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

Meet Karen – her word for the 2023 BE Project is Joy

What word did you choose and why?


I lost my husband and I’m looking for joy in life again.

I chose the word joy because I lost my husband and I’m looking for the joy in life again. I want to travel the world. I had my hip replaced and I can now. I have a friend that lives in Philadelphia, maybe go visit my husband’s family in Iowa. I haven’t traveled much without my husband so I want to do more of this.

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

You did almost everything right. I had the best husband in the world. I made some good choices when I was too young to make choices. I did ok.

What advice would you give your daughter?

Second guess yourself sometimes. I think it’s necessary, but still follow your heart.




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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