It’s doing things your own way – because it feels right and you know it’s you. It’s being weird – and okay with that.
:: Lifestyle ::
What does it mean to you to be quirky and what do you love about it?
I was born quirky because my parents are quirky. Quirky is being authentic, unique, vibrant, energetic, fun, happy and full of life. Quirky is being comprised of traits, experiences and emotions that may be a bit out of the ordinary yet not being afraid of being different. It’s not eating foods because of their texture, shape or color. It’s doing things your own way – because it feels right and you know it’s you. It’s being weird – and okay with that.
What’s a secret, unusual talent that you have?
I collect demitasse spoons.
:: Quest ::
Where do you find your mojo?
I’d say five different places – depending on the situation/circumstances:
1) A walk alone on the cobblestone streets in the West Village and then hitting 10th street between 5th and 6th avenue.
2) Seeing live music with friends/family and seeing artists/bands that I love and connect with.
3) Connecting with likeminded people that inspire me and push me to be the best version of myself.
4) Sitting in the sand on a beach (ideally the Mediterranean sea) or on a float in the pool in the Hamptons.
5) On a yoga mat.
Explain one experiment you’ve done that changed your life:
I shared my story. After 27 years of hiding my health story, I put it out to the universe. I received more support, encouragement and kind words than I ever anticipated. I became motivated to share my story via writing, became the sponsorship chair of the Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency and have continued to have dialogue about what I’ve been through. Sharing my story and remaining authentic to who I am, brought me to the place of getting certified to become a personal development coach and help others to own their lives.
What’s your favorite recent discovery for…
Your home: After six months of living in my apartment, it’s time to create a wall of inspiration behind my couch. I’ve already assigned part of the project to my best friends.
Your body: Listen to it. To follow what it’s telling me to do. Slow down.
Your belly: I recently ate the carrot ginger soup from The Little Beet in Midtown Manhattan and have been dreaming about it everyday since. Perfectly gingered.
Your soul: it’s okay to say no.
Music: the latest albums from Stars, The New Pornographers, Jenny Lewis, Hozier and Spoon.
Writing: that it’s best when I do it at 5am when I have no emails in my inbox nor any distractions.
Art: I recently read an article in Elle Decor about the 10 things you MUST have when you turn 30 years old. I read it, thought it was ridiculous and then realized one thing in it was something I really wanted. “Art you love” became something I acquired shortly there after. My best friends mom turns cloth into clay by recreating dresses into clay art pieces. Diamond Dream by Cloth2Clay is now a piece of art that I love in my home.
:: Mission ::
How do you celebrate the deliciousness of being quirky?
By simply being me and not letting anyone or anything get in the way. Embrace weirdness.
What is your #1 tip for a fellow quirkster?
Do more of what makes you happy and live in the present.
About: Harper Spero has always found a way to merge her hobbies and passions into her career – from music to beauty, social good to health and wellness. Harper currently serves as managing director at Agent of Change, an event production and brand strategy firm focusing on mission driven brands and causes, and is a trained personal development coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. Harper was the sponsorship chair for the Immune Deficiency Foundation’s first walk in New York City this past weekend. She raised over $10,000 for the organization – the most money of all participants internationally (and there were walks in six different cities).