June 17, 2021

A listener who has learned to talk

In today’s journal post, we take some time to learn about Erin Strawn, Schaefer’s newest Staff Accountant.

What’s something you love to do?

I love to take any book (preferably fiction) and read outside at a park or a coffee shop or cafe for hours.

Where’s your favorite place?

My back porch.

What do you love about the job?

I love the people. Also, I love using a skill I know (accounting) in an environment that is creative and fun.

If you could do anything besides what you are doing now, what would you do professionally?

I would be a book editor.

What is the last thing you binge-watched?

A Norwegian show on Netflix called Ragnarök.

What’s your favorite book?

It’s so hard to pick just one…. Either A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken, or Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

If you could live in any sitcom, which would it be?

Parks and Recreation. I want to be best friends with Leslie Knope and Donna Meagle.

Are you a listener or a talker?

A listener who has learned to talk.

If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Ice cream.

If there weren’t any more computers, what would be your new occupation?

I think I would like to be a gardener at the FW Botanic Gardens.

What’s the scariest thing you’ve done for fun?

My husband took me skydiving for my 25th birthday. It was the most terrifying and exhilarating experience I’ve ever had.

What’s your favorite children’s story?

All of the Winnie the Pooh stories.

If you had an extra hour of free time every day, what would you spend it doing?

Either going on a walk with my husband and our dog, Max, or working on some sort of home crafting project.

Any words of advice?

Don’t be afraid to take some risks. You’ll regret trying something and failing MUCH less than never trying at all.

Why Schaefer?

I was drawn to Schaefer initially by the culture. I could tell that the leadership cares about their people, and this was very apparent to me even before I was hired. I love working for a company that takes pride in its work, values its clients, and creates an environment for its employees to thrive. Also, the proximity to Magnolia is super fun!