Member of the Week: Sarah Laffer

  1. What is your full name? 

Sarah Collins Laffer

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Swimming. I loved to be in the water. My mother would stand next to the pool trying to get me out and I would do somersaults over and over again in an attempt to ignore her. It drove her crazy.

3. What job did you have in high school?

I only worked summers. Mostly, I would do lawn and property maintenance at some properties my father owned. It was always sweltering hot in upstate New York and I cannot tell you how many times I cut the cord on the electric trimmer. It’s a miracle I still have 10 fingers.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

When I was on a budget and saw some deli end meats in a friend’s parent’s fridge, I pointed out to her mother that I also found they sold the deli ends really cheap at the local store…she laughed and said she bought them for the dog. We still laugh about that.

5. What is the best vacation you have ever taken?

I’ve been on many amazing vacations in my years, but my favorite trip was driving cross country with my husband (though, not at the time) and two dogs. This was before smartphones, so did it with a road atlas, a TripTik from AAA, and a guide of campgrounds across the US.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

No wrong answer, right? People falling. Like America’s Funniest Home Video’s falling. The medleys and replays are what get me. I think it’s because we are all human and walk around trying to act like we have it together and blammo. Nope.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

My sobriety. On June 14th of this year, I celebrate 15 years. My sobriety has given me the space to challenge myself and be vulnerable and to be the best parent, spouse, and friend I can be. Truth be told, my sobriety is the result of a lot of hard work and humility, so I am really most proud of my willingness to grow and be honest with myself.

8. What advice would you give to your younger self?

Trust yourself.

9. What would you like people to remember about you?

I honestly have no idea. Maybe I have not done it yet.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

There are practical reasons, like, I can afford it, the variety of classes is amazing, and the kid’s classes are a life saver. Beyond that, though, what makes me love Marin Power Yoga is how comfortable I feel there. The instructors are amazing, kind, and supportive and it feels like a real community. Come as you are is so important to me. I just show up for what I need, whether it be to laugh, cry, sweat it out, or find a little peace. Thanks for being there, MPY!

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