Hello friend, thanks for stopping by. I’m Nannette, wife of Lew; or as my phone contact in my fav’s reads, “Bodacious.” I spied him lying on a lounge by an outdoor pool over 21 years ago. Little did I know then that an Agnostic, Moabite (hint: Book of Ruth) would be more Jesus to me than any of the Christian men I had previously dated.
At that time, we were nearing what Erickson’s psychosocial theory terms middle adulthood (40-65). To be precise when it comes to age, I was actually 37 and Lew was 40. I was working on a Grad degree at U.C.C. S. and Lew was in his 21st and final year with the U.S. Army.
Well, you can do the math, in another 5 short years we will exit the middle passage and enter the final stage, late adulthood. I know I’m sounding a bit morbid, for a resiliency coach and all, but I’m a bit staggered on just how fast I got here. Life is fleeting, says the Ecclesiastes preacher; and so it is. I am an incredibly blessed woman to share in an egalitarian marriage with a man who engenders both steel and velvet, two qualities I deeply admire. My husband has always put me and my interests above his own; speaking with other women I’m told that is rare! What did you ever do to deserve him? You ask. Not a-gosh-darn thing. I can only give thanks to my First Love, who gave me Jesus with skin on in a guy named Lew.
Next, I am a Mother of three grown adult children. I earned that title through “a painfully different experience and uniquely mine story.” It is not just the trauma of a broken neck I suffered at age 22, but the fact that I married the following year and proceeded to have 3 children in the next 3 years as a sit-down woman. Then, as if that wasn’t hard enough, I decided to go it alone and become a single Mom when my kiddos were just 5, 3 ½, and 2 years old.
I’m often asked, “How in the hell did you do that?” followed closely by, “What was your labor and delivery like?” Well, I’m glad you asked because I wrote all about it in my book. Just click on my shameless self-promotion Book Buzz at the top of the page! Seriously, you might be surprised to find out that those were some of my most precious and memorable years, right up to adolescence and then it all went to poop. Thank God Bodacious stepped into the picture when the kids were 13, 11, and 10; it was just in time.
After the kids grew up, and before the grandkids came (who of course are all phenomenal), I wrote and published Pain, Power & Promise: 19 Ways to a Bolder, Stronger, and More Resilient Life! Re-released this year, 2018, I’m excited to tell you that PPP has a new subtitle: 19 Ways to Turn Setbacks into Comebacks, and a new Christian publisher and partner, True Potential Media. I know it sounds absurd but when I was in the throes of writing my first edition, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube were brand new social media platforms and I didn’t have a clue. Well, now I gotta clue.
Though I still view myself as a Resiliency Coach and Licensed Professional Counselor, I only continue to offer those gifts on an as-needed basis. Speaking and writing are my loves; correction, speaking is my love, (writing is hard work). However, it is through both mediums that I am able to offer hope, healing, and inspiration.
My first book is designed to encourage, build, and strengthen your personal resiliencies; with a few laughs along the way. My second book, Pain, Power & Promise: 10 Answers to Suffering and the Supposed Goodness of God will delve deeper into the subtitle’s spiritual and philosophical conundrum.
As for my tennis… I am no longer competing and traveling on the wheelchair tennis circuit. I still play weekly and compete locally in our Prescott Area Tennis Association (PATA) tournaments. My coach, Chris Howard, learned to play tennis from a wheelchair over 20 years ago and we still go at it today!
In 2016, I was inducted into the PATA Park of Fame at Yavapai College Tennis Courts for my advocacy work and volunteerism in the local tennis community. The “brick” paver I received has been placed into the walkway entering stadium court seven and under my name, it appropriately reads, “The only barrier is the net.”
What Others are Saying...
"Nannette Oatley is a woman of remarkable courage and unusual spirit. She embraces life in a wheelchair with fierce determination, glorious humor, and unwavering faith. Nannette¹s heart flows over with honesty, compassion, and good news. It is difficult to leave her presentations without being genuinely renewed and grateful for the gift of life."
- Dr. Peggy Natiello, Ph.D. Human Development, International Consultant in the Person-Centered Approach
"Nannette is one of the most dynamic speakers I know. Her life¹s journey is one of inspiration and courage. Her story is of determination and character. Her ability to tell her experiences instills faith in the triumph of the soul. There is no way you can leave her presentation without renewed confidence in facing all life has to bring. Nannette is, in a word, awesome."
-Hazel Bowman, Women In Networking, Director
"Nannette was a keynote speaker at our Annual Civitan Convention. Her topic, resilience, was both interesting and a 'hit' with our audience. She is an energetic and compelling public speaker, and I would urge your organization to contact her for your next gathering."
- Ward Topping, President Frontier Civitan Club
"Nannette Oatley's presentation at our recent convention was both inspirational and entertaining. I would happily recommend her to any audience, anywhere, anytime."
- CEO, Jay Martin, NSA