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Spire is all about people. Yes, the Points are fun, Rewards spur us on, and a nicely-timed High Five can be a day-changer. But the reason we built Spire, and the reason it’s such a magical place is because of the people. Spire lets you tell others about the things you’re excited to do, to share the joy and the sense of achievement.

That’s why we’re crazy-excited to share our latest update with you: Friend Tagging! We’ve built this feature to practically read your mind—just start writing your friend’s name, and we’ll pop-up some suggestions, for who you might be talking about. Just select the right one, and they’ll be notified that you’ve mentioned them.

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But wait! It gets even better! This is one of those glorious two-for-one situations, because not only can you tag a friend in the text of a post, but you can also share who you’re with. Whether you want to let the Spire world know who your partner in crime was for an accomplishment, or just want to save some characters in the actual post, tap this icon to share the spotlight:

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To start the tagging fun, just make sure you have the latest version of the iPhone app or Android app! It’s already live on spire.me!

This has been one of our top most-requested features for a while, so we’ve been working hard to get it jusssst right. What do you think? 

We love getting your feedback, so please let us know what questions or ideas you have at help.spire.me!

Family

"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!

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