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

Meet Madison – her word for the 2023 BE Project is Peace

What word did you choose and why?


I find myself thinking about what is going on in the world and EVERYONE needs peace.

I chose this word because I find myself thinking about what is going on in the world and EVERYONE needs peace. Did you know that 1 month into 2023, 1,298 people had already been killed – and 64 of those were from mass shootings. Not even a month in. I don’t understand – if we can see these things happening, why do we not do more about this.

I want to constantly ground myself in what I’m doing in the moment and not let my mind wander to other things. This is how I am trying to find peace in my day to day.

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

I hope to feel more comfortable in knowing where I will go after high school. I have so many things that I could do – and I want to have peace in the decision that will be best for me.



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