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

Meet Yvonne – her word for the 2023 BE Project is Confidence

What word did you choose and why?


   I chose the word confidence. I came out of an abusive relationship, at the end of which I was falsely accused as the aggressor and arrested in the emergency room. I felt silenced, marginalized, and dismissed. I will not feel that way any longer. I am building my confidence, and diligently using my voice to share my story so that it might resonate with others experiencing the same things. I am finding my confidence by working with a wonderful therapist, surrounding myself with an incredible community, and through self-expression. 

In building a community with other survivors I’ve found that there is a language we can speak with each other that helps to break the cycle of shame and embarrassment so many of us feel stuck in. I didn’t choose this story, but I will use every bit of it to empower and encourage others who need a little help to recognize what is happening, step into their power and get out. 

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

            If I could talk to younger Yvonne, I’d tell her you are enough. You have always been enough. Use your voice, take up space, and don’t let anyone diminish your light. 





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