I’ve always loved ringing in the summer months. There’s a palpable sense of relaxation in the air, and it’s the perfect time to slow down and unplug. My friend Dr. Pooja Lakshmin, a psychiatrist and author of the book Real Self-Care, talks about the idea of having a “season of slow,” a time in your life where you allow yourself to step away from the pressures of your neverending to-do list, and instead home in on what feels good. Inspired by her “Fall of slow” that she declared after a medical scare last year, I’ve made the decision to give myself a “Summer of slow,” allowing myself to take a break from my busy schedule and find some time to pause — which, for me, means putting my computer away, sitting outdoors, and listening to a song that makes me happy, or a podcast that sparks joy. There’s something transformative about putting in your headphones and listening to something that inspires you, helps you recharge, or teaches you something new about the world. 

In honor of my “summer of slow,” I’d love to share a few things I’m listening to right now. I hope that it can inspire you to take some time to reset, disconnect, and enjoy a little respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

Here are five favorite listens I have on repeat this summer:

The We Can Do Hard Things podcast

I always find this podcast incredibly comforting and inspiring. The three hosts: Glennon Doyle, her wife Abby Wambach, and her sister Amanda Doyle, frankly discuss, well, the hard parts of life, with guests like Tracee Ellis Ross, Megan Rapinoe, and Gloria Steinem. Dr. Lakshmin was actually recently featured on an episode and it resonated with me deeply. The conversations are always interesting, surprisingly relatable, and a reminder to me that we are all doing hard things, every day. And we are more powerful for it.

Titanium” by David Guetta featuring Sia

This is my current favorite power song! Between the soaring vocals and the confident, free-spirited lyrics —”I’m bulletproof, nothing to lose, fire away”— whenever I hear it I want to stand taller, speak my mind, and leave my mark on this world. It’s the perfect song to listen to while working out, taking a walk, or just dancing around the kitchen. It’s addictive! 

The History Chicks podcast

In this podcast, Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider pull from several thousand years of history to profile historic real and fictional women From Maria Montessori (of the groundbreaking schools) to Mrs. Claus. I loved their recent episode on Clara Bow, an iconic actress who Taylor Swift wrote a song about on her new album! 

The Ambition Monster audiobook

This has been my go-to audiobook to listen to when running errands or doing chores around the house recently. I’m a huge fan of the author, Jennifer Romolini, and love the way she talks so candidly about her experience climbing up the corporate ladder and reaching the point of burnout. Her story perfectly encapsulates the addictive nature of achievement and how we can do better to protect ourselves and our well-being. 

The Rich Roll podcast

I was first introduced to this podcast when I listened to the episode with the U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Dr. Vivek Murthy on the compound effects of loneliness on our health as individuals and as a society, and what we can all do to create more connection and community. I loved the episode and I’ve kept listening. Each episode is filled with intimate, deep conversations about wellness, art, and being our authentic selves. It’s a must listen!


  • Jen Fisher

    𝗩𝗼𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗯𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 + 𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗮𝗻 𝘀𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 | 𝖡𝖾𝗌𝗍𝗌𝖾𝗅𝗅𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝖠𝗎𝗍𝗁𝗈𝗋 | 𝖳𝖤𝖣𝗑 𝖲𝗉𝖾𝖺𝗄𝖾𝗋 | 𝖧𝗈𝗌𝗍 #𝖶𝗈𝗋𝗄𝖶𝖾𝗅l | 𝖳𝗁𝗋𝗂𝗏𝖾 𝖤𝖽𝗂𝗍𝗈𝗋

    Jen Fisher is a leading voice on the intersection of work, well-being, and purpose. Her mission is to help leaders move from the legacy mindset that well-being is solely the responsibility of the individual to the forward-thinking idea of human sustainability, which supports the long-term, collective well-being of individuals, organizations, climate, and society.  

    She’s the co-author of the bestselling, award-winning book, Work Better Together: How to Cultivate Strong Relationships to Maximize Well-Being and Boost Bottom Lines, the Human Sustainability Editor-at-Large for Thrive Global, and the host of the WorkWell podcast series.

    As the first chief well-being officer of a professional services organization, Jen built and led the creation and execution of a pioneering holistic and inclusive well-being strategy that has received recognition from leading business media brands and associations.

    Jen is a frequent writer on issues impacting the workplace today, including the importance of mental health and social connection to workforce resilience, happiness, and productivity. Her work has been featured in CNBC, CNN, Fast Company, Fortune, Inc, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Harvard Business Review, among others.

    She’s a sought-after speaker and has been featured at events including TEDx, World Happiness Summit, Out & Equal Workplace Summit, Acumen Global Gathering, WorkHuman, The Atlantic Pursuit of Happiness event, and more. She’s also lectured at top universities across the country, including Harvard, Wake Forest, Duke, and George Mason.

    Jen is passionate about sharing her breast cancer and burnout recovery journeys to help others. She’s also a healthy lifestyle enthusiast, self-care champion, exercise fanatic, sleep advocate, and book nerd! Jen lives in Miami with her husband, Albert, and dog, Fiona.

    You can find her on LinkedIn or on Twitter and Instagram @JenFish23. You can also receive her personal insights and reflections by subscribing to her newsletter, "Thoughts on Being Well" @jenfisher.substack.com.