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

Meet Leigha – her word for the 2023 BE Project is Stronger

What word did you choose and why?


  I chose the word stronger. I want to be stronger physically, mentally, professionally, in my relationships and in my faith. How you feel on the inside often reflects on how you feel on the outside, and vice versa. Spending time building strength in one area can build confidence and focus to build strength in another area. I aim to confidently accept who I am today and who I want to be. And I aim to stand strong in that truth. 

 This year I’m focusing on the word Stronger. Physically I want to feel strong, but I want that strength to reflect on all other aspects of my life as well. I want to be strong mentally, to really know who I am and stand in the truth of that. I want to continue to strengthen my marriage, so that I can stand strong in who we are as a couple. I want to welcome the self-awareness that seems to come at this age, and welcome this updated version of me in whatever form she comes. I want to build strength in my faith so that I can fight confidently against the attacks present in this world. Each step in the process of growth brings its own challenges, its multi-layered, and I want to face each layer as it comes from a position of strength and from knowing who I am.

What is something you hope you accomplish by the end of the year?

            I want to be focused more on gratitude this year, and spend a lot more time in prayer. I aim to read a lot more, not just for personal development but for pleasure too, there is a balance between growth and contentment. I believe there is strength in finding contentment, and in finding the balance between being content and with the growth and goals you are still striving for. I also believe that strength can be quiet, and I want to lean more into that as well.

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 Leigha from three years ago, I’d tell her you’re worth it. Don’t give up on you, this moment isn’t forever and you have worth that is not associated with the number on the scale or what you look like. It may not always be easy but it’s always worth it. Keep fighting, keep loving, and love your people through their choices, even if you have to do so from afar. Their choices are not your burden to carry. You can make changes and different choices and you can do so from a place of strength. 




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