Jane Stevenson

Jane Stevenson

Who/What is God?

I have a combination of thoughts and as I move through life, these evolve. God is in me - God is where my soul is. I am very spiritual but am not grounded in religion. I move towards a central essence – on a path of moral guidance. I believe in Angels, who include close friends and family who have passed on.

What happens when you die?

Somehow my soul moves into another life, in whatever form. This is not the end but rather part of a bigger journey.

What would you do with your last 24 hours?

I would make sure that I spend one on one time with my husband and children, ensuring that they know that I am ok and I know that they are ok - preparing them for a life without me. Then I would surround myself with my family and true friends and have one hell of a party, with lots of laughter, fun and happiness + cocktails of course! It would be a celebration of my life.

Describe yourself in 4 words?

Passionate, nurturing, introvert (energized by being alone) and altruistic.

How do you think others describe you?

Confident, ambitious, in control and well organized. (and extrovert J)

What is your current state of mind?

Strangely calm.

Describe your life in one word?


How do you define success?

Having a strong sense of self-fulfilment. Being able to see the change I have been part of, in other lives. It is definitely not power nor money.

Any regrets?

Not really. I am happy with the path I have chosen. I guess I would have travelled more – had fewer responsibilities.

How would you like to be remembered?

A person that has made a true + lasting difference to others.

What moves you emotionally?

Anything to do with my daughter – and sadness.

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?


If you could ask God one question, what would it be?

What’s next?

List a skill you don’t have, but would love?

The voice of Barbra Streisand! I would love to be a blues/cabaret singer, lying over a grand piano, late at night, draped in a luxurious velvet dress, singing huskily into a mike. I have written various songs (one was recorded) and several books of poetry (for my own eyes, of course).

What does money mean to you?

The root of all evil.

What do you think about most?

The safety of my child

What would you do with a spare 15 minutes?

Find a space to be alone.

What are you most afraid of?

Being insignificant. (Not on a power level).

Are you living your life\s purpose?

In the western world, yes

What is your greatest wish?

To create a self-sustaining community, kibbutz-style, where a few like-minded families would share and work towards an eco-friendly and progressive existence. Where we would all work for the greater good of the community, and we would share both the chores and the joy. I personally would love to coordinate that.

A surprising fact about you?

I was in Showtime! I sang to my husband on our wedding day! And I love changing my hairstyles, colours, shape, I use wigs, and I once had my hair braided. I love shock tactics.! I am also a roller coaster junkie.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in your career?

Believe in yourself, know what you are worth, and don’t allow anyone the power to pull you down. And to quote Richard Branson “Screw it, just do it”

And what advice would you give to a broken hearted 18-year-old?

Love is a beautiful gift. Take the good of this relationship, into your next one, and discard the bad. Every person who comes into our lives forms part of our tapestry.

Why do you live in PE?

I have lived in Zululand, Umtata (Mthatha), East London, King Williams Town, Cape Town, Joburg and having then spent 6 months in PE – I made a choice that this city has everything I need. I have been here for 16 years and I love it!

What is the best advice you have ever been given and who gave it to you?

When I was 22 and searching for direction, the words of Desiderata really struck a chord with me and have had a profound effect on how I view things.

What do you think of South Africa today?

There is an incredible opportunity in our country – if you have the right attitude. You seriously can start anything and make a living out of it. I don’t know of anywhere in the world where it is so open. And – despite our issues– we have the most beautiful country.

And what do you think of the world today?

I think it’s going full circle. We are starting to nurture nature again – eco/organic/green, etc. It’s interesting, challenging and fun to be in. The pace of change in overwhelming, yet exciting. Now if we could just get rid of all politics and ego, it would be a mighty fine planet to live on!

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