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May 19, 2020

Invest In You!

Invest In You!

In this episode of Snack Size, Minneapolis based drag queen Lala Luzious talks about writing your life a stimulus check and several ways to start investing in yourself right now! Need another snack? Head on over to If you are a new listener to Snack...


In this episode of Snack Size, Minneapolis based drag queen Lala Luzious talks about writing your life a stimulus check and several ways to start investing in yourself right now! Need another snack? Head on over to www.snacksizepodcast.com If you are a new listener to Snack Size, we would love to hear from you! Don’t be afraid to say hello at lala@snacksizepodcast.com Follow Snack Size: The Podcast on Twitter: @podcast_snack Follow the host, Lala Luzious on Instagram: @lalaluzious _____________ Intro and Interlude Music for "Snack Size"  is Lioness (Instrumental) by DayFox https://soundcloud.com/dayfox
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WEBVTT 1 00:00:01.280 --> 00:00:05.160 Hey, what's up world? Welcome to snack size, the podcast that will 2 00:00:05.160 --> 00:00:09.910 drag you into your most fabulous life. I'm your host, La La Luscious, 3 00:00:10.150 --> 00:00:13.750 also known as the snack of the twin cities. I decided for myself 4 00:00:13.789 --> 00:00:16.670 that I can be whatever I want to be. So I decided to be 5 00:00:16.829 --> 00:00:20.670 a drag queen, and if I can live my dreams, you can to. 6 00:00:21.109 --> 00:00:24.940 The time has come to believing yourself enough to turn your ideas into more 7 00:00:25.019 --> 00:00:28.019 than mere words, and, no matter what you are doing in life or 8 00:00:28.059 --> 00:00:31.539 where you want to go, I want to help you get there fabulously. 9 00:00:32.060 --> 00:00:43.250 Our ten minutes starts now. Hey, snacks, welcome to episode for a 10 00:00:43.369 --> 00:00:48.210 snack size. This episode is going to be about investing and the importance of 11 00:00:48.369 --> 00:00:53.600 making investments on your journey to a happy and fulfilled life. Investing is defined 12 00:00:53.719 --> 00:00:58.799 as the act of allocating funds to an asset or committing capital to an endeavor 13 00:00:59.039 --> 00:01:03.310 with the expectation of generating an income or profit. However, let's face it, 14 00:01:03.670 --> 00:01:07.829 I am a drag Queen and I love to buy things, so I 15 00:01:07.989 --> 00:01:11.709 have no business telling you how to manage your money, but I do want 16 00:01:11.709 --> 00:01:15.670 to talk to you today about investing in the most expensive thing you own, 17 00:01:15.109 --> 00:01:19.819 and that is yourself. Investing in yourself is crucial to success, and it 18 00:01:21.019 --> 00:01:25.019 offers one of the best returns on investment that you can get. I don't 19 00:01:25.060 --> 00:01:27.739 want to say that investing in yourself will ever cost money. I have a 20 00:01:27.859 --> 00:01:33.689 closet full of wigs, heels and costumes that says otherwise. But whatever your 21 00:01:33.810 --> 00:01:38.290 goals are, you do not need money to start investing in yourself. In 22 00:01:38.450 --> 00:01:42.569 fact, you've already started by listening to this podcast. So let's get started 23 00:01:42.609 --> 00:01:48.719 with a few ways you can start investing in yourself right now. My first 24 00:01:48.719 --> 00:01:53.200 tip is to invest time and your talent. Do Anything and everything you can 25 00:01:53.400 --> 00:01:57.879 that will improve your talent and abilities. Developing your skill set in whatever is 26 00:01:59.000 --> 00:02:02.989 you want to do is actually the most important investment you can make. This 27 00:02:04.189 --> 00:02:07.789 is because no one can take your talent away from you, and knowledge never 28 00:02:07.949 --> 00:02:13.550 loses its value. A great example in my life was learning to sew. 29 00:02:13.990 --> 00:02:17.500 When I first became a professional queen, I would buy costumes from other Queens. 30 00:02:17.979 --> 00:02:23.379 At first I thought it was so wonderful to have some fabulous looking outfits 31 00:02:23.379 --> 00:02:27.659 to wear on stage, but as I became more mature as a performer, 32 00:02:27.860 --> 00:02:31.210 I started to feel like I was limiting myself to ideas that others created. 33 00:02:31.569 --> 00:02:36.449 I began to have my own ideas of how I wanted to look on stage 34 00:02:36.729 --> 00:02:42.050 and I knew that relying on buying secondhand costumes wasn't going to bring those ideas 35 00:02:42.090 --> 00:02:46.000 to life. So I bought a sewing machine and I looked up how to 36 00:02:46.159 --> 00:02:50.599 sew an evening down on Youtube. I had never sewn before, but in 37 00:02:50.719 --> 00:02:53.960 about twenty four hours, and yes, I sewed for almost all twenty four 38 00:02:54.000 --> 00:02:58.870 hours, I made my very first as gown and I still wear it today. 39 00:02:59.710 --> 00:03:04.550 Investing the time into learning how to sew has helped my performances be just 40 00:03:04.830 --> 00:03:08.830 that, my performances. Now, if I have an awesome idea for our 41 00:03:08.909 --> 00:03:14.379 costume, I can just stitch it right up. So today, whenever you 42 00:03:14.500 --> 00:03:17.099 get a moment, I want you to write down all the skills it would 43 00:03:17.139 --> 00:03:21.860 take to reach your goal. Once you have this list, you have a 44 00:03:21.939 --> 00:03:24.219 road map on what you need to invest in to build your talent. And 45 00:03:24.740 --> 00:03:29.330 while I want you to push yourself, remember that Rome was not built in 46 00:03:29.370 --> 00:03:32.849 a day and neither will your own empire. So take time to develop your 47 00:03:32.930 --> 00:03:38.090 talents so that they are the best they possibly can be. The second tip 48 00:03:38.129 --> 00:03:40.250 I want to talk about is similar to the first, and that it is 49 00:03:40.289 --> 00:03:45.120 an investment of time as well. Once you know what you need to do 50 00:03:45.280 --> 00:03:49.199 to build your talent, the next thing to do is to make time every 51 00:03:49.280 --> 00:03:53.000 day for your goals and dreams. It is the case that many people, 52 00:03:53.319 --> 00:03:57.550 even people who have great ideas in their head, that after they clock out 53 00:03:57.590 --> 00:04:00.710 of their not such a dream job, they rush home just to sit on 54 00:04:00.789 --> 00:04:04.949 the couch, or they get distracted with things that aren't advancing them towards their 55 00:04:05.030 --> 00:04:09.830 goals. In their minds, they may be thinking, I've had a long 56 00:04:09.830 --> 00:04:14.500 day, I'm going to sleep and I'll get to it tomorrow. Tomorrow isn't 57 00:04:14.580 --> 00:04:17.540 promised, but right now is. So don't waste a moment when it comes 58 00:04:17.579 --> 00:04:21.899 to building a happy and fulfilled life. Commit to investing some part of your 59 00:04:21.939 --> 00:04:26.689 day, it doesn't matter, even if it's us a few minutes, towards 60 00:04:26.769 --> 00:04:30.209 building your goals and dreams. For me, I know I can spend hours 61 00:04:30.250 --> 00:04:33.850 and hours on drag projects when I have the time, but when I don't, 62 00:04:34.370 --> 00:04:39.720 even things like taking just five minutes to organize by makeup table helps me 63 00:04:39.839 --> 00:04:43.639 to be more prepared next time I have a show. Just as they say, 64 00:04:43.800 --> 00:04:46.439 if you count your pennies, the dollars will come. The same idea 65 00:04:46.519 --> 00:04:50.560 applies to the time you invest in yourself. A little each day goes a 66 00:04:50.639 --> 00:04:57.870 long way. The next tip for inventing yourself is very important, so important 67 00:04:58.069 --> 00:05:01.029 that if you only take one thing away from this episode, it should be 68 00:05:01.310 --> 00:05:08.620 this next statement. You are your most precious commodity. Do not waste yourself 69 00:05:08.779 --> 00:05:13.860 on people, places or things that do not educate you, progress you or 70 00:05:13.980 --> 00:05:17.180 fulfill you. What this means is that you, as you are right now, 71 00:05:17.699 --> 00:05:21.649 are worth something in this world. It is up to you to know 72 00:05:21.769 --> 00:05:27.050 you're worth and don't just give yourself away. No one else can do this 73 00:05:27.250 --> 00:05:30.769 for you. Think of your talent similar to a high end designer clothing brand. 74 00:05:31.209 --> 00:05:34.329 Lots of people want to wear it. Not everyone can afford it, 75 00:05:34.759 --> 00:05:40.120 but that doesn't mean you lower the price. Those who choose to invest in 76 00:05:40.240 --> 00:05:44.879 you see your value, and that is exactly the type of people you want 77 00:05:44.959 --> 00:05:49.589 around you on your journey to success. This applies to so many different aspects 78 00:05:49.629 --> 00:05:55.310 of life. In love and relationships, people are quick to give their heart 79 00:05:55.389 --> 00:06:00.310 to someone because they feel unworthy or are scared of being lonely. When it 80 00:06:00.470 --> 00:06:04.339 comes to people in any type of relationship, not only should you show them 81 00:06:04.500 --> 00:06:09.779 that you are worth something, they should be worth something to you before you 82 00:06:09.980 --> 00:06:14.579 invest your time into them. Another example is if you are an entrepreneur. 83 00:06:15.459 --> 00:06:18.610 Lots of people starting out on a business venture feel a need to give away 84 00:06:18.810 --> 00:06:24.329 or discount their product to prove its value. I know this because, as 85 00:06:24.410 --> 00:06:29.050 a drag Queen, I've done a lot of free shows, and the problem 86 00:06:29.089 --> 00:06:31.410 with that was not so much that I was doing them for free, but 87 00:06:31.610 --> 00:06:35.439 some of the shows I was doing weren't giving me the exposure I needed to 88 00:06:35.519 --> 00:06:41.240 get to the next level. It wasn't until I started looking into opportunities that 89 00:06:41.600 --> 00:06:45.600 may not pay with money, but pay with experience and exposure, that I 90 00:06:45.720 --> 00:06:49.670 started to gain notoriety as a performer. Now, unless it's a show for 91 00:06:49.829 --> 00:06:54.910 charity, which I am always happy to do, I make money every time 92 00:06:54.949 --> 00:06:59.069 I do drag and that started because, even when I wasn't being paid, 93 00:06:59.550 --> 00:07:02.740 I knew what I had to offer and I invest in my time and talent 94 00:07:02.899 --> 00:07:08.420 and opportunities that help me grow. As you start on the process of investing 95 00:07:08.420 --> 00:07:13.019 in yourself, remember you are building something of value, and if something does 96 00:07:13.100 --> 00:07:16.889 not educate you, progress you or fulfill you, it's not worth your time. 97 00:07:17.930 --> 00:07:23.329 My next tip for investing yourself is to be mindful of the details, 98 00:07:23.529 --> 00:07:28.449 but focus on the bigger picture. As we begin down the path of investing 99 00:07:28.490 --> 00:07:31.720 in yourself, you are going to experience a lot of things along the way. 100 00:07:32.240 --> 00:07:36.759 Some of these will be successes, others will be learning opportunities, some 101 00:07:38.279 --> 00:07:42.240 will be failures, but all of that is a part of making your dreams 102 00:07:42.319 --> 00:07:46.949 come true. No matter what, you should always be focused on the bigger 103 00:07:46.069 --> 00:07:50.829 picture and don't let the details be too overwhelming. Let's say you want to 104 00:07:50.870 --> 00:07:56.149 make a tasty snack, a chocolate chip cookie, for example, and you 105 00:07:56.269 --> 00:07:59.779 want to make it from scratch. You were going to need some time and 106 00:07:59.939 --> 00:08:03.060 a lot of different ingredients. Some of the ingredients you may just have at 107 00:08:03.139 --> 00:08:07.819 home, but others you may have to go out and find. But once 108 00:08:07.899 --> 00:08:11.860 you have everything you need and you make your cookies, the results is something 109 00:08:11.060 --> 00:08:16.290 wonderfully delicious. Achieving your goals and dreams is very similar to this process. 110 00:08:16.329 --> 00:08:22.250 As a six foot tall, bigger guy who wears a size fourteen shoe, 111 00:08:22.810 --> 00:08:26.129 no one would look at me and think, oh, he would make a 112 00:08:26.170 --> 00:08:30.399 beautiful drag queen, but I knew what my goal was, so I took 113 00:08:30.480 --> 00:08:33.639 time and a ton of trial and error to figure out what worked for me 114 00:08:33.960 --> 00:08:37.759 to make the vision I had of myself in my head come true. So 115 00:08:39.399 --> 00:08:43.029 don't get caught up in the details. If you want something, it will 116 00:08:43.070 --> 00:08:46.070 happen. Go out into the world, figure out what you need to succeed, 117 00:08:46.389 --> 00:08:52.190 put it all together and Bam, you've made yourself a snack. To 118 00:08:52.309 --> 00:08:56.659 wrap this episode up, I want you to remember something that we already talked 119 00:08:56.700 --> 00:09:01.139 about an episode two, and that is invest in yourself by choosing to stay 120 00:09:01.179 --> 00:09:07.019 positive about everything you do. Remember that happiness is a choice, and happy 121 00:09:07.059 --> 00:09:11.809 people never feel held hostage by their circumstances. They find reasons to be grateful 122 00:09:13.129 --> 00:09:16.049 and find solutions to the obstacles they are facing. This means that nothing is 123 00:09:16.169 --> 00:09:20.129 impossible and you can do anything you want to if you believe it. For 124 00:09:20.210 --> 00:09:26.799 yourself first, by making small, positive changes that help you invest in yourself, 125 00:09:26.200 --> 00:09:30.480 you will be improving your future. In the long run, you will 126 00:09:30.519 --> 00:09:35.159 be setting yourself up to be able to look back and be thankful for investing 127 00:09:35.200 --> 00:09:39.710 in the most beautiful and powerful thing you have in this world. You so 128 00:09:39.950 --> 00:09:43.509 take what we've learned here and write yourself a stimulus check and let the economy 129 00:09:43.669 --> 00:09:50.750 of your talent flourish. See you next time, snack. Hey Snack, 130 00:09:50.909 --> 00:09:54.820 I hope you enjoyed this episode. Remember you can get every episode of snack 131 00:09:54.899 --> 00:10:00.259 size on apple podcast, Google podcast and spotify. Let's keep the conversation going. 132 00:10:00.419 --> 00:10:03.059 If you have questions or feedback, don't be afraid to say hello at 133 00:10:03.139 --> 00:10:09.210 Lala, at snack size podcastcom and if you want to support my podcast, 134 00:10:09.529 --> 00:10:13.730 head on over to paypal dot me for its snack size podcast. Until next 135 00:10:13.769 --> 00:10:16.289 time, go be fabulous.