"What was your big break?" It's the number one question people want entrepreneurs to answer. So, we're back with another edition of Take a Note, where we speak to leading professionals, industry experts, and successful women to get the truth about what it takes to have it all—your way.
In the world of television, talent comes and goes because of its sheer competitive nature. Longevity isn't guaranteed, but that didn't scare Lisa Breckenridge, TV journalist and lifestyle blogger, whose career spans over 30 years. During this time, she solidified herself as a trusted journalist and beauty, fashion, and lifestyle inspiration to many (if you follow her on Instagram, you know what we're talking about).
Breckenridge paved the way for women journalists everywhere and has successfully transitioned into the realm of blogging and social media with her site, Happily Lisa, which focuses on finding and celebrating the good in life no matter what.
Keep scrolling to hear how Breckenridge navigates life as a TV Journalist & lifestyle blogger and how she always has an intelligent and savvy disposition.
What's one thing you do before bed to make sure your morning is more productive?
Lisa Breckenridge: I'm a big list maker, so I either text myself or write it down to keep myself and my days organized. Also, a fun new ritual I've started is spraying a quick spritz of Celuí because I want the last thing I smell before I drift off to be magical.
Why is perfume important to you?
Breckenridge: It'll forever remind me of my mother, who always wore it and was the epitome of elegance and class. I can still picture me sitting behind her on the way to church and smelling Joy by Jean Patou.
Women wear many roles—when those roles are pitted against one another, how do you prioritize what wins?
Breckenridge: Mom always wins. When I was doing the daily news, I was on the early morning schedule, which meant 2:30 AM wakeup calls, but I was always grateful because that allowed me to miss very little of my twins' day.
What's the wisest advice you'd give to someone trying to break into your field?
Breckenridge: Reach out to as many people as possible for advice, questions, and guidance. Try to make yourself as indispensable as possible and never give up. You're always going to run into negative people but don't let their energy affect you from reaching your goal.
If you're short on time, what is your go-to healthy meal?
Breckenridge: I'm all about brain food, so I love smoothies from Kreation or Juice Crafters, and since I'm on the go a lot, I also swear by almonds.
What's your workout of choice?
Breckenridge: PlateFit, which is a 30-minute exercise class on a machine that's vibrating the entire time and is the equivalent of an hour-long workout—perfect for busy people, and it even helps lymphatic drainage and flushes the toxins from your system.
What's your favorite self-care treatment?
Breckenridge: Skincare treatments—I'm religious about getting yearly laser treatments, Botox, and fillers. By doing these, I not only feel my best, but I also get to try the latest treatments so that I can give honest advice to my followers.
When did you look at yourself and say, "I've made it"? What was the moment you considered your big break?
Breckenridge: I feel like life has given me a lot of big breaks—from anchoring the news at the station I grew up watching to being on the red carpet and interviewing stars that stopped to talk to me because I was their morning news person. I credit this to me focusing on what I wanted and doing whatever it took to achieve it—I now know this is called manifestation.
What's your most significant learning experience thus far in business?
Breckenridge: After more than 30 years of being on TV, I was let go for the first time in my career at the age of 52. My contract wasn't renewed, and I was devastated, but I took the time to figure out what I wanted to do next. By giving myself the time to process everything, I decided daily news was no longer for me, and I created my ideal situation. I report one day a week for a lifestyle show for NBC, and I launched my website, Happily Lisa, which is dedicated to everything good in life and really resonates with my followers.
What sets your career apart within your chosen industry? What do you want your legacy to be?Breckenridge: It's always been the same for as long I can remember from my early news day to now in social media—to educate, to inspire, and entertain as a respected and trusted journalist.