Transylvania of the Week: Blakely Garber | Features

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In 2016, Blakely Garber missed her high school diploma. As her friends walked through the stage at Rosman High School to receive their diplomas, she watched the ceremony via a YouTube live stream of the event from a labor and delivery room at Mission Hospital in Asheville.

The busy student had no plans to become a teenage mother. At 18, she loved school, had been a cheerleader for years, and in her spare time enjoyed kayaking and fishing.

However, with a lot of hard work and support from family, friends and a local organization that mentors teenage mothers, she was able to overcome the stigma of teenage pregnancy and her young family is thriving today. today. In her spare time, she encourages other young teen moms by volunteering with the same nonprofit that helped her. She also works as a licensed cosmetologist at the Main Street Beauty Company in downtown Brevard. She and her husband, Will, married in 2018 and together they are the proud parents of their son Lawson, who turns 6 on Monday, August 8.

What were your thoughts watching your graduation from the hospital?

I was devastated. I had worked so hard to accomplish everything I had accomplished. I also felt guilty because I knew I was the one to blame and had to face the consequences of this.

Do you still remember when you found out you were pregnant?

Yes, I was very scared and surprised. I had no idea what I was going to do

What did you do next?

I waited a while and once I agreed I told my boyfriend, Will.

How did your family react?

Everyone was united. They couldn’t wait to meet our baby.

Did you have a strong support network around you?

My mom has always been my biggest supporter in everything I do, especially with Lawson. Also, YoungLives (a Christian ministry for pregnant and parenting teen moms) was supportive. I was at YoungLives from 18 to 21 and at 21 I started the process of becoming a leader so I could help other young moms.

Are you still involved in helping out there?

Yes, I am a YoungLives Leader for Transylvania County.

Did someone “not” support your pregnancy?

I remember one specific teacher in high school who always gave me dirty looks in the hallway, but other than that, everyone was wonderful and supportive. Behind my back, I’m sure I was a topic of conversation for some peers.

Have you ever considered having an abortion?

Never. From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I knew we would grow up together and needed each other.

What were your favorite classes in school?

Science lessons. My teacher, Nancy, was also my encouragement coach and instilled in me a love of science early on. The least popular subject, by far, was mathematics.

Did you have a surname growing up? »

Curly Sue” and “Sister”

What was your first job?

I was a waitress at Mayberry’s Soups and Sandwiches.

Have you ever been teased or bullied by other children at school?

Yes, I had braces and super curly frizzy hair and my initials were BO (like “body odor”).

What’s the naughtiest thing you ever did as a child?

I drew a tic-tac-toe with a big Sharpie pen on the carpet when I was 6 years old.

What is one thing you hope your kids will never do?

Draw a tic-tac-toe board on the mat.

Do you know how your first name was chosen by your parents?

I was named after a woman from the soap opera “Days and Lives” (laughs).

If you could meet one celebrity, who would it be?

Dolly Parton. She is a source of inspiration.

How old were you when you had your first kiss?

15 years old — with (my current husband) Will.

Talk about a favorite memory from your life.

When my son was born. I felt so connected to my husband and immediately felt loved and wanted, and knew exactly where I needed to be.

What is your biggest fear?

Very high heights and the ocean.

What qualities do you think make a good mother?

Be caring, forgiving, understanding and attentive.

What is the dumbest moment of your life?

To think that I lost my keys while driving my car (laughs).

If you caught up with a friend, how about new in your life?

We bought a house in January and recently got a black Labrador puppy named Scout.

What is your favorite way to spend free time? Fishing with my husband, my son and the new pup.

When was the last time you said no to someone?

To my son when he wanted an ice cream sandwich for breakfast.

Of all the things you’ve been through, what are you most proud of having overcome?

Stigma of teenage pregnancy. Your life is not over.

Have you ever seen a ghost?

Yes, I was working at the Rockin’ Bowl bowling alley and walked into the back where the pinsetters are and a box of light bulbs flew off the shelf and smashed on the floor.

We looked on the security camera to see what happened and it was magically blacked out in the footage. Apparently a man was killed in one of the lane machines a long time ago, so I guess the ghost was him. I named him Herman.

What is your best high school memory?

Cheerleading with friends at Friday night football games.

What is your worst high school memory?

Probably gossip and judgment of being a teenage mother.

What was your last encounter with the police?

When I was almost backed into the parking lot from our living room.

Have you ever gotten rid of a speeding ticket?

I have never been arrested. Knock on wood, never!

Have you ever had a really bad haircut?

Yes, after failing my degree I was depressed and decided to cut my hair short (taken off eight inches). I hated. Not fun at all.

Funny stories to share about clients or people’s haircuts?

A client once asked me if I could give him four layers in his cut. If the hair is cut correctly, you shouldn’t be able to count your layers.

What are all the types of services you offer at the salon?

Cuts, styling, coloring, perms, straightening. We also offer “fairy hair” (hair garlands), which have been a big hit.

Is it true that people literally tell their hairstylist “everything” about their lives?

Yes, people share for sure, all the time.

What is the most frustrating part of your job?

Dealing with authorized clients who think they need to be seen first, and I should drop everything to book an appointment for them ASAP.

I don’t think they see me as anything other than their hairdresser, which is difficult. I’m also someone’s wife and someone’s mother and even though I love my job, sometimes there are other things that are more important.

Favorite beauty product?

Beyond the Zone Noodle Head Curl Cream.

How often do you sit down for family meals?

Every night.

If you could regain your youth, what would you do differently?

Nothing.

What are you most proud of in your life?

My family!

Ann Sharpsteen is a local Brevard real estate agent with Sterling Real Estate Partners and founder of the “I Love Brevard” blog. She can be reached at 828-606-2141 and online at ILoveBrevardblog.com.

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