Articles by Lexi Hoffman

A Danvers high-school student, that has joined a CEO program to gain new connections, and become a good representative of leadership to her class, friends, and everyone she meets. She is a writer, research-fanatic, and lover of animals. Currently involved in volleyball, soccer, and almost every football game she can make it to. Having the opportunity to be in CEO, and create Leashed Animal Photography has shown Lexi the world of business in a new perspective.

The End

The trade show was a hit, and a great confidence booster. I feel like after the entire class I learned the most from the trade show, communication skills wise. I feel I made many connections and a large impact on some of the people I talked to, and I could feel how proud of me that they were even though I barely knew any of them. People were excited for me. Before the trade show we had time to talk, snack, setup, laugh. Which I thought was a perfect nerve diffuser, and I’m going to miss that about my class. How much we got along and how well we would pull together when we needed to.

And, I thank Britta for that. She kept us together and lets us cool down when we needed it. We are children in an adult class, so it makes sense to treat us as adults, yet she would give us that free 10 minutes to relax and show our true personalities, and our true passions. Thank you Britta, for being my facilitator, a leader, someone I can look up to, and someone I know I can trust in the future. You will long live in my memory with this class and how much you did for us, I greatly appreciate it. Do great things, and inspire the future in the CEO students, and other people you casually meet. Because that is what you do, and keep it that way. CEO was an amazing opportunity for me and I’m so glad I took it, people still see me as the chick with no first block so I get to sleep in now compared to when they need to get to school. But, that’s fine by me because other students now see me as the girl that started her own business in high school and got to leave school all time to learn in a non-classroom setting. I’m really going to miss being apart of this class, and not being able to talk to the people as much. I will still stay close with some of the students but it won’t be anything like meeting at 7:30 every weekday morning, or getting breakfast, or handing out flyers.

I wish the new members luck. You will hit low points in this class and the bags under your eyes will get darker, but it is worth it in the long-run. Take advantage of your connections, and use the CEO to the best of your ability because now it will take you places as people learn more and more about what we are, and what we do. Be proud of yourself, you get the opportunity to be apart of something that is changing our ever growing population. We are the thinkers, we are the do-ers, and we will keep this world going as long as we believe in ourselves.

Future CEO students, be brave, think hard, and become the best you, you can be.

This is the final excerpt from my CEO journal, a journal that we had to turn in every monday before 3pm which had to include a review of the week and what we learned. I was looking to write a tear-JERKIER. But, the feelings began to come out the moment I began writing. I couldn’t help it, I would no longer see my friends from different schools, or my FACILITATOR, or the people of lincoln that I had made a deep connection with.

It’s already weird, not going to lincoln every morning. I miss the morning jam sessions, loading up on caffeine, and the deep talks that could come after we all took our nap, EXCLUDING the driver. I’m really going to miss everything from this class because it was definitely worth it.

One last thank you, to midland, for making this possible.

The True Purpose of Leashed

May 17th, 2006. The day Golden Belle was born, a yellow Labrador retriever inside a fenced in yard. Soon enough she was bought, under the wrong age, with rocks and worms in her belly. But, her caretakers would not make her life boring.

“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard…” – Winnie the Pooh

12 long, bouncy years.
Golden Belle
Breed: Yellow Lab
Eye color: Brown
Fur Color: Blonde
Achievements: Cancer SURVIVOR, mother of 22
Age: 12, Deceased

My dog, Golden Belle, passed away recently. A week before my CEO trade show, and it couldn’t of been harder. She went in for a too long running bladder infection, it just wouldn’t go away. And Belle couldn’t hold her bladder any longer, it was hard to watch her go through it. Being able to hear her teeth chatter and only being able to give her medication in hopes it would make her feel better.

When Belle made it to the vet I was at a baseball game, taking photos for the families. Not even thinking that, that morning would be the last time I saw my first dog.

Belle had cancer. And, lots of it. A mass in her abdomen was so large, it moved her organs down and, she hadn’t passed her morning food. It was rough, and I’m glad my mom was there for her. Coming home to family, and my other dog seemed to make everything surreal. My dog was gone, and now left of her is the captured memories from Leashed Animal Photography and the memories from when I was young, things that will never be forgotten.

Broadening the Horizon

When I have a camera in my hand, I have no fear.

being able to go around and take more and more photos than just then what is only focused on in the business makes my life more INTERESTING. Example, the photo above is from a jv baseball game that I attended before i went to wishbone. I wanted to be able to play with my camera enough that i could take a photo fast enough to capture beautiful pictures of the dogs. I wanted to make the wishbone volunteers happy, so what better to do than go to a game that includes high speeding balls, constantly moving boys, and moments that might never be forgotten by them.

They ignored me, which i was glad about. I wanted to see the boys play without them worrying about impressing the camera, they played their game. I have attended a few more baseball games since then, not always taking photos but soaking up the game, but sometimes taking photos to make the parents happy when i put the link up on facebook, or send an album to one of the boys so they know they weren’t forgotten in a certain play. This game gave me the thought of, ‘maybe i won’t always stick to animals’, Leashed Animal Photography may one day become Lexi Hoffman Photography, or Hoffman Ink like my original idea for the business.

Thank you Olympia Baseball Team for giving me this opportunity to improve on my photography skills.

Wishbone Canine Rescue

Meet the Dogs

All of the dogs below are apart of the Wishbone canine rescue in Bloomington, il. Few are not available for adoption, yet being able to see these dogs gives me the hope someone will see their next best friend.

I’m so thankful

Being able to capture the pictures of these dogs was a great OPPORTUNITY, and (for it being my first rescue photos) i’m glad the staff was so welcoming. The focus of the volunteers on the dogs was amazing, they were there for the dogs. The few people I was able to talk to a few seconds due to few minutes of AVAILABILITY on their part were very nice, and immediately began pointing out their favorite dog at the rescue. It was sweet, even when having a casual conversation their main focus was still, the dogs.

A few moments that I enjoyed from the rescue were…

  • meeting goldie, our first dog of the day, starting the day off right with a happy, wiggly, older dog that loved the limelight
  • Tussling with Lane & Noah as they found each new toy in their pen, bouncing around and enjoying the attention as almost every time the toys decided to bounce right through the holes in the fence.
  • Conversations with volunteers
  • Seeing an adoption meeting take place
  • Meeting with multiple different personality’s of dogs

This won’t be the last time I visit Wishbone Canine Rescue, I’m already thinking about the next time I plan to visit them and meet with all the new faces that will come in. Other plans within the adoption rates rising part of Leashed Animal Photography is planning to meet with other shelters when the spring time takes a full swing, new scenery, new dogs, and new confidence in the business will be taking a foot as spring moves on.