New Year’s Resolutions 2017


Woohoo! I’m writing New Year’s Resolutions for 2017. Why is this so exciting? Well, if you read one of my most recent blog posts, you’d see that last year I had an impossible time writing resolutions, something I always do annually, and it left me feeling a little lost throughout the year. Like I didn’t have guidance to get myself on a clear path toward accomplishing new things. But somehow, in a year of all sorts of new experiences, some incredibly beautiful, some absolutely horrifying, I survived. And I now, I’m ready for my 2017 resolutions (‘goals’ would likely be a more accurate term). Here goes!

Physical Health and Wellness

  • Continue to work out 2-3 times a week
  • Get back into my size 4 jeans comfortably
  • Leisurely walk more
  • Increase my fruit and vegetable consumption
  • Try to meal prep on Sundays more often
  • Drink more water, especially on days when I exercise and/or spend time outdoors

Mental/Emotional Well-being

  • Continue singing lessons
  • Consider signing up for an additional type of lessons to learn a new skill
  • Feel less guilty about spending money on myself
  • Monitor my comfort level in a given situation and determine my course of action immediately (rather than regretting my participation or lack of participation after)
  • Reduce my feeling of obligation toward others, especially people who are not an important part of my life
  • When feeling down, remember that styling my hair, putting on makeup, and wearing a nicer outfit makes me feel better
  • Continue to consider the word ‘value’ when engaging in situations and involving people in my life


  • Work on pitching more companies, independent of blogging networks
  • Be well aware of the value of my work, pitch higher numbers
  • Create a new media kit for Our Potluck Family
  • Attend at least two blog conferences
  • Improve my photography skills by learning to use my speedlight


  • Complete repairs on this house
  • Live where we can enjoy our family time
  • Begin Bryce in a school that can meet his needs well
  • Keep the children involved in activities that meet their interests
  • Continue to take our family road trips, perhaps fly somewhere to use our passports
  • Continue to make my marriage a priority through time spent just the two of us
  • Find ways to bond with each child independent of the other

Last year’s word was VALUE, and I used that word to see myself through many situations and look at life through a variety of perspectives. I am creating one resolution to continue this word, this theme, into 2017:

Value leisure as much as I do work.

For this year’s word, I selected PRESERVATION. I will be reminded to preserve my integrity, my marriage, my relationships with my children, my relationships with friends, my desires, my goals, my memories, my work ethic, and any other aspect of my life I would to maintain as-is.

2017 is going to be a good one! 

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia {age 8} and Bryce {age 6}. Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.

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