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

Meet Cadence – this beautiful girl stole my heart.  When I first sit down with someone, my goal is to always get to know them.  Yes, it’s a quick visit – but my hope is that they will share a little piece of their heart with me. Cadence was very honest and shared the following with me. “I have a medical condition, narcolepsy w/ catalepsy.  Any emotions trigger an episode.  I’ve learned how to stop feeling emotions.”

What word did you choose and why?


As I have gotten older, and with medication, it has gotten better.  I want to see if I can let down some walls to start feeling emotions again.  I want to have a relationship.  I want to experience life.  I don’t have a LOT of friendships because I keep distant from others.  I don’t want to tell people that I have this condition because I don’t want to be seen as someone with a disability.

Thoughts from her Step – Mom, Amanda

Amanda (her step mom) chose a word for her.  A word that she wants Cadence to embrace. Grace.  “I want the biblical definition of Grace for her- to be covered by Gods love.  I want her to have grace for other people so she can build stronger relationships with others. I want her to experience life and all that it holds for her.”




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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