She was in a position many would covet as the president of Harpo Studios, the co-president of OWN, and the former executive producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show, and she decided to choose something elsea life.

Sheri Salata had been so busy building a dream career that she’d forgotten to build a life.

She went on a personal quest to tend to her body, spirit, and soul and chronicled it in her new book, The Beautiful No.

I’ve heard from so many friends after sharing that we were going to interview Sheri that she’s been their personal production idol and that they’ve looked up to her as a mentor for years.

Now she’s evolving her 21-year career with Oprah Winfrey and using her production skills in her own life to create wellness, tremendous depth, and true happiness. Talk about a gorgeous second act.

It was such an honor to have Sheri join us on The Kate & Mike Show to share her wisdom about:

  • Choosing to truly live, especially when you’ve lived half of your life (or more) and may have 40+ more to savor
  • Her feelings on accountability and what she chooses to guide her instead
  • A brilliant practice that keeps Sheri between the ditches as far as her mental, physical, and spiritual game that I’ve never heard anyone articulate in quite this way
  • The elements that make up a good story that she learned producing for one of the greatest television shows ever made
  • How she’s dealing with the feeling of exposure that comes from telling her own story
  • Creating true freedom as an entrepreneur

I learned SO MUCH from Sheri during our conversation and here was my favorite part:

She was kindly honest with her answers to our questions and adjusted as necessary to reflect the truth of her lived experience and wisdom. For example, I asked her who her favorite spiritual teachers have been and are currently, and she responded in a totally different way than I expected because it was true, not because it was what I wanted to hear. There was zero part of this interview that she phoned in.

Click here to listen in to this week’s episode of The Kate & Mike Show.

Now we want to hear from you:

What part of Sheri’s story connected with you the most? How can you follow her lead and use feeling good as your compass? Tell us in the comments!

Kate Northrup is an entrepreneur, bestselling author, and mother who supports ambitious, motivated and successful women to light up the world without burning themselves out in the process. Committed to empowering women entrepreneurs to create their most successful businesses while navigating motherhood, Kate is the founder and CEO of Origin Collective, a monthly membership site where women all over the world gather to achieve more while doing less. Her first book, Money: A Love Story, has been published in 5 languages. Kate’s work has been featured by The Today Show, Yahoo! Finance, Women’s Health, Glamour, and The Huffington Post, and she’s spoken to audiences of thousands with Hay House, Wanderlust, USANA Health Sciences, and more. Kate lives with her husband and business partner, Mike, and their daughter Penelope in Maine. Find out more and receive your free copy of the 5 Simple and effective ways to get the results you want in your business at


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