Hi, I’m Jen, Founder, and Editor of She Takes Five — an online platform helping ambitious women to prioritize their health and well-being. She Takes Five covers everything from alternative health and work-life balance tips, to vacation guides, clean eating, non-toxic beauty, self-care, and much more. I’m often a human guinea pig for all things holistic health and share my results here.
Through the Take Five Interview Series, I explore how career women across different industries are balancing their work while supporting their health in-between. There are lots of nuggets of wisdom and resources in each of those features!
In essence, She Takes Five is a place to inspire women to recharge and feel good more often. Achieving success doesn’t have to be synonymous with burning out. On the contrary, I believe a health-first approach is the best way to achieve your dreams and live your best life.
My love for health and wellness was born about 9 years ago when I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and other related ailments. 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 in Central Park would magically erase all of my poor decisions. Then I became ill while working a demanding corporate job and I had no choice but to make drastic changes to get better.
Thankfully with the help of integrative medicine doctors, self-education, 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 easily everything can be taken away.
Since then, I’ve made it my mission to create a fulfilling, health-centered life all while supporting my goals and ambitions. I’m constantly searching for alternative, high-quality ways to seamlessly infuse wellness and downtime into the lives of aspirational women. I share those explorations here on She Takes Five. You can count on me to provide you with the latest resources and inspiration whenever you need to take five.