Recent Episodes

Trailer - The Struggle is Real

Dec. 6, 2022

Hi, I'm Justin Peters. I'm the host of The Struggles Real, a podcast focused on adulting advice for young professionals. You know, those moments where you think, I wish I would've learned this in school. Those are the topics…


How to Think Like a Poker Player with a Former Top 20 High-Stakes Player | E77 Chris Sparks

Dec. 5, 2022

Today’s episode is an exciting conversation with Chris Sparks, a retired professional poker player although I think he uses the term retired fairly loosely. I’ll settle somewhere in the middle and call him a well-paid hobbyi…


Remarkable Health Benefits of a Fiber-Rich Diet | E76 Megan Barnett & Lee Carson

Nov. 21, 2022

I did not know how beneficial fiber was prior to this conversation and I wouldn’t even have been able to tell you fiber was only found in plants. I’m excited about this episode though. I had a blast researching and preparing…

Personal Finance Career

Is Investing Still a Smart Choice During this Recession? I’m Feeling Discouraged. | E75 Jesse Cramer

Nov. 7, 2022

If you’re paying attention to your portfolio right now, you know the stock market has been on a nosedive, and if you’re anything like me, this market drop has you feeling discouraged. I continue doing all the right things. I…

Relationships Career Health

Developing Crystal Clear Intentionality with What Matters Most to You | E74 Brian Bogert

Oct. 24, 2022

The amazing Brian Bogert is joining me on the podcast today.   At 7 years old, his life transformed in a blink of an eye after he was in a vehicle accident that his left arm was detached. Instead of dwelling in the suffering…


How to Build Unbreakable Confidence In Yourself and Ignore Judgment from Others | E73 MMATalks

Oct. 10, 2022

As much as I’d want to work on The Struggle is Real full-time, I do have a day job.   I could gripe about my 9-5 but I actually really enjoy my job at MMA. I like who I work with, who I work for, and what I work on. It also …

About the Hosts

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If you’ve listened to an episode of The Struggle is Real, you’ve heard my voice.

I’ve been hosting the show since the inception. Has it really been almost 3 years!? Thanks to you that have stuck around with me as I find my voice as a host.

Prepping for our guests and asking the questions are my favorite responsibilities.

I’m currently living in Austin but St. Louis will always have a soft spot in my heart.

Some of my favorite things are Cardinals baseball, plants, and rock climbing.

It’s been an absolute blast creating this show for y’all (I’m allowed to say that in Texas). I’m not going away anytime soon so if you have feedback, I’d love to hear it.

Thanks for tuning in!

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Kyle Peters

Producer and Engineer

I've only guested on a couple episodes, but I do a lot of the production work behind the TSIR brand.

I joined the team in January 2022, but I've been a die-hard fan of the show since Justin published his first episode. I love to see how it's grown, and I believe this is only just the beginning.

Editing and producing publishable content from raw audio is my favorite responsibility. Of course, I love having behind the scenes conversations with Justin as well.

I just moved down to Austin in August of 2022, but I'll never forget the dirty Lou in hometown Missouri.

Some of my favorite things are electronic music, live sports, chess, and finance.

If you're a fan of the show, send us a message. We'd love to hear from you.

As always, thanks for tuning in!

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Krista Edwards

Personal Finance Guru

I fell in love with The Struggle is Real when I met Justin at a conference for money nerds and realized we had the same goal: helping 20 somethings figure out their s**t.

As the personal finance guru, I'll do that by sharing money tips and tricks that help you accelerate your path to financial freedom.

I developed super-saver habits in childhood, but when I got my first job and enrolled in a 401k, I felt overwhelmed by all of the options and knew I had to learn more.

Fast-forward to now where I share my personal finance knowledge (and love of Roth IRAs!) through my brand Ready to Roth.

Figuring out how to make money management as simple and accessible as possible is my favorite thing.

I just finished hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, so I'm couch surfing right now while I figure out where I want to live. Don't worry though, I'm from Pittsburgh so I'll always be a Steelers and Penguins fan at heart.

Some of my favorite things are drumming, playing soccer, and eating charcuterie boards.

Check out the show and let us know what you think!