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What was your win this YEAR?

Hey there!

I'm mixing up this week's win thread in honor of the upcoming new year (for those cultures that recognize the New Year as beginning this upcoming Saturday, that is).

Instead of looking back on our weeks, what would you say your biggest win was for this past YEAR? What are you proud of having accomplished?

All wins count — big or "small" 🎉

Examples of 2021 'wins' include:

  • Starting a new job
  • Learning to value your personal strengths
  • Taking more time off to unplug with loved ones regularly ... or whatever else might have sparked joy and purpose ❤️

Congrats on your accomplishments in 2021! You're amazing 🌠

Whitney Houston Celebrating

Discussion (54)

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Mukund Raghav Sharma (Moko) • Edited on

This year was truly the most transformative!

  • Moved to San Diego to work fully remotely.
  • Read 45 books this year. I wrote about it here
  • Released a pretty big security patch.
  • Learnt React.js
  • Started driving more confidently.
  • Traveled to 8 new cities.
  • Meditated for 90 days straight.
  • 400+ days of Italian.
  • Learnt how to record and produce music and have 8 recordings so far here
  • Successfully contributed to my first open source project here
  • Reconnected with a considerable number of my friends.
  • Finished my first journal.
  • Wrote 15+ blog posts.
  • Created a tool for Perf Engineers with 3000+ views, being used by 70 people from Japan to South America. Details can be found here.

^ these were definitely some memorable ones!

EDIT: Adding more so I can look back next year to get an idea of the growth made.

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Gracie Gregory (she/her) Author


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Nick Taylor (he/him)


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Md. M Najmul

Great job!

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Jhey Tompkins • Edited on

2021 was a tough year:

  • Processing a long term breakup
  • Loss of family
  • Getting diagnosed
  • Burnout
  • Loss of more family
  • Having Covid

But not writing this for a pity party 😅

Takes a lot for me to be negative about things. Big believer in "Out of the toughest times comes the biggest triumphs". I'm really looking forward to what happens in 2022 ✨

And 2021 wasn't all that bad 🚀

  • Still here!
  • Medication
  • Got back into the swing of things for content
  • Got back into work, Temporal, Kent C Dodds, Monzo, etc.
  • Got my dream car 🥺
  • Made progress on my house
  • Had a great Christmas! 🚀
  • Won the cup in football scoring in the last minute
  • Got to appear on various podcasts, etc. and the stream with DEV!

There's likely a lot I'm forgetting about too. It's so easy to remember the "negative" things but when you stand back and take a look, there's can be so much to be grateful for.

Well done everyone for making it through the year! And happy new year for 2022!

Stay Awesome! \ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ/

Leo Raising a Glass

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Nick Taylor (he/him)

Sorry for your loss Jhey and the rough patches but like you said it wasn't all that bad. We're so lucky to have you in the community and I feel privileged that we got to hang twice together even if it was only virtual.

This deserves my rare Loki fried chicken GIF 😎

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Jhey Tompkins

Thanks Nick! 🙏

Yeah, I'm all good. I'm in a good place and looking forward to the New Year. And as you say, it's been great to hang twice 😎 Get something in the calendar for this year coming?

Haha – I've got to steer clear of the fried chicken Nick, come on! 😅

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Lauren Fosgett

Sorry for your loss, but also congrats to pushing through and still being here. Sometimes life knocks us down but you're kicking ass. Best of luck in 2022!

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Jhey Tompkins

Thank you Lauren! 🙏 I'll take that.

Yeah, too right. The toughest times often lead to the strongest growth. I'm real happy with how 2021 ended.

Best of luck in 2022 to you too! Happy New Year! 🎉

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Gracie Gregory (she/her) Author

Thank you for your vulnerability. So sorry to hear about the pain you experienced in 2022 but huge congrats on all of your amazing wins.

Glad to have you here, Jhey.

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Jhey Tompkins

Hey Gracie!

No problem at all. I kinda learned to be a bit more open with all these things in 2021. If you don't speak up, who's going to know? 😅 It's good to talk. Not everything is a "Highlight reel". Saying that, 2021 will go down as a "highlight" in a strange sense in the fact that I learned a lot about myself and got through it.

Thank you! 🙏 It's easy to forget the things we get up to.

By the way. 2022 has been great so far, it was 2021 where I had some painful moments 😜 😅

Glad to be here! Keep up the awesome things you do with DEV && Happy New Year! 🎉

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Ernesto Lopez

Awesome year, even the bad stuffs are part of our development. Congrats!

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Jhey Tompkins

Very true! Thanks Ernesto. Happy New Year! 🎉

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This year was the best year ever.

  • I learned to code.
  • Started my blog and YouTube channel
  • earned my first $ online
  • also got admitted in Uni

many more but can't remember them. :)

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Nick Taylor (he/him)

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Atharva Shirdhankar

This year I contributed to 20+ open source projects and still few pr are awaited for review🚀.
Started writing articles on Devto and sharing my knowledge and experience.
Won my first ever hackathon as a runner up organized by Devto + GitHub 🎉.

And moreover learned lot many things this year.

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Nick Taylor (he/him)

That's awesome! 🔥

Yes, that's awesome!

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CodeWhiteWeb • Edited on

This year was good in my Programming journey and at the same time, it was worse.

I finally learned Node and python Django
Got my first freelancing project
Learned about crypto
Launched my first Portfolio site []
created bots for discord and telegrams
and many more...

and the worse part was that...
I lost my relatives and friends due to covid 😢

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Lauren Fosgett

Congrats on starting freelancing! Those are some big wins. Sorry for your losses as well <3

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🧙‍♂️ pushed my coding skills a lot further. (took the leap with vue3 + typescript)

😌 found myself enjoying little things more often

🧘🏻‍♂️ started to feel the joy of letting go, is a difficult process but indeed is achieveable

🏙️ moved to a wonderful city

🌍 improved my social/english skills

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Nick Taylor (he/him)

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Fidal Mathew

This year, I got started with web development and open source.
I started blogging and made new connections.
Joining twitter was one of the best things I did.
It was a great year, wishing to grow more in 2022. 😄

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Nick Taylor (he/him)


You did it!

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Manu • Edited on

let's take a look...

Take a look at the languages I learned since 2019:

  • Released my app, Smartlist.
  • Hit 1 million users on Smartlist :D
  • Have ~275 followers on!
  • Hit 18 followers on GitHub!
  • Halfway through 8th grade!
  • Worked on my other apps,
  • Redesigned my GitHub profile
  • Learned a new programming language!
  • Released EdPoll Beta -
  • Published my first NPM package!
  • Created a blog,
    • lol i have only one follower, please follow me 😔
  • played minecraft for some time
  • I have 6 A's and a B LOL

My record for staying up late this year:

  • 7:00 AM

My record for actually sleeping this year lol:

  • 6:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Other things I did:

  • Went with my friends to an escape room nearby.
    • didnt escape successfully lol
  • Watched netflix
  • Watched MrBeast and mark rober :)
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Lauren Fosgett

This year I started believing in myself and started learning to code again.

  • recovered from several health issues and two major procedures
  • started exercising again
  • paid off my credit card debt!!!!
  • started freelancing (product management services) which is helping me explore other skillsets I want to start growing
  • started learning javascript again and learning test automation
  • successfully launched a major feature at work this year (another big win)

I'm so pumped to keep learning and growing in 2022!

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Nick Taylor (he/him)

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Bervianto Leo Pratama
  • Achieved some certifications
  • More active to write blog post
  • Learned a new programing language
  • Learned more about DevOps

I wrote the summary in here. 😃

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Jones Zachariah Noel • Edited on

Just today I tweeted it.

And to add on,
🎖️Learnt a couple of new tech
🎖️Being part of GitHub Actions Hackathon and learning about workflows!
🎖️Hit 30k views with 444 reactions across all my blog posts on Dev.To within less than a year.
🎖️Networked with a lot of like minded folks.

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Nick Taylor (he/him)

Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek TNG saying Well done!

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Pratik Singh

I've summarised my year in 2021. I'm happy with the results I achieved.

January: I started with my first experience in the industry. I was completed for the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur Winter of Code, my first open-source program.

February: Completed my internship at the Crio.Do's Winter of code 2021. Learned a lot of Web development skills.

March: I completed my first internship at This was my first exposure to the industry, where I learned coding and soft skills.

May: I received the SUSE Scholarship program Cloud-Native Foundations Course to start my career in DevOps and Cloud Computing. This gave me the opportunity to learn @Docker
and Kubernetes. Different aspects of cloud computing and DevOps.

June: Got a training scholarship from The Linux Foundation. The LiFT scholarship has enabled me to experiment with Linux. This scholarship gives me the opportunity to learn under The Linux Foundation itself. I'll be taking the Essentials of Linux System Administration (LFS201) Course and taking the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) exam later this year.

July: I was chosen as the Google Developer Student Club Lead for my campus. Currently building Google Developer Student Club - DSI. I was involved with some internships at the time, but I did not complete them due to personal issues.
Also, completed my tenure as Lead at CodeChef Collge chapter at campus.

August: The best month for me. I got an internship at JUSPAY as a TPA (Technical Product Analyst) in the Infrastructure Team. I'm currently learning Kubernetes and other DevOps tools. In addition, my team won the Devfolio National Hackathon, won 14,000 rupees, and was offered future opportunities by Polygon Technology

September: In the course organised in my company, I became Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified. I learned different services offered by AWS and practiced them.

October: Served as the facilitator of #30DaysOfCloud on our campus. Guided and mentored many students in the Google Cloud tracks. Completed #hacktoberfest2021 .

November: I received 400$ for participating in a research project sponsored by PayPal Pvt. Ltd. I researched the PayPal Payment Gateway.

December: Other than my Internship and community work, I was trying on a few more opportunities. Still waiting on the results :)

I have been fortunate to receive support from my family, friends, mentors, coworkers, and bosses. I hope to be able to pay that forward by doing good work and providing community service whenever I can.

Onwards and Upwards!

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Vicente Reyes

My biggest win this year was getting interviewed by a product person at Scale AI and accepting the job as a QA(Lead).

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Aaron Johnson • Edited on

This year was a roller coaster and yet I pulled through and I'll take that as my first win!

Here are some of the other wins!

  • Started to live in a dorm as a fresher in Uni ( was a great experience)
  • Wrote 2 articles that got published in a magazine ( National and College respectively)
  • Cycled 100km with my mates.
  • Started following a good routine that helps me both mentally and physically.
  • Won 25$ in a Hackathon
  • Learnt how to drive a car and bike
  • Composed 2 songs on the piano

That's about it, these were my wins for the year 2021, I'm gonna go into 2022 and try to get more wins! What were your wins @graciegregory ?

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Bobby Iliev

This was an amazing year!

  • Started a new job as a developer advocate @ Materialize
  • Won 3 hackathons
  • Bought a new home
  • Become a Co-founder of DevDojo
  • Wrote 5 open source eBooks and 150+ blog posts
  • Reached 1k subscribers on YouTube and Twitter
  • Reached 5500 total contributions on the DigitalOcean community forum

I'm truly grateful for all this!

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Matthieu Cneude

So many things! But if I had to choose one:

I've written a book to build a Mouseless Development Environment! I know it helped hundred of developers, I'm more than proud.

I want to write a book since I'm a kid, it's a dream coming true. I've already another one in the making, and many more ideas for new ones after that!

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Andrew Baisden

Many wins:

  • Learned React Native
  • Made over 1.4k on eBay
  • Got hired and found permanent work
  • Went from 373 to 3.8k+ Twitter followers
  • Received lots of FREE gifts for putting out good content
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Aneeqa Khan • Edited on

2021 was a splendid year!

  • I left the toxic job and joined another office that has great culture and environment. 🎉
  • Got into a relationship with the most amazing person ❤️
  • Won top 7 authors of the week 🏅
  • Learned and implemented unit testing. 🧪
  • Successfully release the office mobile app on stores. 📱
  • Started taking care of my naturally curly hair. 👩🏻‍🦱
  • Hit 1k+ followers on platform 🎊
  • Learned to do CSS animations 📝
  • Learned to do crochet 🧶
  • Started doing daily walk 🚶🏻‍♀️

And explored lot of new things and places ✨

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Stanley Ruheza • Edited on

Just had some small wins:

  • Part time jobs, remote jobs and online gigs
  • Started freelancing on Upwork, here's my profile
  • Started writing articles
  • Improved in system designing, architecture and design patterns
  • Improved in DevOps (Git actions, Docker, K8's)
  • Read 20+ books
  • Helping people's project for free
  • Contributed on 5+ OpenSource projects
  • few other wins :)
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Nick Taylor (he/him)

There were too many things, so I summarized it all in my year in review post. 😎

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Gracie Gregory (she/her) Author

Your post was what inspired the change in format, @nickytonline!

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I did nearly finished my first database/database bundler.

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Mr. Unity Buddy • Edited on

It's a wonderful year, It turned my my career and dev life upside down!

  • Dug depth in Python, especially GUI design.
  • Got into technical writing.
  • Crossed 140K+ Content views on both DEV and Hashnode.
  • Crossed 1K followers on DEV.
  • Worked in 2 Places.
  • 88+ blogposts.
  • Found amazing people.
  • Learnt Web Development, a bit actually.

That's all what I get on my mind right now 😋

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Danish Saleem

• Switch my career from SQA Engineer to Software Engineer.
• Learn JavaScript and NodeJS
• Build some amazing websites and web applications.
• Started Writing on
• Join Twitter Tech Community
• Create an online presence
• Started a small creative agency with my friends

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This year was truly a productive year for me!

  • Got my PR in Canada (in US that is called a green card),
  • Started a YouTube channel DevPool (with the focus of helping new developers),
  • Got an amazing web engineer job at one of the fortune companies,
  • Started a developer blog,
  • Learned and started to build projects using NestJs framwork,
  • Build a new workstation for work, and creating content (will be sharing my new set up very soon),
  • Learned how to cook, and
  • Made new connections on the way 😊

I will keep on learning amazing new things, and will keep on sharing my knowledge and experience with everyone 😀

I wish everyone Happy Holidays! 🎉

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Ernesto Lopez

This year was really good one:

  • I Started my own tech podcast called No Somos Cavernicolas
  • i started writing on on a weekly based.
  • Started sharing some scripts that i was developing on my day to day job here
  • Achieved AWS SysOp and Oracle OCI Architect certification.
  • My Dad survived COVID, he was really close to pass away. And we managed to pay for all the treatment.
  • Obtained my second nationality
  • Spent a lot of time playing with my son,
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Atul Prajapati

Lots of ups and downs

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Jérémie Astor

I got financial support for Gwion!

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I contributed to 54 open source projects and learned a few languages (4 I think)

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The year was really awesome.

We do more next year!!

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Nancy Bennetts

Happiness 😊

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Anushka Raj
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Too many small wins to count, but my "biggest" win was that I socialized more instead of just coding. Did it cost me some time? Yes. Was it worth it? Big yes.

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Bernard Baker

All sorts of things. But my big win was investing in self development.