5 Rules For Life: Big T NYC Creator Theresa Krier


Without a metric ton of coffee, Rouge18 is more Rough18. I’ve always been interested in making the virtuous switch from coffee to tea, so I am impressed with Big T NYC founder Theresa Krier, whose mission is to modernize and redefine the traditional tea experience. It all started when, while working backstage at New York Fashion Week, she noticed that although the models were thirsty under all of the lights, hair and makeup, they wouldn’t touch the available sodas to avoid bloating and unnecessary chemicals. She set out to build the world’s first couture tea brand – bringing artistry and gourmet flavor combinations to the tea category. Here, she shares her Five Rules For Life.

1.  Goals, Goals, Goals

“This is your world. Shape it or someone else will.” — Gary Lew

Every New Years growing up, for as long as I can remember, my family would get together and discuss our goals for the next year. The goals ranged from small to big, personal to professional, but we all had to have them. This tradition has stuck with me, and it’s been one of the most important lessons I learned from my parents. I always maintain a list of goals that I want to achieve within the week, within the year, and within my lifetime.

2.  Load up on Antioxidants

I never got into coffee or soda, so tea has always been my go-to. It wasn’t until after I had been drinking it for a while that I realized how healthy it actually is. It’s not only hydrating and calorie-free, but it has a ton of antioxidants! Antioxidants are the secret weapon to looking and feeling great. They fight free radicals that cause illnesses and aging to help keep you healthy – and it makes a visible difference inside and out.

3. Go Green

It’s important to take care of the world around us. I try to live a sustainable lifestyle as much as possible. I buy organic, eat and drink a lot of greens, reduce, reuse, and recycle. It not only helps preserve the Earth that we all share, but is also healthier all around.

4.  Don’t be a Mean Girl (or Guy)

Be nice to people. It’s not cool to be a jerk.  I’ve encountered my fair share of “mean girls” and I’ve come to realize it’s a complete waste of energy to dwell on what they say or do. Don’t be one of the people that spreads negativity, and if you encounter it just shrug it off. Negativity just brings people down, and no one has time for that.

5.  Life is Short – Live it!

We only have a limited number of days on this Earth, so maximize them! Life is WAY too short to not be unhappy, hold grudges, be in a boring job, or spend time with people that don’t make you feel great. Do what you love, embrace the moment, take chances, and life will be that much sweeter.

Thanks, Theresa!

Stay tuned for more Five Rules.

“Five Rules For Life” is a series on Rouge18 in which I ask others to share their five rules for life about anything and everything. You can learn a lot about a person by reading which five things govern their actions, no? 

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