I Quit Cars

ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times And in Los Angeles! Lauren Ferree, 27, does not miss the traffic — or destroying the environment. Interview by Danya Issawi Jan. 20, 2020 I was born and raised in L.A., and my mom is an environmentalist. We’ve always composted and she’s always had some sort of garden.…

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I Quit Buying Things

ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times John Michael Hogue, a 23-year-old from Chicago, felt conflicted by consumerism, so he took a leap of faith. Interview by Danya Issawi Jan. 20, 2020 I grew up in Omaha, in a suburban household that had normal consumer routines. But even as a child, some of those…

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I Quit the Act of Quitting

ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times Sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than not saying no. By Mallika Rao Jan. 20, 2020 I’m a quitter, in the right sense of the word, by present-day standards. I, like so many brave men and women with the means to do so, have gotten by for days…

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I Quit My Job After a Particularly Good Beach Day

ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times And as a woman of color, that meant reclaiming my self-esteem and unlocking a world of possibility. Jan. 20, 2020 Once upon a time, I worked at a magazine, reporting to a cowardly white woman who, early in our working relationship, told me that she didn’t consider…

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I Quit Dating Entirely

ImageCredit…Shutterstock Mae-sa Dixon, 35, swore off sex seven years ago. She says she’s never been happier. Jan. 20, 2020 I started having sex at 16, and I didn’t have my first orgasm during sex until I was about 25. In 2013, I decided to stop dating and having sex with other people entirely. I have…

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I Quit My Elaborate Skin Care Routine

ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times I threw a lot of time and money at my face. It wasn’t worth it. By Iva Dixit Jan. 20, 2020 Mine is a before-and-after of the kind that is often promised in midafternoon infomercials: a transformation so stark that it’s impossible not to derive a little…

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I Quit Yale

ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times If James Franco could handle grad school, why couldn’t I? Jan. 20, 2020 My first time quitting something academic was during my first year at Cornell. I was a textiles and apparel major, and I quit that after my first semester. It felt right. Fashion wasn’t for…

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I Quit My Smartphone

ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times Thanks to the Allen Carr technique for quitting smoking. By Lisa Wells Jan. 20, 2020 About a year ago, I noticed a distressing tendency in myself to drift off while the people I loved were talking. It didn’t matter if they were talking about a book they…

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I Quit the Evangelical Church I Grew Up In

ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times I once was found until I realized I was lost. By Nathan Taylor Pemberton Jan. 20, 2020 For me, there was only ever one kind of church. It sat just off a single-lane highway, not far from the beaches of North Florida, and was wrapped in corrugated…

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I Quit Giving a Damn

ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times And it’s not just me. These days not caring has become its own industry. By Glynnis MacNicol Jan. 20, 2020 The first time I dipped my toe into a world devoid of other people’s opinions was by accident. I’d quit my job after burning out badly (this…

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