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

Meet Jessica – her word for the 2023 BE Project is Present

What word did you choose and why?


I want to be more present and in the moment – at home with my kids, my husband and my friends. I feel like as a woman, we are always multitasking and thinking of all the things we “should” be doing. You don’t finish one thing before you are already thinking about the next. Especially with social media, we just mindlessly scroll and recently I’ve noticed people point out that I’m not listening – and it’s just a mindless thing that I think has become a bad habit for us. I can’t stand it when someone does it to me, so I really want to work on this.

The last couple of years, I struggled with some things mentally and I feel like maybe I’ve lost my identity. Outside of a mom and a wife, I don’t know who I am. I’ve been focusing on my mental health and now I want to focus on being more present with those around me.

If you could talk to a younger Jessica, what would you tell her?

Try not to stress over the little things. You are not alone. You are not the only one going thru this. Don’t feel like you aren’t a perfect mom because you see these other things on social media.



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