When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a hairstylist or flight attendant because I always loved fixing my mom's hair and I always thought flight attendants were just so pretty.
What would you rather be doing right now? Be on the beach with my family after a morning of shopping in Orlando with my mom.
Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I hate (dislike) animals ... any kind. I love people but hate animals.
Other than your wedding day and the birth of your children, what is your proudest moment? Each Sunday when I look beside me and all six of us are in church worshiping together as a family. Priceless!
It really stinks when ... people don't keep their word.
What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Loving (most of the time).
I always laugh when ... my best friend, Julie, texts me.
Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My father-in-law, whom I only met one time before he died; my mom, I can never spend too much time with her; and God, he should always be present at your dinner table.
At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... take a hot lavender bath while having black chai tea with milk, then putting on new PJs and sitting by the fireplace.
People who knew me in high school thought I was ... nice, but a priss.
My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... casually walking past Sting in Central Park while visiting New York.
I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... catch a flight with my husband and wake up eight hours later in London. One of our absolute favorite places to visit.
If someone gave me a million dollars, there is still no way I would ... stop volunteering or being involved in community service. There's just too many opportunities to make a difference.
America should be more concerned about ... education. I don't think people truly understand the long-term effect of ignoring the fact that we must take care of our children and teachers. They will truly shape the future. A wise person once said ... a strong education yields a strong Quincy. So true!
I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... china. I have numerous complete sets. I love the different patterns, my favorite being the English Rose designed in memory of the late Princess Diana.
When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... Bank of America. That's the CPA in me, whig.com to see what great article Ed Husar has done on the school district, and Quincy Journal to see what the bloggers are thinking; Always good to know what the other side thinks!
What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Don't ever give up or let anyone pull you down. From my mother. She is a strong woman and has weathered a lot of storms.
When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... the Top 40 on satellite radio. I keep my car music pretty loud.
I always get sentimental when ... I always show my softer side, happy or sad. That's the compassionate side in me. Anyone who knows me knows I do everything from the heart.
The older I get, the more I realize ... 365 days in a year gets shorter and faster the older I get.
If I had one "do-over," I would ... take the "five-year college plan." I miss my years at William Woods and Westminster in Fulton, Mo. They were the best.
My favorite item of clothing is ... any of my PJs. I've been spotted in many places around town wearing them.
If I've learned anything at all ... it's a quote from Billy Graham: "I've read the last page of the Bible, and God wins!" It may take awhile, but good will always prevail over evil.
Stephanie Erwin, 45, was born and raised in Quincy. She and her husband, Drew, have been married 23 years and have four boys, Adlai, Ashtyn, Aubrey and Alden. She is a CPA currently working as financial stability coordinator at the United Way of Adams County. She is a member of the Quincy School Board and is involved in numerous community organizations and schools.