We had the good fortune of connecting with Justin Peters and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Justin, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. It took my dad 15 years to finish college as he balanced working 2 jobs and raising a family. My parents are frugal and scrappy but I never felt like we didn’t have enough. Observing my parents growing up, I feel like I picked up a lot of their work ethic and resourcefulness. A lot of times I opt for DIY methodologies. A lot can get done with YouTube videos, rolling up your sleeves, and getting to work.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started podcasting in January 2020. At first, it was a project to explore while I was taking a sabbatical from my career in finances. It quickly became more than just a project. It was the first time since finishing college that I had another sense of identity outside of my job.

What gets me most excited about podcasting is the guest research. I love diving deep into their material, summarizing their best stories and talking points, and then bringing that out during our conversation. Whenever first starting, I didn’t realize how much skill there was in crafting the story arc of a podcast episode.

I’ve had to overcome a lot of nerves that comes with talking to strangers while being recorded. Now it is safe to say, recording days are my favorite day of the week.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Although I’m a St. Louis boy, and always will be at heart, I love living in Austin, TX. There are endless places to eat, drink, and listen to music but the accessibility to outdoor activities is definitely my favorite part of Austin.

For cooling off, we would have to take a dip in Barton Springs Pool. This is a recreational outdoor swimming pool that is filled entirely with water from nearby natural springs. It is chilly water all year round so I find myself rotating between swimming and sunbathing on the large lawn.

Barton Springs Pool is located on the grounds of Zilker Park, another must check out spot in Austin. Depending on the time of year, we may be joining a pick-up soccer game, having a picnic with friends, or watching live-music.

Finally, Austin has a unique food truck scene. You’ll find food trucks outside breweries, at gas stations, and pooled together creating their own food truck courts. My favorites are Micklethwait and Spicy Boys.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to get a lot of credit and recognition to my little brother Kyle. He joined the team a year ago and has really elevated the quality of the podcast and brand. He takes initiative to learn about areas that have been blindspots for us. His canny ability to turn people on to the show has lead to a lot of growth for the brand.

Website: www.justinpeters.co

Instagram: @justinleepeters

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/justinleepeters/

Twitter: @justinleepeters

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0yHxQvHpSdx_gJiQJpVCIQ

Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/701hEq4AKxseYuY79xjpSJ Apple Podcasts: https://open.spotify.com/show/701hEq4AKxseYuY79xjpSJhttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-struggle-is-real-with-justin-peters/id1496701179

Image Credits
Gaby Deimeke

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