Life Changing Decisions

Hi and Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson Author Blog Post and Podcast. I’m your host, Jean coming to you from the beautiful Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada!! The blog post and podcast is an opinion piece and only reflects this author’s opinion and not that of any other entity.  I hold no designations in politics, economics or medicine.  I am retired from the mental health field and I am a humanitarian and speak from that viewpoint only.  Whether you agree or not, at least I hope it makes you think.  Everyone has had something happened that changed the direction of their life.  Some of us have more than one.  If you want to find out more, then stay tuned!

When I was a child, one of my Uncles came home.  They all seemed somewhat concerned that I was such a quiet child.  I guess I just never had a ton of stuff to say as an early teen or tween.  I tended to take in everything around me. When my Uncle came, he was quite enchanted with me and was one of my favourite Uncles.  This was mostly because he was always nice to us kids and he was always especially nice to me.  On one of his visits, he brought a brand new little instamatic Kodak camera.   It was small and fit for little fingers.  I was entranced by it.  He wanted pictures of us, but I seemed to be happier to take pictures than be in them.  So, he handed it to me and asked me to take the holiday photos.   Much to my joy, when he left he told me that, if I would send him the photos from his vacation, I could keep the camera.  That was my first contract job (also non-paying).  I was beyond happy.  I had a camera.  I could take pictures.  The camera invariably followed me on a shorter and longer trips with my mother and from home to University where I also took tons of photos.  Not all my best work at University.  But it was my fun.  It followed me through my dating years.  I still had it when I met my husband.  Sadly, around that time, my camera kind of had its last breath and I had to leave it behind, but I carry the memories of that summer and the excitement of taking photographs of my Uncle’s holiday and all the pictures I took after that.  Of course my parents were happy to provide him with copies of his pictures.  I was diligent to make sure that we brought the pictures to be developed so that he could have them. 

I spent the next years training and getting ready for a profession.  I took my studies mostly seriously.  When I graduated my first degree, I couldn’t find a teaching position.  I tried every school district in the Province.  I was mostly told there were few if any jobs and they’d have to hire their part-time teachers and the on call ones before they could even look at me.  I can’t remember who that letter came from, but that one meant something to me.  Why?  Because they took the time to be honest with me.  I suppose nowadays the recipient of such a note would hit the press hard and expect to get something out of it.  Even in those days, this was a frank and honest note and not the stuff made of political intrigue.  Someone took the time to be frankly honest about my situation and not give me platitudes.  So, no jobs in teaching…unlikely to do bit and pieces teaching…after all, I had been a kid and I know what they did with substitute teachers, and I needed a job.  So, my then boyfriend and now husband was considering taking a course at a Business College in Ontario.  I applied to the Secretarial school there and got in.  I had considered going to University one more year…and it was mostly settled up till then.  But, another twist of the wheel of fate. 

I spent more time studying.  I met some interesting people.  Learned Forkner shorthand from a wonderful gentleman who people whispered about his preferences and thought it was a joke, but I didn’t care.  He was nice and he showed an interest in me getting my shorthand down.  It was hard to learn.  He was also interested that I bring my typing speed up.  So, I worked hard at it.  I graduated.  I invited him to our wedding.  He brought us a bottle opener from Buffalo.  It was a kind gesture.  I was happy just to have him attending. 

Fast forward, we ended up moving back east for a time.  I never wanted to live outside of Eastern Canada.  I was a Maritime kid.  I found Ontario too fast paced.  I found that things were too fast and people complained about tourists.  I had no understanding of this.  The perspective I always had been raised with was that they were the bread and butter of a lot of scenic areas.  We never referred to them as dirty or unwashed.  The attitude was hard for me to deal with.  I found attitudes toward the Maritimes were deplorable the further west we moved.  They thought Maritimers were lazy and didn’t want to work.  This also came from people with whom I worked and put in more effort than many.  I didn’t know of my medical condition then.  So I couldn’t understand how some could go and go and go.  But, I put in a fair battle.  Was still not doing a lot of picture taking.  Mostly just for fun and trips through the beautiful Rocky Mountains. 

Then came another twist of the wheel of fate.  I had gotten very ill and ended up having to leave the counselling profession.  I had several jobs, but one was working for an oil industry company.  I actually liked the job well enough.  They had a cat that was the boss (not really, the owner wasn’t insane…he built the place from the ground up but they had a cat that needed care and brought it to the office).  I looked after it as did others.  I picked up a lot of the jobs that were piled up because people didn’t have time to do them, but they needed to be done.  Generally it was stuff no one wanted to do as it was considered fiddly and time consuming.  The twist in the wheel of fate came during their Christmas Party.  My husband also worked there.  They had a draw for Christmas.  I wouldn’t go into the draw because I was only contract and not staff.  I’m also not one for being in the front of the limelight…this is long standing.  I was always happier behind the scenes than in front of cameras.  Anyway, my husband happened to win an EOS camera.  He had wanted a newer version. Once he tried it, he determined he liked his old one better.  I inherited the new EOS.  My first very own professional level camera.  I had bought mostly Kodak because that is the brand I had from my Uncle and have a couple of midgrade older ones that I also use depending on weather, distance to carry etc.

After a couple more jobs and the economy going a little wonky, we decided to move back home.  There were several other things that made it a good time to move.  I noticed around the area that I could smell a certain now legalized substance.  The problem for me was that I was terribly allergic to it.  I had always thought I would love to live on Prince Edward Island by the water.  We had visited it fairly frequently in our early marriage.  So, with this thought and goal, I was elated.  We started looking for properties.  We found one that was in our price range.  We had it checked out long distance.  It definitely needed work.  It was very near the water, so that was the main thing.  I always wanted to live near the water.  My mother grew up near the ocean.  I had always loved visiting her childhood home.  So, we found the place, we put the money down and got ready to move out. 

This brings us to today dear readers and listeners.  All the training I have helps me to get ideas for writing my blog posts and gives me the experience of researching my ideas.  I try, other than in experiential blogs to make sure I back up my ideas.  I make my podcasts mostly as another method to make my blog post available to a whole different audience.  I use my photography in e-books and for the blog posts.  I put them on Twitter to share my beautiful Island Province with the world.  Some of the topics of my photographs and e-books are other Provinces, but a lot of my recent ones come from Prince Edward Island and use photographs from the local area.  There was a hiatus of travel during COVID.  We’re still not travelling much unless necessary, but if not for COVID, another twist in the wheel of fate, I would never have started writing.  I would never have started to take a more serious interest in photography.  I would not have opened the doors to making A & J PEI Treasures an online entity.  I don’t put a location because it exists only online and I use it to give people something to think about, something to dream about and try to encourage people to believe we can make this world a better place.  I share what little wisdom and lessons I find along the way.

Over time, I had a cheap camera, but didn’t really do much with it.  When digitals first started, I got my first digital which was a kind of cheap version to try it out.  I didn’t know if I’d like it.  I could see the value in being able to put pictures online and save them to various cards and memories.  It can open up a new world and changes in various art can bring us forward.  It gives us records of history.  As things progressed with digital cameras, I moved to the Kodak EasyShare which I still use.  One of them had an unfortunate incident where it dropped in the water as I tried to hand it to hubby.  We hunted the net and finally found a replacement one.  I was very disappointed when Kodak stopped making cameras….that was the brand that my Uncle first gave me.  One has to understand that change happens.  Life moves forward.  We might not always like change, but it’s going to happen whether or not you agree with it.  As William Shakespeare has said: “The wheel is come full circle.”  Photography brings joy to me.  Even if I never get to be a ‘professional photographer’, I enjoy what I’m doing.  What more could you want?  As Hafez is credited with saying, “Don’t be surprised at Fortune’s turns and twists: That wheel has spun a thousand yarns before.”  So, sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same and whether or not there is a purpose is up for grabs.  Some say yes, some say no and some just go along for the ride.  Things change, yet they sometimes change in an up and down ever changing spiral…and much like the solar system, not exactly in exact circles (

I’ve always had a soft spot for Monty Python so I leave you with a fact check of their song on the Universe.  Rather illuminating that the famous comedian troupe was actually pretty factual on some things…proving it never hurts to fact check.  Things are always changing and evolving.  You will have to accept it or regret it.

Thanks for listening to my podcast and/or reading my blog post and thanks for your interest in A & J PEI Treasures!

Keep watching for more e-books and more formats! We’re always working on something.  Thank you!  The podcast that matches this blog post can be found on Anchor FM:–j-pei-treasures/episodes/Life-Changing-Decisions-e1l01jv

Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson author podcast and blog post. This week, I discuss life changing decisions. Everyone has one, some people have more than one. If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…! Applause courtesy of Freesound:  … Thank you Andrew Simpson for help with the proofreading and creative input (the A in A & J PEI Treasures) Thank you Anchor for the resources to get the podcast done from my computer! Thank you to all forums that carry my blog post and podcast! Thank you to my listeners, readers and people who want to make this a better world. In Gratitude to all ancestors from the past and present that gave us the ability to think and do the impossible. Quotes from: Hafez William Shakespeare Articles: Our Blog Posts are available on: WordPress:  and GoodReads: Podcast are available on: Anchor FM in a variety of formats:–j-pei-treasures iHeart Radio: Podchaser: Amazon:–J-PEI-TREASURES My e-books can be found on: Amazon: Smashwords (my Affiliate link):  or You can also find us on: Twitter: YouTube: Pinterest: LinkedIn: Keep watching for more e-books and more formats! We’re always working on something. Thank you!

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Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson author podcast and blog post.  This week, I discuss life changing decisions.  Everyone has one, some people have more than one.   If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…!  (My first professional grade digital ... my EOS.)
Twists of fate…things change. My first cameras were Kodak…but my first professional grade digital was a win/win with this Canon I still use. The podcast matching this blog post can be found in a variety of formats & on Anchor FM:–j-pei-treasures/episodes/Life-Changing-Decisions-e1l01jv

Published by A & J PEI Treasures/E Jean Simpson, BEd, BA, MA

E Jean Simpson, is the author, blogger, podcaster and one of the photographers of A & J PEI Treasures. A & J PEI Treasures is located on Prince Edward Island, Canada. All opinions stated in the Blog Post are my opinions and may not be that of A & J PEI Treasures. We are made up of a husband and wife team and our companion animals. There are a number of things that drew us to the Island…one of which was the natural beauty of the area. We enjoy constructing things and renovations to our place, upcycling, photography, writing, and a simpler lifestyle. Thank you for your interest. E Jean Simpson/Andrew Simpson of A & J PEI Treasures (2019). I can't get links to work in Gravatar, so links are below: ​​​​​You can find us at Social Media: ​​​​​​​Pinterest - Twitter - YouTube - (YouTube) LinkedIn: - Blog Posts: WordPress - Goodreads - E-Books Available on: Amazon - Smashwords - you can also see us on... BookBub - ​​​​​​​ We have podcasts started on Anchor FM and can be found on the following: Anchor FM: Google Podcasts: Pocket Casts: RadioPublic: Spotify: Apple: iHeart Radio: Podchaser: Amazon: ​​​​​​​ Some of our e-books are winners of the Canada Book Awards ( -​​​​​​​Quotes, Poems and Thoughts: With Pictures from Prince Edward Island, Canada -​​​​​​​Rocky Mountain Memories (Accepted for the 2020 Reader's Choice General Nonfiction- *(Canada Book Award winner​​​​​​​) -​​​​​​​Floral Photography: Hope of Life and for the Future *(Canada Book Award winner ​​​​​​​-From the Lens of my Camera: This and That and a Big Black Cat. *(Canada Book Award winner -How to Publish an E-book on a Budget of $0: Making your Dreams a Reality -The Big Kid’s Magical Path to Numbers (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 1) (Canada Book Award 2020 winner -The Big Kid’s Magical Path to The Alphabet (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 2) (Canada Book Award 2020 winner -The Big Kid's Magical Path to Shapes in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 3) -The Big Kid's Magical Path to Colours in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 4) -The Big Kid's Magical Path to Insects in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 5) More to follow! ​​​​​​​ *(Canada Book Award winner​​​​​​​) is noted on books that won

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