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

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

What word did you choose and why?


I chose the word Peace. I want to feel more grounded in my faith, but also in how I take care of myself. If I can hold on to peace in the hard moments, I can continue to show up and help others. I no longer want to give up my peace.

It’s been a rough several years. Now I’m at a point where personally, and even a little bit professionally too, I just want to find Peace. I want to be more grounded not just in my faith, but in self-care and start working toward my own goals as well. I have some big personal goals, and while I don’t feel like I’m quite in the headspace to start working on those yet, I’ve started working on smaller steps to get closer to that. I’ve also started a grief share program, using my own story grieving the loss of my mother to help others find peace in their grief journeys. I’ve become more involved in my church and I’m really loving the Peace I am finding there too. If I can find the inner Peace I’m striving for and hold on to it in the hard moments, and remember that God will take care of and work through the big things, I can continue to help more people because that is just who I am.

            If I could share a piece of advice with my two daughters that they hold close throughout their own life challenges, I’d say to find and surround yourself with good people. Good people are how you make it through the hard things in life. The people who find it more important to be interested instead of interesting are the ones you want. 




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