotted a house for sale on Battersby Junction. I never imagined I would be able to get a mortgage on my own for a place like that but amazingly I managed it!

This was a game changer for me, I never once looked back and every day I became grateful for the hills and the beautiful scenery around us.

My son goes to a wonderful school in Great Broughton and plays out in a super safe place every weekend coming in head to toe covered in mud and the biggest smile imaginable! My horse Meg, who will feature in a blog I am sure, lives opposite my house in a huge comfy stable and has 14 chickens to share her big field with! My windows are full of the North York Moors National Park hills and the most beautify sky. I get to ride Meg or my mountain bike up the hills which are on our doorstep (I am writing this and smiling all the time feeling like the luckiest person on earth!) My family love it here and all play a role in the land and animal management!

What more could she want I hear you ask?

Well to share this joy of course and there was born the concept of The Engine Shed

Special thanks to DR Gus’ Nutrition aka Paul Sumners for showing me what was real.

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