My name is Suzy Oakley (that’s me on the left). I am a former newspaper editor, and I live in Batesville, Ark., with my husband, Bruce, and two dogs, Salsa and Pepper, a.k.a. The Spice Dogs.
When I’m not reading, I’m thinking about reading. When I’m not working, I’m running (or thinking about running). I used to dream of owning the Los Angeles Dodgers, but I’m over it (too much drama and greed in professional sports – I’d rather just watch a game). I’m a computer-geek-wannabe (I know enough to impress a few people but not enough to make a living at it). I’m a volunteer budget coach, a recently minted (and certified) wellness coach, and a certified running coach.
My desire – my mission, if you want to call it that – is to take people from “I could never …” to “Maybe I could …” to “I CAN!”
My husband and I are co-leaders of one of the many Women Can Run/Walk clinics in Arkansas; we love helping people discover the joy and benefits of running. I still feel like a newbie, having only gotten back into running (and seriously this time) in late 2010. It was a few months later that I began my “journey to fitness,” which will probably take me the rest of my life.
In September 2013, I had heart surgery (valve repair), and three months later the hospital system asked me to make a commercial about how “amazing” I am to be running again after surgery. Bruce and I recruited friends to “fake run” with us on camera, and now I’m all over the place: TV, print ads, billboards, city buses – every place you can think of to slap an ad on. I’m sure people are sick of me, but it was a fun adventure to make a TV commercial, and we made a couple of dozen friends that weekend. The crew was awesome! You can see the Keep on Amazing campaign here. They’ve told some great stories.
Other things I love: my family, my dogs, Jesus and ice cream (not necessarily in that order).
Come join me on my journey to abundant life, health and faith.