You know how you meet someone and you instantly feel a soul connection? That's exactly what it felt like when I heard today's guest, Sheri Salata, speak at an AWE (Amazing Women Entrepreneurs) event about a year ago. I loved her energy and identified with her when she began speaking, and I then had the honor of meeting her briefly. Needless to say, I'd been dying to interview her ever since and was thrilled when were finally able to sit down and chat – in person!
Sheri is funny, successful and soulful – a powerful trifecta if I ever heard of one. With a 21-year career with The Oprah Winfrey Show, she admittedly had the dreamy career, but she realized she didn't have the dreamy life. And she came to discover that it was because she forgot how to dream and use happiness (not misery) as her compass.
As Sheri and her friend's podcast, “This is Fifty,” suggests, it's never too late to change your story, find happiness and follow your dreams – no matter what your age is.
This was one of the fastest hours of my life and I know this episode will fly for you too. It's my hope that you soak in every moment of Sheri's dreamy goodness and put on your magical glasses to see the miracles that surround us all.
o What did it feel like when you knew there was something else?
o How did you start to calibrate your “compass?”
o What do you tell women who think it's too late or that their dreams have passed?
o What is a story you feel you're working through right now?
o What is on your “to-be” list?
o How do you get your “being space” rolling?
o Where are you getting joy from during your 90-day cleanse?
o What are you most excited about?
o What are you a beginner at right now?
o When you spot something (a miracle), do you call it out or celebrate it?
“I'm a champion resetter and reframer.”
“Happiness is the right compass.”
“Stories make our dreams come true.”
“Reimagine what's possible and reignite that flame.”
“I work on my ‘to-be' list, not my to-do list.”
“You can have the greatest boss in the world, but you're still getting bossed.”
“I only want to be on the joy road.”
“Be a ‘BE-er” of transformation, not a talker about it.”
“Dreams put you in a state of potential and possibility while appreciating where you're at right now.”
“There's no more important story than the story you're telling yourself about yourself.”
“Don't lose hope in your own possibilities.”
“Stir the hope soup.”
“Hope is the beginning of the trail.”
“You're supposed to live the life of your dreams.”
Sheri Salata is co-host of the popular podcast series “This is Fifty with Sheri and Nancy” where she and her soulmate friend of 27 years, Nancy Hala, are recreating the middle of life as they set out to make the rest of their dreams come true. Sheri and Nancy are also co-founders of STORY, a media company producing print, digital and live event content, and Orange Dragon Productions developing TV and film content.
Sheri's current venture is the evolution from her 21-year career with Oprah Winfrey. Her action-packed days as Executive Producer on The Oprah Winfrey Show were chronicled in the acclaimed docuseries Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes. Sheri also served as Co-President of Harpo Studios and OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Sheri has been named one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business, The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Power 100 and the 2017 Feminist Press Power Award winners. Sheri is a University of Iowa alum and mama to her English bulldogs, Bella and Kissy. She lives in Los Angeles.