Lisa grew up in Boston. She went to Boston Latin Academy and graduated from Boston College. She currently lives about 20 miles from where she grew up but couldn’t imagine living anywhere else, except Maui, she could definitely imagine herself living in Maui.
Tell us about your family.
I have two sons. My son Brett is a sophomore at Westfield State University studying business (and baseball) and my older son Conor is a 2017 graduate of Loyola University Maryland doing a service year with CityYear in Boston.
How long have you lived in the South Shore area?
Our family has lived in Cohasset for over 25 years. My husband and I purchased his family home and my husband grew up in Cohasset, graduated in 1982 and has been a football coach for CHS for a number of years.
What is your favorite thing about living here?
The sheer beauty and diversity of nature on the South Shore is amazing. I can walk in Wompatuck State Park in the morning – which is right behind my house – spend the day at the beach and then go for an evening boat ride. How lucky are we to have all of this at our fingertips?
What is your favorite family activity around town?
The Paul Pratt Library is an amazing resource. We always took advantage of the story hours and activities. And the Rec Department has really come a long way in programing and offers so much great content. Brett has been a summer Rec counselor for the past few summers and raves about the fun events.
What is your favorite local fall activity?
Being empty nesters, Kevin and I love to walk in the fall. World’s End and Wompatuck offer so many different trails.
Favorite family friendly restaurant in the area?
We are partial to Mr. Dooley’s Pub of course! Another family favorite is Bridgeway in Humarock. It’s a bit of a drive but there is always something on the menu for everyone.
What is your favorite memory as a mom to date?
We’ve taken the boys camping every year since Brett was 1 because we wanted to create a family tradition. Over the years the group has grown to include many friends who are now like family. A couple of years ago, the teenagers were making plans for when they are adults and have families of their own, they’ll come back to this same campground. Mission accomplished.
What is the toughest part about being a mom?
Watching your child struggle is hard. As a mom, I want to “fix” the problem and make everything “perfect”. Know that each child is on his/her own journey and struggling, and failing, and trying again has immense value.
What is the best advice you have received as a mom?
“Let go of the little stuff”. It doesn’t matter if they wear a collared shirt for picture day or wear a jacket vs a sweatshirt on a cold day. Safety and wellness are non-negotiable – most other things are not worth the argument.
What is the best advice you would like to give to a new mom?
Enjoy every minute of every stage. Don’t rush to see them sit up or roll over or crawl or walk – they’ll be there before you know it.
What is one thing you never leave the house without?
My Raybans and a smile.
What do you do for work now?
I launched my professional organizing business in 2010 because I wanted to help other families de-stress and find more space, more time and more joy in their busy lives. I LOVE working with my clients and know that becoming more organized can change your life immeasurably. A client recently told me that he is now living the life he always wanted in his home because of the work we have done together. I feel blessed every day to do the work I love – it’s a gift.
Thank you, Lisa. Your smile is contagious!