Member(s) of the Week: Susan and Eric Schroeder

1. What is your full name?  

Susan Leslie Greenwood Schroeder 

Eric George Schroeder

2. What was your favorite activity as a child?

Susan: Imaginary play! Playing with my neighbors, riding bikes, creating worlds, pretending we were being chased, Charlie’s Angels, spies, horse trainers, dog trainers, circus performers, gymnasts. I had an imaginary friend named Cynthia Blomb. I loved reading and writing stories and arts and crafts and building things and sports and playing with our dog in the forest behind our family cabin or down at the water on Donner Lake. 

Eric: Playing with firecrackers!

3. What job did you have in high school?

Susan: My dad was a general contractor and I’d help him on job sites. One time I was tasked with removing all of the doorknobs in a large office building. I also worked for an organization called The Center for Living Skills which ran tolerance/kindness workshops for high schoolers.

Eric: Hospital maintenance crew, learning electrical, carpentry, metal shop, and painting.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory?

Susan: When Eric and I were first dating in college, I was the first one to fart in front of the other. I had to own it because we were the only two people in the room. 

Eric: When my girlfriend farted and admitted it. 

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

Susan: I love every vacation! But, I still think back to 18 years ago when I was 3 months pregnant. Eric and I took 3 weeks off to travel in England, Scotland, and Ireland. We only planned the first place we stayed. We rented a car and drove everywhere. No organized excursions. No GPS…maps! No plans. We may have taken our rental car into Ireland against EuroCar rules and driven into Dublin at the exact moment that U2 was filming that music video on the rooftop. We may have ditched that car for awhile, followed the crowds and had an impromptu concert! We also might have crashed that car in Ireland, met a police officer with a stutter, stayed in a really special B&B, and limped the car back to Wales on the car ferry and turned it in for a new one without any problems. Luck was on our side that vacation. 

Eric: Liking Susan’s favorite, and I thoroughly enjoy Kauai whenever I visit.

6. What makes you laugh out loud?

Susan: So many things. Eric, our daughters, friends, coworkers, America’s Funniest Home Videos, sometimes it doesn’t take much to set me off. 

Eric: AFV is always a gut buster, but haven’t watched it in awhile, so I have to say hangin’ with friends is sure to bring out a laugh.

7. What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Susan: Showing up as a parent even when it’s uncomfortable or scary. Staying positive and keeping my sense of humor in the face of adversity. 

Eric: Keeping family as a priority and job second.

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

Susan: It’s okay if your journey isn’t a straight line. It might seem like everyone has their life all figured out, but they really don’t. Let yourself off the hook. Appreciate your body. You are loved for who you are, not what you do or how you look. 

Eric:  Take more chances and follow your gut. Be assertive, people do want to hear what you have to say.

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

Susan: My favorite fortune cookie: “Good timber does not grow with ease, the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.” I’d love people to remember that I withstood some strong winds, but stayed light and optimistic. And, that I was a good friend and we laughed a lot.

Eric: That I bring people together, and remove the stress from the room.

10. Why do you practice at Marin Power Yoga?

Susan: Come as you are! I started at MPY because I felt safe in Grace Yu’s classes while I was dealing with breast cancer. It’s okay to be a beginner at MPY; the support of the amazing, loving teachers; the community-first vibe; no mirrors!

Eric: For my health and well-being in the 50 year-old body. I figured yoga is the change I need. Thoroughly enjoying the community as well!

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