January Blogger Spotlight

Welcome to my new series in which I spotlight one of my followers. I’ve always had a deep fascination with people: how they became who they are, the struggles they won, and the hard lessons they learned over time. All of these scars and stories make up a person’s life. While I think it’s important to reflect on your own journey, it is also equally important to hear other voices and see diverse perspectives. In this series, the spotlighted blogger will be able to tell their story through curated questions I’ve asked of them.

When I came up with the idea for this series, I could think of only one person to start us off. In late 2020, I decided to give this blog thing another shot (of many) and Pete was one of the first real readers that followed, commented, and kept coming back to see what I’d publish next. He even shared one of my posts on his blog and that post remains the highest ranking on my site to this day. 

Without further ado, I introduce you to Pete Springer.

A Little About Pete…

What is something most people don’t know about you?
Most people don’t know that I used to be a shy kid because I’m extroverted now. As an elementary teacher, I could work with just about any child, but I took special pride in helping timid children blossom. There was no better feeling than watching children grow emotionally and feel good about themselves.

What was your biggest fear growing up and did you overcome it (if so, how)?
Self-confidence and learning to get out of my comfort zone. Going to college and living on my own forced me to grow up. Once I felt good about myself, I projected that same feeling to the people around me.

What do you always have with you no matter where you are?
Hmm, that’s a tough one. I can live without my phone, but I pretty much go crazy when I don’t have my computer.

What is one thing you do now that you didn’t do 10 years ago?
Make time for myself. I used to try and care for everybody else in my life (family, friends, students, etc.), but the one person I failed to look after was me and my health suffered. Now I exercise, eat right, and spend time doing things that bring me joy.

What’s one thing you want to be better at?
This one is easy. I want to get better at writing novels for children. It’s my new form of teaching, and I am loving the challenge of learning a new skill. I used to write when I felt like it. Now, I write something every day, and I love the creative challenge of story writing.

Pete’s Advice On…

Career: Do you believe it’s important to work at a job you love or is it just a means to an end?
Find a job you love. We spend 1/3 of our day at work. Happiness is everything in life.

Money: Does money buy happiness?
Not by itself. Finding someone to love is way more important. On the other hand, I’ll take my middle-class life over poverty.

Life: What’s one thing you would tell your younger self?
No regrets! Don’t play it safe. Better to have tried and failed instead of not putting yourself in the game.

Parenting: What is one parenting advice you would give to a new parent?
Provide a home filled with love. That means making time for your kids, teach them to be good people, and to be independent. Don’t do everything for your kids but be there for them when they need you.

Blog Thoughts…

When did you begin your blogging journey, what was your first post about, and how would you describe your blog to someone who’s never read your content?
March of 2019. New Beginnings. I blog about whatever is on my mind. My favorite posts to write are about the special people in my life or other human-interest stories that touch me.

Why did you decide to start blogging?
I wrote a book about my teaching career (called, They Call Me Mom: Making a Difference as an Elementary School Teacher), and a friend suggested the next logical step might be to start a blog. I had never thought about it until then. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. I’ve met many cool people from around the globe that I never otherwise would have met.

Who was the first blogger that followed you that still posts/follows you today?
I had to go back and look but one of the first was Debby Gies (Pen name D.G. Kaye). A couple of others came before her, but they disappeared a long time ago. I consider Debby a friend and another one of the most supportive bloggers around. 

Who was the first blogger that you followed that still posts today?
I’m not positive, but it might have been Sally Cronin at The Smorgasbord Blog Magazine. She is the queen of supporting other bloggers and a true ambassador. She is one of my role models in the blogging world. 

What was your most recent post about?
Overcoming fear. I had been thinking about writing a post on this topic, and then Shelly at Growing with Spawn made a YouTube video about it. Shelly, a self-described introvert, started a YouTube channel and made an amazing video about overcoming fear. I contacted her and asked if I could share her video with my own thoughts. She was on board, and the rest is history. Stories like hers are inspiring to me, and I hope that others will watch her video and feel the same way. Courage is getting out of your comfort zone, and she nailed it out of the park!

Who was the first blogger that commented on your most recent post? Please tell us a bit about them/their blog/how you came to know them/why others should follow them?
The first one who commented was writer/blogger John Howell. I have been following John for about a year. One of the things that first attracted me to him was that I am trying to do what he has done. I’ve read two of his books, and John is an excellent writer. I believe he became an author in his 70s after he had a successful business career for more than 40 years. It’s comforting to know that at age 63, I can follow a similar path.

Thank you so much for sharing, Pete!

Stay tuned to read about my next featured Blogger in February.

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136 thoughts on “January Blogger Spotlight

  1. How nice to see Pete featured in spotlight here BB. I can’t believe it’s already been 3 years blogging for Pete, it feels like longer. Great to learn more about Pete here too. I can so identify with Pete being a ‘shy’ extrovert. That’s how I’d classify myself, yet most wouldn’t believe the shy part, lol. Thank you Pete for the lovely mention. 🙂 🙂

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    • I agree, Rob. We can all learn things from each other. One of the most interesting aspects of blogging for me is the backstory and journey of each blogger and how they got to be the person they are today. Good for Jen to develop this creative idea to help promote those connections.

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      • It is awesome bro, I find it easier to open up in my blogging more than anywhere else ….. I’ve opened up more and more as my blogs go on, but even just writing down has helped me myself and I love when people message me saying my blogs have helped them through tough times and other stuff ….. it’s also helped me become a better writer too ….. but mostly it’s so good to get people talking and others attention towards subjects it helps the writer and the reader in my view ….. I will be keeping up with these blogs from Jen as I do more myself ….. as far as interviewing others I’ve only done a couple myself so I may learn a lot from Jen

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      • This is so awesome to hear! We have a lot in common, Rob! I, too, have learned so much about myself through writing/blogging this past year. My writing has definitely improved, I’m seeing a different part of myself (recalling memories that have stuck with me for so long but have been buried in the depths of my mind) and I’m allowing others to see that too (some new blogging friends and others who know me in my real life following my blog).

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      • Yeah exactly the same ….. for years I’ve had so much shit in life and I’ve paid visits to depressionville a couple times but since blogging I’ve let most out (not all I’ll admit) and if I ever have anything on my mind I blurt it out in my blogs and it helps haha ….. and blogging has helped my confidence a lot so now I’m writing a book lol

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      • Yeah the journey is the best part, without the ups and downs the destination is pointless ….. and the journey is more fun too in many ways because once you get there what’s next? I say the next journey will always be more fun because you learn from the last one ….. you also travel your own road alone, sometimes you cross paths with someone amazing and sometimes paths join but you are always alone (not in a depressing way haha) ….. another saying I live is “we are always alone, but we are alone together”

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    • I just signed up for your blog too. I rarely take on more blogs these days as I have trouble keeping up with the ones I follow already, so take that as a compliment. I read one of your posts regarding your childhood’s impact on you. As a retired elementary teacher, I saw this ALL the time. People cope with their challenging upbringings in different ways. When kids’ anger came out at school, sometimes directed at another child or me, 95% of the time, it was because of dysfunction in their lives. Neglect and trauma have enormous consequences. It used to drive me nuts when an administrator was worrying about test scores instead of kids who were worried about whether their dad was going to get out of jail, where they’d be sleeping tonight, and would they have enough food.

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      • Thanks Pete! I hope you enjoy my content 🙂 although I don’t yet see that you’re following me actually, but maybe it takes some time to show? Yes, you are seriously on the front lines there, working with young kids. And sometimes I assume it may feel rather thankless. But, I can tell you, as a young child with trauma happening at home, I still remember every teacher who was kind to me (and every teacher who wasn’t kind!), and it sounds like they’re really lucky to have u! ❤️‍🩹😊

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      • I’m retired now but still invested in my students’ lives. It does my heart good to see them chasing their dreams. A few became teachers—one I taught in 5th grade I was able to teach with during the last four years of my career. Talk about making a guy feel old.

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      • That is something else! I have a funny story about seeing teachers as human beings (in high school, I volunteered at a school for extra credits) because as children we (at least true for me) never really saw our teachers as anything other than teachers but to actually see them each lunch like everyone else was fascinating LOL I even got to use the same lunch/break room and bathroom as the teachers! It was wild LOL

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      • This is such an interesting reflection from a teacher’s perspective, Pete! As you may remember, I work in the field of child maltreatment and we see a lot of this generational trauma and/or the reverberations of parenting neglect… very sad..

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    • Thanks so much, Libby! I sent Pete an impromptu email at (I think) 7am (my EST time) with a tight deadline (because the idea literally popped into my head hours earlier) and I wanted to get the post in for my Wednesday timeslot before February started haha lol and he totally delivered! So glad you’re following him! 🙂

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    • So true, Jen. Sadly, as you well know, the cycle often is repeated. If I ever go back and decide to get my master’s degree, I want to study that very question of resiliency. Most times, the kids who make it out either have another role model in their life that inspires them or something inside that refuses to go down the same path. That’s why people in your profession are so crucial.

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  2. I’m so excited that you posted about other bloggers. Especially because I’ve never heard of these blogs before and I’m really looking forward to reading them and learning from them. This was an amazing idea!

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  3. Thank you, Pete, for the lovely mention. Your journey should not be hampered by age. As long as you keep your creativity, you will be fine. Thank you, Bossy Babe, for featuring Pete today. He is a gem. I like the fact that you are a spouse trainer. You and My Producer would have a lot in common, I think. 😁

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  4. It was so kind of you to think of me for your first post in this series, Jen. You know by now that I’m a huge fan of your blog, and I look forward to reading it each Wednesday. One piece of advice that I would give to any other writer/blogger is to be brutally honest with your readers the way you are. Each of us has flaws (I’ve got plenty), and we can identify with others going through the same challenges. We make mistakes in life; it’s part of the learning process. Yet, hopefully, we learn from those errors. I can pretty much guarantee you will crush yourself as a parent (I did the same) when you screw up. Yet, try to remember all the times you get it right with Charlotte. You’re providing a loving home, and you and your husband are teaching her grit, perseverance, self-discipline, confidence, and to be a good human being, etc.

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    • Like I said Pete, no one else I could think of to start us off! Even though I don’t know you in real life, only blog-form (hehe), I know you are an incredibly genuine, kind, and thoughtful person. Thank you for always sending support my way from the most amazing blog comments to encouraging parenting advice. We never know if we’re getting it right but it’s nice to know that others have been there too and can see our efforts. 🙂

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      • I consider myself a pretty intuitive person, and it’s apparent that you’re doing your best for your little girl. Having gone through that fun yet challenging stage, there’s a lot more where that came from.😉 Soak it all in, and remember to take lots of photos. You’ll be surprised what you forget, but the visual proof is a great reminder.

        It’s been fun getting to know your peeps.

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    • Hi Rhonda. I just checked out your blog, and it has a warm and friendly vibe to it. We’ve got a couple of things in common. I spent many of my years growing up in the midwest. I see that you lived in Minnesota for a time. I have a brother that lives there, and so do his four kids, all reasonably close together near the Twin Cities. I see that you’re in Colorado now. Guess what? I’ve got a brother there too, living in Aurora. Life is pretty funny because I’m the youngest of our boys, and yet we ended up living in each of the four continental time zones. The oldest is in New Jersey, and my wife and I are right on the California coast in the heart of the redwoods.

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      • Hey Pete! Thank you for checking out my blog and the encouraging comments. I’m glad I found your blog too. It’s apparent you put a lot of thought into what you publish and I appreciate that. My husband and I actually grew up in Minnesota and moved to Colorado in 2016. We have enjoyed living here but in the next few months will be moving to Wisconsin to be closer to our families. I’m the youngest in my family too, so you and I also have that in common!

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  5. Hi Michelle. I’ve seen you on some of the same blogs that I follow. I just checked out your blog and know that we share some of the same values. I try to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. We’ve been recycling for over 50 years. I was raised to respect my environment and those around me. My dad was a wildlife biologist involved in the preservation of endangered animals, and my brother is the vice-president of the North American Butterfly Association.

    Jen’s idea is excellent, and I hope that some of my people can mingle with some of her people. It’s always great learning about others.

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  6. I don’t know of Pete, so this was fun to read. Your questions were great, as were his answers– thoughtful not flippant. I’m not familiar with Sally Cronin which is something that always amazes me [in a good way]. Even after all these years, there are new people to follow who’ve been around forever, too. Off to take a peek at both Pete and Sally.

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  7. Reblogged this on Pete Springer and commented:
    An enormous thank you for the chance to be interviewed by Jen over at https://bosssybabe.wordpress.com/. She is the parent of a four-year-old, trying to navigate the challenges of being a wife, mother, and blogger while working full-time. She writes about the most thought-provoking topics, and I can’t recommend her enough. Comments are closed on my blog.

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    • My mom was the most positive person I ever knew. She always had a smile and never a bad word to say about anyone. I’m not quite there, but I try to remember to set a good example for those close to me. 😊

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  8. This is a terrific post about Pete! He is one of my favorite bloggers and writers, and one of my favorite people. He’s the real deal when it comes to character and kindness. I loved the interview and learning more about Pete. Thanks, Jen!

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  9. This is an extraordinary post about an extraordinary man! I love following Pete’s blog and know anytime I visit it, I am going to get inspired. This is a wonderful interview! I met Pete at Sally Cronin’s blog, so it’s a wonderful place! Thank you for spotlighting him, Bossy Babe! And congrats, Pete!

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    • What a kind thing to say, Jan! I think we’re out there doing the best we can. Some days we succeed, and others, not so much. I’m taking my cues from you and others who have found their writing path through novels and blogging. I’ve learned to respect the journey and am trying to learn as much as possible.

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  10. So lovely to see Pete featured its lovely to learn a little more about this incredibly supportive blogger a word nerd like me he always comes up with something for my A-Z’s plus his little messages have supported me through this year as my daughters fight cancer…Bless you, Pete x…A great choice for your first guest Bosssy 🙂

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    • It’s not lost on me that I’ve met a ton of people I wouldn’t have otherwise known without the Internet and blogging. Blogs allow us to connect with others personally as each of us is going through our own challenges. You just happen to have more of your fair share than others right now, Carol. Yet, I know you well enough to understand you won’t dwell on being a victim.

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  12. You are absolutely correct on both counts, Pete… I always put my big girl pants on and face whatever life throws at me… Not always easy but I have got this… Blogging has been a lifesaver for me.. Thank you, Pete you rock my friend x

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  13. It was fun to get a little insight into Pete as a person, writer, and blogger. It’s hard to imagine him as shy. Lol. And in the short time he’s been blogging, he’s made lots of loyal friends with his kindness. Here’s to many more years. 🙂

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  14. Thanks for introducing to Pete, i know also from his book, with this funny as interesting title. P.S.: It took me a long time to realise, that a nurse also can be a male. 😉 He is the teacher i always wanted to have, and he need to be honored to continue his teaching activities now in writing books for children. .xx Michael

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    • Thanks, Michael. I know I speak for many of my fellow bloggers when I say how much we appreciate all of your reblogs. It’s taken society a long time to come around to it, but there’s no reason a man can’t become a nurse, or a woman can become a doctor. My goddaughter is just about to enter medical school to become a doctor. I’m so proud of her!

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      • Thank you too Peter! All the best for your granddaughter, the bigger efforts will start after graduation. But time shows how much communities need doctors. Sorry if I produced a misunderstanding. I meant that the English word nurse has more of a female connotation for us. xx Michael

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  15. Hi Jen, I love your interview with my friend Pete. I’ve learnt so much more about him. I loved your advice about money and life, Pete – don’t play it safe and don’t throw your money away. Perfect. Toni

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    • I think we need to find a balance there for sure, Toni. My wife and I started putting some money away toward retirement in our 2nd year of teaching. On the other hand, we can’t wait until we’re too old to enjoy rich experiences. Covid has gotten in the way of a few of our traveling plans, but I’m optimistic that we’ll find a way despite its challenges.

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  16. Jen, you asked the BEST questions. I’m sure Pete had to dig for a few of the answers because he has acquired a healthy following in the last two years. Like Pete, I am a retired teacher and can identify too as an introvert turned extrovert.

    Yes, you picked the perfect person to blaze the trail in this series: Enthusiastic, purposeful, and not afraid to tell it like it is. And he is SO supportive, always commenting on my weekly blog. He reciprocates on other sites too. He’s that kind of guy! 😀

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