Medghyne Calonge on Being a Successful Leader and Inspiring Those around Her

Medghyne Calonge is the CEO and Founder of Judicial Legal Services LLC a firm that provides family mediation, legal document preparation, and public notary services. As a certified Florida Mediator, Arbitrator, Notary Public, Human Resources Professional, and Paralegal, Medghyne takes pride in helping her clients navigate the legal landscape. Medghyne Calonge is also a motivational speaker and has spoken at various events with messages of advocacy and inspiration. She is currently working on developing additional projects and looks forward to accomplishing them successfully.

Why did you decide to create Judicial Legal Services?

I have always had a passion for mediation. It is an effective alternative to resolving issues. Most people think mediation is something reserved for family legal matters, but it can be helpful for really anything that presents itself in the legal world. Though Mediation is the primary service that we offer, we also provide other services such as legal documents’ preparation, public notary, and wedding services. We’re still fairly new, but greatly looking forward to growing and to helping as many people as possible.

What do you love most about mediation?

I love being able to give people the ability to analyze their situations. My job as a mediator is to help each side weigh the facts. Each party comes to the table with their version of what will work, I help them come to an agreement that is beneficial for all with negotiation and cooperation. I like being able to provide that opportunity for people. While studying at a local coffee shop one night during my undergraduate years, the waitress asked what I was working on. We got into a conversation where she shared her story of divorce and how powerless she felt because her ex-husband could afford a higher-level attorney than she could. Her story sparked a fire in me. I knew I wanted to one day be able to help people going through what she had.

What does your typical day look like?

My day-to-day usually consists of meetings, building connections and networking. There is a lot of work done in the background when you are just starting out. I’m working with a company on things like my website and other marketing ideas, and as I prepare to get Judicial Legal Services fully operational, I continue to work as a Human Resources Professional.

What keeps you motivated?

I am very goal-oriented. I remember back in grade school; I made a calendar of how I expected my life to be. I knew when I was graduating high school, college, everything. I had planned exactly how my life was going to go. It took some time to learn that life does not always go how you expect it to. It can be overwhelming at times, especially when you have to revise your plans due to obstacles that are completely out of your control, like my difficult battle with lymphedema; but it’s how you react and refocus that builds your character. My motivation is to keep the focus on accomplishing my goals to successful fruition one at a time!

How do you motivate others?

I motivate others by sharing some of my own personal challenges and encourage others to learn and persevere through life’s difficulties with a constructive mindset. I think it is important to focus on the positive aspects. I am a firm believer that in life, it’s not so much what happens to you but your attitude of how you react to it that matters most, as your reaction can determine whether you survive through or not. I encourage people to focus on what they can control and to be active in their own success and achievements.

How have you grown your company since you opened?

Every day is a work in progress. I am working on growing our client base through marketing and networking, in addition to continuous learning. As professionals, you need to keep yourself up-to-date with what is happening in your field with appropriate training. Part of my current focus is reaching as many people as possible and sharing the benefits of mediation.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I get my inspiration through meditation and by appreciating the simple things in life. Also, my grandmother was very inspirational to me. She was the kind of person who would help someone in need, no matter their ability to pay her back. To this day, I volunteer as often as I can primarily because she instilled that passion in me, and I have grown to enjoy giving back and serving others especially the less fortunate.

How do you maintain a solid work-life balance?

I put absolutely everything onto a schedule and prioritize. I always have a lot going on, so keeping it all straight can get complicated if I don’t have that visual. It helps me to focus and manage my time appropriately. I love being active and staying busy and have also learned the importance of proper time management in order to successfully maintain it all. I even have my workout routines programmed on my calendar, as health and wellness are very important to me!  Also, at times I love to just turn off my phone and simply breathe and enjoy life and its simple pleasures!

What traits do you possess that make you a successful leader?

A few of the traits that I think make me a successful leader is respect, integrity, determination, courage, and persistence.  I am a visionary, goal oriented and also a very grateful person who believes that life itself is a blessing!

What suggestions do you have for someone just starting in mediation?

My biggest suggestion would be to make sure you have a passion for the work. That is really something that I would suggest for anyone entering any field really. To not focus solely on the money that you can make; but rather to pursue what you love as in doing so it will be more rewarding and fulfilling. Additionally, I would say not to rush and that it’s okay if all of the finite details are not confirmed, as certain matters will have to develop and be figured out over time.

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