Josh Irby

Live from Sarajevo


Welcome to the website! Here are a few things you should know about me.

I am a husband and a father. My wife, Taylor, and I married a decade ago after knowing each other a little over a year. It was a good choice. We have 4 crazy children. Life is full.


I am cross-cultural. We live in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, a beautiful town at the heart of the Balkans. Our city is full of history and complexity, beauty and misery, hope and diversity. I like that.

I am passionate about helping young people. For more than a decade I have worked with university students, helping them tell better stories with their lives. If you come to Sarajevo, you will probably find me in the corner of a local cafe talking with a friend about the purpose of life.

I am a writer. In 2011, my book, Meeting Miss Irby, was published throughout Bosnia in English and Bosnian. In 2012, it was published in the U.S. It is the true story of two travelers—150 years apart—who find love and meaning in Sarajevo.


I am a believer. Faith, for me, is not a private matter. I don’t want to live in a world devoid of deep discussions about life, death, God, meaning, good, evil, judgment, and grace. So, I usually bring up the topic.

Here’s what you will find on this site.

This blog is for people who want more than an average, ordinary life. It is for those who wake up each day in pursuit of a mission, courageously facing the obstacles in their path. Whatever important work you are fighting for, I hope this site will encourage you on the way.

On this blog, there is . . .

Help to get started:

An Open Letter to You from the Rest of the World
Is Comfort Killing Your Soul?
Stop Saying, “I Don’t Have Enough Time!”

Encouragement when you fail:

16 Benefits of Failure
What to Do When You Realize You are Not Who You Want to Be
Good News for Failures

Motivation to keep going:

If it’s Important, It will be Hard
Why Change is so Hard
Whose Voice is in Your Head?
How to Fail at Everything Important in Life (or How to Let Resistance Win)
Check out the archive of Monday Motivation video clips.

And, stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Check out Slavko or Tammy‘s story.

If these topics resonate with you, sign up below and stay connected! You have a story to tell!

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"I love Josh's writing. Big things to come from him." —Jeff Goins