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

Meet Wendy – her word for the 2023 BE Project is Joy

What word did you choose and why?


In July, I lost my dad unexpectedly. I’ve watched my mom decline during covid and now that I’ve lost my dad. That’s been hard because she is the strongest woman I know. I think Joy & Happiness are two very different things. The Bible is very clear “the joy of the Lord is our strength”. Right now I have moments of happiness… but I feel like I need to not focus on being happy, I need to focus on “the joy of the Lord is my strength”. Even though I may not feel happy, I still have Joy.

I’m working on this by making quiet time more of a habit. I work hard to focus on the good stuff. My husband does a great job of reminding me that the world isn’t falling apart. He’s good at reigning me back in and helping me keep things in perspective.

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

I would tell her that there is always something worth fighting for.




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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