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The BE Project 2021 – Cindy – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

The BE Project 2021 – Cindy – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

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

Meet Cindy. She’s been a participant from the beginning.  I’ve been lucky enough to watch her story evolve and watch as she has become the powerful woman she is today.  Read below for more of Cindy’s story and why she chose her word this year.

What word did you choose and why?

Cindy chose the word renewed.  After a crazy year of COVID.  “I kept praying God, give me a word.  I was journaling one day and wrote “I have lost the song I once I had and I want it restored.  In the meantime I had watched a church sermon from 2020 and it was about a revival.  It was amazing and watched it over 3 days. As I was watching this service, the pastor said – maybe your sitting there and you’ve lost the song in your heart. He continued on and said you need that restored.  I was crying and knew that God hears me.  It was in that moment that I knew that “renewed” was the right word.  I have felt such a pressing need to be inward focused.  I am a caretaker by nature and I like the sense of achievement.  2020 really pulled the rug out from under me.  I kept trying to focus on things like a job that made me miserable, getting my hair done every 3 weeks…. now, I have embraced the glorious color, i’ve shed a job that made me feel miserable. I can now focus on the things that are important. I want to remove anything that takes away from just being me.”

The word renewed means: To make like new again, restore to freshness, to make extensive changes.  Do again, resume, replace, replenish.

What would you tell your kids if you could give them words of wisdom in their life.

Do what makes you happy.

What would you tell the 12 year old Justin?

Don’t listen to all the naysayers… God has given you so many gifts. Go use them.

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 3 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?

 

The BE Project 2021 – Justin – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

The BE Project 2021 – Justin – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

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

Meet Justin.  I have the honor to be his friend, but I still learn more each time I get a moment to talk with him.  Read below for his story and why he chose his word.

black and white photo of guy holding card that says fearless

What word did you choose and why?

Justin chose the word Fearless. “I chose this word because I personally feel like when you are fearless you can do anything.  Some people live by fear, some people learn by fear and some people teach by fear.  I think that if you take all of those aspects into your own life and you hit everything head on, because there is no way around it, above it or below it… you have to go right through it.  If you can do that without the fear of failing, then you will succeed.  There is no such thing as “I cannot”, you just need to try harder.  When you feel like you are going to fall, trust God to catch you.  He will never give you more than you can handle and He only gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers.

Growing up, I was exposed at an early age to a lot of adult situations and things that children should not have to experience at young ages.  With that, I think I worked though a lot of my fears.  That taught me to live every day to the fullest and really appreciate and cherish each moment.  I really try to live every day fearlessly.  Don’t be scared to fail. Don’t be scared of the unknown.  Don’t be scared of what’s to come. Don’t be scared that it might not be what you expect.  Live fearlessly.  If you believe in yourself, if you do it with your truth, then whatever is on the other side is going to be awesome.

What would you tell yourself 5 years ago?

I would tell him that it gets better and it just keeps getting better.  You just have to believe in yourself.

What would you tell the 12 year old Justin?

I would tell him, It’s going to be scary, and it’s going to be sad, but if you live fearlessly – you will end up with this beautiful life.  The life that I know now. You never know what is coming around that  corner, but your final destination – it’s a beautiful place.  12 year old Justin… don’t give up.

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 3 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?

 

The BE Project 2021 – Hailey – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

The BE Project 2021 – Hailey – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

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

Meet Hailey.  She’s a force to be reckoned with and a pretty remarkable woman.  Read below for her story and why she chose her word.

girl in black and white photo holding the word STill

What word did you choose and why?

Hailey chose the word STILL.  In her work life, she is in sales.  She has learned over time that there are so many times that you have to be still…  quiet, unmoving, learn to be still in the moment.  Personally, I think over the last year I have learned how important it is to just be still in the moment.  There is always something to learn or enjoy in each moment.  Regardless of it being a good or a bad moment… learn why you there and what you can learn from it.  Spiritually, being still and knowing that your God will take care of you and what you are going thru.  This year, I want to work on just being still, enjoying the quiet and the peace of each second.

What would you tell yourself 7 years ago?

Just calm down, don’t be high strung and rigid.  You can always have certain rules and expect things to go a certain way – but the reality is, it’s never going to work out like that, you will just cause more tension and clashing.  Especially with kids.  I would tell her, just calm down and roll with the punches.

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 3 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?

Interested in getting updates via email and getting on the waitlist for next years project?  Sign up here: The BE Project Waitlist

The BE Project 2021 – Brooke – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

The BE Project 2021 – Brooke – Beautiful Evolutions Photography

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

The BE Project will always be a part of my heart.  Maybe it will be my legacy.  Maybe it will just be a way to let me connect into people in a way that means something.  We live in a crazy world.  A world where people feel like the anonymity of sitting behind a computer gives them the power and the right to be ugly.  I personally believe that each baby step I make, can make the world a little better.  Starting this year – we will do this annually.  One of the greatest parts of this project has been having some of these humans come back each year.  I’ve had the honor of following their journey – learning their hearts and walking along beside them in their journeys.  My hope is that each person that has joined me in this project has been affected in some way.  Even if they didn’t show up to be photographed – sharing and reading the stories… I hope it makes a difference.   Even if only a small, tiny difference.

What word did you choose and why?

This year I chose the word Direct.  I am a people pleaser by nature.  I desperately want people to like me.  I mean… desperately.  This part of my personality has caused me to not always be direct in what I feel and what I think.  This year, I want to focus more on being very direct with my intentions, thoughts, feelings and words.  Kindness should always prevail – however, I want to give my self the permission to speak freely and stand tall in my truth and my feelings.  Knowing that you own your own power and give yourself permission to feel all the feelings you have – I have to believe that it will be a powerful thing.

 

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?

 

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. 

3am wakeup?

3am wakeup?

Real talk …. just keeping it real – because I don’t want you to think I really have it all figured out.

It’s currently 6:30am, I’ve been awake since 3am.  You know those mornings, something wakes our soul up at some random time, and your body laughs at you and says “you just THOUGHT you were getting some extra sleep today”.  It’s one of those times in life, where you have LOTS of things going on, lots of things coming up, you are trying to figure out how to line it all up so you don’t drop or miss anything.  Surely, i’m not the only one.  Right?  Tell me I’m right.

Since 3am, I flip flopped like a fish out of water for an hour, I got up and went to the other room and surfed TikTok (yeah, i get sucked in there), I created and sent out about 15 invoices for the boutique, brain stormed and did some research on black Friday sales, sent my assistant some notes on some thoughts, and now…  I’m emptying my brain for the moment.  For my other Girl Bosses out there… this one is for you.

How in the world do you map out all of your ideas, thoughts and dreams?  I currently have 3 projects in my brain that are taking up way too much space.  How do you build action plans and really stick to them?  If I ever wondered where my kids got there ADHD from, I have quickly learned the answer over the last 5 years.  How in the world, do you stay on track and keep the plates spinning?  Well, maybe not just spinning – how do you keep them spinning and still move forward and make progress?

 

My brain is officially on overload.  I think it’s maybe the feeling of the end of the year quickly approaching and knowing how busy it gets.  My goal every year is to not get buried in the daily details and do things to make a bigger impact…. and then… well… my brain kicks in and I feel like I’m drowning again.

What you might see from the outside is a crazy girl who has multiple businesses and seems to be pulling it off pretty well.  Real talk – how i feel??  A little girl still playing in a big kids playground and just trying to find that clear path to balancing it all out and really making progress.  To my fellow Girl bosses, we never stop dreaming, we never stop hustling… we might just stumble a little along the way.

Here’s to each of you that woke up WAY too early with the squirrels running wild in your brain.  Grab another cup of coffee, pull your big girl panties on, and let’s go do this!!

 

All my love

Brooke