Trading the Fast Lane for a Slower Pace | Becky Melby

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In Episode 182 of Life Repurposed, host Michelle Rayburn and guest Becky Melby dive into the importance of setting boundaries, giving yourself grace, and finding balance in managing time and rest. Becky shares her personal experiences with health challenges, taking a pause on her writing, and the transition to embracing a slower pace of life. They dive into the joy of leisure, finding purpose, and debunking unrealistic holiday expectations. Plus, discover Becky's heartwarming Christmas traditions and her delightful novels to unwind with this season. Join us for a heartwarming and insightful discussion.

Wisconsin resident Becky Melby is the author of more than 25 fiction titles, including ten books in several Guideposts cozy mystery series. She also co-authored Spouse in the House - Rearranging Our Attitudes to Make Room for Each Other. Married for 51 years, mother of four, grandmother to fifteen, Becky thrives on writing, reading, camping, rides on the back of a silver Gold Wing, feeding chickens in her backyard, and time with family. Connect with her at or Facebook.


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Show Notes

In the latest episode of Life Repurposed, host Michelle Rayburn sits down with author Becky Melby to discuss the importance of setting boundaries and giving ourselves grace in managing time and rest. This insightful conversation delves into Becky's writing journey, the challenges she’s faced, including deciding to cancel a book contract, and the valuable lessons she learned along the way.

Becky shares her experience of writing nine books with a friend, facing difficulties with publishers, and ultimately embracing writing as both a job and a ministry. However, her journey took a turn when she encountered several challenges that have impacted her ability to continually meet writing deadlines. What do we do when everything changes, and our purpose comes into the questions?

Despite feeling guilt and uncertainty, Becky eventually had to give herself permission to rest and recover, leading to a sabbatical period filled with questions about her changing identity and purpose.

Throughout the episode, Becky and Michelle discuss the importance of recreational time, setting boundaries around work, and finding joy in a slower pace. They highlight the significance of planning simple, stress-free social gatherings and prioritizing relationships, while also emphasizing the need to give ourselves grace and embrace simplicity.

Listeners also gain valuable insights into Becky's writing process, her Christmas traditions, and the impact of her work. Michelle encourages listeners to pick up Becky's books for a fun and unwinding read, particularly for those who enjoy warm, fuzzy seasonal stories with everyday practical aspects.

As the episode concludes, Becky leaves the audience with empowering words, encouraging them to eliminate comparison and the pressure to meet unrealistic expectations during the holiday season.

To catch this engaging and uplifting discussion, and to discover more about Becky Melby's writing journey and empowering insights, tune in to Life Repurposed Episode 182. Don't forget to check out the links below for Becky's website and books.


Becky Melby's website

Facebook Group: Fill My Cup Lord (daily devotions from several authors)


Spouse in the House: Rearranging Our Attitudes to Make Room for One Another

A Door County Christmas - Novel

Do You Hear What I Hear - Novel


The Christmas stockings Becky mentioned, made by her daughter-in-law



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