So who am I anyway…?
Well, born in Guadeloupe – a French Caribbean island – I grew up in Paris and I’m now living in London, where I’ve been since 1997.
That’s the basics, but there’s a few more bits behind the blogger!
I’m a mix of a guy with a cocktail of interests, passions and beliefs. I’m all about balance in life, enjoying what the world has to offer and keeping the different aspects of my life in harmony. I aim high but I stay reflective, grounded and spiritual, seizing every opportunity to learn and grow that life gives me!
My life’s been a big journey of learning, with a dollop of good fortune, some mistakes and valuable lessons along the way, and an ongoing discovery of new things, places and people… I love the gym.
If I’m not working out in my regular spot in London, I’ll make sure I find the best place nearby to join the guys and girls who are serious about training but like to keep it fun too! From Honolulu to South Beach, from Tuscany to Kos, I make sure I hunt out challenging workouts wherever I am coz that’s what makes me tick! I play around my regimes quite often – all in the name of feeling good mentally.
Exercise can make me feel so good about myself inside, it’s not just for looking good. I cook nearly every day.
Cooking nutrition-packed food is as important to me as physical exercise! Eating fresh, vitamin-rich dishes is an indispensable part of my overall philosophy. I stay away from junk food coz of how it makes me feel, and I’ve ditched the red meat, and focused on the fresh fish, lean chicken, pulses and salads.
But I’m not a fitness tyrant! – you’ve gotta have room for treats – and I don’t hold back on gorgeous coffees, top-notch wines or sumptuous chocolates when I choose to indulge! I’m a practising Buddhist. I meditate daily, and I believe meditation can be totally linked up with our physical well-being!
Mind and body are one! I blend Buddhist practice with a healthy dose of partying and socialising. Spirituality and parties don’t have to be kept apart if they’re well balanced!
When the time’s right I hit a bar or two with good friends. I go to places that make the night mean something to me, with people who fulfill me! Shopping’s firmly on my horizon too – I love shops that are unique, from upscale thrift stores in Manhattan to artisan markets in Marrakesh. If there’s one belief underlying my lifestyle it’s that presence is key. Whether we’re drinking and dining or working out fast and furious, life’s about being present and aware. My Buddhist values of kindness and generosity are never far from me. With these values at the centre of all we do, we’re on track and in control of our destiny.
I hope you take something away from my blogs that remind you how precious life is and how wondrous it is when lived in a balanced way.
I hope it inspires you to achieve ever greater balance in your own life…