Lisa Shearon - North Suburbs

Man, it’s hard introducing yourself – especially when you wear a few different hats. I DON’T MEAN THAT LITERALLY; that would be weird and require more balance than I am naturally blessed with.

What I’m trying to say, in my usual roundabout way, is that my name is Lisa, and I’m different things to different people. I’m a mum and a coffee snob and a writer and a grammar nerd and an exercise enthusiast. I like nice cafés, good music, Oxford commas, and biscuits.

Once upon a time, I was a journalist. Not a particularly glamorous one, or even a particularly well-paid one, but a journalist, nonetheless, working in London. Then, 10.5 years ago, I quit my job. I quit my city. I took up a new role, in a new city. I became a suburban Perth mum. It was quite the sea-change. Over the last decade I’ve had two more children, while trying to maintain some semblance of a career, albeit at home, in my pyjamas, with snot on my dressing gown. I’ve worked as a freelance writer and editor for the past decade, all from home, and all while juggling small people, cornflakes and coffee.

This, understandably, resulted in a blog, which I began writing around two years ago. My blog quickly became my therapy and – for reasons that I still can’t quite fathom – therapy for other mothers too, who seem to take heart in the fact that there’s someone else out there getting it all wrong, too. That blog is called The Notorious MUM, and it’s kinda cool, and a little bit sweary, and very honest. If you’re into that kind of thing, you’re welcome to pop over and say hello.

I love this ‘hood, and I’m so excited to be sharing it with the community via Perth Happenings. But mainly I’m just happy to be out of the house. Nice to meet you!