I Give Up

Dear Academia, I Quit

Wait, everyone always implied. Wait till tenure, wait till menopause, then you will be free. I didn’t want to wait to be happy.

I’m No Longer Chasing “Literary Success”

Who doesn’t yearn to be read and recognized?

Dec 05, 2022
Why I Gave Up On England

Leaving began to feel like a comfort; if the country couldn’t get out of its rut, then at least I could get out of mine.

Nov 07, 2022
I Gave Up Free Shipping, Fast Fashion, and Being Pelit

I had so many clothes, none of them special. More than just a closet refresh, I needed to change my attitude toward clothing, money, and being pelit.

Oct 13, 2022
Quitting Beef

Yes, burgers rule. They’re one of America’s truly great exports. They’re also a symbol of ecological tone deafness.

Sep 12, 2022
Giving Up Meat Made Me Love Cooking Nigerian Food Again

Cooking without meat has forced me to be creative in the kitchen and expanded the confines of my world.

Jul 06, 2022
Getting Sober Again

My two years of sobriety were gone in less than the length of a song.

Jun 09, 2022
Learning to Delete the Old Versions of My Digital Self

For a long time, I believed you had to keep these records. I knew so little about who I was and what I wanted.

My Dream Career Was Just Beginning When I Let It Go

Just as I was reaching the peak of my abilities—and as the pandemic began—I left professional ballet behind, before ever giving my dreams a proper try.

Jun 08, 2022
When Quitting Your Job Is the Answer to Everything

The email some anonymous stranger had sent to my boss was an agonizing reminder of how I lived, the choices I made, and the priorities I held close.

Jun 08, 2022
I’m Done Listening to My Family About How to Be a “Good” Mother

Their judgment is clear every time, and my aunt is the only one who is bold enough to say it with her chest: I am a bad mom.

Jun 07, 2022
Why I’m No Longer Defending Whiteness

The past two years have solidified my view that America may never change enough for me.

Jun 07, 2022
I Gave Up Pants—But Femininity Is Just As Binding

I stopped wearing pants in the name of physical comfort, with the emotionally uncomfortable result that I now present as a woman who wears dresses all the time.

Jun 06, 2022
Letting Go of My Toxic Ambition

I was agitated by the sensation that saying yes to everything and no to nothing, rising to the occasion, going above and beyond, was supposed to be the worthiest thing about me.