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The mind and body produce the most wonderful synergy and are capable of outstanding creation. Everything begins with an idea, and ideas grow into actions when we embody them into a language which speaks louder than words, when we develop a connected circuitry.

The thoughts that we have are key to developing the circuitry you want. Do you believe that life’s a bitch and then you die? Or is it more that life’s a witch and then you fly? Ha! Either one will seal your fate, at home, at work, at play.

On this website, you are invited to explore resources and notions which might support you to expand your possibilities, or simply entertain you. The offerings are a blend of psychology, philosophy and writing, movement and thought.


Here is an interview I had with a Portugese publication:

About Jan Russell
Where were you born?
Post war inner city Birmingham, a multi-cultural environment, quite poor. I shared a bedroom with my sister and brother, and we bathed once a week in a tin bath. Yes, that type of upbringing – lived in a shoebox, yada yada. I won a scholarship to an all-girls secondary school, King Edward VI, which changed everything.

Did you like school?
Funny word, like. I was shy and stuttery, and regularly felt humiliated and estranged. I developed a hard core outer shell, and became suitably rebellious in the teenage years. I have to say that King Edwards instilled in me the notion that girls could do anything, the world was our oyster, and I had some wonderful teachers in the mix. I developed my love of literature there, and learned how to study with discipline, both of which have served me well.

When did you first start writing?
As a five year old, I read out my first poem, in school assembly. It was called Bingo the Dog. I then wrote exercise books full of early novel, based on The Girl from Uncle, in which I was heroine, regularly escaping from something. I turned away from fiction writing for many years until my late thirties, developing instead skills as an academic writer while fulfilling various jobs in social welfare and further education (much case presentation writing!) and enjoying my two children. I was published professionally before completing a work of fiction. I began coherent scribblings around my late thirties and only produced my first novel after having `time off’ to recover from breast cancer.

What principles do you live by?
That of compassion, of which I learn more each day. `Live life with adventure’, the Quaker motto. `It’s not the last shot in this game that counts, duck, it’s the next’. My father Jack Russell on golf and life. Every second is of value – now counts.

Do you have any regrets?
Yes and no. On the one hand, I am who I am now because of every decision I ever made. On the other hand, I have regretted when I didn’t listen fully to my true self, to hunches and intuition. I look back and see how much I hid behind excessive behaviours at times, and didn’t quite recognise certain struggles. However, it’s not the last shot in this game…

Favourite books From childhood, The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton, and a volume of Edgar Allan Poe which I used to terrify myself with under the covers at night.

Through my schooling, Albert Camus `La Peste’ and `l’Etranger’, Solzhenitzyn’s Cancer Ward, all of Jane Austen – a queen of `show not tell’. Later, The Women’s Room, I know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Birdsong.

Biggest influences
When I graduated aged 20 from three years of an archetypal experience of sex, drugs, music and dancing, which masqueraded as a degree, I worked for 4 months in London at Estee Lauder, and was offered a permanent job there. Instead, I enrolled for a social work course and spent 8 months being an auxiliary nurse on a young stroke rehabilitation ward. I never forget what I learned there, that life is unpredictable and finite, and to be treasured. I relearned something that I now recognise I had first known my heart since early childhood, that there is no such thing as certainty. All of my powerful influential events have been to do with fear, loss, courage and resolve.

People have influenced me of course – my parents, various teachers, and my children: philosophies and psychologies, literature.

Political leanings
Old left. I was fascinated by the work of Karl Marx, and see a lot of the propositions that I liked in his work proving to be of great significance. The notion of capitalism as ultimately destructive to human worth seems to be bearing out, and his concept of alienation is lived out on a daily basis by many for whom work has no more worth to it than the pay packet. I believe very much in the principles of each according to their abilities, and all people having intrinsic human worth. I abhor cult and institutionalised exploitation and violence.

Likes and dislikes
Likes: sunshine, physical freedom, the joy of the innocent, generousity, excellent savoury food, exploring, rediscovering abilities to indulge in simple pleasures.

Dislikes: self-importance, exploitation, snobbery, brainwashing of the masses, abject stupidity.

Hobbies: writing, playing with paint, walking and other travel experiences, dancing.


  • SC
    Working with Jan is life changing, and I don't say that lightly. I am, after many years, back in control of my own life and where I want it to take me. The power of this change has surprised me but I couldn't feel more fortunate than to be helped by Jan to find this place again.   SC