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Life by the Cup: Inspiration for a Purpose-Filled Life (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Zhena Muzyka

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Life by the Cup



If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.


December 1, 1999

Ojai, California

As I lifted the cup of tea to my nose, inhaling the steamy, sweet scent, anticipating my first sip, I saw Kevin, the utility man, tiptoeing into the yard through the side gate like a cat burglar. Looking over the rim of my cup, through the faint waves of circling steam, I fixed my gaze on him.

He was so focused on reaching our fuse box that he didn’t see me sitting only a dozen feet away on the front porch steps, bundled up in an old red Indian blanket, warming my face in the distant morning sun.

Quietly putting the cup down on the weathered porch, I watched as he neared the back of the house. Standing as quickly as I could without setting off a symphony of creaks in the old wooden steps, I balanced my enormously pregnant belly and stepped onto the dead grass, making my way over to where Kevin was about to close off the valve with his wrench, which would leave me without precious fuel to heat my one-room cabin or cook my daily lentils, rice, and tea. I cornered him and yelled, “Hey!”

He jumped and almost dropped the tool. He looked over at me, raising his shoulders to his ears, grimacing as if he thought I would hit him. “If you do that, my baby and I will freeze to death and you’ll have to sleep at night knowing what you did!” I pointed at my nine-month pregnant belly for good measure.

He looked at me sideways. It wasn’t the first time we had met and wouldn’t be our last.

I smiled nervously, feeling bad to have scared him. “In all seriousness, Kevin, you know I am going to pay the bill, so why come out here and do this to me?” I smiled again, trying to be charming.

“It’s four months past due,” he pleaded. “You’re going to get me fired!”

“Look,” I said, “I’m about to give birth, then I can get a job. Can you just wait for a couple of weeks, tell your boss I have a scary dog or something? Anything?”

He looked at me for a few hard beats before dropping his shoulders. “You’re gonna have to do something, you know. The county has programs . . .”

I knew. I was about to have a kid and my only assets were a rusted-out, thirty-year-old car with no driver’s window and perpetually less than ten bucks in my bank account. How does one go about “doing something” when there is so much surviving to do?

“People don’t hire pregnant ladies, you know,” I told him, squinting back my tears.

He shook his head and stomped back up the driveway and onto the worn-out canyon road, thankfully without cutting off our power.

Somewhere along the line, God and I had gotten our wires crossed. I blamed my impulsive nature and sometimes believed that my destiny had come and gone already. I felt like I had missed my boat. I was a broke, pregnant twenty-four-year-old college dropout, fending off a kindly utility man.

I headed back to the front porch feeling seasick. To steady myself, I grabbed my anchor, that simple cup of tea.

I had been an honors student, a full scholarship recipient, a girl with so much “promise.” Then I followed one too many yearnings in my Gypsy blood and took off. I dropped out of college, headed to Peru, studied herbal medicine, got married and divorced, all the while earning my keep by making healing herbal concoctions and reading palms like my Roma Gypsy family in the Ukraine once had.

This hadn’t been my plan, having a baby on my own at twenty-four. I was heartbroken over the circumstance. I must have sat there for a long time, because when I took another sip of tea, it was ice-cold.

I begged out loud, “God, you have to help me here! Tell me what to do!” Silence.

After a few beats, the odd answer that entered my mind as I looked out at the mountains was two mismatched words, “Gypsy . . .” and then “tea.”

“Seriously!?” I yelled, looking into my teacup as if God presided in there.

I thought my mind was playing tricks on me. After all, I was a Gypsy girl drinking tea, so the idea had to have come from my desperate mind, not from the Almighty. But the idea of taking my heritage, my deep love of botanicals, and my passion for crafting healing gifts became more than just a momentary impulse. It became motivation to build something beautiful that mattered in the world.


Sage, my beautiful baby boy, was born with a life-threatening kidney defect, and we spent weeks in hospital waiting rooms and surgery centers. In between prayers and tears, I’d close my eyes to escape the fear of potentially losing my precious child. My mind conjured visions of children laughing as their moms sipped from colorful teacups and other women danced around them in brightly hued costumes. Beautiful Gypsy women proudly displayed their art, handmade jewelry, and palm-reading wisdom with kind smiles across their faces. There were cups of tea everywhere, filled with potions that I had blended from inspirations of famous perfumes I loved—floral flavors made for spiritual healing. These potions would soothe mothers’ worries, inspire love in lonely people, encourage girls’ ambitions, and calm everyone’s nerves, bringing them together in a sort of tea communion. It was all there in my mind’s seeking eye. These images of Gypsy-themed tea parties grew into hope.

A coping method, a promise, a dream—tea became all of those things to me.

Revue de presse

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)

"In Zhena Muzyka’s soulful new book the satisfactions of a handcrafted life come steeped in service to others. There is a world out there that needs tending to, and Life by the Cup gently shows us a way." (Barnet Bain, Producer of What Dreams May Come and The Celestine Prophecy)

"Zhena's new book opens a delicious world where expansion and fulfillment can occur one cup at a time. She shows you how caring for your deep self fuels your deepest success in all aspects of your life. Whether you are a mother, entrepreneur, or are simply passionate about expressing your creative self most fully, Life By the Cup serves delectable sips of magic." (Kathlyn Hendricks, co-author of Conscious Loving)

"Recipes for overcoming adversity swirl through these pages like the inspiriting ingredients in Zhena's tea concoctions. I sipped from her book every night at bedtime, and invariably solutions for my own life steeped in my dreams." (Terri Jentz, author of Strange Piece of Paradise)

"I love this book! Zhena's journey and the lessons she shares in Life by the Cup will inspire and empower women to start businesses that matter and can change the world." (Cynthia Kersey, Chief Humanitarian Officer of Unstoppable Foundation)

"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." (Gloria Steinem)

"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 is a book with heart. Zhena Muzyka has poured herself into it, so that you can stop, sip, and enjoy not only a cup of tea but a cup of life." (Byron Katie)

“Life By the Cup is a world-changing, unique, and beautifully written book that will benefit every aspect of the reader's life. Zhena Muzyka reflects on her complex and inspirational life by artfully weaving savory tea antidotes, unforgettable personal stories, and her savvy business prowess. I laughed, sobbed, and was inspired to make the world a better place while reading Life By the Cup over many delicious cups of tea. Muzyka inspires readers to create more meaningful rituals in their daily lives and to become the most deeply joyful, fearless, and empowered version of themselves.” (Erin Cox, Enlightened Business Strategist and bestselling author of One Hot Mama: The Guide to Getting Your Mind and Body Back After Baby)

"Life by the Cup is a delicious and engaging book that will inspire and guide you. It offers a powerful roadmap for success in life, work and love. Within the pages are many gems that ensure you have the tools to live your dreams.” (Marci Shimoff)

"This sensuous read captures the romance and pleasure of tea. Who could resist?" (Kirkus)

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 289 pages
  • Editeur : Atria Books; Édition : Reprint (17 juin 2014)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 We all need a sip of inspiration every day. Life by the Cup is a book that will inspire, empower and amuse you! 17 juin 2014
Par Summers McKay - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
As an entrepreneur, a business school teacher, a student, and a mentor - I am constantly looking for ways to tell stories that will inspire my students and myself to achieve the goals we imagine. I am always seeking unique and powerful ways to advance personal change for all those around me. I have read hundreds of business books, motivational books, and listened to thousands more on pod casts and simply put, THIS book, THIS author, THIS story is one of the most beautiful, compelling and brilliant books I have ever read. It is the kind of book that whisks you away into imagination, creation, sensory indulgent adventure and demands your attention to the things you most want out of life. The book, intended to be like enjoying a cup of tea daily, was a perfect beach weekend escape read that I couldn't put down. After devouring the entire book in just two days, I was ready to then start sipping, reflecting and keeping it by my bedside to remind myself each morning to follow some of the mantras and remember some of Zhena Muzyka's most salient advice. Stay Positive "The most successful people have a knack for "plucking the positive". They seek out sunshine, the choicest leaves of the plants. They look for solutions, daring to believe life is a friendly endeavor and that failure offers the chance to grow." and Collaborate with people smarter than you! "Seeking out brilliant people to collaborate with is a brilliant way to ensure your average gets better every single day. Whenever you feel stuck, pick up the phone and start collaborating with a trusted friend or colleague." - I highly recommend this book and hope you cherish it, as much as I have. - Summers McKay, Program Director - UCLA Anderson EDGE and Publisher, Caution Curves Ahead Media
12 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Inspiring and engaging -- a book every entrepreneur should read 17 juin 2014
Par Lisa Braithwaite, Public Speaking Coach and Trainer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I've been a fan of Zhena and her teas for years now, and having experienced her bright smile and energetic glow, I've always assumed that she had some sort of charmed life that is completely out of reach for a normal human like me. Reading the details of her story was a real eye-opener, and once again I'm reminded that life is what we make it.

Her writing is evocative and expressive, taking the reader on a journey from desperation to hope to elation, and everything in between. But if Zhena's story of persistence and grit isn't enough, you also get lessons, exercises, and actionable tools that come from her experiences. And just the descriptions of the flavors and scents that she blended into her teas will instantly transport you to another world.

Most of all, this is a book that teaches us that we must believe, take action, and persevere, and actually shows us how. My favorite quote: "I had gone from making $10 an hour working for someone else to $7.50 working for myself." Every entrepreneur will relate to Zhena's experiences. I feel re-energized from reading her book, and am ready to make new leaps forward with her encouragement!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Raw, honest, fascinating and compelling 17 juin 2014
Par Author Matthew Robert Payne - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I am a person that loves a good story. Zhena tells a good yarn and has you sitting forward in your seat in suspense for much of it. Can a single woman, with a desperately sick child with insurmountable hospital expenses, dream up, run and make a success of organic and fair trade tea? Can she face the competition who have millions of dollars and MBA's head on and expect to come out as a winner? Can single women with ideals really make their ideals and businesses come to life and carve out their place in world that is cutthroat? Well if these are the questions then this book answers with resounding Yes, Yes Yes!

To a person who likes an autobiography this is a masterpiece. To the spiritual person, this is a gem. To the visionary, this is a compelling read from a woman that is not only gifted in business but as a writer also. It's a great story, from a deeply spiritual and real individual. Zhena open up the sacred parts of her life honestly with transparency in a raw and fascinating way. Join her as she speaks about life, struggles, fears and success in a really down to earth way. As a writer myself, I found my literary skills not up to hers, but was proud of the job she had done with her words on a page. It was one of those books that you are sad when it ends.

I pray for her books success and her continuing success as a business woman. I send my love to her and all the workers in the tea fields that labor to make her tea leaves.

With Love

Matthew Robert Payne

Author of four books in including His Redeeming Love: A Memoir
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I'm inspired, but also MOVED to take action! 17 juin 2014
Par Donna - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Words can't explain how much this book has pierced into my soul. Zhena's storytelling allows you to see yourself through her passion, challenges and audacity to keep moving forward. I am touched by her journey of how she grew her tea business and achieved success, not because of egotistical intentions, but by following her instinct, her calling and her generous mission to end poverty for tea workers. Life by the Cup left me asking myself, "What else can I do? How can I contribute to the world?" and at the same time challenge me to take a moment each day and connect with mySELF. I recommend this book to anyone, young and old, aspiring entrepreneurs or successful ones - anyone who can benefit from learning how we can open our hearts, face growing pains with courage, love and grace and make space for miracles to flow through.
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Magical book to inspire your soul as a mom, business owner and tea lover 17 juin 2014
Par ashley beckman - Publié sur Amazon.com
This wonderful book is filled with beautiful quotes and magically weaves a story of a determined mom that created a tea empire. Fueled by her passion to help her sick son and her resolve to keep organic, fair trade practices a cornerstone of her company, Zhena crafts magical tea blends that suit all palates. Zhena masterfully integrates useful business knowledge, spiritual quotes and mindful practices neatly in this well thought out book. As an avid tea drinker, I was delighted to get a more detailed glimpse into this world of tea picking and harvesting that I knew little of. I have been highly recommending this book and of course her tea to everyone that I know. Pick up a copy (or download it) and brew a cup of Gypsy Rose, Coconut Chai or Chamomile Rose - your soul will thank you! As a bonus she even includes some delicious tea infused recipes that I am eager to try.
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