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We're a team of people looking to change the world with Spire—a platform that rewards people for what they accomplish. We're building an online community where people encourage each other to be active offline.

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"Family" is not only the clan we’re born into, but also the friends we keep around by choice…or inertia.

Everyone has friends and relatives who are…inevitable. Maybe it’s an uncle seeking investors for his latest scheme. A sister-in-law you’d like to shake when she starts talking about her chihuahuas. Or former neighbors, a couple who got into NASCAR when you took up topiary.

You might feel obligated to see them on holidays or get together once a year. You cc them on LOLcat emails, or maybe they’re on your second tier, if-I-get-to-it Christmas card list. Yet you enjoy hearing from them and manage to have a good time.

You accept these familiar, familial fixtures in your life because that’s what we do with “family.” You don’t choose your family and you don’t get to choose your sister’s latest boyfriend, your son’s next bookie, or your old frat roomie.

You bite your tongue and pass the green bean casserole. Focus on your shared history and know you can have a happy, if different, future together. By dessert, you can look at your cousin without staring at her nose ring or you’ve figured out how to talk sports with your mom’s boyfriend without bringing up his job as a baby seal clubber.

So when your old friend tells you he’s changed his name and gone into a new line of work—even if you don’t approve or maybe even understand—you take a deep breath. Remember it’s still the same personality inside. Maybe you take a little time to get used to the idea. But then you resume your relationship on its old familiar, familial terms. Because ultimately, those are the people who you want to be around in the good times, and the ones who help you through the bad times. They’re the ones you really miss when they’re gone.

So smile at the memory of your old friend LifeKraze and pass the potatoes to Spire. Because that’s what family does.

This has been another edition of the Cyrano Series, where intrepid and mysterious Spire member Cyrano de Bergerac shares her unique perspective on the world around us. Be sure to visit her profile to say thanks!

2 ways to start 2014 off the right way

Start things off right by…

  • Sharing your 2013 #SpiREview: Post your favorite Accomplishment of 2013! Whether you posted it on Spire before or not, this is your chance to pick out a highlight from last year and celebrate it again.
  • Creating a 2014 #SpiREsolution: Pretty much the same as a regular resolution, but (1) set a quantifiable goal, instead of a vague one (“Take 10k Steps a Day” instead of “Walk more”) and (2) post it in your Spire profile bio. This will help others to cheer you on and keep you accountable!

Thanks for being part of the Spire community—have a great year!

Photo by Thomas Hays.

#GivingTuesday - A Few Suggestions

After the shopping-obsession of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, ‘Giving Tuesday’ is an opportunity to put your money to good use for others! We would encourage you to donate to causes and organization that are most important to you, but if you’re looking for suggestions, here are a few of our favorites:

  • DonorsChoose.org: Support projects created by public school teachers that enrich their classrooms. Whether it’s test tubes for science projects, soccer balls for gym class, or books for English, you can find and support a project that’s meaningful to you, in your own city.
  • charity: water: Almost 1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water. 1 billion! Help end the water crisis by making a donation that will bring new water—and new life—to people around the world.
  • CauseCentric Productions: Founded by renowned filmmaker (and Spire member!) Céline Cousteau, CCP creates short films to help spread the word about grassroots organizations working on environmental and socio-cultural issues. The stories they share are amazing, and you can help fund their efforts by making a contribution here!

What you decide, we hope you have a wonderful Giving Tuesday! Give like it counts!

Final LK Swag clearance deal: 75% off!
Here’s your chance to get the last few items in our inventory!
Just go to the LK Gear Shop and use these codes to get 75% off:
For the “LifeKraze is the New Black” Shirt: retroLKshirt
For the LK Slingpack: retroLKpack 
We’re not saying you should keep them in their original packaging because they’ll be worth millions on eBay someday as collectors items… but maybe you should.
While you’re at it, why not swing by the Spire Rewards Store and pick up a sweet poster from Holstee or some skincare products from Apothederm? You know you want to…
Zoom Info
Final LK Swag clearance deal: 75% off!
Here’s your chance to get the last few items in our inventory!
Just go to the LK Gear Shop and use these codes to get 75% off:
For the “LifeKraze is the New Black” Shirt: retroLKshirt
For the LK Slingpack: retroLKpack 
We’re not saying you should keep them in their original packaging because they’ll be worth millions on eBay someday as collectors items… but maybe you should.
While you’re at it, why not swing by the Spire Rewards Store and pick up a sweet poster from Holstee or some skincare products from Apothederm? You know you want to…
Zoom Info

Final LK Swag clearance deal: 75% off!

Here’s your chance to get the last few items in our inventory!

Just go to the LK Gear Shop and use these codes to get 75% off:

  • For the “LifeKraze is the New Black” Shirt: retroLKshirt
  • For the LK Slingpack: retroLKpack 

We’re not saying you should keep them in their original packaging because they’ll be worth millions on eBay someday as collectors items… but maybe you should.

While you’re at it, why not swing by the Spire Rewards Store and pick up a sweet poster from Holstee or some skincare products from Apothederm? You know you want to…

NeverMiss Hero: John Di Rienzo

This weekend, John did something truly incredible. 

He completed a full year of running every single day.

As many of you know, John started his streak last year, with the #NeverMiss Competition, inspired by legendary streak-holder (and Spire member!) Mark Covert. The very first day of the contest, John went for a run, and he hasn’t missed one since.

We’re so proud of John and wish him the best as the streak continues! We’ll be sending him a special prize, but in the meantime, be sure to stop by his Spire profile and give him some Points!

LifeKraze is growing up…. Say ‘Hello’ to Spire!

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Today, we’re making a big change. Actually, one big change and a lot of little changes. The big one? We’re not ‘LifeKraze’ anymore. Now, we’re Spire.

We’re about to throw a lot of text at you, because this was not a quick, random decision, but a very long and careful one, and we’re excited to share with you about how that process works. But, if you just want the highlights, here are the things you need to know:

—Our new name is Spire, and our new website is spire.me. If you go to LifeKraze.com, you will just be redirected to the new address.

—Our iPhone and Android apps are the same. Well, except that they look way better and are much simpler to use, but you don’t need to download anything new. Just update your current LK app (Android or iPhone), and it will automagically be Spire!

—We, as a company, are going to be focusing on supporting people where they work, specifically for people that work in health care. This will in no way affect the availability of the Spire platform to you, as a general member.

So, why Spire? A spire, as you dictionary fans may know, is a tall tower, or a peak, a pinnacle. If you dig a little further, you’d see that the word has the same root as a sprout, shoot, or blade of grass. So a spire isn’t just a pinnacle that you reach toward or something you look up and forward to, it’s also a growing, living thing.

But, perhaps even more important to us, -spire is a root word. It forms the basis of a few different words that represent the core of what happens when you’re a member of our community: You aspire to do something. You conspire with others to make it happen. You inspire those around you to do something, and the cycle starts again.

You also may recognize it as the core of “respire.” As our pal Cyrano de Bergerac pointed out in the first-ever “Cyrano Series” guest blog post for us, “re-“ is a very important word. To “respire” means to breathe in and breathe out again. So, as the world attacks you and tries to knock you down so hard you can’t get up again, with its frantic pace and unrelenting challenges, we hope Spire will be a place where you can come and take a breath in and let it out again. May this community always be a breath of fresh air to you!

But, you may still be asking yourself, why not LifeKraze? “I liked the name LifeKraze,” you continue, “and, besides, calling Chester ‘the LK9’ was so clever!” Well, thanks! We’re thinking about renaming him to “Chester the Spire Spaniel” (or, CSS for short), but we’d love your input. And we loved being LifeKraze, too. But we firmly believe that “Spire” is a better representation of who we are and where we’re going. It’s not like you need to toss out all your great LK swag… In fact,  it’s the proof that you got in on a good thing at the ground level!  LifeKraze was the foundation and we’re building Spire on it.

Change is good, right? In fact the whole basis of LK has always been about positive changes. We want to become people who are changing ourselves and our world for the better. More active, more healthy, more  encouraging. And we think this name change will help us to be even better.

Change always takes some getting used to, but we are so excited about this transition, and hope that you will be, too!

This transition comes along with the most substantial design overhaul we’ve ever done. You’ll recognize all of the same core features, but both the iPhone and Android apps have been channeled into an elegant 3-tab experience that makes everything easier to find, with the former being fully integrated with iOS 7. And the web version is cleaner and simpler than ever!

We are working on making this transition all at once, but there will still be a few things that linger over. Please bear with us! We are dedicated to creating the best possible experience for you, and are excited about making progress in that direction, together.

Our change of address labels are still being printed, but we’ll be transitioning our other social profiles over, too. You can also find us at @SpireTeam on Twitter and Instagram, but we’re still at Facebook.com/lifekraze and Pinterest.com/lifekraze, for the time being!

So, even though this is a big adjustment in some ways, we want you to know that the heart of who this company is, and the core of what we’ve built this community to be, has not changed, and will never change. We will always continue to be dedicated to being the most cheerful, encouraging place on the Internet, and maybe off the Internet. Spire is still a safe place for you to share all of your Accomplishments and find the support to keep pursuing your dreams.

Obviously, there are a lot of little changes that have to be made, so if you have questions, please send us an email! All of our addresses still work, so you can start with chester@lifekraze.com, or reach out to any other team member.

To wrap things up, we would just like to say, thank you! You are what makes this community so special, and we look forward to continuing to grow, along with you!

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