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Housewife Gone Wild

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Leigh Koechner: When I finally got married, I was so ready to have kids and be a stay-at-home mom. Good-bye time restricting office job, hello freedom!

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I would push my stroller to the coffee shop, do lunch, and play tennis with ladies at the country club.

Boy was I wrong.

Not only did I not live close enough to a coffee shop to walk, or belong to a country club, but my son wouldn't sit long enough for me to place my lunch order.

Four kids later I was wearing sweats, chubby and stuck. The mundane routine was bringing me down. Then, I had an epiphany. Enough of the "woe is me" and hello to absoluteLeigh! There would be no more mundane moments.

On Wednesdays I created laundry day. My best mom friend came over. I made an appetizer, poured a glass of champagne, and put on some music. We grooved while doing laundry and our kids played on the floor.

I donned my new red high heels and lit a candle to vacuum. That way they were broken in if my husband planned a romantic night.

Friday afternoon play dates were for me and my kids. I would invite mom friends and their kids over. We would share our favorite seasonal cocktail, do our nails, or an exercise video.

In line at the post office, I noticed the majority of people were Latino. What a perfect time to practice mi espanol. My line friend, Armando, was happy to converse with me. I learned the word listo that day. That means ready. Es usted listo por mi?

At the grocery store, I sang out loud to every song they played over the speaker and even busted a move down the aisles. My daughter begged me to stop, but I told her, "No, enjoy it. Try it. Don't judge it. Live your life. Be bold, be strong. Don't ever worry about what people think about you. Make decisions that warm your heart and make you smile."

Create your fun, create your space, and create your happiness.

Start small: think of something you are grateful for before your feet hit the floor in the morning. Meditate -- even if you don't know how. Always light a candle. Laugh really hard. Cry really hard. Put on music and dance. Do something that makes you feel uncomfortable everyday. Get unstuck. Celebrate life. Go wild!

My new thing is wearing tutus and pearls to the grocer. My children are not sure about their mom gone wild, but they are happy because I am happy.

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lovinglife August 23, 2009, 1:31 PM

thats so funny yet so for real,just because you get married & have kids shouldnt mean you have to lose yourself,learn to live with a good positive attitude and laughter is def the best medicine in life no doubt! make the most of them few hours while the kids are at school, remember the saying “if mama ain’t happy ain’t no one happy” so take time and indulge yourself a few mins everyday,your kids will surivive if mom’s not there at their every becon call!

Lizzy August 23, 2009, 4:47 PM

Leigh you are one hot mama! Great article. Funny and inspiring! You have a wonderful outlook on life!

ame i. August 23, 2009, 6:51 PM

Add a tiara! If someone dares to give you a strange look, remind them that YOU are the Queen of the Universe and give them a snort of disdain. It has worked for me ;)

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