wanderingwithmary wanderingwithmary

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Mary McLeod | UGANDA  Writer • NGO + Portrait Photographer //Choosing vulnerability for God's glory // YL Oils 👇🏻// Uganda, Africa 📍

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LAST DAY OF SALE!!
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This little bundle of goodness changed my everyday life and I would love to tell you how. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
+ 11 everyday essential oils
+ beautiful diffuser + incredible community of creative women who dream big and love hard
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I use FRANKINCENSE in my moisturizer at night 💁🏻. LEMON in my water 🍋. LAVENDER for my sunburn. PEPPERMINT to help with headaches🙆🏻. STRESS AWAY for...well...all the stress. COPAIBA to help soothe baby girl teething 👶🏻. PANAWAY to help with sore muscles because I did like 50 squats after not working out for over a year 💪🏻. R.C. to help with husbands crazy cough😷. THIEVES to help build up the rest of our immune systems and PURIFICATION for the diaper pail stank 🙊. Oh! And DIGIZE because we love Indian & Ethiopian food 😁
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This whole bundle would usually cost someone well over $300 at retail value but when you sign up as a wholesale member on my team it is only $135!! I'll be sending you a $25 on PayPal after you sign up!
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Ready to sign up? Follow the link in my profile to order your Premium Starter Kit as a wholesale member today! This is the last day for this amazing discount!
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Still have questions? Feel free to send me a DM or email me at mary@wanderingwithmary.com ! So excited to join you in your essential oil journey!

Today is #nationalmoonday ?! Sign me up to celebrate! I love me some moons but I love these two girls more than all of the moons in the universe.

I started doing it again. Walking by the mirror and frowning. Regretting my food choices. Not thinking the kindest things about the shell my soul lives in. I started wishing I was the old Mary. The one who could walk up an incline and not end up short of breath. The one who worked hard to get rid of her love handles. The one who didn't have cellulite all over her body. It has been years since I thought this way and all the thoughts recently started flooding back. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Then I remembered that my body is one that helped bring a miracle into this world. My body is one that has nourished this beautiful, happy angel for the last 14 months of her life. My body now has scars in places I never imagined that tell a story of strength, not one of weakness. My body has been a lifeline, protector, and nurturer to one of my deepest desires. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So even though my closet involuntarily become a capsule closet and my thighs rub together in the most obnoxious way, I choose to honor this body. I choose to take better care of it and give it what it's asking for...rest, vegetables, exercise and sunlight...oh and lots of kisses & cuddle bugs! I choose to take deep breathes and allow my largest organ to absorb toxin free products. I vow to say nice, encouraging words to this 5'6 frame because we truly could not be where we are without it...all thanks to our loving Father.
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#hearttohearthumpday

I think I'm going to stop saying that life is busy and just celebrate the fact that it is full. Very full, extremely unconventional and simply happy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We have dreams and we will get there only by Gods amazing grace. Wounds need to heal and they will in time, thanks to His incredible mercy. Legal procedures need to declare us family but it's just a matter of money that will show up thanks to the Lords abundant provision. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Where we are right now is a celebration. It's a victory and it's a choice. Each day is a blessing full of blessings that keep us afloat and moving forward with hope.

Already a California girl at heart. Perfecting her yoga poses and ✌🏻️

One day she will tell all of her friends how we used to eat dinner at a restaurant on the Nile River that was occupied with monkeys jumping from tree to tree. She will not know how cool that is but I sure do love how much she soaks it in now. Also, how every time there is a pretty sunset she has to stop and make sure everyone else is seeing it too. A good friend is one who doesn't let others miss out on beautiful sunsets for sure. I'm so honored to do this life with her.

I pray one day they will be best friends who travel the world together, hold one other accountable to their dreams & morals and find the fact that they were both born in Uganda really special. 👧🏿👶🏻

Today I was reminded just how cruel people can be. How people can hurt others even when they have never met them. Then I remember that the people who hurt others are usually the ones hurting the most. And I remember that the cure for hurt is love. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
How wonderful would it be if we could all stop ourselves before we inflict pain on others? That we could recognize the dark parts of our soul and dedicate intentional time to healing? It's so necessary to bring the darkness to light. Especially in ourselves. To surrender it. To repent. To receive the forgiveness that was so boldly given to us the day Jesus laid down His life. By taking care of ourselves, we are taking care of others. If you feel darkness, have said things you aren't proud of or are just losing hope in others and yourself...stop. Sit in it. Say what you are feeling. Invite someone in that you know will love you despite your ugly but who will also walk you through it ( & not partake with you in it). Don't spend one more day feeding into the things you know aren't good...this life is too beautiful to abuse it that way. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I'll leave you with this picture of pure wholeness and innocence. A baby who doesn't know that any of the above exists yet and a love that wants to protect her from ever experiencing it. ✌🏻️

I'm so glad we both have an affinity for green things. 🌿

Picked a medium sized leaf from our Matoke trees to use as an umbrella for today's late afternoon rain showers.

One of these sisters is an American citizen and the other is counting down the days until she can be one! Happy 4th of July from all of us here in Uganda!

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