We had the good fortune of connecting with Becky Mendoza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Becky, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work life balance has changed significantly since I finished law school. As an attorney, you’re presumed to head into a corporate life, wearing suits and heels everyday and doing hair and makeup, and that’s exactly what I did, day in and day out, for 2 years. That was how it was in Miami, Florida, where I grew up, regardless of what profession you chose. I woke up one day and realized that this wasn’t me, that I wasn’t happy and that this sort of lifestyle wasn’t fulfilling me. That’s why, 13 years ago, I moved to California and decided to start my own law practice. I’m a surfer, that is the thing that has most resonated with me in my life, everything about it: the sport, the lifestyle, the dedication and the connection with nature. I started surfing while I was in law school, so the seed was planted. When I came out to Encinitas, which is known as a quaint beach town, I knew I needed to figure out a good balance. As an action sports lawyer, I get to live the best of both worlds. I also run a non-profit organization called Changing Tides Foundation, which empowers women to protect the planet. I have done as an unpaid voluanteer for the past 4 years. Most days, I spend countless hours in front of the computer and on the phone but most days, I’m able to balance that out with getting into the ocean and catching some waves, with friends or by myself. That gets my creative juices flowing and clears my head so I can invite new ideas and take them back to work with me. I now live in balance everyday, something I never thought would be possible when I chose law as a profession. It didn’t hurt that I also chose a niche industry where my clients love that I surf and snowboard, and travel. I feel very fortunate to have created the balance I have in my life and I encourage others to work hard towards achieving that balance in their own lives. I am living proof that it is possible.
What should our readers know about your business?
Action Sports Law Group is a boutique law firm that specializes in athlete immigration for professional athletes coming to the US and on contracts for athletes in surf, skate, snow, wake, bmx, mountainbike and other action sports. Founded in 2009 in Encinitas, California, we have been helping athletes with their legal needs for over a decade. We have worked with top athletes from all around the world, as well as filmmakers, photographers and creatives. We have created a niche market and give the clients the attention they need in order to keep their focus on their sport. Through risk-taking, hard work, dedication and perseverance, I have been able to grow Action Sports Law Group’s client list to over 400 incredibly talented human being from across the globe. The biggest lesson I learned is that the biggest risk is not taking one.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My must-see spots in San Diego are Torrey Pines, La Jolla, Carlsbad Flower Fields, Moonlight Beach, The Gaslamp, Mission Bay, Pacific Beach
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d love to dedicate a shoutout to my associate attorney, Ashely Tuttle, who works day in and day out to make sure our clients are happy and taken care of; to the team at Changing Tides Foundation and all of the hard work we do to empower women to protect the planet. Finally, I’d like to thank my boyfriend who is also a small business owner and a super talented private chef at Flavor Affinity, Jason Baker, for joining me in this life, in chasing our wildest dreams.
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