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

Meet Nikki – her word for the 2023 BE Project is Serene

What word did you choose and why?


I chose the word Serene. That’s how I like to live my life – organically, with no drama and good energy. It feels like a very positive way to live your life, and I want to continue to create that this year.

This year I chose the word Serene. At first, I had picked several other words, but their meanings all pointed back to serenity. It’s how I like to live my life. I like to live organically, with no drama and just positivity and good energy always. I find that in life you can look at the rose or at its thorns. I’ve always been a silver-lining, bright side type of person. So, it just felt like an organic focus for me this year.

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 a younger version of Nikki, I’d tell her to start planning for retirement earlier. Being self-employed it’s easy for that to fall to the wayside a bit, and while we have started saving and planning over the last several years, it’s really something that is never too early to start! As my son begins facing challenges on his own life journey, I do hope that he always remembers to believe in himself, and to be confident. It’s something I’ve always aimed to teach him over the years, but I hope that he really holds that close and remembers it always.




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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