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

Meet  Elizabeth – her word for the 2023 BE Project is Invested

What word did you choose and why?


I chose the word invested. I want to be intentional with where I spend my time and who I spend it with. I want to be intentional about how I spend my money. I aim to be very present and invested in each moment as it comes.

This year, I chose the word Invested. I want to really be intentional with my time: where I spend it and who I spend it with. I want to be able to stay present in the moment, whether I’m with my loved ones or at work. I’m adjusting my schedule to accommodate that goal, and setting aside special time to spend with my mother and also with my daughter. I’m working hard to show my daughter that she can do hard things too, even when it’s scary. I hope she doesn’t forget how to be an advocate for herself. She is a brilliant young lady who can stand on her own two feet and take care of business on her own.

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

I took a leap of faith a couple years ago and changed careers. I walked away from a 20-year career of teaching kids, and now I teach physicians. I’m still making a difference, just with a different demographic. If I could go back and talk to myself right before I made this change, I’d tell Elizabeth to be patient. This change is scary and it’s hard and you don’t know what you’re doing, but you will. You will make a difference. Just be patient and don’t give in to this world’s expectancy of instant gratification.



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