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

Meet Bonnie – her word for the 2023 BE Project is Serene

What word did you choose and why?


This year I chose the word Serene. I don’t want to spend so much time focusing on the situations that I can’t control. I aim to breathe through the moments where I want to react. When the hard moments come up, I want to breathe, step back, and let it be. I want to practice serenity.

I am a gut reactor. I want to solve, change, and correct things. The thing is, I can’t control every situation. I want to practice serenity, and focus on breathing through the hard moments and just let them be. It will benefit not only my health, but those around me as well. I want to be calm and truly relax, and this year feels like the time to really get serious about that. It’s a strong word for me, but I’m ready for it. 

If you could talk to a younger version of yourself, what would you say to her?        

    If I could talk to younger Bonnie, I’d tell her not to worry so much about what others say. I’d tell her to just be yourself and stop trying to keep up with whatever others may or may not be doing. Just take a breath and do what you want, within reason of course!






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