“Best Book of the Season”
“Best Nonfiction Beach Read”
“Muzyka’s charisma leaps off the pages of this unconventional, touching, and personal guide to success.”
“Life by the Cup is as delightful and satisfying as the teas the author has created.”
—Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
“It’s rare to encounter a book that’s powerful, useful AND fun to read, but that’s just what Zhena has brought to the world. Read it and get inspired, to build your business and to live a life of passionate engagement.”
—Gay Hendricks, author of Conscious Loving and The Big Leap
“Life by the Cup is a true story that stretches from single motherhood and hard times through unique personal success. Pour a cup of tea, open to the first page and find a friend who will teach you: Your hopes are a form of planning.”
“It wasn’t enough for Zhena to create one of the hottest brands in the tea industry. She did it by forging a soulful, life-changing partnership with tea farmers halfway around the world. And now, through this remarkable book, she’s given us all a seat next to her on this magical journey. Zhena reminds us that we each can make a difference in the world through something as simple and delicious as a cup of tea.”
—Paul Rice, President and CEO of Fair Trade USA
“This sensuous read captures the romance and pleasure of tea. Who could resist?”
The founder of Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Company tells her extraordinary story of struggle, hope, and audacity, inspiring you to overcome setbacks—no matter how daunting—and pursue your dreams.
As a twenty-four-year-old single mom, Zhena Muzyka had a young son in need of life-saving surgery and only six dollars in her wallet. But she also had three other powerful motivators: hope, a love of tea, and a dream to share beautiful, aromatic, organic teas with the world. By combining her knowledge of aromatherapy and her gypsy grandmother's teachings, Zhena started selling custom tea blends from a cart on California street corners—and with a lot of ingenuity and grit, her business took off. Now, thirteen years later, her son is healthy and Zhena’s Gypsy Tea is a thriving, purpose-driven, fair-trade, multimillion-dollar brand.
Life by the Cup is the inspiring story of Zhena’s journey to a meaningful life as founder of a company that benefits health, protects the environment, and supports humanitarian efforts. Zhena’s message to you is that no matter where you are, you can change your circumstances and live your dreams.
Each chapter illuminates an inspirational life lesson through stories and wisdom passed down through generations—and also shares one of her signature tea blends as well as mouthwatering tea-based dessert recipes. Zhena’s gentle insight will motivate you no matter where you are in life. Her message: Be audacious in your dreams, commit to your values, and see your passion transformed into possibility.
Zhena Muzyka is an author, motivational speaker, women’s business & life coach, social entrepreneur, activist and the founder of Zhena’s Gypsy Tea. Celebrated for her work in fair trade business practices, Zhena was named a Country Living Women Entrepreneur Honoree, a Top Woman in Business by Pacific Business Times, 20 most inspiring women in Coco Eco Magazine, and has received the Enterprising Women of the Year award and the Socially Responsible Business award, among others. She has been featured in Marie Claire, Inc., Entrepreneur, and countless others for her unique view of business and meditation, work and family life with empire building. She is a trusted advisor to women-owned businesses and is creating inspirational media on www.Zhena.TV now. She lives in California with her 2 kids, husband, 2 cats, a puppy and hummingbird garden.