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a tribute to Kristin and Amanda

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Apr 08, 2012

Happy Easter!

Thank you to 250 people who spent your Friday evening with us in Logan, and for the 300 who squeezed into an alternative space in Lehi the next morning. (Southtowne told us we HAD to use their caterer—and I am NOT trusting a caterer with stuff like chia pudding, or Rejuvelac!) Saturday was our first-ever VIP event and we enjoyed putting it on. I hope you got new ideas and inspiration, if you were there.

I want to tell you that if you’ve ever been to a GSG lecture and come away with something that makes your life better……

There are two people without whom I absolutely could not put on our 50-cities-a-year lecture circuit.

I love doing it, and I’m not burning out. Even though we have full-time work at home and I’m trying to raise 4 kids by myself.

And there are two reasons for that. Their names are AMANDA, and KRISTIN.

Amanda is a GSG reader in Boise who volunteered to put on lectures in Boise, Twin Falls, and Idaho Falls. She did such an amazing job, we were astonished. Offered her a job.

She spends 20 hours a week or more finding event locations, sponsors, reader-volunteers to help at the events. She makes it so I barely have to think about it and can just show up and do what I do best. She is a young mom of 3 kids and inspires and motivates countless people. She is not afraid to open her mouth and talk about the dramatic changes in her life. Because like you and me, she came from the soda-drinking, junk food-addicted Standard American Diet.

She’s a crusader for the mission we are on. I have come to love her. She is real and genuine, patient and kind, detail oriented and thorough. I want to thank Amanda, in all humility, for her service to GSG and me personally, and tell her how crazy I am about her. She came in from Boise for the VIP event yesterday and is one reason that, in trying circumstances and the first time we tried to pull off a pretty epic event….it actually went well.

And KRISTIN….she is much of–no, most of—the brains and organization and heart of GreenSmoothieGirl.com. She literally keeps track of 1,000 details. She is very possibly the most wide-ranging talented human being I have ever known. Good at details, but also management, events, math, a great writer, treats people exactly as I would and want her to (with humanity ALWAYS even if they are impatient with us first), an AMAZING singer, a marketing brain, intuitive, funny, and just loyal and good to her core. Every week I discover new talents I didn’t know she had. It’s a riot to travel with her. She is also my best friend, and there isn’t anything I would not do for her.

The planet does not deliver up human beings like Amanda and Kristin often. I am so humbled that I get to have TWO of them on my team. I want to thank them for the ways they bless my life and help us take individuals and families back from that #$&! Standard American Diet and all its horrific consequences.

I can’t stop thinking of how the VIP event happened yesterday because of contributions of others—as much or more than me. I am SO excited that we got to break down mental barriers to so many things yesterday for 300 people: fermented foods, plant-based main dishes, using Omega 3-rich foods, getting hydrated and alkaline and mineral replete first thing in the morning, changing your digestion with high-fiber sprouted breakfast, and more. Kristin and Amanda, thank you for the many things I see you do, and so many more that I don’t even see. You are QUALITY.

I’m running out of space, and wanted to just write a tribute to those two. But  I am also deeply thankful to Jenni and Jackie, who make GSG.com run too….Jenni’s been with me longer than anyone and a MAJOR contributor to the last 3.5 years of this site’s growth. And Shari, who helps at tons of my events and is sunshiny and an amazing worker and my longtime travel buddy. Marianne is new to us but the best webmaster we’ve ever had, a GSG reader too. We love Brynn and Melinda and Desiree and Debbie and Deb and Hedgehog—nd our many volunteers and sponsors who help put on event. Bless you all, for your help in what we’re trying to accomplish. Thank you.

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7 thoughts on “a tribute to Kristin and Amanda”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    What a beautiful, loving tribute to those who help you with your invaluable mission. I admire you all, and thank you for changing my life, too. XXXOOO

  2. I have been very impressed with Jenni and Jackie when I have had a question or when I have ordered something. Very pleasant, but professional. Thanks you two!

  3. Robyn,

    I love your style, vision, and passion! Thank you for moving forward with your mission to educate people all across the globe on living healthier lifestyles. It has been a pleasure getting to know you better through reading your book and attending your workshops! I hope to share your valuable content with many moving forward. Thanks to you and a lovely tribute to your colleagues in crime 😉 Happy Easter to your family!

  4. Anonymous says:

    VIP event was awesome!! I learned so much and am so happy I went. Thanks so much for having it!! It helped me to understand how easy it is to make Rejuvelac and other things that will benefit me and my family’s health.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am so happy to hear that your VIP events went well. I was even more pleased to read this well deserved tribute and expression of gratitude towards Kristin and Amanda. I have had the privilege to meet Kristin and of course I couldn’t say enough about Amanda. I am so blessed to call her one of my dearest friends and she is all of the things you described and more. So many of us owe all three of you a debt of gratitude Robyn. So let me simply say…………..from the bottom of my heart……………….thank you!!!

  6. Anonymous says:


    This is Kristin! I have never responded to a GSG blog post but of course can’t let this one go without reciprocating Robyn’s generosity. Working with Robyn has been a blessing to me in a million different ways. I am embarrassed that my job is quite possibly the BEST. JOB. EVER. I can’t even really call it a JOB! Because we travel and meet amazing people and get to create as we go and figure out new and interesting ways to get the word out about whole foods all while making people’s lives better!!! Who could ask for anything more? I tell Robyn all the time that I couldn’t have custom-ordered a better job or a better best friend.

    Robyn really is all the things you see in her. She is witty, kind, generous, smart, and a FREIGHT TRAIN when it comes to living her passion—teaching people how to overcome the SAD and live a better life. I’ve seen the miracle of it in hundreds of faces all over the country. I love you, Robyn! Thank you, thank you, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be along for the ride!

  7. What a beautiful, loving tribute to those who help you with your invaluable mission. I admire you all, and thank you for changing my life, too. XXXOOO

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