I had the opportunity to interview the author of one of my favorite books of all time! 

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, has seriously transformed my life. Trust me, I don’t use the word ‘transformed’ loosely. Never in my wildest dreams (pun intended) did I ever see myself becoming a morning person overnight (more puns :P). All jokes aside, if you’ve ever wanted to start your days feeling at the top of your game, or simply wake up earlier and actually LIKE IT, then this book is absolutely for you.

@TheHashtagHERO meets @HalElrod! @TheHashtagHERO meets @HalElrod!

Hal is an exceptional business man, family man, and motivational coach. I was both humbled and ecstatic to have the chance to talk to the author who started it all. All the way from my headquarters in Berlin, we were able to conduct a video interview via Skype! It is my sincerest hope that this interview provide the utmost value to your life and that the principles in the book spring you into action, as they did for me.

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(WATCH THE WHOLE THING but if you’re the on-the-go this timeline can help)

4:205:12 The Jim Rohn quote that changed everything for Hal during the darkest time of his life. 

5:436:38 6 key principles of The Miracle Morning.

6:507:16 “I already know that” vs “Am I living that?”

7:409:00 Hal’s extraordinary results after having his first Miracle Morning.

10:50 How to create high impact affirmations that spring you into action for achieving goals.

15:38 The superpower of The Miracle Morning and why it works. 

16:32 Hal’s greatest breakthrough during his morning routine.

19:45 The horrific accident that changed the course of Hal’s life. How he was able to bounce back in flying colors.

24:15 The 5 Minute Rule to get you past difficult situations. 

25:18 The most effective ways to use positive thinking. 


What did you think of this video? What were your greatest takeaways?

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My greatest takeaway from this experience is to challenge your fears and don’t be afraid to reach out to your heroes! Chances are they’re waiting to hear from you <3


up, Up and AWAY!

Super Ivi, The Hashtag HERO


PS: Here’s a link to Hal’s Achieve Your Goals Podcast. It’s great to listen to back to back.

Ecosia is essentially the reason I quit using Google search and haven’t looked back.



Okay, maybe I look back every now and again but for the most part, I’ve completely ditched Google search in exchange for Ecosia search.

Here’s Why

Ecosia is the search engine that plants trees. Ecosia’s tree planting streamline allows you to help world reforestation by surfing the web as you normally would.

No complicated set ups. No campaigns. No donating.

Just searching.

Is it too good to be true? How does one do so much good in the world whilst sitting upon ones arse, scouring the web for this week’s trending Drake memes?

The answer is simple: Mo’ Money Mo’ Trees

Ecosia donates 80% of their surplus ad revenue to a robust tree planting program with WeForest and Entrepreneurs Without Borders. You know those ads that appear at the top of your search results?

Ecosia-the-hashtag-heroEvery time someone clicks on them Ecosia earns money (which you can transparently see here). You do the searching and they do the planting, it’s that simple.

Slactivism and Cause Shaming

Critics of Ecosia accuse them of encouraging “Slacktivism”, as if to say doing good in the world must always require actual blood, sweat, tears, and checkbooks in order to be valid.

Slacktivism = the lazy man’s activism.

I beg to differ. I think this type of involvement is what’s wanted and needed today. It takes a stroke of genius to take a human behavior that people will inevitably be doing anyway and develop a seamless way to tangibly solve a global problem.

Is that not what sustainability is all about? 

Problems are growing faster than we know how to fix them. Why condemn those that create new systems and the advocates that allow them to work? That in itself is counterintuitive.

In addition, the trees must still be planted, there is sweat there, money must go to the organizations, there’s a checkbook there; without the “slackers” the rest of the system would never work.

I see Slacktivism as a means to an end when it comes to what I like to call cause shaming.


I’m sure you have been around or experienced cause shaming first hand at some point in your life.

Here’s a common example:

Do-Gooder: “Hey I really like X charity, I’ve been giving to them for over a year. They help people in Y country do Z amazing thing =D! Want to get in involved?”

Potential Do-Gooder: “X charity? Why not help the people right here in your own back yard!? We have Y problems here in this country. No thanks”

Do-Gooder: “Um….okay?”

Cause Shaming.

Snapshot in Ecosia headquarters in Berlin. #HEROInterviews episode coming next week to The Hashtag HERO TV! Snapshot in Ecosia headquarters in Berlin. #HEROInterviews episode coming next week to The Hashtag HERO TV!

If people want to do good, why not let them do good however they see fit? The worst is when someone cause shames while they themselves do very little for anyone other than themselves.

I see cause shaming as another excuse, a reason to justify doing less as opposed to more. Sorry not sorry but ain’t no body got time fo’ dat.

Heroic people do what needs to be done and keep it moving. While everyone else is bickering about what’s most important we’ve already made multiple steps toward solving multiple problems.

I have ZERO shame when I tell people I’ve so far helped to plant 160+ trees thanks to Ecosia. If someone has a problem with it I’ll tell them to take a hike in the forest I’ve just created in Burkina Faso.

Your Defining Moment

What do you stand to gain by helping google accrue millions in revenue? An overpriced, over exclusive Google Glass creation?


Ecosia currently plants approximately 1 tree every 13 seconds. Can you imagine the impact we could have if every time someone “Googled” something they used Ecosia instead? 

STOP and really think about that.

Deforestation accounts for 6-17% of global CO2 emissions to the atmosphere.

CO2 levels are higher than they’ve ever been, exceeding the safe zone permanently never to return in our lifetime.

Every year we deforest 6% of the world’s trees while we reforest only 1.5%. Ecosia aims to increase the reforestation percentage. They’ve so far planted just over 3 Million trees toward an ambitious goal of 1 Billion by the year 2020.

What’s it going to take?

It’s going to take users caring enough to take the time to install a free browser plugin. That’s what you can do right here, right now.

It’s going to take you telling your friends how incredibly cool you are for ditching Google.

It’s going to take man, woman and child power on multiple devices.

This is what it takes to be a part of the solution.

Do you have what it takes?

Assuming you’re reading this post from a wifi connection of sorts I’m going to venture to say that you have everything it takes.

Replace your default search engine to Ecosia by clicking here. It’s quick, painless and will do good far beyond your digital world.

Not to mention the browser extension icon is just adorable!

Tweet me a screenshot of your Ecosia tree count with the hashtag #HeroesUseEcosia to enter to win in our upcoming giveaway! Follow me @TheHashtagHERO on Periscope & Twitter for more details.

At the Ecosia headquarters in Berlin with Jacey (Head of PR)! Follow the adventures @TheHashtagHERO At the Ecosia headquarters in Berlin with Jacey (Head of PR)! Follow the adventures @TheHashtagHERO

up, Up and AWAY!

Super Ivi, The Hashtag HERO


Photo of my 2015 vision board. My cut outs before I glued them in place. Follow The Adventures @TheHashtagHERO On Instagram! Photo of my 2015 vision board. My cut outs before I glued them in place. Follow The Adventures @TheHashtagHERO On Instagram!

At the start of the year I created my first vision board. When I was in high school, I read The Secret, which peaked my interest in creating one. Since then, vision boards have remained an underlying motif in books that I read and successful people that I meet!

Finally, I decided to stop putting it off and create my own. Essentially a vision board is a homemade visual that features imagery that you wish to attract into your life. By constantly reminding yourself of your vision, it is meant to train your subconscious mind to recognize these things as you continue to achieve your goals.

Here Are 5 Tips To Create A Strong Vision Board!

1. Gather ONLY the magazines that speak to your life’s vision

Treat this like you are designing your life to the tee. The last thing you want is to attract irrelevant things. Stick to what you read, but make sure its WHAT YOU REALLY WANT FOR YOUR VISION. Trust me whatever that may be, there is a magazine for it. The magazines I used were: Success, Entrepreneur, Smart Money, BizBash, International Living, and Women’s Health. I stuck to these and did not mix. No Vogue, no Tattoo Mag, no random catalogues; just those.

2. Create sections for the different aspects of your life.

Keep your vision board focused. Some prefer a collage style where everything is mixed. I prefer to devote separate portions of the board to the most important aspects of my life. Family, Career, Lifestyle, Health, and Contribution. Yes, there is overlap between the sections, but you can see that each are distinct and flow from one into the other. This promotes focus and also evenness among the sections aka a balanced life!

3. Make it yours. Put your picture in there!

What better way to see yourself in your vision than to actually see yourself in it! Put some snapshots of you in there living experiences you want to have. Its YOUR vision board, have fun with it and use your imagination. Nothing is out of reach, this is your chance to be honest with yourself and attract what you want. You can see me there at a rooftop party at the Trump Towers in NYC, smiling and chatting with a full glass of champagne. You can also see me on the cover of Success magazine for being an everyday superhero!

4. Placement over permanence

Before I glued everything down, I first placed all of the cut outs in the areas I wanted them. It wasn’t until I got a complete look at the board as a whole, did I begin to glue everything at once. I did this for 2 reasons: 1)  You may need to adjust shapes and sizes, its better to know where it will all go before committing to exact placements. I know the feeling I want to have with the bigger picture, its impossible to be sure of that without placing everything down first. 2) Dealing with cut outs will power you to finish! I know one too many people who started glueing cut outs to their vision board and never finished, simply because they could easily store it after working on it. This all or nothing approach ensures that if you want to have it finished YOU’VE GOT TO GLUE THEM ALL AT ONCE WHEN ITS DONE!

5. Fill the space

Want a full life? Paint a full vision! Fill the empty spaces as much as possible with minimal overlap. You want to be able to distinguish images and words with ease. A flow will begin to unfold as you fill the spaces.

Vision Boards Aren’t Magic

YOU are the magic! Before I moved to Berlin, I referred to my vision board everyday during my miracle morning routine. I used it as a tool to help me clarify the bright future I have ahead and spring me into action to really focus on my goals to make them real.

I had less than a month with my finished vision board before I left for Germany. It was too big to come with me on the plane and I didn’t want to fold it. I thought I might be upset about leaving it, but I actually felt very grounded and satisfied. I was grateful for the time I spent to create it, it was fun to have a DIY project based solely on my personal dreams. Leaving it behind didn’t at all mean my vision would be left behind because my vision follows me everywhere I go. The vision board is a tool for clarity to help you train the subconscious mind to recognize opportunities that align with what you want, the real magic is the effort you put in to bring them to life.

up, Up and AWAY!

Super Ivi, The Hashtag HERO

PS: Great books I recommend on this topic: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, The Secret by Rhonda Bryne