When I talked to writer Saeed Jones, he told me about his late mother, Carol Sweet-Jones, and how she always made New Year's "determinations"—not "resolutions." He recently wrote about the differences between the two in an essay called We Are A Determined Household, and about what he learned from years of watching his mom "summon her determination like clockwork." This week, Saeed reads that essay for us.
And we want to hear your New Years determinations, too! Record a voice memo telling us what you want from 2020, and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll share them back with the entire Death, Sex & Money community soon, so we can all get a little inspiration from each other.
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