ABOUT SUZANNE CHAN

I wear many hats – student, daughter, wife, registered nurse, certified lactation counselor, friend, blogger – but the job I’m most proud of is mother… come join me on this amazing journey…

smc_2013I am a mom of 3 and an overbearing aunt to 1, dubbed affectionately “my little zoo“, living in the outerboros of NYC.  A former marketing/PR executive who gave up the glitz to embrace my destiny, motherhood with the support and grace of my amazing husband.  I am an amateur photographer that can be seen with my DSLR in the craziest and most inconvenient places because I don’t want to miss a shot.  I’m always trying some new technique and constantly drooling over photography websites.  The joke is to know me is to know my camera. I love a house filled with laughter and my favorite days include friends and family over, sitting around the dinner table… sometimes it’s a fancy soiree and other times it’s just a shabu shabu kinda day.

Second to being a parent, I’m embarking on one of the most exciting and the hardest thing I’ve ever done — a career change.  I am a graduate of Columbia University’s School of Nursing where I was momma-hen to my classmates.  While they thought I was a super-star for going back to school with two young children at home, I was in awe of them at every turn.   I was hope to become a pediatric nurse practitioner eventually but took the road of post-partum nurse turned labor & delivery nurse. It’s where I was meant to be, helping both new moms and seasoned ones navigate those emotional first few days.  Most recently I became a certified RN in Obstetrics, adding more lovely letters to the end of my name, RNC-OB. I couldn’t love my job or my life more. I’m also a Certified Lactation Counselor, CLC, and I hope my overzealous advocacy for breastfeeding will rub off on them too… if all goes according to plan, I’m hoping to add IBCLC  to my resume someday as well.  Super mom, super nurse, super student…

In whatever spare time I find, I blog to share my life and lessons learned on the job and to advocate.  I also blog at The Disney Files.  I have been featured in the New York Times, Parents Magazine, New York Metro Parents, Red Tricycle and honored by Forty Weeks for my philanthropic work.  Formerly a founding mom at Trumpeting Media, alongside 3 other amazing moms, where we aimed to use the power of social media for the social good while connecting brands with social media elites.  While Trumpeting Media has closed its dooras each mother branches out into different focus areas, I have continued to work passionately with and will continue to support amazing organizations like ONE.org, R Baby Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  I was a Shot@Life Ambassador, an initiative to provide life saving vaccinations to children in developing countries using the amazing power of Social Media, as well as a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow expanding the conversation to include everything from Maternal Healthcare to providing clean stoves around the globe.  I recently joined the Board of Directors at Living with AMY, an organization building awareness and support for patients living with Amyloidosis.  How did I get here?

My story begins with the death of my daughter Emma… taking a short detour as GREENBABY-NYC and has evolved to Mom Confessional’s to expand my conversation to all aspects of being a mom, a spouse, and always a student.  I believe life is best lived in the moment, although I’m an eternal planner and to learn from your regrets, always think the best of people and acknowledge you’re less than perfect.  Be always grateful, always have a smile on your face, take a chance, take a risk.  Trip or fall, but pick yourself up and shake it off… do one good deed a day and do good for your soul… and if you want ice cream for breakfast, than get some.

20130412_Chan-41Some people define their lives in terms of wealth or career achievements,  I want mine to be defined by my children.  I love my family, I love my friends and I love my life with every breath.  I wasn’t always quite so optimistic on life and I’ve certainly been thrown many curve balls but I realize life is too short to let things get to you, to dwell too much in the past, to be angry when you can be happy.  I’d rather be living life than fearing it. So while it might not be the healthiest to eat a Shake Shack burger everyday for a week, if I wanted to… I would, just to see what it’s like (probably sick of it by weeks end).   I believe in second chances, I wouldn’t be who I am if I wasn’t given a second chance by someone, somewhere.  I acknowledge there is a bit of avoidance issues in this mantra of mine, I’ll blame my gemini personality.  I’d rather cut out negative people and choose not to engage with idiots just to keep my world a happy one.  On the other hand, forgiveness is amazing gift.  Some of my best friends are ones that I have forgiven or mostly, they have forgiven me (and that’s why they are my best friends).  It has taken me a long time to be comfortable in my own skin.  I’ve made tons of mistakes, have lots of regrets but know that I can’t change my past.  I can only look forward and be a better person one day at a time.  My life isn’t always peaches and creams and I have my moments… but stepping back and looking at my life… I’m a lucky gal… As always, I AM a work in progress

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MENTIONABLES

New York Times
Parents Magazine
New York Metro Parents
Forty Weeks
UN Foundation
Shot@Life
ONE.org
Type-A Parent
Olympus PEN-Ready Featured Photographer

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APPEARANCES

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AFFILIATIONS

2013 United Nations Foundation Social Good Fellow
2013 Shot@Life – 28 Days of Impact Blogger
Shot@Life Blogust Blogger – August 2012
RBaby Ambassador
Disney Social Media Mom





 

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