One hundred pounds overweight, no man in sight, and rounding the bend to 57 years old—a full-blown catastrophe.”
What happens when you realize you’ve had the career of your dreams, but you don’t have the life of your dreams? This was the stark reality facing Sheri Salata when she left her twenty-year stint at The Oprah Winfrey Show, Harpo Studios and the OWN network. She had dedicated decades to her dream job, and loved (almost) every minute of it, but had left the rest of her life gathering dust on the shelf.
After years of telling other people’s makeover stories, Sheri decided to “produce” her own life transformation. And this meant revisiting her past, excavating its lessons, and boldly reimagining her future. In these pages, she invites readers along for the ride—detoxing in the desert, braving humiliation at Hollywood’s favorite fitness studio, grappling with losses, reinventing friendships, baring her soul in sex therapy, and more. Part cautionary tale, part middle-of-life rallying cry, Sheri’s stories offer profound inspiration for personal renewal.
About the Author
Sheri Salata is a writer/producer, cofounder of the pillarlife.com and cohost of the podcast The Sheri + Nancy Show. Her current ventures are the evolution of her 20-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 living happily ever after in a magical town in northern California.
“For years, Sheri Salata used her magical powers, work ethic, and generous spirit to make other people’s lives better. But finally she had to learn how to turn that magic inward, in order to master the ultimate challenge of improving, rescuing and loving herself. Being the generous soul she is, she took notes along the way. THE BEAUTIFUL NO is a road map for transformation — an honest, funny, and soulful look at what it really means to take stewardship over your own existence. This book will bring help and hope to so many people.” — Elizabeth Gilbert
“Sheri takes us through her courageous journey from her brilliant career to stepping forward to find and live her most brilliant life. Reminding us that every transition, change and transformation requires a brave surrender to the unknown and a huge does of self compassion. In every page of The Beautiful NO rings a big YES of how worth it is is to go through whatever it takes to get to know the being who we truly are.” — Agapi Stassinopoulos
“I’ve always loved deeply personal stories that lead the reader to discover a new way of considering what they believe to be true about themselves. The Beautiful No delivers courage, honesty, and contagious reflection.” — Nate Berkus
“In this bracingly honest, tender-hearted, profoundly human book, Sheri Salata peels back the layers of a life that, on the surface, looks like pure success, and tells the truth of what it is to struggle, to fear, to grieve, to desire — in other words, to live. THE BEAUTIFUL NO will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will make you feel. It will make you want to be Sheri Salata’s friend.” — Dani Shapiro
“If you’ve been aching for more joy, craving deeper meaning, and daydreaming about following your soul whispers (or roars!)––you must read this book! Sheri Salata has created a roadmap and a permission slip for us all. Through her hilarious insights and masterful wisdom, we get an inside view of the magic that happens when we say yes to our lives. This book inspires me to love harder, live bolder and just frickin’ go for it. It will do the same for you, too.” — Kris Carr