EP14: Karen Salmansohn: From An Award-winning Designer To Inspiring Millions With Her Books


This week’s guest is the most amazing, extraordinary woman who is so creative, so visual and such a genius with words and putting together stories that will make your heart feel like it’s being heard.

Her name is Karen Salmansohn and she used to be an amazing creative director in advertising working with celebrities like Jon Stewart, Goldie Hawn, Madonna, Tony Robbins, and so many more. She had this incredible advertising career but it wasn’t enough for her plus it was a very, very aggressive environment so she decided to leave in her late 20s and started her full-time career in writing.

Let me just say that it took a  lot of belief and courage on her part because her advertising career was quite successful, she’s behind some highly successful and memorable advertising campaigns you’d likely recognize and remember. But she started on this journey of writing books and selling millions of copies. I can’t wait for you to listen to this conversation as we talk about relationships, partners, having children late in life and what we can learn from the zig-zags (as she calls them) and where they lead us if we let them. She’s a woman that goes after her dreams and she’s unstoppable. 

“We zig-zag our way to happiness.” (Click to tweet!)
~ Karen Salmansohn

If you are looking for ways to turn your challenges and losses into learning opportunities and launching pads, this conversation is not to be missed!

I hope the one thing you will take with you is that, just like Karen said to slow down in sharing our vulnerabilities and to use our maturity that comes with age to explore our worlds and our future. I’m inspired by her and impressed by her abilities. I’m excited to watch her movies. If you want something in your life, go out and get it just like Karen did.

I’d love to hear what you think of this conversation and how you see it translating to your own life. Where are the zig-zags in your life leading you next? Be sure to comment below or connect with me on Instagram to tell me all about it.

More About Karen Salmansohn

Karen Salmansohn is a best selling self-help book author and award-winning designer with about 2 million books sold nationally and internationally. She is the founder of notsalmon.com, a popular personal development site, which offers books and video courses on topics including anxiety, toxic people, emotional eating, relationships, meditation, and happiness. Her website also includes many of her viral quote posters that she writes and designs.

 You can connect with Karen via her website, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

Listen to Episode 14 Below:


In This Episode, We Talk About

  • How Karen and Christina came to know each other

  • Why Christina thinks Karen is a genius

  • Karen’s story in advertising and how she decided to leave

  • If you took psychology today and MAD magazine and put them in a blender, you’d get Karen’s work

  • Why Karen describes herself as “spiritual logical”

  • How she got her first novel into the hands of Marissa Tomei

  • Her story of starting to work in Hollywood in writing and how it became similar to advertising

  • She has now written over 40 books!

  • Why Christina hopes Karen will continue writing screenplays and how movies and television can be so healing

  • How she has been breaking ground since the 90s

  • Karen’s personal story of loss - pain, rejection, sorrow, loss

  • Her story of becoming a mother later in life - had her son at age 50

  • The Universe rewards the decisive

  • She is responsible for 3 weddings, 4 children and millions of orgasms!

  • The story behind her book called Prince Harming

  • How you can be so smart that you become stupid - talking yourself out of things you already know

  • Why she feels that everything has happened exactly as it needed to

  • Karen’s experience with having her work stolen

  • How she’s learned from experience - slower at letting people into my life

  • How she shares her stories to help others while still maintaining boundaries and privacy

  • How she started to come out of the wave of loss she experienced

  • The idea that happiness happens in a zigzag and her overriding belief for why we are here on this planet

  • Karen’s mindset around challenges now

  • How Karen would describe where she is at currently - awake, intentional, slow

  • What she is teaching her son and what he is teaching her

  • And so much more!

Things We Mention In This Episode


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