• Zoya Gervis on Like An Adult

    These Are The 6 Mistakes You Absolutely Have To Make In Your 20s

    These Are The 6 Mistakes You Absolutely Have To Make In Your 20s

    Our early 20s are an opportunity for immense growth and evolution. As I look back upon the person I was just a few years ago, I can see a massive transformation. In fact, my early 20s taught me a significant amount of life lessons that have shaped me into the woman I am today. The […]
  • Zoya Gervis in Culture

    The 6 Never-Ending Perks Of Growing Up With Ridiculously Strict Parents

    The 6 Never-Ending Perks Of Growing Up With Ridiculously Strict Parents

    As an only child, it was inevitable I would have strict parents. I was the kid who could never sneak out of the house, I rarely went to a friends birthday party without a parent present, and I always had one of my parents as a chaperone on every single field trip I ever took. […]
  • Zoya Gervis on Love Hurts

    5 Ways You Can Change Your Life While You’re Healing Your Heart

    5 Ways You Can Change Your Life While You’re Healing Your Heart

    We all encounter some relationships that are harder to navigate than others. Occasionally, we suffer from ups and downs in all our relationships, from friends to family to significant others. We are constantly trying to get along with everyone. More often than not, this attempt fails miserably. In its wake, we are left with sadness […]
  • Zoya Gervis in Culture

    Experiences Only First-Generation Americans Will Understand

    Experiences Only First-Generation Americans Will Understand

    Being blessed with parents who were born and raised in a different country is a wonderful experience that allows you to stay cultured from birth. However, your childhood may have still been a bit different from that of your friends. (Of course, you are probably bilingual, which is awesome.) But I know from experience that being […]
  • Zoya Gervis in Life

    Why You Should Be Authentic If You Ever Expect To Be Liked

    Why You Should Be Authentic If You Ever Expect To Be Liked

    As a kid, I was constantly told by my family I was pretty. But I never believed them. Instead, I believed what the media told me was beautiful. I believed what my peers said, and I kept searching for a magical potion to make me look better. As a little girl, I associated being beautiful […]
  • Zoya Gervis on Like An Adult

    I Couldn’t Have Navigated Adulthood Without These Lessons From My Mom

    I Couldn’t Have Navigated Adulthood Without These Lessons From My Mom

    “Adulting” is a word that has infiltrated our collective consciousness, being used to described the process of growing up and doing typical “adult” things. Considering that my mom is my best friend, the stories she’s shared with me about her past have taught me it’s OK to fail and that I must accept myself exactly as […]
  • Zoya Gervis on Family Comes First

    7 Lessons My Grandma Taught Me That I’ll Remember Forever

    7 Lessons My Grandma Taught Me That I’ll Remember Forever

    The child in me just wanted this horrific nightmare to end. I was at the beach with my mom when we received a frantic phone call from my cousin alerting us my grandmother had suffered a terrible stroke.  All I wanted was for her to wake up and magically be healed. On Friday the 13th — which […]
  • Zoya Gervis in Culture

    5 Ways You Can Learn To Speak Up At Your New Job If You’re Introverted

    5 Ways You Can Learn To Speak Up At Your New Job If You’re Introverted

    Although starting a new job comes with stress and anxiety for everyone, it can be especially difficult for those who are more introverted than others. The good news is, when you know how to adjust to a new job as an introvert, the experience is no longer miserable. It actually becomes quite enjoyable. It’s extremely […]
  • Zoya Gervis in Life

    Why Zodiac Signs That Don’t Align Can Make The Best Relationships

    Why Zodiac Signs That Don’t Align Can Make The Best Relationships

    You may be new to the dating scene and trying out online dating for the first time, or you’ve come to your first argument with your current partner and decide it’s way too early in the relationship for a fight. Let’s analyze this frost scenario: You match up with a handsome guy based on his […]
  • Zoya Gervis on Love IRL

    How To Find The Missing Spark When He’s Great On Paper, But Missing Chemistry

    How To Find The Missing Spark When He’s Great On Paper, But Missing Chemistry

    On paper, he’s the perfect guy: handsome, stable career, is clearly into you, loves his family and yet you sit there, questioning your feelings toward him. Maybe it’s all the Disney movies and Nora Ephron novels, or the completely unrealistic romantic movies we’ve all watched over the years that led us to believe there has […]
  • Zoya Gervis in Wellness

    If You Want A Healthy 2017, Spend New Year’s Eve At Home

    If You Want A Healthy 2017, Spend New Year’s Eve At Home

    Another year, another round of New Year’s Eve parties to attend. But what about those of us who prefer to take it easy and skip the whole party scene? What are we supposed to do on a holiday that seems to only be celebrated with debauchery? Giphy It turns out, staying home for New Year’s […]
  • Zoya Gervis in Dating

    5 Reasons We’re Terrified Of Commitment, But Desperately Searching For Love

    5 Reasons We’re Terrified Of Commitment, But Desperately Searching For Love

    Let’s face it, commitment is a very scary concept for most of us. With apps like Tinder and reality dating shows making the centuries-old practice of courtship obsolete, our society has encouraged a one-night stand hookup culture, where we’re all in pursuit of a “no strings attached” style of relationship. I’m guilty of partaking in […]