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

Meet Traci – her word for the 2023 BE Project is Resilient

What word did you choose and why?


My mother died in 2019, I’ve been clean since 1996. When she passed, I found that I was removing myself from people without knowing I was doing it. Resilient means to go thru something traumatic or devastating and to be able to pull myself back into the light.

I finally became ok with who I am and not worrying about everyone else. It feels so good. Everyone always said, “one day you just won’t worry about what others think” and I feel like I’m finally there. I just want to live life and be happy.

If you could go back and talk to a younger version of yourself, what would you tell her?

Wear the swimsuit, eat the cake. Stay away from him, them, that… Be ok in your own skin.


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