Being a banker in Geneva before having children was very exciting, now I have three children and I am a content mother but I do miss the buzz.
I grew up in Hartfordshire, UK. I did a Business and Law degree in London and somehow fell into a career in banking. Work brought my husband and I to Geneva which is when we started our family.
I have three active boys, aged 13, 10 and 5, and two step daughters, they are basically my life. It’s a blended family that works really well, and it’s fascinating just seeing them grow up and develop into who they are – I do my best to just be there for them. Like any mum you want the best for your kids and hope they are happy. I feel really fulfilled in my life and somehow I am always very busy.
I’m a huge fan of cooking, food was never that important to me until I had a family. My husband is from a big Moroccan family, and life for him was all about food so this was something I embraced and took on.
I love running and exercise along with eating properly and learning. I love trying new things and I’m always up for trying stuff. Friends are also really important to me.
I exercise to clear my head, I love the feeling of not thinking about anything else, to push myself and feel invigorated. I ran the London Marathon in 2005 and running has remained consistent from adolescence until now. It’s like a release whereby I can forget about everything else. I love to run with friends and we chat a lot along the way! Don’t you just love after a 15 -20 km run you feel like superwoman and you can get a million things done during the day, it gives you more energy!
This year I took on cold water swimming. The first time was on Christmas Day 2020. I suppose I became hooked to the feeling it gives you, like an escape. I’m someone who always really felt the cold so for me this was a massive challenge. But now I don’t feel the cold in the same way. It empties your mind, the concentration and focus is so much about pushing yourself beyond discomfort.