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.

Our Story

We started in an Entrepreneurial class, giving us the opportunity to create a business, Leashed Animal Photography.

Land of Lincoln CEO

Taken from the land of lincoln cEO Page

This is me, Lexi Hoffman. And yes, my website bio and CEO bio are extremely similar. If you’re going to be able to be found on the internet, might as have them find the same things instead of different descriptions of yourself.

When I first found an interest in the CEO class, I thought it was going to be completely different. Like any other class, I thought we were going to be sitting in classrooms, taking notes, and being bored. But, it still caught my eye. Plus, I was becoming a Junior. I wanted to try something new, that not a lot of kids had tried at my school. From my knowledge, only one student from Olympia had been in the CEO class from the time in started.

So I grabbed my friend and we went to meet the CEO class, and it was extremely interesting. They were sitting in a circle of tables with laptops open, shirts tucked in, and name tents up. It seemed at first that they were talking to a sub. Till they started asking the real questions.

“How does this fit into Logan County’s market?”

“What would you recommend to young entrepreneurs?”

“How did you come up with an idea like this, and did you expect it to work the way it did?”

I was intrigued, yet my shy-self didn’t know how to react when us (as the crowd) was asked if we had any questions, when none of us answered all the students in CEO class stood up and shook the presenter’s hand. They acted like adults at the ages of 17-18, not what I was expecting to see.

And from then on, I joined the class through the application process of an essay and references. Today, we are in our second semester, and third home base. The basement of Integrity Data, where we our discussing our big business. A Murder Mystery Gala, and our individual businesses that are created by the students themselves.

That’s Where Leashed Comes In..

I began working on my individual business early, I wanted to make sure I had enough funds at the time to support myself and get the things I needed before the slow months of winter. I got my business cards, banner, and other items that are needed for a trade show in May.

Leashed came to me as an easy idea that I knew I could get the ball rolling for, and that idea would eventually fund a bigger/better business. So far it’s working, I’m getting my name out there, talking to shelters to do voluntary photos for them, presenting my business every-time I present myself, and using social media to my advantage.

Creating my own business while being in school, and being apart of activities has truly shown me what I’m capable of. It has also lead me down the path of mentors that truly want to see me succeed, some I’m paired with, others I’ve met in brief conversations. Either or, they see the excitement in me, which makes them become excited for me. I want to see Leashed go far, and I believe I can do it.