In this episode of SuperPower Mommas, Suzanne Hobbs an advocate for Safe Haven Law, joins Laura Greco in the discussion of Suzanne’s conviction that the power of one person can change the world. Her story on this journey began when she was a news anchor and crime reporter for both NBC and CBS affiliate stations. In this interview you’ll learn how this one woman created change, became a mom to a Safe Haven baby, in addition to working to insure that no child is ever left without care again. Join us to see not only how her story is an inspiration to all moms, but also how you can help.
Hello and welcome. I’m Laura Greco, your host of SuperPower Mommas, and I am so excited to be with you today. I have a beautiful guest, Suzanne Hobbs, and we will be talking on the topic of the power of one person can change the world. Suzanne Hobbs is somebody actually that I met many years ago, and she’s just a beautiful person who I felt instantly inspired by. So I’m sure you’ll have that same experience.
Suzanne Hobbs worked for nearly 14 years as a news anchor and crime reporter for both the NBC and the CBS affiliate stations. And the reason I want to read this bio to you is because of her journey. She has been well-known for her investigative skills and being able to get a story that other reporters could not get. She is a woman of high integrity and hard work ethic.
Suzanne’s news career led her to become a national advocate of safe surrender of unwanted newborns after reporting on several stories of infants being thrown away like trash. She helped pass what’s called the Safe-Haven law in her state and more than 15 years ago, ended up adopting a safe-haven baby, one that was abandoned at a hospital. Her powerful story has been told in several magazines, books, television, radio, and she also appeared as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Suzanne has also a successful business: She is a successful business owner. She’s the co-founder of a technology fat loss spa called Fast Fit Body Sculpting. There are locations in five states. She currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with her daughter. Suzanne says she is on a mission to save babies, and she hopes today’s discussion just might help. So welcome, Suzanne. So happy you’re here.
Thank you for having me on. I really appreciate it.
This is great. Of course, I’ve known you a long time, and I probably could come up with the super powers that you have. But I would really love to know your description: What is your mama super power, Suzanne?
As I thought about that question, I really thought mine is attitude. It’s about not giving up. I think that is really powerful. Life gets in the way, life has setbacks, and life is not perfect. It’s funny. A lot of people look at me and they just go, “You know what? You’ve got the perfect life. Everything always works out for you.” They don’t know the background of the struggles that I’ve gone through. I really believe that when we have those setbacks in life, we’re actually getting set up for a big defining moment. And I didn’t always see it that way. It’s attitude that will absolutely get you through.
Love it. Love it so much. It is so true. And yeah, because even in my own experience, I come from stuff that’s not so pleasant in my life. And I could take the attitude, like you said, of being like a victim. “Oh woe is me; these things happen.” However, don’t we discover in life that those who rise above it and really turn those challenges into beautiful experiences and really lift others up as well as themselves?
Exactly. Really that’s my attitude of how I was able to adopt my daughter. I was told it’s not going to happen. That’s what the doctor told my husband and I, is that we were never going to have children.
And I said, “Well, then we’re going to figure something out, right?” But I was really.. You grow up and about being a parent from their early childhood.
We play with our dolls and our dolls get married, and they have babies. Then we change those dolls’ diapers. I thought that I would start having children as soon as I got married. That was years ago, but it’s not going to happen. That’s what I was told.
Yeah. This beautiful super power of yours, how has it assisted you as a parent with your daughter, and in your life as a woman?
In every way, it has helped me, from when I was a news reporter, from when I was told the bad news I couldn’t have kids. In every situation of my life, you have to look at things and go, “Okay, there’s a lesson in there, a lesson of what am I being set up to do that I normally wouldn’t have done?” And we’ll talk a little bit more about that adoption of Lily later, but it is so much about the message that you say to yourself. I always tell people: “When you’re putting your makeup on in the mirror, what’s that message that you’re telling yourself? What are you saying to yourself? Are you saying positive things about yourself, or are you saying negative things? Look at these wrinkles. And oh my goodness, my hair, and ugh!” You’ve gotta say positive things to yourself because you are the most powerful person in your own life.
Yes, and I’m sure that that. Understanding that attitude has also assisted you in nurturing your daughter.
I’ve all the time worked with her on teaching her to be strong and confident. If we’re out somewhere and she sees a kid that she wants to play with or get to know, I’m like, “Go talk to them. Go for it,” so I’m really wanting her to be very confident, and I actually practice with her how to shake peoples hands and look them in the eye. All those things. I want for her to be strong in this world, and not get run over by other people and their attitudes. And it’s so important that I listen to self-development, positive things; I have her listen to them too. Why not? Learn those things as well.
Yeah and I’m always an advocate for how we take care of ourselves as mothers. It has everything to do with what we are able to offer our children.
And I want to set that example to my daughter. She’s now almost, she’s 15 and a half. I want her to see that I am doing things that make me uncomfortable, I want her to see that I’m going after my goals. I want to inspire her. Every day should not be the same, and I felt that way for many years, is that I was just like, “Now, I’m just doing the same thing every day. When is my life going to get different?” And so I had to step out of my comfort zone and do things that made me a little bit nervous. But then I got off that little wheel of the same things, and my life has absolutely turned out to be not what I still thought, but just great.
On the other side of fear is something great, right? So true. I love it. We’re going to have to go for a short break, but before we go, I want, Suzanne, for you to share your website where people can find you. We are going to be discussing what she’s all about and her children’s book more fully as we go through this interview, so please don’t leave. Stay tuned, ’cause there’s so much. It’s a beautiful thing what Suzanne is doing in the world, and she has a very great example to share with us as far as being a mom during challenging times. So Suzanne, where can we find you?
Absolutely, you can connect with me through my website. It’s just suzannehobbs.com. You can read all about my story there, see that Oprah link, and then I’ll tell you a little bit more about the children’s book and then my mission to help save unwanted newborns.
Beautiful! Thank you. So hang on, we’ll be right back. We are discussing the power of one person can change the world.