A not so fresh start (Who am I? And what do you care?)

So it’s been over a year since I made a real blog post… I’m thinking it’s time to restart. A renewal has happened to me over the past few weeks, and I just feel that the time is right to re-open. And what better way to re-open but to introduce myself again. 🙂

Who am I?

Developer/engineer – I love seeing how things work, and tinkering with them to make them work better. I write code for small devices such as smart cards and wearable technology. I’m also learning mobile and web dev on the side.


Teacher – I enjoy helping people understand and be able to achieve new things. It’s a great feeling when I see them experience the “aha!” moment.


Family man – I am married with 2 daughters, ages 5 and 17 months (as of writing). By June we will start homeschooling our eldest.


Christian – gratitude is the key to humility and happiness. I will be forever grateful that Jesus came, lived, died, and rose again to show me what life really is all about. Up to now, I am still learning.


Freedom fighter – I believe that finding your purpose and passion and living it out is a natural process. Unfortunately, many things are in the way. Time issues, money issues, attitudes, physical weakness, fear and other things all tie us down and hinder this natural process.


And what do you care?

My purpose for this blog is to help you fight for (and win!) freedom from the things that take you captive, so your purpose and passion will be yours for the taking. We all need an environment where we can see the blocking points in our lives, where we feel safe, as well as empowered to change. Hopefully, we all grow together.
’til next time.
Just a question for the comments:

How can I help you? Ask me anything, or send me a tweet @MikeAlbano99


My resolution: Living out Loud

In connection to my previous post about new year’s resolutions, I want to share mine:

I’m going to live out loud.

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Why your New Year’s resolution could be doomed to failure

Every year, people all over the world make new year’s resolutions. Some resolutions sound like this:

  • I will get into better shape this year.
  • I will read through the whole Bible this year.
  • I will floss my teeth more often this year.
  • I will spend more time with my family
  • <insert yours here>

Unfortunately, experience has shown, people making resolutions like these are doomed to failure. Here’s why. They each commit at least one of these fatal mistakes.

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How to get better at ANYTHING


Just recently I’ve listened to a podcast by Michael Hyatt about 3 Strategies for taking your life to the next level. It’s a great listen! I learned a lot.

Basically, he outlined three ways to improve in something, ordered from the cheapest to most expensive.

1. Read – There’s google, Wikipedia, blogs, ebooks, books.

2. Enroll in a class – There are some things that cannot be learned just by reading. It has to be experienced. A formal class is meant to bring you through specific problems / learning experiences.

3. Get Hire a personal coach – Personal coaching is one of the most powerful ways to improve.

Here are my notes/thoughts from the podcast:

  • We all want to grow. No body just wants to stay the same.
  • Listening to this really made me ask if I am really serious in the things I want. We all want things… but to get to the point where we’re serious enough to really do something about it requires a leap of faith, or at least a conscious decision.
  • A given to getting better at anything is devoting time.
  • Focus is important. It is very difficult to be trying to grow in too many things at once. It is better to take on one project at a time. Once that is established, you can try something new. We live in seasons. Nothing is permanent.
  • If you are already overcommitted, it might be time to re-evaluate all your commitments before taking on some new thing. Learning to say no is one of the hardest things to do.
  • Don’t try to reinvent the wheel. You can save a lot of time by leveraging on the experiences and mistakes of others. We are never meant to stand on our own. Instead, envision yourself standing on the shoulders of other great men and women, doing greater things than they did.


Are you well rested?

Have you ever come home from a vacation still feeling tired, as if you needed to take a vacation from your vacation? Or how about the feeling that its sunday night and you still don’t feel rested… like you’re not yet ready for the week. Maybe you don’t know how to rest. True rest, doesn’t just happen. It needs to be intentional.

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I’m gonna try some fasting

Last Sunday at church, the pastor talked about Spiritual Fasting. I knew I wanted to experience the spiritual benefits. But still, I’ve been eating 6x a day since March! I was unsure how it would fit into my workout / fitness regime. So I did some research about how other people do it. Here’s what I found out:

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Made to be Incredible

I just watched The Incredibles. It’s really one of my favorite movies. Every time I watch it. I can relate to it in so many ways.

The Parr family. From left to right: Elastigir...

The Parr family. From left to right: Elastigirl, Mr. Incredible, Violet and Dash. Bottom: Jack-Jack. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It reminded me of a quote by Marianne Williamson:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’

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How to get stronger in life

Although I’ve written a lot about the body, a lot of the principles in building physical strength also applies to other areas. In the same way that you can strengthen your arms and legs, you can also improve your ability to make decisions, to endure change, or even to find (and stick to) your life’s purpose and direction. If you apply these principles to the other parts of your life, you will have a stronger life. Besides, maintenance is boring. I want to get stronger. To get better!

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[Meaningful Words] Clean up

How does your room / home look like? If it’s anything like mine, it’s far from organized. Don’t get me wrong. We’re not slobs. We try to organize things. We clean up as often as we can. But somehow the mess just keeps on coming back. Mary Demuth shares in her blog:

We are a cluttered people, drowning in stuff, surrounded by advertising telling us more stuff makes us happy. Eventually, though, our garages reach capacity at the same rate our kitchen counters explode with paper. How can we dare to de-clutter? And what if we feel utterly overwhelmed with the task?

Want to have a less-cluttered home and life? Learn to be content with what you have by flinging, finding and fasting.

When I was in college, a (older) friend told me after seeing my room, “How you keep your room reflects on how you live your life.” For me, it means something like this: Maybe if I have the habit of leaving things lying around the house, I might also leave a lot of things unprocessed in my heart and thought life. Maybe it’s time to clear things up…

Here’s a link to her post: 3 Quick Ways to Declutter

Question for you: How do you declutter?