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

Meet Jocelyn – even though life probably hasn’t thrown the kindest things… she is learning how to be brave and rise above.

What word did you choose and why?


Valiant means to be brave and strong.  I have had a lot of troubles and hardships in my life – it is important to me.  Valiant has a lot of qualities to it – I wanted to be more than just brave. I find the strength to be valiant by remembering why i need to be strong.  Even in low moments, i know there will be a high one coming. .

What is something you want to accomplish or conquer?

In the next year – i want to feel more comfortable with the family that I am choosing for myself vs the family i was given.


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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