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The BE Project 2021 – Riley – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

The BE Project 2021 – Riley – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

The BE Project – In a world where you can be anything…. what will you be?

Meet Riley. So, I’ve actually had the honor and privilege to know Riley since she was much younger.  There are a million words analdin that you could use to describe her, but I will tell you that the word she chose for this project… is perfectly suited to her.  She has faced some pretty big challenges head on – and she has shown a lot of people just how strong she is.

What word did you choose and why?

Riley chose the word Strong.

“It’s a good reminder that I always need to live my life as a strong person.  It’s not always going to be easy.  I find my strength from my family and my friends.  My support system.” Over the last month, you had to plan and coordinate the funeral of one of your bonus moms.  It was a pretty big task for someone as young as you are… in the moments when you struggled the most – where did you find your strength?  “I try to remember how I was raised and how I could make those people proud.”

What would you tell the 12 year old Riley?

“Live every day like it’s your last and hug your family.”

What do you want your life to look like in a couple of years?

“Hopefully out of school. Hopefully with a big girl job.  Maybe with my person… in like 5 years.  Settled, working towards success.”

What is The BE Project?

Have you ever stopped to think about who or what you want to be?  Most often there is a word that drives you.  If you sit in the silence and really think about what type of person you want to be… there will be a word, sometimes more than one word, that will guide you along and push you to keep being a better version of yourself.  This photo project has become something that has touched my heart and hopefully those that have participated. I chose to shoot all of the images in black and white because I wanted the least amount of distractions.  Just the human and the word.   This project is the stories of some amazing people, their stories, and what these words mean to them.  Some have participated each of the 3 years we have done this, some are new each time.  It’s an amazing honor to follow along in their journey and document who they are becoming.

Want to read more stories from others in our community and their BE words?  Head over to the BE Project Page and read the stories of the amazing humans that have participated. 

I challenge you to find a word that resonates with you.  Who do you want to strive to be?  What word leads you day to day?  Join us in our project – what word will describe who you want to BE?

The BE Project 2021 – Kerry – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

The BE Project 2021 – Kerry – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

The BE Project – In a world where you can be anything…. what will you be?

Meet Kerry. She’s got a heart of gold and just recently started treatment for breast cancer.  When she booked her appointment with me, her first question was whether or not she should wear one of her wigs or head wraps… I’ll be really honest – it’s super awesome to embrace your journey and the way your body reacts to it.  So, I opted for the natural beauty that I think she is.

What word did you choose and why?

Kerry chose the word Brave.

“Being brave is not innate to my personality.  As a child, i was extremely shy.  I realized if i wanted to enjoy life, I had to be brave and get out into the world.  I used my faith in God and the love of family and friends.  To this day, with fighting cancer,  I had to go back to being brave. Last week was a rough week for me, on one of the days that I was at my lowest…I received no less than 8 text messages from friends just checking on me.  That is no accident, that came when I needed it the most.  I want other women going thru cancer to know that you have to be brave enough to love yourself, to indulge yourself, to take care of yourself.  Do not get sunk into the depression of cancer.  For me, cancer has been the scariest thing in my life.  It has taken so much from me.  It has taken my health, my sense of wellbeing, my hair, it’s scarred my body.  However, cancer can’t steal your spirit.  It can’t take the love you have from friends and family.  I’ve been so very blessed with the support of everyone.

I decided I wanted my journey to be a story of hope.  99% of healing is attitude.  I’ve decided to keep a smile on my face when I can.  If I decide to be happy and decide to be brave, then that is what I will be. “

Where do you find your strength to continue to be brave?

“I pray. During that prayer I thank God for every good thing in my life.  For me it is my blessings from God: my family, friendships, my precious boxers Halle and Echo, my job, my home, the medical advances that are helping me live through cancer, the simple things like watching the birds preen in my bird bath out the window, watching our kitties play on their cat tree, my pups snuggling with me.  I could go on… but what I want women to know is no matter what you are going through, you have been blessed.  Concentrate on gratitude for what you have been blessed with and you will be lifted out of the pit.  For me the blessings pour in after, like texts and phone calls of encouragement that I told you about the day I fell into that pit.  Those calls weren’t a coincidence – it was a God thing.  We never know why God is putting us through life changing challenges like cancer.  I do know it has happened for a reason.  I will come through a better person who has been shown the power of love, and I am anxious to spread that love to everyone possible. “

What would you tell your grandkids for advice to hold thru their lives?

“Follow and listen to your intuition.  Often, it is the catalyst of divine intervention.  I know that, because when I haven’t listened… It has been a mistake.”

What would you tell the 12 year old Kerry?

“Love yourself. Be Brave.  Being brave is to just do it. Include yourself in the things that you are frightened to do or scared because you’re are worried about people will think of you.  More often than not, you may fail.  But that will teach you to be better at what you want to do.  Trust in God and love yourself.”

What is The BE Project?

Have you ever stopped to think about who or what you want to be?  Most often there is a word that drives you.  If you sit in the silence and really think about what type of person you want to be… there will be a word, sometimes more than one word, that will guide you along and push you to keep being a better version of yourself.  This photo project has become something that has touched my heart and hopefully those that have participated. I chose to shoot all of the images in black and white because I wanted the least amount of distractions.  Just the human and the word.   This project is the stories of some amazing people, their stories, and what these words mean to them.  Some have participated each of the 3 years we have done this, some are new each time.  It’s an amazing honor to follow along in their journey and document who they are becoming.

Want to read more stories from others in our community and their BE words?  Head over to the BE Project Page and read the stories of the amazing humans that have participated. 

I challenge you to find a word that resonates with you.  Who do you want to strive to be?  What word leads you day to day?  Join us in our project – what word will describe who you want to BE?

 

The BE Project 2021 – Cindy – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

The BE Project 2021 – Cindy – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

The BE Project – In a world where you can be anything…. what will you be?

Meet Cindy. She’s been a participant from the beginning.  I’ve been lucky enough to watch her story evolve and watch as she has become the powerful woman she is today.  Read below for more of Cindy’s story and why she chose her word this year.

What word did you choose and why?

Cindy chose the word renewed.  After a crazy year of COVID.  “I kept praying God, give me a word.  I was journaling one day and wrote “I have lost the song I once I had and I want it restored.  In the meantime I had watched a church sermon from 2020 and it was about a revival.  It was amazing and watched it over 3 days. As I was watching this service, the pastor said – maybe your sitting there and you’ve lost the song in your heart. He continued on and said you need that restored.  I was crying and knew that God hears me.  It was in that moment that I knew that “renewed” was the right word.  I have felt such a pressing need to be inward focused.  I am a caretaker by nature and I like the sense of achievement.  2020 really pulled the rug out from under me.  I kept trying to focus on things like a job that made me miserable, getting my hair done every 3 weeks…. now, I have embraced the glorious color, i’ve shed a job that made me feel miserable. I can now focus on the things that are important. I want to remove anything that takes away from just being me.”

The word renewed means: To make like new again, restore to freshness, to make extensive changes.  Do again, resume, replace, replenish.

What would you tell your kids if you could give them words of wisdom in their life.

Do what makes you happy.

What would you tell the 12 year old Justin?

Don’t listen to all the naysayers… God has given you so many gifts. Go use them.

What is The BE Project?

Have you ever stopped to think about who or what you want to be?  Most often there is a word that drives you.  If you sit in the silence and really think about what type of person you want to be… there will be a word, sometimes more than one word, that will guide you along and push you to keep being a better version of yourself.  This photo project has become something that has touched my heart and hopefully those that have participated. I chose to shoot all of the images in black and white because I wanted the least amount of distractions.  Just the human and the word.   This project is the stories of some amazing people, their stories, and what these words mean to them.  Some have participated each of the 3 years we have done this, some are new each time.  It’s an amazing honor to follow along in their journey and document who they are becoming.

Want to read more stories from others in our community and their BE words?  Head over to the BE Project Page and read the stories of the amazing humans that have participated. 

I challenge you to find a word that resonates with you.  Who do you want to strive to be?  What word leads you day to day?  Join us in our project – what word will describe who you want to BE?

 

The BE Project 2021 – Justin – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

The BE Project 2021 – Justin – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

The BE Project – In a world where you can be anything…. what will you be?

Meet Justin.  I have the honor to be his friend, but I still learn more each time I get a moment to talk with him.  Read below for his story and why he chose his word.

black and white photo of guy holding card that says fearless

What word did you choose and why?

Justin chose the word Fearless. “I chose this word because I personally feel like when you are fearless you can do anything.  Some people live by fear, some people learn by fear and some people teach by fear.  I think that if you take all of those aspects into your own life and you hit everything head on, because there is no way around it, above it or below it… you have to go right through it.  If you can do that without the fear of failing, then you will succeed.  There is no such thing as “I cannot”, you just need to try harder.  When you feel like you are going to fall, trust God to catch you.  He will never give you more than you can handle and He only gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers.

Growing up, I was exposed at an early age to a lot of adult situations and things that children should not have to experience at young ages.  With that, I think I worked though a lot of my fears.  That taught me to live every day to the fullest and really appreciate and cherish each moment.  I really try to live every day fearlessly.  Don’t be scared to fail. Don’t be scared of the unknown.  Don’t be scared of what’s to come. Don’t be scared that it might not be what you expect.  Live fearlessly.  If you believe in yourself, if you do it with your truth, then whatever is on the other side is going to be awesome.

What would you tell yourself 5 years ago?

I would tell him that it gets better and it just keeps getting better.  You just have to believe in yourself.

What would you tell the 12 year old Justin?

I would tell him, It’s going to be scary, and it’s going to be sad, but if you live fearlessly – you will end up with this beautiful life.  The life that I know now. You never know what is coming around that  corner, but your final destination – it’s a beautiful place.  12 year old Justin… don’t give up.

What is The BE Project?

Have you ever stopped to think about who or what you want to be?  Most often there is a word that drives you.  If you sit in the silence and really think about what type of person you want to be… there will be a word, sometimes more than one word, that will guide you along and push you to keep being a better version of yourself.  This photo project has become something that has touched my heart and hopefully those that have participated. I chose to shoot all of the images in black and white because I wanted the least amount of distractions.  Just the human and the word.   This project is the stories of some amazing people, their stories, and what these words mean to them.  Some have participated each of the 3 years we have done this, some are new each time.  It’s an amazing honor to follow along in their journey and document who they are becoming.

Want to read more stories from others in our community and their BE words?  Head over to the BE Project Page and read the stories of the amazing humans that have participated. 

I challenge you to find a word that resonates with you.  Who do you want to strive to be?  What word leads you day to day?  Join us in our project – what word will describe who you want to BE?

 

The BE Project 2021 – Hailey – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

The BE Project 2021 – Hailey – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

The BE Project – In a world where you can be anything…. what will you be?

Meet Hailey.  She’s a force to be reckoned with and a pretty remarkable woman.  Read below for her story and why she chose her word.

girl in black and white photo holding the word STill

What word did you choose and why?

Hailey chose the word STILL.  In her work life, she is in sales.  She has learned over time that there are so many times that you have to be still…  quiet, unmoving, learn to be still in the moment.  Personally, I think over the last year I have learned how important it is to just be still in the moment.  There is always something to learn or enjoy in each moment.  Regardless of it being a good or a bad moment… learn why you there and what you can learn from it.  Spiritually, being still and knowing that your God will take care of you and what you are going thru.  This year, I want to work on just being still, enjoying the quiet and the peace of each second.

What would you tell yourself 7 years ago?

Just calm down, don’t be high strung and rigid.  You can always have certain rules and expect things to go a certain way – but the reality is, it’s never going to work out like that, you will just cause more tension and clashing.  Especially with kids.  I would tell her, just calm down and roll with the punches.

What is The BE Project?

Have you ever stopped to think about who or what you want to be?  Most often there is a word that drives you.  If you sit in the silence and really think about what type of person you want to be… there will be a word, sometimes more than one word, that will guide you along and push you to keep being a better version of yourself.  This photo project has become something that has touched my heart and hopefully those that have participated. I chose to shoot all of the images in black and white because I wanted the least amount of distractions.  Just the human and the word.   This project is the stories of some amazing people, their stories, and what these words mean to them.  Some have participated each of the 3 years we have done this, some are new each time.  It’s an amazing honor to follow along in their journey and document who they are becoming.

Want to read more stories from others in our community and their BE words?  Head over to the BE Project Page and read the stories of the amazing humans that have participated. 

I challenge you to find a word that resonates with you.  Who do you want to strive to be?  What word leads you day to day?  Join us in our project – what word will describe who you want to BE?

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