Shelby wanted to be an anchor on the 6:00 news. When she was in 3rd grade, she produced a kid’s talk show at her school. Even at this young age, her drive to shine began to appear. Her teacher would use her as an example to the other kids that weren’t working as hard.
Shelby grew up in Minnesota as an only child to parents who divorced when she was 5 years old. Both of her parents are really successful through hard work, so she learned how to focus on her goals and what she needs to do to accomplish them. She attended 3 different high schools, so she was perpetually the new “weird” person at school. She got involved in activities like orchestra, theater and art club and that helped.
After high school, she went to the University of Madison, Wisconsin to study journalism. She wasn’t a typcial college student because she spent most of her time on career preparations and interning to get real-world experience.
In addition to journalism, she studied videography, still with the 6:00 news on her mind. But during this time, her interests started to shift and she wanted to be doing more of the work behind the scenes. That’s when she discovered that she wanted to focus on writing.
She is one of my newest colleagues at Target and when I started seeing her on our floor, I knew I had to meet her and talk about her style.
Shelby is one of those women that can pull things together that you would never imagine and make it look cool and expensive. She prides herself on finding pieces at second hand stores to pull together a look. Often times, people will comment: “You’re the only one that can wear that!” She likes that feedback because it means the fashion risks paid off and it makes her feel really good.
When she is curating her closet, she doesn’t think about versatility or brands. She thinks about clothes the same way you may think about buying a painting. If it’s something that she loves, she has to have it and she’ll figure out how to make it work later.
Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest? Mama Oprah. I love Oprah. I would love to soak up her knowledge. She studied journalism and went on to do TV, magazine and owns a network. She’s a mogul.
Would you like to be famous?
Yes, but for something very specific that requires knowledge or respect, like a famous TED talk or a bestselling book.
Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Only for administrative type things like cold-calling for an interview. I’ll write everything down. If it’s personal, I don’t practice.
What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
It would involve happy hour, a movie and sleep. I like to be social, but I have to be home early. I’m all about protecting my peace.
When did you last sing yourself?
This morning. I’ve been singing a lot lately, which indicates that I’m feeling good. I’m a total car singer, not a shower singer. 100 percent.
If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?
Definitely the mind. Mainly because I feel like I’ll get lucky and still look good even when I’m 50, 60 or 70 years old. I’ll keep working out and taking care of myself.
Do you have a secret hunch about how you’ll die?
Honestly, a car crash. I’m not a terrible driver, I’m just a speed demon. In the car is also where I do all my brainstorming and daydreaming, so I’m not as alert as I should be. The only speeding ticket I’ve gotten was when I was running late to a boat party. The police officer pulled me over and I was wearing my swimsuit.
For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
I’m grateful for my talents and skills. I believe that they were given to me by a higher power. For example, if I get a really good idea and it ends up being successful, I don’t attribute it to me. I attribute it to something higher. I want to use those skills to impact and help more people.
I’m also very grateful for my family and my dog.
If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
I wish there were more people around when I was younger. My parents divorced when I was 5 and I’m an only child, so I had a very quiet life as a kid.
If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
I’d like to be more of a natural extrovert. Sometimes, I want to be the life of the party, but I naturally shy away from things.