Zoya Gervis

Bio

Zoya is a Contributing Writer at Elite Daily. She considers herself a 20-something with a sensitive soul and a heart of gold. She's consumed by style, words, fashion and feelings. She identifies as an introvert. You will usually find her sipping unsweetened green teas while reading a self-help book in her suburban condo.

The 5 Awkward Thoughts Every Introvert Has Before Going On A Blind Date

By Zoya Gervis
As introverts, we're comfortable being alone. However, meeting people becomes an obstacle when all you do is sit on the couch with your adopted dog and binge-watch "Girls." As a result, we're often single and have trouble dating. The struggle…

This Is Why Going On A Blind Date Is Exactly What You Need To Get Out Of A Dating Rut

By Zoya Gervis
Blind dates are either excruciatingly painful or the best way to find a partner. If you've been using dating sites, but continue to find yourself single, try going on a blind date. Ask family or friends to set you up and enjoy all the perks of blind…

5 Reasons You Should Embrace Your Singleness By Moving To A New City

By Zoya Gervis
There is something magical about packing up and relocating to a new city. Being in a creative industry can provide you with more opportunities to pack up your life and move. However, when you actually move to your dream city without knowing anyone,…

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

By Zoya Gervis
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…

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

By Zoya Gervis
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…

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

By Zoya Gervis
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.…

Experiences Only First-Generation Americans Will Understand

By Zoya Gervis
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…

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

By Zoya Gervis
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…

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

By Zoya Gervis
"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…

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

By Zoya Gervis
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…

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

By Zoya Gervis
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…

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

By Zoya Gervis
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…

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

By Zoya Gervis
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…

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

By Zoya Gervis
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? It…

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

By Zoya Gervis
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…

5 Ways To Survive Every Holiday Party If You're An Introvert

By Zoya Gervis
We are in the middle of the holiday party circuit right now. As an introvert, a holiday party is pure torture. With all the small talk, the people and the loud music, it's simply a lot for an introvert to take in. I used to loathe holiday season…

Why Being An Only Child Has Helped Me Become A Better Adult

By Zoya Gervis
For some reason, only children are constantly getting a bad rap. We're selfish, entitled, spoiled and bratty. I'm sure the list goes on, but I don't have the energy to think of it all. From childhood, we're faced with stereotypical judgements from…

5 Real Struggles When You're Ambitious But Also So, So Lazy

By Zoya Gervis
So many dreams, so little motivation. We've all been taught there are two different categories of people. There are the ambitious people who do everything and anything it takes to make their way to the top. And then there are people who do what they…

Why You Should Probably Try To Be Alone And Cry This Weekend

By Zoya Gervis
Has it been a while since you had a good cry? As humans, we are able to feel a variety of emotions. With that comes the ability to cry. We can cry from extreme joy, fear or sadness. Some people cry more easily than others. While some people may see…

The 5 Different Personalities That Make Up Every Unstoppable Friend Group

By Zoya Gervis
Everything about us makes us who we are. Our personalities give us each a significant role in our friend groups. Our friend groups are essentially our families; sometimes we even look to them for more help more often than we look to our…