about me


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.

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4 thoughts on “about me

  • Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Very interesting Blog! I used to have one on Blogger, but I gave it up in 2005. Take care. 😉

  • Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Hello Suzy,

    How are you? I am good.
    I still miss you!!
    I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!!!


  • Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I worked with Bruce when he was at the El Dorado News-Times. If you don’t mind, tell him I’m in Pensacola, Fla. Thanks. (I’m also a native of Bryant, Ark.)

    Gordon Paulus

    Yes, I believe I remember sending you Christmas cards (on the rare occasions that we’ve sent them!). Good to hear from you.

  • Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 6:03 am


    Would it be possible for you to contact me via email? I was very interested in your article/post on the sad passing on photographer Barney Sellers. I am putting the final touches to a book I have written – which has taken over three years of research. The book is about Elvis Presley and his return to Memphis after his Army service. I have included many photo’s of Barney Sellers via the Commercial Appeal.

    With thanks
    David English

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