The last week of December 2016, I found myself rolling my eyes at all the Instagram posts and tweets regarding individuals being “over” 2016. Some posts said “Bye 2016” or shared a picture of a celebrity at their worst with a snarky caption “How I feel at the end of 2016.” Many posts focused on negative aspects that occurred in one’s personal life through 2016 rather than reflecting on those aspects that allowed them to grow. At the beginning of a new year, we set these expectations that the upcoming year will better than the last. But why do we have these expectations and how do we react when our expectations are not met?
As I scrolled through Pinterest for new hair ideas earlier in 2017, I came across a post entitled ‘A Year in Pixels.’ After reading a few different posts about pixels, I became interested in starting my own. ‘A Year in Pixels’ is a chart that allows you to use certain colours to visually reflect your mood on a day-to-day basis. We colour in a pixel (a block) for the given day. At the end of the year, the chart reflects mood consistencies (or inconsistencies).
The best thing about this? There are no rules! You are completely in charge of reflecting on day-to-day moods by simply dedicating 1 colour to a mood (i.e. green means happy, red means frustrated). When your pixels are completely coloured at the end of 2017, you’ll be able to reflect on the days/weeks/months that you felt motivated, felt happy or felt sad. It’s all about being able to reflect on person growth through out the year!
Written by: K. Tod