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Live the Whole Life!

Live the Whole Life!


Welcome to Live the Whole Life! 

It is a freeing moment when you just decide to go for it!  I have always wanted to be an editor.  I even worked at a publishing company years ago in New Jersey.  Then life happens and instead of publishing a magazine in New York city I was car pooling kids to school and activities.  I started a business and have been doing the same work for over twenty five years.   Not that I am not grateful for my work and life but it is time to dust off the old and jump into something new.  If I dare to dream again what would that look like?

With kids grown and responsibilities changed, I can turn the page and end one chapter and begin a new one.  There are probably a hundred reasons to find not to do this.  What if I fail?  What if I make a fool of myself?  What if I am not qualified?  And what if I do and have the time of my life!  Heart beat again!

It seems like lately there is one news story after another about people passing away in there 60s and even 50s.  Wait that could be me!   If we knew we only had six or eight years left on this planet what would we want to do. What would make us happy.  If we are not doing that thing, then what is stopping us!   There was an awesome post on Facebook of Steve Harvey on You Tube called  “Jump”   It is worth taking the time to listen and watch the video.

This is a “Jump” moment for me.  I am so happy to invite you to join me on this journey.  I would like to work on a new definition for “retirement.”  Webster gives a simple definition of retirement as “the act of ending your working or professional career : the act of retiring”   I would like to change that definition to “the act of changing your work or professional career to create and fulfill ones dreams, living the whole life!

How do you define “retirement?”   I welcome your comments below.

Thank you for reading my first blog.  Happy Independence Day!

Respectfully submitted,

Mary J. Williams, Editor-in-chief



Gordon Ramsay Spicy Beef Salad

Gordon Ramsay loves this simple dressing with garlic, chilli, fish sauce, sugar and lime in Vietnam and Cambodia over this Spicy Beef Salad Recipe. It’s the exotic twist of sour, sweet, salty and bitter, and works with most seafood and meat, but is particularly good with steak. Banana shallots are particularly good used raw in salads. They are sweet and flavorsome and have none of the acidness of Spanish onions. Thai chiles, lemon grass, and Thai basil are offered in Asian grocery stores however feel free to substitute the three with jalapeno peppers, a squeeze of some lemon juice, and regular basil. you’ll also add green mangos to this dish when they are available.

Spicy Beef Salad – Gordon Ramsay

2 beef sirloin steaks, 200–250g each Olive oil frying
2 carrots, trimmed and peeled
6 radishes, trimmed and finely sliced
200g cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
Bunch of mint, leaves only, shredded
1 small banana shallot, peeled and fine sl
3 spring onions, trimmed and shredded
large cucumber, trim, peeled, seeded sliced
2 baby gem lettuces, shredded
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tbsp skinned peanuts, to garnish
1 garlic clove, peeled and roughly chopped
1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped
2 tsp grated palm sugar or palm sugar paste
2–3 tbsp fish sauce, or to taste
Juice of 1–2 limes


Season the steaks generously on both sides, pushing the seasoning into the meat. Add a dash of oil to a hot pan and fry the steaks over a high heat on either side for 2–3 minutes (medium rare). Hold the fat side of the steaks against the pan to render the fat. When cooked to your liking, remove the steaks from the heat and leave to rest, pouring any cooking juices on top.
To make the dressing, put the garlic and chilli in a mortar with a pinch of salt and grind to a paste. Add the sugar, fish sauce and lime juice and stir with a spoon. Taste, add a little more lime juice if needed, and set aside.
Meanwhile, using a vegetable peeler, cut the carrots into ribbons. Place in a bowl with the radishes, tomatoes, mint, shallot, spring onions, cucumber and lettuce. Add about 4–6 tablespoons of the dressing and mix well to combine.
Thickly slice the steak at an angle. Toast the peanuts with a pinch of salt for a few minutes in a clean dry pan and roughly chop. Place the steak on top of the salad and scatter over the chopped peanuts. Drizzle over the remaining dressing and serve immediately.

Solo Traveling in Iguazu with Nikki Vargas

Nikki is a Travel Journalist with published work in VICE, FOOD & WINE, Matador Network, Roads & Kingdoms and more. She is the Editor of The Pin the Map Project, a top 100 travel blog of 2015, and was speaker at the Women’s Travel Fest NYC and New York Travel Fest. Follow Nikki and her travels on Instagram! Nikki checks her e-mails at nikki@travelettes.net and nikki@thepinthemapproject.com Website: http://www.thepinthemapproject.com

So where are the Iguazu falls? I had to do a little research myself.

Iguazu Falls

Iguazú Falls, Iguassu Falls, or Iguaçu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. They are the largest waterfalls system in the world. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. The Iguazu RIguazu Fallsiver rises near the city of Curitiba. For most of its course, the river flows through Brazil, however, most of the falls are on the Argentine side. Below its confluence with the San Antonio River, the Iguazu River forms the boundary between Argentina and Brazil.

Well, I may not book a trip to follow Nikki’s footsteps but I do enjoy her travel posts.  She has created an exciting life for herself.  She takes us to interesting places, mingles with local life, and explores foods unknown.   I enjoy following her and hope you will too.

Mary Williams,  Editor

How Do I Pray?

It is 2:22 am and I am awakened to a song playing on my computer.  It just randomly started playing.  I am alone in my house so I looked around with one eye to see if anyone was there.   I gathered up the nerve to turn on the light.  Maybe it was a power surge that triggered my Amazon Prime music to start randomly playing.  Or maybe I was getting a message and needed to pay attention.  The song playing was “Teach Me How To Pray” by Jason Upton.  I’ve attached the song so you can listen to the words.  We have all been taught how to pray at some point in our lives.  I grew up in a church where we memorized many prayers.  As an adult I learned other ways to pray including the “name it and claim” type of prayer. I guess I also believed that if I asked for anything in Jesus’ name I would get it.  Or if we sort of “gang up” on God, He would have to do what we want.  When two or more pray together we for sure will get what we want. There are partial truths in all these ways. How good and patient and kind our heavenly Father is to put up with my childish ways.  I imagine I sounded much like one of my children asking for the latest toy, in Jesus name.  Not that I don’t believe that our Father doesn’t want us to prosper but is prayer all about asking and receiving what we want or think we need?

So I decided to take a step back and in prayer ask the Father to show me how I was to pray.   Why am I praying to begin with came to mind?   Prayer is our life line to God.  It is our conversation with our Father.   My best prayer time is in the early mornings where I sit outside on the patio with a cup of coffee, feed the birds, and talk to God.   It is brief, simple prayers.  Nothing elaborate or theological.  Just “Good Morning, Father, it is a beautiful day.  You do good work. Thank you for another day.  Help me each hour to make it through the day.”   I’ll bring up what is on my heart and ask him to help others that are in need.  It is a simple conversation.  I have also been caught singing ” His Eye is on the Sparrow.”   When I take a walk in early evening I like to recap the day with Him.  It may be that I have messed up and need forgiveness.  I ask for wisdom.  Those are my best prayer times.  Lately,  I have found myself in more of a negotiation type prayer time.  If God does this then I will do that.  Maybe that is why I was getting awakened in the early morning.  God was saying, “Enough with the negotiations, Mary!”   Then there are the times when I am too busy to pray.  I have worked out a plan in my mind to get through whatever and take to it.  In time I find that I once again wasted my time by not turning it over and seeking God’s help.

People have asked me if God talks to me.   In most cases it is a sensing that comes or an answer to my conversation with Him that comes to mind.  Only once I was woken by an audible voice.  There are also times of “coincidence” when something happens that could only be God.   One time when I was in the Executive Suite business, renting small offices to business people and providing admin services, I was struggling.  I prayed that I did not know how I was going to make it and needed help.  Within the hour, the elevator opened and a man came and leased two offices and his corporate office asked to prepay the rest of the year!  He was going to shop around but felt like this was where he was supposed to be.   I know God was in that and telling me “I’ve got you!”

So what does the Bible tell us about prayer.  In Matthew 6:5-13 Jesus teaches the the model prayer.  He tells His disciples to pray privately not in a showy way to bring attention to themselves.

New King James Version – Matthew 6:9-13  “In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hollowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done.
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the
power and the glory forever.

 There are many teachings on the Lord’s prayer.  I think there is a simple message that I have been given to share.  When we pray we need to remember we have given our lives to Christ and therefore it is not our will anymore but His.  So when we come before God in prayer we can ask about that job transfer, or new car, or getting married or whatever, but the measure is if it is His will.  There is a bigger kingdom plan that we are all a part of.  We are not just here on earth to get the things in life that make us happy. So in prayer we ask for His will in all things.  I know I have a business anointing and that God has a purpose for my business success.  The business will prosper for His glory and His purposes.

A favorite teaching on prayer is by John McArthur, Grace to You. (www.gty.org)  He brings more in depth teaching for us on prayer.  The YouTube link is included.

Please feel free to comment below.  I would like to know how you pray and your experiences.

Thank you,

Mary Williams

“So how do I pray? Whatever glorifies Your name. Whatever advances Your name. Whatever extends Your kingdom. Whatever accomplishes Your will. That’s how I pray.”  John McArthur