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New Year, New You!

Friday, January 2, 2015
2015 has arrived! Have you created a New Year’s resolution? Creating a year-long goal may sound great in theory, but the fact is that the majority of people who create a resolution don’t end up sticking to it. To help keep you motivated to stick to your resolution this year, the team at 5-hour ENERGY® has compiled a list of effective tips to help keep your New Year’s resolution going strong throughout 2015!

Understand the reasons why you want to make this change in your life
Once you've made a resolution, list the reasons for why you want to make that change in your life. If they seem trivial, you probably won’t end up caring enough to accomplish the goal. Make sure that the reasons for why you want to change a habit or behavior are deeply rooted and important to you, whether that be for your personal health, self-confidence, etc.

Make it something that you really want
Be passionate about the things you want to change in your life. If you don’t really care about the goal you’re trying to accomplish, you won’t be motivated to work hard to achieve it. When you truly care about making a change in your life, you will naturally work harder to reach that goal.

Make sure you have a support system
Have a support system that will be there if you fall to help you back up and to keep you motivated and focused on the goal at hand. It’s great to have an encouraging support system, but they also need to be willing to be firm and honest if you get sidetracked on your way to accomplishing you resolution!

Lay out a list of obstacles that you’ll encounter & how to overcome them
Compose a list of all of the different obstacles that you can foresee before attempting to accomplish your goal. Once you have all of the obstacles fleshed out on paper, go through each one individually and question whether or not you are physically capable of overcoming them. If you get through all of the obstacles and realize that overcoming each of them IS possible, then accomplishing your end goal will seem accessible and feasible.

Create reminders that you’ll see
Making notes to put around the house or at the office to constantly remind yourself of your New Year’s resolution may sound silly, but when things are out of sight they are also out of mind! These friendly reminders will manifest themselves and won’t let you forget about the goal that you set out to accomplish.

Reward success
No matter big or small, rewards are a great way to remind yourself that you've taken another step in the right direction. Rewarding yourself also helps you keep motivation levels high, so take the time to reward yourself as you reach certain short term goals on the way to your long term goal.

Can you think of any other helpful tips for maintaining your New Year’s resolution throughout 2015? Share them with us! 

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5-hour ENERGY® Welcomes Strawberry Watermelon Extra Strength to the Flavor Family

Monday, December 15, 2014

If two's company and three's a crowd, then what is four? Four is the number of Extra Strength 5-hour
ENERGY® flavors we have now! We're excited to announce the addition of our newest flavor…Strawberry Watermelon Extra Strength 5-hour ENERGY® shots! This addition extends our product line to 11 permanent energy shot varieties.

Strawberry Watermelon features a mouthwatering and refreshing flavor. Don't let Strawberry Watermelon's portable size mislead you! Just like our other Extra Strength flavors, Strawberry Watermelon features a beefed-up energy blend and a big taste to help you get the hours of the energy you seek to be more productive!

What better way to celebrate the introduction of a new flavor than with a contest? Starting today, Monday, December 15, through Friday, December 19, we'll be holding daily contests on our Facebook page! We are asking our fans to respond to our daily trivia questions for the chance to win two 12-packs of our new flavor. If you want to try our Strawberry Watermelon Extra Strength flavor for free, be sure to tune in this week and enter our daily contests!

Tune in to our contest on our Facebook page from 12/15-12/19 for your chance to win our new flavor!

We're thrilled to welcome Strawberry Watermelon Extra Strength to the 5-hour ENERGY® shot family! Are you pumped to try our new flavor? Let us know in a comment or share your enthusiasm on our Facebook, Twitter or Google+ page.

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#BehindTheScenes With Our Social Media Race Reporter Winner

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Want to know what it's like to be the winner of our 5-hour ENERGY® Race Reporter Contest? Find out first hand by reading this play by play blog written by Beth Beutler, this year's winner!

Guest blog post by 5-hour ENERGY® Race Reporter winner Beth Beutler:
I still remember the day I got the email saying that I had won the contest to be a social media race reporter for 5-hour ENERGY® and Michael Waltrip Racing. I couldn't believe it, and my coworker was amused with my almost hyperventilating. I had submitted my entry several months before and it was so exciting to find out I'd be the winner!

So, let me tell you what the experience was like.

We live within two hours of Charlotte, and we opted to head up on Thursday and make a full weekend of it all.

Thursday:
We visited a relative and briefly went through the charming downtown of Mooresville, which is considered racing city. Then we headed to the hotel, a very nice one, and checked in. We later headed to the track to pick up our HOT passes, which allowed us entry into the garage and pit area...a very cool behind the scenes experience.

There were several activities happening on Thursday, including the Better Half Dash, where wives and
girlfriends race smaller cars for charity. I got to meet and get photos with Ashton Bayne and Ashley Stremme, Billy Mauldin of Motor Racing Outreach, and Darryl Waltrip! I also saw other people like Ricky Craven and Amy Reimann, but I took a case-by-case basis as to whether I would try to get pictures...I didn’t want to be rude. We took a walk over to the garage area and that’s when I discovered Clint Bowyer's car...with MY name on it! I was pleasantly surprised to find the name decal to be a very nice size and on a great location on BOTH sides of the car. What a feeling!

Friday:
We went to Michael Waltrip Racing headquarters for a special behind-the-scenes tour. We were treated to lunch by three employees and our 5-hour ENERGY® rep at a local BBQ joint, and then Anna (marketing for MWR) gave us a very thorough tour of the shop, pit practice area, and other not- regularly-seen areas of the complex. I got to experiment with getting in and out of a car...not something I'd want to do a lot of AND especially if I'd just crashed or the car was on fire! Michael was occupied with Dancing with the Stars, but we did get to peek into his office. One of the employees is training to be on pit crew and would be helping a Nationwide team that night, so he invited us to be in the pits for the NW race. We headed over to the track and enjoyed some more of the atmosphere in the garage area, and hung out at the #15 hauler. Just before practice Clint came out of the hauler. We weren’t supposed to meet him until the next day but he was kind to stop for a moment and exchange greetings. It was amazing to have cars driven by Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick, Dale Jr. and of course Clint, within feet of us.

That evening, we sat in the pit area for a small Nationwide team for part of the Nationwide race Friday night then headed back to the hotel to get some rest for the big day on Saturday!

Saturday:
The weather did not look promising initially. A storm and rain attacked the area and it was pouring when we stopped into the 5-hour ENERGY® hospitality bus for the first time. But it let up and we went to the 'tweet up' because I wanted to meet some fans that use Twitter. Since we had been given shirts to wear that matched the crews, I looked really official-HA! We brought samples and I got photos with various fans and a couple of my favorite reporters.



Awhile later we got a garage/pit tour with Anna, met some of the guys on the crew, had a meet and greet with Clint (with a chance for a photo), got dinner from the team caterers and ate at the hauler. Last but not least, I was videotaped about my experience, which made me feel almost like a "real" reporter. On pit road during opening ceremonies, it was almost surreal to be standing with all the racing folks, and looking up into the stands. I got my picture taken again with the car and with Clint and I by the car on either side of my decal.

We then went to the #15 pit box and my husband and I were allowed to stand with the team during the national anthem...ON PIT ROAD. We then did high fives with the team and they included us in the huddle--they asked me to give them the pep talk. I said a couple things and we yelled "Go, Clint go" which was the hashtag I'd been using for my reporting. This was a highlight of the experience.

We sat in the pit box for the first 100 laps Clint raced before the engine unfortunately blew. So we got to experience the real feeling teams have of a disappointing race. But we were able to watch the rest of the race from the 5-hour ENERGY® hospitality trailer which was atop turn 2. What a feeling to have over 40 cars rush by you, with a wind gust full of pieces of rubber! We kept our radios for the entire race and sometimes sat on top of the trailer, but ironically, we saw all the ruckus in the garage area via the TV in the bus!

Sunday: 
We had a final breakfast with our 5-hour ENERGY® rep and went our separate ways. We headed to the NASCAR Hall of Fame (we had been given free tickets) and finished our NASCAR weekend with a review of the past and present. On the way home, I posted my last update to social media (I'd been posting throughout the entire experience) and actually cried. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I really appreciate being chosen. It was a cloud a little tough to come down from!

Thanks 5-hour ENERGY® and Michael Waltrip Racing for the great experience. It was definitely one of the highlights of my year...and my life!

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