Summer Sunsets

Ah, those summertime beach sunsets. I’m more of a sunrise girl myself. Even though I like getting up early, I’m not so much of a morning person that I’d drag myself out of bed at 5 a.m. to get to the beach and watch the sun rise. Not often, anyway.

Crystal cove sunset
Crystal Cove State Beach, Newport Beach

But sunsets? I can’t get enough. No matter how bored I am, driving to the beach to see the sun drifting toward the horizon is enough to snap me out of it. It can be the main event of the day. I don’t need my phone (except to take pictures, obviously). I don’t need a book. I can just walk in silence and peace and observe the world around me. It’s the golden hour!

Strands sunset
Strands Beach, Dana Point

It’s also the hour where people start packing up blankets, coolers, umbrellas and kids to lug them all back to the car. The hour you stumble awkwardly into the path of an aspiring model and her photographer friend trying to get in some good shots. It’s when you see parents trying to take one last video of the day; something that will last even when their kids are off to school in the fall and then out in the world. You can pick out the locals, too. They’re the ones with nothing more than a blanket, a chair and a spouse for company. Everyone enjoys it in his or her own way.

Montage sunset
The Montage, Laguna Beach

The truly great thing about the sunset, though, is that there’s always going to be another one. The sky may look different, congested with fog or streaked with orange and purple, but the sun will always go down. It’s constant, a sign of God’s unchanging presence in a world full of chaos.

SC Pier Sunset
T Street, San Clemente

xx, Brooke

So I decided to start a blog…

Hello there,

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Brooke Wanser, and I’m a recent college graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where I received my Bachelor of Science in Journalism. Now, I’ve moved back to my hometown of Mission Viejo, California, where I am anxiously applying for jobs and learning to trust in God’s timing.

Why am I starting a blog? I’ve never felt comfortable with the idea of sharing intimate details of my life on social media. In the type of journalism I’m attracted to, the writer is in the background, not a character in the story. After the promptings of several people, however, I finally decided it might be a good idea to step outside my comfort zone. Other reasons are: it seems like fun, I have too much free time and I probably need to “brand myself” (what am I, livestock?)

What will this blog be about? Things that interest me, and maybe you too. Some topics that might come up: my love for country music and my notion of the country lifestyle, God, probably social policy, definitely coffee, food, fitness and living a balanced lifestyle, beautiful places, some of my writing and my wanderings around Orange County. When I created this account, WordPress prompted me to choose which category I wanted to put my blog into: fitness and health, or writing and books, or education, or business. That seemed silly to me, because I don’t want to box what I have to share into one category. And that just about sums me up.

More content to come…

xx, Brooke