good things : june chalkboards

living room :

“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.” – Galatians 5:22-23 (MSG)


Romans 8


Be YOU tiful.

june magazine line:


beka stays real : april chalkboards


[what is most important?]


[“And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” Luke 1:45]

living room 1:

[anything less than your best is a failure]

living room 2 didn’t change…because I still need to be reminded of this on a daily basis!

[be an exclamation point, not a question mark]

beka stays real : march chalkboards


[ bedroom : RELENTLESS : belief in God (1), gratitude in each moment (2), pursuit of dreams (3). (be transformed by the renewing of your mind – Romans 12:2) ]


[ living room 1 : “People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how He works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now.” – Matthew 6 ]

[ living room 2 : be an exclamation point, not a question mark. ]

and here’s the march magazine line too:

beka stays real : february chalkboards


[bedroom: positive minds live positive lives.]


[living room 1: “it’s important to keep trying to do what you think is right no matter how hard it is or how often you fail. you never stop trying. i’m still trying.” – coach wooden]


[living room 2: commitment: doing the right thing when you don’t want to. character: doing the right thing when it’d be easier not to. integrity: doing the right thing when no one’s watching you.]

beka stays creative : DIY chalkboards

I’ve been wanting to paint a wall with chalkboard paint forever and ever, amen. But since I am a renter and not a home owner and want my landlord to give me back my security deposit at the end of my tenure, I haven’t been able to live the dream yet.

Until…I started thinking. What if I could hang chalkboards instead? It lacks the charm of a fully chalkboarded wall, but beggars can’t be choosers. This seemed like a good idea until I found out large chalkboards cost anywhere from $25 to over $100 dollars each and weight about half as much as I do.

Back to square one.

But THEN…I started thinking that maybe I could paint a smaller surface and then hang that up.


I made one for the kitchen (above) for planning weekend recipes to try. One for my bedroom for good quotes from books I’m reading:

And two for the living room; one for the Packers wall for quotes from Coach Lombardi and other Packers-related things, and one beside my desk for inspiring things:

Now I would give you a full step-by-step tutorial here, but there’s really nothing to tutor. I bought the materials, I painted the boards, I hung them on the walls. There’s probably a better way to do it because they did warp a little bit. Maybe a stronger material than foam core? But this works for me, and it was way more affordable (and easier to purchase and transport) than buying full sized chalkboards. Here’s the lowdown on costs:

Chalkboard Paint: $10

Foam Core: $2.50 each, $10 total

Chalk: $3

Eraser: $2

Total: $25! Four for the price of one!

I’m such a happy camper.