Shelby Scarbrough - Joyful and Civil

Image by Jessamyn Photography,

Image by Jessamyn Photography,

What are your “and” words and why? Joyful and Civil. This is how I live. They are my two words. In fact, they mean so much to me that I am writing a book about each - "The Joy Journey" and "Civility Rules!” out soon!

What you are known for saying / a quote from you. What does this quote mean to you, (or if it’s from someone else, why does it inspire you)? My Dad:  "Are you part of the solution or part of the problem?" I always strive to be part of a solution. Sometimes, I am sure to be the irritation of those who don’t want someone to solve their problems!!

Which other Ladybadasses inspire you and why? Beside Joanna, Tracy Masington.  She is gentle but impactful.  Quiet but Quite Significant. Reflective but Radiant.

When did you first realize that you had some Ladybadassery in you? When I found myself working at the White House at 22 years old.  But, to be honest, I never have thought of myself as a ladybadass. I just thought I was really fortunate to have such amazing opportunities.  I was just out of college and volunteered on the political convention. A few angels were looking out for me and asked me to work on President Reagan’s second inauguration.  After that, the same angels hired me to work in Presidential Advance at The White House.  Man was I lucky.  I was thrown into a most remarkable pond and was able to swim, but not without the support of a lot of wonderful people. They taught me humility AND strength.

What keeps you motivated on days when you aren't quite feeling like a Ladybadass? I try to stop feeling sorry for myself and go do something for someone else.  That’s a sure fire way to unleash my gratitude and create Joy for myself and others all at once.

What is your advice to other women who are trying to tap into their Ladybadassery? Find your confidence and your humility and keep them in balance.  Realize that bravery is unusual, unique and admired.  Muster the courage to go forward when those around you don’t understand what you are trying to achieve, while still being willing to listen to input and staying true to your core values.  If you don’t know how to do that, first figure out your core values.

Shelby is an entrepreneur, author, daughter, and friend.