300 Hours & 36,000 LEGOS™. The Result? A l...

They’re fun. They’re cool and they are almost impossible to resist playing with. They are Legos™ and we love them. The Master Builders at Lego create incredible, sometimes mind-boggling works of Lego art for various LegoLands™ and promotional events throughout the world. This last Saturday, for the San Francisco Giants’ Lego Day at the ballpark, they unveiled their latest creation; a life-size statue of Giants’ All-Star pitcher, Madison Bumgarner.

Impressive is probably not the word, more like amazing. Over 300 hours went into the design and build of the Bumgarner statue along with over 36,000 Lego bricks. All we can say is bravo!

Check it out here.

Got a big project of your own? Need some energy and some focus? Get the Goodness of great tasting, healthy energy Aspire™! With no calories, no sugars and no carbs, Aspire is the perfect healthy lifestyle drink for those looking for a lift. Aspire is loaded with good-for-you ingredients like ultra-premium green tea (high in EGCG), vitamins B & C, ginger root extract, biotin and more. Fuel your life and make your mouth happy with healthy energy, great tasting Aspire™.

Save 10% on Healthy Energy, Zero Calorie, Zero Sugar Aspire. Order a 24-can case of your favorite flavor of calorie burning Aspire and get FREE SHIPPING too!

Annie “Londonderry”: The First Woman t...

What do YOU Aspire to?

For Annie “Londonderry” Cohen Kopchovsky it was the chance to prove something about the “fairer sex”. Well, that’s the legend anyway. Read on and decide for yourself what drove this remarkable person in 1894 to be the first woman to bicycle around the world.

Was it because of a bet or was it just a publicity stunt? Was she crazy, irresponsible, or heroic? Some of the truth is lost to history, but we do know this: Annie Kopchovsky left home on June 25, 1894 to circle the globe with nothing more than a pearl-handled revolver, a suitcase, and a bicycle.

Annie Cohen was born in Latvia, but became an American when she was a young child after her family moved to Boston. When she was 18, she married Max Kopchovsky, and four years later, the couple had three children.

So what inspired the 24-year-old Jewish mother to leave home? The legend goes (and we say “legend” because the truth of it is in great dispute) that two wealthy Bostonian businessmen were discussing the “fairer sex” at a club when one bet the other $20,000 that no woman could travel around the world by bicycle.

“I think [the bicycle] has done more to emancipate woman than any one thing in the world. I rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel. It gives her a feeling of self-reliance and independence the moment she takes her seat; and away she goes, the picture of untrammeled womanhood.”
– Susan B. Anthony in an 1896 interview in the New York World

A woman of great chutzpa, Annie took up the challenge, despite having learned to ride a bicycle only days earlier. The only conditions of the bet were that she complete her journey in under 15 months and that she raise $5,000 above her expenses along the way.

“Miss Londonderry is… a sort of riding advertising agency. She wears ribbons advertising various goods and will receive $400 for one firm’s ad that graces her left breast. On her right bloomer leg, she carries $100 worth of advertisements and she has just closed a contract to cover her left arm. She says her back is for rent yet and she hopes to get $300 for it.”
– The Buffalo Express, November 1, 1894

She began her travels with a hefty 42-pound Columbia women’s bike, and wore the long skirt, corset, and high collar of the time. But after riding from New York to Chicago, she traded it all for a 21-pound men’s Sterling model with one gear, bloomers, and a man’s riding suit.

“I firmly believe that if I had worn skirts I should not have been able to make the trip. It must not be thought that I lost the attention, which is supposed to be associated with feminine apparel. I was everywhere treated with courtesy, and for the benefit of my sisters who hesitate about donning bloomers I will confess that I received no less than two hundred proposals of marriage. I mention this to prove that bloomers are no handicap to matrimonial aspirations.”
~ Londonderry writes in the New York World, Sunday 29, 1895

“You know what I think about the bicycle for the physical development of women?  Well I know from experience that there is nothing better than a wheel to build a woman up. When I started out on this trip I weighted 105 pounds, and now my weight is 140. The excursion has not made hard, bunchy muscles, such as you often see on athletes among men, but has made good, pliable muscles that have developed me all over and have rounded out every curve.
– Annie “Londonderry” Cohen Kopchovsky, Stockton Evening Mail

Annie returned to Boston nearly 15 months to the day, completing what the New York World called the “most extraordinary journey ever undertaken by a woman.” She challenged the status quo on many fronts and proved, without a shred of doubt, that a woman can do anything she puts her mind to.

Despite making international headlines and being one of the most celebrated women of the time, Annie eventually faded into obscurity. But she remains today a legend-maker, and an inspiration to women and bicyclists (male and female) everywhere.

All of us here at Aspire™ can only say; “WOW!” Hat’s off to an amazing woman who took on the perceptions of the world and shattered them with her drive, energy and will.

And speaking of energy, (yes, this is a shameless plug), fuel up your next ride with an ice-cold, great tasting Aspire. It’s packed with healthy, good-for-you ingredients like ultra premium green tea (high in EGCG), B and C vitamins, ginger root extract, biotin, and more. Plus, Aspire has no calories, no sugars and no calories. All of the good, none of the bad.

Save 10% on Healthy Energy, Zero Calorie, Zero Sugar Aspire. Order a 24-can case of your favorite flavor of calorie burning Aspire and get FREE SHIPPING too!

The Tea Will Save Us: Is there anything Green Tea ...

From brain health, cholesterol, and blood pressure to weight loss and diabetes, is there anything green tea can’t help us with? The secret is in the quantity and quality of EGCG. Check out this piece on some of the latest findings on green tea’s ability to help our brains function better and, quite possibly, help in the battle against Down Syndrome.

Check out the latest findings on green tea here.

 

Here at Aspire™ we source only the very highest quality (high in EGCG) green tea available. Besides the ultra premium green tea, Aspire is also loaded with other good-for-you ingredients like ginger root extract, biotin, l-carnitine, B & C vitamins and more. Try some great tasting, healthy energy Aspire and feel and see the difference the Goodness can make for you!

Save 10% on Healthy Energy, Zero Calorie, Zero Sugar Aspire. Order a 24-can case of your favorite flavor of calorie burning Aspire and get FREE SHIPPING too!

Saving Orphaned Elephants: Meet the “Foster ...

Daphne Sheldrick has dedicated her life to saving and raising orphaned elephant babies. She’s known as the “Foster Mom” of orphaned elephants and she is an inspiration and a reminder of just how much of a difference one committed person can make in the world.

Here’s an interview with National Geographic

Here’s a link to her and her late husband’s wildlife trust site.

 

Looking for more inspiring stories, motivational tips, life hacks and healthy living insights? We’ve got you covered! Sign up for the Aspire™ Monthly Newsletter and we’ll also throw in exclusive, subscriber-only deals on healthy energy, calorie burning Aspire. Get the goodness and great taste of no calories, no sugars and no carbs Aspire and save some serious cash, too!

Save 10% on Healthy Energy, Zero Calorie, Zero Sugar Aspire. Order a 24-can case of your favorite flavor of calorie burning Aspire and get FREE SHIPPING too!

 

How to Spot a Liar: Pamela Meyer talks about how t...

What if you could determine if someone, anyone, was actually telling the truth? In a great TED talk, deception expert Pamela Meyer shows some of the visual clues that have been proven to detect when someone is lying. From body language to facial expressions, Pamela gives insights that can help us all decode the truth. And considering that, on average, we get lied to anywhere from 10 to 200 times a day, well that information could certainly come in handy.

Check out her talk here:How To Spot A Liar

You can also learn more about Pamela at her website here

Now here’s some truth… (and a shameless plug for our favorite drink), healthy energy, calorie burning Aspire™ has no calories, no sugars and no carbs. It’s also loaded with good-for-you natural ingredients that will fuel your metabolism, enhance you focus and give you the energy to take on your day. Any day. Every day. Take advantage of coupon code: GOODNESS and SAVE 10% on a 24-can case of your favorite flavor of Aspire.

Save 10% on Healthy Energy, Zero Calorie, Zero Sugar Aspire. Order a 24-can case of your favorite flavor of calorie burning Aspire and get FREE SHIPPING too!

What Do YOU Aspire To? Junko Tabei: The First Woma...

Being buried in an avalanche wasn’t enough to stop Junko Tabei from achieving her goal; to be the first woman to lead her team to the summit of Mt. Everest.

And Everest was only the beginning of her memorable climbs.

Though she only stands 4 feet, 9 inches tall, Junko Tabei is a force to be reckoned with.

In 1975, when most Japanese women were staying at home to raise children and care for their families, Junko set out on the expedition of a lifetime. She left her 2.5-year-old daughter at home with her husband (something unthinkable at the time), and headed for top of Mt. Everest.

Junko was accompanied by a group of 15 women from the Joshi-Tohan (Women’s Mountaineering) Club, a mountain-climbing club she formed in 1969 (and the first of its kind in Japan). They trained for months to prepare their bodies for the journey, though nothing could have prepared them for the harsh conditions on the world’s tallest mountain.

At 12:30am on May 4, 1975, while the team slept at Camp II at 21,326 feet, an avalanche rolled down the mountain. Junko was buried under the snow and blacked out for least 6 minutes until she was rescued by the Sherpa guide.

Instead of retreating, she pushed her battered, bruised body forward and upward, determined to lead her team to the top. Twelve days later, after sometimes crawling on her hands and knees to get there, she conquered the summit.

“It was so difficult,” she recalls. “But I knew it wouldn’t last forever… I thought, ‘If I don’t give my all right now, when will I?’”

Since climbing Mt. Everest, Junko went on to be the first woman to scale the Seven Summits, the highest mountains on each of the seven continents.

In 2012, Junko was diagnosed with cancer of the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity) and given 3 months to live. After undergoing chemotherapy, she battled her cancer intoremission. Though the side effects of chemotherapy have left her with leg pain and numbness,she continues climb mountains.

Today, at the age of 77, Junko has climbed the highest peaks in 56 countries. She currently is the director of the Himalayan Mountain Adventure Trust in Japan (HAT-J), an organization working on a global level to preserve mountain environments.

All of us here at Aspire™ are in awe of the amazing Junko Tabei and all that she has so far accomplished. She is an inspiration to all of us to believe in our dreams and to aspire to be more.

And while we won’t be so bold as to say that drinking Aspire will have you climbing the Seven Summits, we feel pretty confident that the healthy energy and good-for-you ingredients will help give you the focus and vitality to reach to reach your personal peaks no matter what they are. What do YOU Aspire to?

Save 10% on Healthy Energy, Zero Calorie, Zero Sugar Aspire. Order a 24-can case of your favorite flavor of calorie burning Aspire and get FREE SHIPPING too!

On the run to Rio: 16-year old Olympian Sydney McL...

What were you doing at 16? What were you thinking about? New Jersey’s Sydney McLaughlin will be heading off to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as the youngest U.S. Track and Field olympian since Rhonda Brady ran the 100 meter hurdles back in 1976. Here’s 13 things to know about this inspiring, amazing young woman…

And here’s something else to think about; do you want more energy and more focus to take on your day? Try healthy energy, calorie burning Aspire™ and feel the difference good-for-you ingredients like ultra-premium green tea (high in EGCG), ginger root, B and C vitamins, biotin and others make for you. And Aspire has no calories, no sugars and no carbs. It’s a great tasting anytime drink for those who need to get stuff done.

Save 10% on Healthy Energy, Zero Calorie, Zero Sugar Aspire. Order a 24-can case of your favorite flavor of calorie burning Aspire and get FREE SHIPPING too!

Exercise! The hidden side-effect of Pokemon GO!

Waste of time? Greatest thing ever? Regardless of how you feel about the hottest game in the world, one thing is becoming clear; the best side-effect of Nintendo’s Pokemon GO is that a generation is outside getting more exercise than they’ve likely ever had. Walking, running and biking for miles, they gotta catch ’em all!

Check out some of the hilarious tweets from GO players here: Pokemon GO: an exercise pandemic

And speaking of exercise, healthy energy, calorie burning Aspire™ makes a great pre/post workout drink. Fuel your metabolism with the no calories, no sugars and no carbs Goodness of a great tasting Aspire before or after your next workout and feel the difference. Use the Coupon Code “GOODNESS” and get 10% OFF AND FREE SHIPPING (right to your door) on a 24-can case of your favorite flavor (Cranberry,Mango Lemonade or Apple +Acai), of healthy energy Aspire! Click the image below to buy now.

Save 10% on Healthy Energy, Zero Calorie, Zero Sugar Aspire. Order a 24-can case of your favorite flavor of calorie burning Aspire and get FREE SHIPPING too!

Our House: 50 Very Cool, Very Tiny Homes

If the tiny house movement is any indicator, more and more Americans are discovering the truth of that old saying; less is more. While some of us may balk at the idea of living in 300-400 square feet (or less), clever and innovative designs have made tiny houses live and feel much bigger than they actually are. And then there’s this to consider; 68% of tiny house people have no mortgage and 55% of them have more savings than the average American with a median of $10,972 in the bank.

Check out these very cool, very tiny examples of Going Small, Living Large

And speaking of less is more… if you are looking for less calories and less sugar in your healthy lifestyle, try a great tasting, healthy energy Aspire™. Along with being packed full of good-for-you ingredients like ultra-premium green tea (high in EGCG), ginger root, biotin, B and C vitamins and more, Aspire has no calories, no sugars and no carbs. And because it’s natural, healthy ingredients actually help your body burn calories, Aspire is the perfect pre or post workout drink. Take advantage of coupon code: GOODNESS and SAVE 10% on a case of 24-12 oz cans of your favorite flavor (Cranberry, Mango Lemonade or Apple + Acai) delivered right to your door with free shipping! What’s not to love about that?

Save 10% on Healthy Energy, Zero Calorie, Zero Sugar Aspire. Order a 24-can case of your favorite flavor of calorie burning Aspire and get FREE SHIPPING too!

 

The Road Ahead; 8 Common Goal Setting Mistakes (an...

We’ve all been there; feeling excited, inspired, ready to go after our goals and dreams. Quite a few of us have been here, too; frustrated with lack of progress and ourselves, giving up on those great goals and ideas. Well, there may be some reasons for that. Here’s 8 very common goal setting mistakes that people make and, more importantly, how to avoid them.

8 Common Mistakes of Goal Setting

Fuel your dreams and goals with healthy energy, calorie burning Aspire™! Loaded with good-for-you ingredients, Aspire has no calories, no sugars and no carbs. Just jitter-free, healthy energy with no crash. Try a great tasting Aspire today and pour some fuel on your fire. Available in Cranberry, Apple + Acai and Mango Lemonade.

Save 10% on Healthy Energy, Zero Calorie, Zero Sugar Aspire. Order a 24-can case of your favorite flavor of calorie burning Aspire and get FREE SHIPPING too!

FREE SHIPPING on 2 or more 12 Packs! shop now
Hello. Add your message here.