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Harper Spero
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Harper Spero is a New York City-based lifestyle and career coach who has found a way to integrate passion with purpose. From music and beauty to social good and well-being, she uses her own journey through health scares, career transitions and self-discovery to inspire, motivate and drive people in the direction of their dreams. By implementing organizational strategies in her one-on-one coaching programs, Harper helps people break free from toxic environments, create goal-oriented strategies and pursue career shifts to bring new balance, fulfillment and structure in their lives.

Prior to coaching, Harper spent ten years leveraging brands through marketing, public relations, event production and digital media. Her previous clients include corporate heavyweights such as Johnson & Johnson, Disney, Ann Taylor as well as leading nonprofits such as the David Lynch Foundation, Lower Eastside Girls Club, Team Rubicon, Headstrong Project and Bent on Learning among others.

Harper received her coaching certification from the Institute from Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).

When Harper's not working with clients she can be found taking in live music (anywhere but Terminal 5), discovering new restaurants that accommodate her selective eating habits, and wandering through the grid of her native Manhattan. She's obsessed with all things ginger, the smell of lavender, and lull of life in a hammock.

Entries by Harper Spero

How to Stay Inspired and Motivated as an Entrepreneur

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 10:11 AM

During the first week of my previous job, I was certain this was going to be my last time working for someone else. I just knew. I had a gut feeling.

I launched my business -- built a website, compiled an email database and started spreading the word of...

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Vulnerability at Its Finest

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 2:12 PM

Over the summer, I decided to stop talking about the concept of writing a book and actually take the steps to make it happen. I enrolled in a six-week writing class.

Having weekly deadlines helped me be consistent with my writing. We were given prompts that triggered thoughts, emotions...

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30 Things I Learned the Year I Turned 30

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 10:03 AM

1. Being vulnerable leads to feeling heard, accepted and relatable.

2. The difference and benefits of responding vs. reacting. Reacting doesn't help anyone.

3. By releasing toxic friendships, I could make room for more inspiring, motivating and supportive friends.

4. Facebook likes, Instagram and Twitter followers don't define...

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The Next Best Thing

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 5:34 PM

I spent the majority of my 20s under the belief that the title I held and the company I worked for had to be credible and would determine my future.

I was truly fortunate to work for numerous companies that were very well established, full of notoriety and clout....

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The New Normal

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 5:45 AM

For years I worked in environments where hustling, being available 24/7 and never feeling at ease was the norm.

Yes, stress was normal.

Not having a balanced life.

Walking out of the office at 7pm just to continue all conversations via email on my iPhone through the wee hours...

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My First Online Date

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 7:20 PM

I could barely sleep. I kept having weird dreams that kept me up. I watched the latest episode of Girls at 4:00 a.m. I tried writing, I tried doing work, I tried to accomplish something knowing I wasn't going to fall back asleep.

I just stared at my computer...

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The Importance of Community

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 5:25 PM

Throughout high school, college and after college, many of us are on a mission to have the highest number of friends possible. For some reason, we think it's quantity over quality. We're certain that we'll be cooler, happier and more popular based on a higher number - especially when social...

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Stop Waiting on Happy

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 9:55 AM

At some point in our lives we're each going to face disappointment, pain, suffering, sadness and frustration. There are so many down moments in life---bad breakups, getting fired from a job, losing a loved one, facing a health issue, the list goes on. Each of us handles these scenarios extremely...

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A Sense of Belonging

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 9:46 AM

There's nothing quite like traveling. Exploring new cities, towns, countries, sightseeing, observing how other people live and simply getting out of the daily routine to view what else the world has to offer.

In 2008, I embarked upon my Taglit Birthright Israel trip with no major Jewish connection (I...

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30 Things I Accomplished Before Turning 30

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 2:28 PM

In less than 30 days from now I will be turning 30 years old. Many people don't want to talk about that "old age," but I'm feeling really good about my 30s, what's to come, what I'm going to create and how I'm going to take ownership of my life....

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Permission to Be

(3) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 12:13 PM

My life consists of my career, spending time with friends and family, taking yoga classes, checking out the latest restaurants, seeing live music, reading, writing and the list goes on and on. I was on a path of realizing that I needed to instill balance into my life. I was...

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The Best Version of Ourselves

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 1:22 PM

It's 5 a.m. and I can't sleep. I'm wired. My mind is racing. I can't even get out of bed and move to the couch because I'm so exhausted. But I also know that by laying here I won't fall back to sleep.

My mind will not slow down....

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Be Present. Be Content.

(2) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 9:31 AM

We live in a society where expectations are constantly created for us. Perhaps no place more so than in New York City. It's a place where people travel from all around the world looking to make their dreams come true. Society has created a belief that if you're in New...

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The Other Side of Fear

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 12:47 AM

I've spent my entire life devoting my time and energy towards helping others, whether it's helping people find a job, an apartment, a new restaurant or guiding them through the steps to a more productive work life. These are all things that I am known for, good at and love...

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How Transcendental Meditation Helped Me Through a Traumatic Experience

(2) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 10:58 AM

In October 2013, my company produced a panel discussion for the David Lynch Foundation to encourage women to meditate and the reminder and importance of managing a work-life balance. The panel discussed how they learned transcendental meditation (TM) and how it changed their everyday lives. Shortly after this event, I...

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How I Reclaimed My Health

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 4:20 PM

For as long as I can remember, I've always wanted to travel, always wanted to learn how to play the drums, and always dreamed of owning my own business. There are a lot of hopes, wants, and dreams packed in this native New Yorker, but one thing I never wanted...

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