Tell us a little a bit about yourself…
Parisienne, happy mother of three, loving life, sharing my time between Dubai and Paris. Launched myself into the Health + Wellness world in 2012 by founding Comptoir 102
– a concept-store and healthy restaurant in Dubai. And, over the last years I’ve been busy founding and growing Wild & the Moon
– a chain of plant-based healthy food restaurants/juice bars based in Paris and Dubai.
Do you have a nickname ?
Emma, it’s what everyone calls me. It sticks, its easy, especially for the non-French.
Where do you call home ?
I was born in NYC, raised in the Swiss mountains, and lived in Paris, NYC and Dubai. Right now I share my time between Paris and Dubai. I feel Parisian but I miss NYC when I’m in Dubai, dream of walking on my Dubai beach when I am in Paris, and always wish I could be breathing the pure fresh Swiss mountain air whenever I am away from it! All of these places hold something special for me and all resonate with me for different reasons – it makes life complicated but much more interesting.
What defines home for you ?
Home is my kitchen and the space around it. It is the centre of my family life. Where I kiss my children in the morning, prepare an after-workout smoothie, catch up with the family, or cook simple or elaborate dinners for friends and family. And, of course it contains my favourite machine: Vitamix! It allows me to make a pink/yellow/green/blue smoothie faster than my shadow.
“My aha-moment really happened during my years in NYC when I fully recognised the power of a healthy lifestyle.”
Who or what do you turn to when you have had a bad day ?
I try not to unload my bad mood onto others. After work, I need a little time on my own to let go of negative thoughts or tension. In Dubai I walk barefoot on the beach at sunset and, wherever I am, a good music playlist and taking time to meditate and breathe does the trick…
Tell us about your Health + Wellness journey...
I didn’t start it, my mother did it for me! She was the health freak before it was a thing. I grew up on a healthy diet, with plenty of organic fresh food. She paved the way for me to allow me to be where I am today and I am immensely grateful for that. My aha-moment really happened during my years in NYC when I fully recognised the power of a healthy lifestyle.
What are your favorite Health + Wellness essentials ?
Where is your favourite Health + Wellness destination ?
In Dubai, boxing classes with my trainer and friend Hassan. In Paris, yoga with Aria Crescendo at my favourite Club, Le Tigre Yoga
. And, when I am travelling, any running trails or just a yoga mat on the beach will do.
What's been your best Health + Wellness experience ?
I recently tried the Hotel Merano
in Italy, from Henri Chenot, and I loved it. This summer, I will be in Greece with Aria at a secret yoga retreat, but unfortunately I have to admit I do not have a lot of time right now for myself. However, my businesses Comptoir 102
and Wild and the Moon
of course keep me healthy all year round.
What is your Health + Wellness routine ?
Exercise – Every morning: 1 hour of Yoga or Muay Thai.
Nutrition – After workout spirulina-almond smoothie.
Spirituality – Meditation.
“Going inwards and finding my centre.”
What’s your go to health food ?
What’s your devilish indulgence ?
A 3am food truck.
What’s your favourite yoga position ?
Botoxasana… it brings fresh oxygenated blood to the head and face.
What makes you laugh ?
What do you fear ?
The destruction of our planet and the level of pollution that we are creating that will not allow our children to live a long and happy lives.
How do you find serenity ?
Going inwards and finding my centre.
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
What is it about IKIGAI Global that appeals to you ?
Building alternative, conscious, committed communities is the new black and the only way to build a sustainable future.
What is the one book that has helped you discover your path and yourself ?
What has been the hardest thing to accept ?
The passing of loved ones.
How, what and why have you changed over the last 10 years ?
I left the corporate world and launched my own business. Opening a store, a café, a restaurant, then two, then ten… You learn by trial and error, by stumbles and falls, and I did just that. Yet, the most important thing I learned is to trust myself rather than relying on other peoples’ opinions on how I should do things. And, to never let go of what you want – persistence pays off.
What do you do to make the world a better / more sustainable place ?
At Wild & the Moon we are aiming for 0% waste; our containers are recyclable, we use zero plastic, we do not overproduce, our food is plant-based, local and organic, and our recipes are pure and plain, with no added nasties.
Do you have a good luck charm ?
No, but I have a guardian angel somewhere out there in the stars looking after me.
Who inspires you ?
The planet. She made me do it.
What is your mantra ?
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.
And finally, what is your ikigai ?
Offering an alternative to fast food with a chain of healthy food restaurants that respect the environment. What resonates with me is “I am just doing my bit”, as illustrated by the Native American tale of the hummingbird.