The Formula with Jefferson Keith Langley, Episode 4

The Formula with Jefferson Keith Langley, Episode 4

When you’re a host on internet radio, you learn to improvise when a scheduled guest goes missing or announces at the last minute that they need to reschedule. Such was the case the other day when it was Jefferson Keith Langley’s turn to host on Writestream Radio Network.

If you don’t know him, here’s an excerpt from his bio on Writestream Radio.com:

Jefferson Keith Langley always had the winning mindset from a young age when he excelled in sports all the way to semi-pro status. Moving to Los Angeles from Texas at 19, he began his twenty-year career in entertainment, TV and media working as an assistant for numerous top people and companies on such projects as Gatorade; Smashing Pumpkins; Orbit Gum; Coors Light; Dave Mathews Band; Quentin Tarantino’s A Band Apart; Propaganda; Sony Pictures; Kaye Films; Emmy-award- winning director/TV showrunner Paris Barclay; Wayne Isham; Nigel Dick; Kinka Usher; Silver Pictures; and recognizable films like Starship Troopers, Tales From the Crypt and NBC/Universal series The Chang Family Saves the World for Misher Films just to name a few.

He co-founded a boutique production and finance company with an investor from Silicon Valley where he was President of Development and Production for over two years handling day to day operations, business affairs strategies to diversify the company portfolio, optioning material, negotiating deals, leading writer meetings, while managing, developing and raising funds for the slate of projects. He has been hired by film financiers to consult and write materials for fantasy thrillers and comedies as well.

This led to Jefferson expanding his spectrum and becoming a top adviser/consultant across all industries. His clients consist of financiers, producers, venture capitalists, creative types, pop singers, actors, oil and gas execs, sport athletes, jewelry designers, celebrities, entrepreneurs, global brands, top political aides, former intelligence officers, and many more. His unique, cutting-edge, one-of-a-kind techniques and innovative applications continue to garner rave reviews from his colleagues and clients through their referrals and recommendations. Jefferson’s knack for seeing to the core of things, coming up with innovative solutions, and providing guidance and execution all the way through to reaching the finish line garnered him the personal title, “THE HUMAN ARCHITECT.”

Since I produce his show The Formula, which airs every fourth Tuesday of the month on Writestream Radio, I decided to turn the tables and interview him. We spent an interesting, informative 90 minutes discussing his “blueprint” philosophy for individuals, which he incorporates into his one-on-one coaching sessions with entrepreneurs. To listen, click here.

Would you like to connect with Jefferson? Visit ABETHIA.com and Artitechtronix.com.

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Ash Wednesday Musings

Ash Wednesday Musings

Growing up Catholic and attending Catholic school, Ash Wednesday always felt like a somber day of remembering one’s bodily mortality, e.g. “Remember man that thou art dust, and unto dust you shall return,” and deciding which decadent treats (chocolate, soda, cake, etc.) you were willing to give up. For better or worse, the day became synonymous with dieting for many people, as the concept of self-denial centered around food and beverages. Some argued that you could have Sundays “off” while others insisted you must stick to it for the full 40 days.

Why the discrepancy?

According to Catholicism.About.com:

Lent, the period of prayer and fasting in preparation for Easter, is 40 days long, but there are 46 days between Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar, and Easter. So how are the 40 days of Lent calculated?

A Little History

The answer takes us back to the earliest days of the Church. Christ’s original disciples, who were Jewish, grew up with the idea that the Sabbath—the day of worship and of rest—was Saturday, the seventh day of the week since the account of creation in Genesis says that God rested on the seventh day.

Christ rose from the dead, however, on Sunday, the first day of the week, and the early Christians, starting with the apostles (those original disciples), saw Christ’s Resurrection as a new creation, and so they transferred the day of rest and worship from Saturday to Sunday.

Sunday: The Celebration of the Resurrection

Since all Sundays—and not simply Easter Sunday—were days to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection, Christians were forbidden to fast and do other forms of penance on those days.

Therefore, when the Church expanded the period of fasting and prayer in preparation for Easter from a few days to 40 days (to mirror Christ’s fasting in the desert, before He began His public ministry), Sundays could not be included in the count.

Thus, in order for Lent to include 40 days on which fasting could occur, it had to be expanded to six full weeks (with six days of fasting in each week) plus four extra days—Ash Wednesday and the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday that follow it. Six times six is thirty-six, plus four equals forty. And that’s how we arrive at the 40 days of Lent!

While I’m supportive of anyone using this time to deprive themselves of sweets (and lose weight in the process), I also love this idea from Aleteia.com:

During Lent we want to de-emphasize ourselves and emphasize our dependence on God. Almsgiving (materially sharing with those in need) is one of the three “pillars” of Lent. (The other two pillars are prayer and fasting.) We can give in ways other than money. In giving up things around our house that we don’t need, we can detach from “stuff” while helping others.

Here’s the challenge: During the 40 days of Lent, find one thing each day you no longer need. For most of us, this should be really easy. It could be a kitchen item, a jacket, a bike, an unopened gift hanging around. Go through your closets, drawers, basement, even the garage.

Click here to read the full post.

For me, it’s also about releasing old beliefs and thought patterns while embracing the knowledge that we are all children of God. With that in mind, here are some suggestions. During Lent 2017, let’s fully let go of:

  • Self-Doubt
  • Worry
  • Fear
  • Laziness
  • Impatience
  • Jealousy
  • Selfishness
  • Distrust
  • Comparing Ourselves to Others

Instead, embrace our individuality as creations of God. Celebrate the unique gifts He has given to each of us. Vow to use them in service to your family, friends, neighbors, community, country, workplace and/or business. Stop the comparison/jealousy game and recognize that we are all here for our own purpose. It has been said that “comparison is the thief of joy.” I fully agree.

No matter how you honor the season of Lent, remember to express gratitude for all that you are and all that you have. Focus on your blessings, not your problems. By doing so, you just may find that God will guide you through every obstacle.

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Copy Writing Testimonials

Copy Writing Testimonials

In addition to co-founding Writestream Publishing LLC, where I work as a ghostwriter, editor, and consultant on the self-publishing process, I also enjoy helping clients with their copy writing needs. Whether for a book description, biography, or content for web pages, I can help you present yourself and your product/service in such a way as to entice your target audience to learn more.

Here are two testimonials from recent assignments.

From Author Jack July:

“THANK YOU Writestream Publishing, LLC! More specifically, Daria Anne DiGiovanni, Author for your assistance and skill. Your marketing prose has helped me greatly. Your skill has helped put my first novel in the position to be considered for movies and television. It’s wonderful to have this much talent a couple keystrokes or a phone call away.”

 

From R. Lisa Smoak, CEO of SBTD, Inc:

“I was impressed by the speed with which the editor, Daria from Writestream, responded to reviewing the manuscript and sending it back for my concurrence.  As the manuscript neared completion, she was extremely patient and gave me many chances to review the changes and corrections.

“Daria also assisted in writing a bio for a local magazine, which was well-written and professional. My experience with Writestream Publishing co-founder and editor Daria was always professional, helpful and kind. If I decide to write another book, I will definitely use Writestream Publishing. I highly recommend Writestream as a publishing company.”

Seeking a good copy writer? Contact me here to get started. Do you have a story to share with the world in the form of a book? Visit Writestream Publishing.com to discover our all-inclusive publishing packages and other services.

 

 

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