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

Meet Lauri – her word for the 2023 BE Project is Fearless

What word did you choose and why?


I chose fearless as my word this year. Fear has been a big thing for the last 8 months with Cancer. The fear of the unknown. What’s going to happen? Will I die in a year? The negativity really set in and it was overpowering. Meltdowns occurred and I’m thankful for my girls.

I started taking these negative thoughts and replacing them with “on the bright side”. If i could shift my mindset – I could find balance in my thoughts and start feeling better. My struggle with fear is now an ability to find the bright side and walk fearless.

If you could go back and talk to Lauri a year ago, what would you tell her?

That was before my mammogram. Don’t worry as much, knowing what I know now, because I know how things turn out.

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