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

Meet Brenda – her word for the 2023 BE Project is Restoration

What word did you choose and why?


I chose the word restoration. I want to refocus on the things that matter. I no longer want to doubt my self-worth, or my potential. I know who I am and what I have to offer I want to restore my self-confidence and remember that if it doesn’t have to do with eternity, it doesn’t matter. 

 It’s been a tough year, and I started doubting my self-worth a little bit. I retired from a job that I never thought I would retire from, but the season came. It was time. Now it’s time to refocus a bit. Restoration means getting back to who I am. I can focus on enjoying my grandkids in this season of life, and maybe even have work on the side. But my focus isn’t on work anymore. My husband and I both have always had a servant’s spirit, and we want to lean in to that more and see where that takes us. 

If you could go back and talk to a younger version of yourself, what would you say?

            If I could go back and talk to younger Brenda, I’d tell her to continue to be amazed at what you’ve achieved. I’ve learned and done everything by the Grace of God, and I’m so appreciative of that. I want to continue to give Him the Glory and not be so worried about the things that don’t matter so much. If there is any advice I’ve given my kids that they continue carrying with them, I hope it’s the fact that if it doesn’t have to do with eternity, they shouldn’t sweat it. We worry too much about stuff that has nothing to do with anything that will happen at the end, and that’s the truth. 



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?

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