A young woman leaves the east coast and the life it represents, driving across country until she finds herself in Portland. Not even her original destination, but a place of new beginnings and green everything and her sister's presence. She has little but her dogs and a cat and big dreams. Before long she finds herself with a multitude of friends, a developing plan, and a feeling of flow–finally.
Yesterday, six months from the beginning of her pilgrimage, my friend Jennifer Lynch opened Portland Smoothie Company in Portland. I'm tempted to say she did it on her own, and in a way she did. It was her dream, her determination, her heart that made it happen. However, she also asked for and received help from anyone who had the expertise to move her closer to the manifesting of her goal. Her sister became her partner in this endeavor in ways many of us can only imagine might be possible.
So, the next time you're downtown Portland, on Southwest Third Avenue between Stark and Washington, stop by the sweet pineapple colored stand. Treat yourself to the best smoothie you'll find in these parts, and to Jennifer's joyful energy. Not only will you be feeding your body and your spirit, you'll also get to be a small part of this amazing miracle.
Jennifer and Carrie on opening day.