In a World Where You Can BE Anything… What will you choose?

Melissa chose Genuine

Why does this word resonate with you?

“I think every day I try to genuinely be open and honest and to let my girls be who they are.  We’ve spent so much time trying to be someone that others want us to be and suppress ourselves. I have 18 & 23 year old girls and I want them to know that at the end of the day, if they are genuine with who they are, everything else will be much easier to face.”


If you could give your daughters some advice that they will hold on to the rest of his life, what would that be?

“Be true to yourself.  Be strong and speak your mind. Your words are important. As you go into your life, it is important to show your strength as a female.  100 percent be ok with who you are.”

If you could go back and talked to your past self… what would you say to her?

“I would tell her to stop worrying about the image that you portray to everyone else.  Speak up for what you believe in and have the strength to stand for what is right. There was so much disfunction happening in my marriage and now I understand how important it is to be genuine with everything and not pretend that everything is ok.  Today, I am someone that knows what they will or will not tolerate.  It’s ok to do things by myself.  If I want to be frivolous.. It’s absolutely ok.”


Want to read more stories from women in our community?  Head over to the BE Project Page.

The BE Necklace Line – created by Woolard’s Custom Jewelers

In 2016, I partnered with a good friend of mine and Woolard’s Custom Jewelers in Burleson, TX  to create a necklace line.  The idea and intent behind these necklaces was to be a gentle reminder of you we are striving to be, day in and day out.  We often forget that beyond all of that, all of the day to day responsibilities and challenges… we are strong, beautiful, inspiring and so many other things.  We are greater than what we feel every day. To remember that you are capable of great things. If you could BE anything… what would you BE?  The stories you are reading here on the blog are to celebrate women and learn more about why they have chosen the words that resonate with them.

For more information on purchasing a necklace, please visit Woolard’s Custom Jewelers online store.

For more information on Beautiful Evolutions Photography and the different types of sessions we offer, please visit our main website Beautiful Evolutions Photography.

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 4 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?

Waiting List for 2023 BE Project – Click Here