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She Takes Five


I’m Jen, a wellness focused career coach, recruitment director, writer, and entrepreneur. I’ve spent 10+ years recruiting for Fortune 500 companies. I’ve balanced work with a chronic illness, with passion projects, and as a new mother. I believe a health-first approach to life is the key to achieving joy and success. 

Without your health, it’s hard to put your best self forward —

…to land that promotion,

…to launch a company,

…to show up for the people and things in your life that matter.

I founded, She Takes Five — an online platform helping women to prioritize their health. Our blog covers everything from work-life balance tips, and alternative health, to vacation guides, easy clean eating, self-care, and much more. We like to keep things simple but high-impact around here. 

Through our work-life balance Interview Series, I explore how women across different industries are managing their career while supporting their health in-between. There are lots of nuggets of wisdom and resources in each of those features!

My Story

My love for health and wellness was born about 9 years ago when I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and other related ailments while working a demanding corporate job. It was hard to keep up with the grueling hours, travel, and endless workload while managing often debilitating symptoms.

Pre-diagnosis, I was living a fast-paced life in New York City with little regard for my health. This included putting work above everything else, eating out constantly, drinking on the regular, and functioning on little sleep. I thought running on the weekends would magically erase all of my poor decisions. Then, I became ill and had no choice but to make drastic changes to get better.

Thankfully with the help of integrative medicine doctors, self-education, career, and lifestyle changes I was able to regain my health. During this experience, I learned just how precious my health and life were, and how important it was to take care of myself first. 


My mission is to help others to achieve the health and balance they want. I’m constantly exploring alternative, high-quality ways to seamlessly infuse wellness and downtime into each and every day. You can count on me to provide you with the latest resources, inspiration, and coaching support whenever you need to take five. 

With love, 


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Professional Bio

Jen De Simone Swiss is the Founder of She Takes Five, a wellness lifestyle blog and coaching platform helping women to achieve balance. After overcoming Lyme disease, and corporate burnout, she has made it her mission to build a health-centered, fulfilling life. In her free time, you can find her spending time with family, reading, or experimenting in the kitchen.