We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexi Quinn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexi, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The way of the world these days – the workplace can get a little messy. As a rebel to society I have different ideals, a very high passion and drive for my work, as well as a fresh new perspective of thinking and how I view the world. Because of these specific traits, the average workplace is no place for someone like me. I want to make a major difference in this world, even if I am doing it alone.
In order to do that I needed to work for myself, have my own work flow, my own schedule. Be my own boss and for someone who loves and appreciates me and my ideals. AKA myself!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am and artist and a creative in multiple ways. First, I showcase my art in the form of photography and cinematography. Second, my little art biz called Hazy Mountain Treasures where I make unique jewelry, candles, soaps, and sage wraps. I have always been a very imaginative person, when I am living authentically and spending a lot of time in nature – thats when my creativity sparks.
What sets me apart from others? Well for my jewelry – no one piece is the same. Each piece is made unique and I only make one. My photography is unposed, candid images filled with raw, real emotion, showcasing real life. I do that because the works is already filled with a highlight real, a false perspective of reality, and lots of inauthenticity. Authenticity is greatly important to me. My films I take a lot of pride in, they take months to plan. I try to tell a story, an impactful story that stirs up emotion in people. Even wedding films – they are uniquely told. Not just me recording the events of the day.
I got where I am today professionally by failing – A LOT! Failing, having non stop drive and passion for what I do. I’m ruthless and relentless and never quit. I owe it to the people who love and support me, who push me to be better. I owe it to my therapist and my spiritual coach who help me sort through things, they help me learn and grow. A lot of the books I read teach me quite a bit.
This journey has been anything but easy; it’s been blood, sweats, tears, pain and failure. Being your own boss requires endless discipline, time management, pushing yourself, stepping outside your comfort over and over.
I have overcome these challenges by waking up and refusing to settle, and refusing to fail or give up. That is not an easy task.
I have learned along the way that failure is ok. It teaches us to remain humble, it teaches us life lessons and teaches us how to be resilient. Nobody can do things for you, nobody can change you, force you, or do the hard work for you. We have to push ourselves, we are our own driving force. Giving up is not the answer.
I want the world to know that we CAN make the world a better, healthier, more unique place. If we learn how to communicate better and work together we can really do anything. Thats what my brand is about – community and unity. My story is long and quite eventful.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is one of my favorite questions – I have actually taken a few friends on this little adventure of mine. I would pick them up from the airport and we would go on a hike in the the mountains near Fairplay. Afterwards we would stop at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs and heal our bodies!
Day 2 – we would drive to Georgetown and have some Duck Poutine at Coppers, following some creek fishing for little brown trout. A drive up Guanella Pass would be next – must show them the sheep, moose and mountain goats. This is also one of my favorite views in the state. Afterwards, I’d take the for a cold beer at Guanella Pass Brewing Co to have a cold beer and visit Parker the Snow Dog. Evergreen is a gorgeous town to take a tour through – so we would take a drive and go on a late afternoon hike.
Day 3 – Boulder!!! Hiking the Flat Irons and seeing Chautauqua Park – this place is to gorgeous not to show off! Next up – this stunning teahouse called Dushanbe Teahouse. The plants alone! Try the Chai, it’s delicious. Afterwards we’d spend the rest of the day on Pearle Street.
Day 4, 5, 6 – Camping Trip at 11 mile Canyon where we spend the three days fly fishing and camping in the mountains!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people who deserve credit in my success and my journey it will be very hard to name them all. So I will list the most impactful ones. My boyfriend for starters has always been my biggest fan, supporter and the person to push me and believe in me.
My most recent careers in firefighting, managing a major shop at a sporting good store and working in the hunting industry has shaped me, tore me down and rebuilt me. All of the crap I dealt with, pain, and struggles just made me stronger and more resilient. It has shown me who I want to be, and who I don’t.
A few books that have shaped me; Untethered Soul, How to do the work, Rich Dad Poor Dad, How to Win Friends and Influence People, The Four Agreements, Do Hard Things, Meta Human.
Some other public figures that have really impacted me is Erick Godsey, Amanda Bucci, Alan Watts, Aubrey Marcus, Jordan Pederson, Brene Brown and Abby Bolt.
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