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My Year 2021: From Broke to Time, Location, and Financial Freedom

The year 2021 has been a roller coaster for me.

It started with being broke and disappointed to end it by making close to $1000 in a few months.

It led me to gain Time, Location, and Financial Freedom.

Below is how things unfolded for me this year.

January: Broke and disappointed

I spent the whole of 2020 at home due to the pandemic. At the start of 2021, I wanted to leave home so badly to start my life afresh.

The problem was that I was broke. I had tried to put my web development skills into good use by building people's websites. I could not land any clients, which made me disappointed.

I decided to get a manual job that paid $6 per day. It would enable me to afford data to continue learning to improve my web development skills.

I continued doing client outreach for my freelance business, but I could not convert potential clients to paying customers.

That is when I realized I was doing everything wrong.

May: A fresh start

I started to learn how to:

  • Build converting websites.
  • Sell my services.
  • Build an audience.
  • Build a personal brand.
  • Write.

I left home on 28th May (I count this as my second birthday) and moved to another town. It was after a relative told me they were starting a new business, and if I wanted, I could be a business partner. My task was to run the business.

In June, I joined Tech Twitter Community, and it was the best decision I have ever made on Twitter. It helped me to make international friends and meaningful connections.

After three months, the business I was running failed so terribly. I had no option but to get a 9 to 5 job to help me pay the bills.

November: Gaining Time, Location, and Financial Freedom

One and half months into my 9 to 5 job, I received a Twitter DM. Someone asked me if I could be interested in writing Technical Articles for their blog (Arctype Blog).

They told me they pay between $200 to $300 per article. I did not think twice, and I accepted. I had wanted to give technical writing a shot, and this opportunity couldn't have come at a better time.

I was paid $300 after working on my first technical article. I quit my 9 to 5 job and relocated to the city(Nairobi, Kenya).

Within two and half months, I had made $600 from technical writing. The technical writing earnings brought my earnings close to $1000 in three months for the year.

After moving to the city, I had gained something that I had always wanted... FREEDOM!!!

  • Time Freedom.
  • Location Freedom.
  • Financial Freedom.

Plans for 2022

My plan for 2022 is to crush my goals and become the best version of myself.

Some of the goals I want to achieve by the end of the year are:

  • Make $1000 per month.
  • Hit 20K followers on Twitter.
  • Get 1000 visitors to my blog every month.

I will make $1000 per month by:

  • Building websites.
  • Writing technical articles.
  • Creating HTML and CSS templates.
  • Selling ebooks.
  • Affiliate marketing.
  • Sponsored posts.

I will hit 20K followers on Twitter by:

  • Creating valuable content on Personal Development.
  • Creating valuable content on Web Development.
  • Creating valuable content on writing.
  • Sharing my story and my wins.
  • Engaging with content from other accounts.

I will get 1000 visitors to my blog every month by:

  • Publishing valuable blog posts in my blog.


My 2021 was about gaining Freedom.

  • Time Freedom.
  • Location Freedom.
  • Financial Freedom.

My 2022 will be about crushing my goals and becoming the best version of myself.

Top comments (6)

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Davis The Coding Apostle

All the best in 2022

the_greatbonnie profile image

Thanks Davis

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Emmanuel Fordjour Kumah

Hi Bonnie, love how you have provided action points on how to reach the stated goals.
Wishing you all the best in 2022. Share you wins when you reach them. Shot for the sky

the_greatbonnie profile image

Thank you, Emmanuel.

Surely I will share my wins.

servusdei2018 profile image

Thank you for the inspiration. Good luck to you in the new year!

the_greatbonnie profile image

Thank you, Nate.

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