Roben Garland works as a hairstylist but she says what her real job is all about making individuals feel better about themselves.
“The best part about doing hair is the satisfaction I get out of making someone feel more confident about themselves. I love making people smile. When people come in, sometimes they don’t have a whole lot of confidence and want to feel better. Basically I try to help them find a style or color that brings out their best features. I just like making people feel better.”
What was your first paying job?
“Babysitting. I have been a babysitter for everyone in Blount County, probably.”
If you could do one impulsive thing, unrestricted by cost, what would it be?
“Purchase a helicopter, specifically a R-44. It’s a luxury helicopter. I got to ride in one. It had a sunroof, and you could take the doors off. I flew around all day long, and it was so much fun.”
What’s your favorite television or movie quote?
“ ‘I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours.’ -- The Notebook.”
What are you guilty of?
“Failing to listen to voicemail messages, doing things last minute, and changing my order a million times before the server walks away, and bursting out laughing when I probably should not because everything to me can be funny.”
What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t?
“Have my own little family. Even if it is five or ten years from now, there is nothing better than devoting every day to people you love.”
Do you think there is life on other planets?
“No. I do not usually put a whole lot of thought into topics like that one.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“My silver thumb ring I got as a graduation gift from my Mamaw and Papaw. It’s the only jewelry I have yet to lose somewhere. I wear it everyday.”
What are you reading currently?
“My text message Inbox. There’s also always a book I think I need to read, but I don’t always find the time.”
Who has been the most influential person in the 20th century?
“Lorne Michaels, creator and producer of ‘Saturday Night Live.’ I like the idea of Harvard-educated writers mixed with standup comedians to bring out the humor in serious things going on in the world, such as politics.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“There have been many instances where I have not been wearing my glasses, and have mistakenly waved at or approached someone and it turned out to not be the person I thought. It is always awkward afterward.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Outgoing. Being outgoing makes you more approachable and makes the other person feel more comfortable coming in contact with you.”
When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“All I knew was that I wanted to be in charge. Seriously, that’s me. I’ve always been bossy and wanted to be a leader of projects. I want the responsibility.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“I wish I could make more time to spend with my family and friends.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“I would love to have a long lunch with my brother, Hank Garland. We lost him to a car accident in 2004. I would give anything to hang out with him one last time.”
What do you hate?
“Change, child abuse, taking the wrong exit off of the interstate, when my cell phone says ‘low battery’ and being proven wrong.”
What is your all-time favorite movie?
“ ‘Drop Dead Fred.’ It is about a little girl with an imaginary friend, and they do all kinds of silly and mischievous things.”
Would you travel in space?
“I can barely ride in the back of a car without getting sick, so I would never make it to outer space.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“The Renaissance period. So much was being discovered and developed at one time. The Renaissance period has really shaped the way life is today as far as math and art and music.”
What character in a book or movie would you most like to be?
“Jane in ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith.’”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Always be happy. My mom never wanted to see me have a bad day. She’s always supported me and told me ‘Do what makes you happy.’”
Did you ever get paddled in school and if so, why?
“No. And I believe paddling was banned from school after my kindergarten year.”
Who is your hero?
“My mamaw - Johnnie Ruth Garland. She can find good in the worst situations imaginable. She would always tell me. “Try to be nice to everyone you come in contact with. You never know what kind of day they have had or what is going on in their life.” She has so much love and compassion for everyone, even strangers. She can save the day with her calming voice, and her famous back scratches.”
What’s your favorite all time song?
“ ‘Hold You In My Arms’ by Ray Lamontagne.
Is the glass half-full or half-empty?
“I would definitely say half-full. The world is a pretty crazy place sometimes, but I still feel very blessed.”