10 things to know about me and my sanguine life

Behind the scenes of my Simply Sanguine life


Being a writer means learning to manage rejection. Being sanguine means taking that rejection, and making the most from it.

A few months back I completed an interview for an online site I REALLY wanted to get published on. I answered their questions, sent in my submission, and waited for their response … and waited and waited … nothing.

I followed up, and still nothing.

So instead of leaving the interview unread and unloved in an editor’s inbox, I’m sharing it with you, so we can get to know each other better.

A little about me…

I’m Chrissy Gruninger.  Born and raised in California, living a sanguine life in Costa Rica.  I’m a multi-passionate entrepreneur with an overall vibe of creating more harmony in the world. I’m an author, yoga teacher, happiness mentor and social media butterfly (AKA an online business manager). I support those who love to share positive energy…who want to live simply and wildheartedly. Committed to creating oneness in ourselves and in the world. Mentoring people toward wholeness when they’re ready to light up the world.

[Nearly] one word answers about me.

  • My morning drink?  Coffee, black.
  • What I love to do to relax? Rooftop terrace sunbathing in the Costa Rica “winter”
  • What do I wish I had? Yellow lemons [they don’t exist here!]
  • Mind and heart space? Open-Minded and Wildhearted
  • Favorite flower? Yellow gerbera daisies
  • What do I most seek in others? Authenticity
  • What do I like to tell people? Be Simply Sanguine
  • My word and main mantra: Empowered. / Empowered to thrive in an imperfect world

How do I practice being sanguine?

full moon setBeing fully present and aware, appreciating all that is happening in every moment. My cats purring, palm tanagers building a nest in a potted plant next to my terrace door, the rain falling, the sun rising, the full moon setting, functioning utilities, the kind smile of a stranger passing me on the sidewalk, the warm embrace of a friend.

What’s one of the biggest life lessons that I’ve learned?

Impermanence. Everything is impermanent. I have to keep repeating that to myself. I have learned that lesson living in Costa Rica more than anywhere else. Everything changes. Birth and new beginnings. Death and loss. Nothing is permanent. Appreciate this moment. Be here now.

How do I define success?

For me, success means so many things totally unrelated to the amount in my bank account, what kind of car I drive (if I actually owned a car) or any other superficial fluff. Success is truly loving and believing in my purpose and living it deeply. Every day. I feel as though I only have this one life so I choose to do things that (a) make me happy and (b) serve in a way that benefits all.  That is how I define success. (go deeper on my definition of success here)

3 things that truly light up my life:

Being a mom to two adorable, somewhat feral cats who as newborns were left in a cardboard box on the side of a not-often driven road.

Living simply — whether it’s watching monkeys eating mangoes in my front yard, hanging up my sheets to dry on the line outside or preparing a compassionate, healthy and hearty meal for friends.

My daily work — Writing. Sharing stories. Supporting others.

Life is often messy – how do I handle it?

Haha. Life is constantly going awry for me, here on the Rich Coast.  It’s why I’ve created my life philosophy to be sanguine – to accept and appreciate the good and the not-so-ideal.  To take both the sunshine and the rain and make my own rainbow. Every day, I choose to be sanguine – to be strong, courageous and present – showing up as my best self possible, in that moment.

A few of my favorite things:

  • Inspiring BookThe Lotus and the Mud by Henryk Skolimowski
  • My Go-To BeverageFresh coconut water
  • What I Can’t Live Without – My eclectic morning playlist

sanguine living

What am I working on to improve myself?

Compassion. Not that compassion isn’t something I already practice on a daily basis but at times, some circumstances have proved to be more difficult to tap into my compassion reserve and see the other person or situation as a reflection of myself, to be present and honor them as they are.

How am I going to change the world?

By showing up every day, being a positive role model and sharing stories on how we can all be empowered to thrive.  It’s an imperfect world but I only get this ONE beautiful life to live. I choose to live it well and in service to others.

Share the love…

Now over to you… I’d love to hear more about who you are, what lights you up, and anything else you’d like to share!


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chrissy gruningerChrissy Gruninger is an author and mindset coach. She mentors people on how to live their ONE beautiful life, wherever they may be. Her latest book, Lost and Found in the Land of Mañana explores her life in Costa Rica and both the challenges of working and living abroad as well as the beautiful life we can create from those experiences.

She loves her rainforest beach shack in Costa Rica, the sunshine and the rain and passionately believes that through intentional actions we create more happiness, health and harmony in the world. 

Her goal: to empower others to thrive in an imperfect world.