Josh Irby

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A life of learning (How growing is about never graduating)

[This is the seventh post in the series Plan2Change, about the possibility and process of personal growth. Check out parts 1,  2, 3, 4, 5, and 6] I remember graduation day—black robes, square hats, smiling faces. It was the end of my formal education, a unshackling of the bonds of the school system. As I crossed the stage to receive my diploma […]

A life in community (asking for help)

[This is the sixth post in the series Plan2Change, about the possibility and process of personal growth. Check out parts 1,  2, 3, 4, and 5] Have you ever felt frozen—unable to move forward? You know your mission. You have a goal. You even know the root cause of your problem. But, you have no idea what to do next. The […]

A life of celebration (setting clear goals)

[This is the fifth post in the series Plan2Change, about the possibility and process of personal growth. Check out parts 1,  2, 3, and 4] “When I was growing up I always wanted to be someone. Now I realize I should have been more specific.” —Lily Tomlin I’ve had a love-hate relationship with goals my whole life. Sometimes they look at me disapprovingly—judging me […]

A deeper life (finding root causes)

[This is the fourth post in series, Plan2Change, about the possibility and process of personal growth. Check out part 1, 2, and 3.] There was a tree growing beside the driveway of our home in America. I am not sure what kind of tree it was, but we called it “the weed tree.” It grew overnight. It was annoying. […]

The one thing Hollywood gets right

Editor’s Note: Troy Mclaughlin is a writer, photographer and good friend. But most of all he’s a husband and father of 3 kids. You can follow him on twitter  or at his website, Project Pastor. Hollywood gets at least at one thing right—awarding each other. Have you seen how many award shows they have. It seems every […]

An honest life (the power of reality)

[This is the third post in series, Plan2Change, about the possibility and process of personal growth. Check out part 1 and 2] According to legend, Gregory Potemkin went to extravagant lengths to impress Russia’s Catherine the Great. When she visited the lands he governed he built mobile villages along her river route and populated them […]

A life of freedom and endurance

Editor’s Note: Kathryn Jackson is a wife, mother of three, Christ-follower, teacher and writer. When she is not dreaming of frolicking in dandelion fields, she blogs about life and such on her blog. My name is Kathryn and I’m addicted to freedom. However, I’ve recently discovered a paradox. [tweet_quote hashtags=”@wideopenfield” ]Living a life free of constraint is […]

A focused life (writing a personal mission statement)

What is the difference between a traveler and wanderer? Both carry baggage. Both visit new locations. Both sleep away from home. Both collect stories and photos. There is one key difference: a traveler has a destination. She is going somewhere on purpose. Which are you? In the world of marine biology, the jelly fish is […]

Take my advice, bury your regret

We all have regret. We said the wrong thing at the wrong time. We hurt a friend. We missed an opportunity. There are things in our past we would erase, if we could. There is only one thing you can do with that regret—bury it. This week I wrote about living a life without regret. […]

How I Met Your Mother and the Possibility of Real Change

Even though I’ve never seen an episode of How I Met Your Mother, it’s Facebook-overwhelming final episode affected me. A friend and co-worker, Matt, was upset the day after watching the series finale. After a brief summary of the show and explanation of its conclusion, I was upset too. Because HIMYM sticks its finger into […]