But it hit me as I was on an evening bus tour around the city that I was actually in New York. The big city. The place I thought I wanted to live when I was an ambitiously dream-filled teen thinking she could do and conquer anything she set her mind to.
You see, I discovered fashion magazines in my early teens and thought for sure I could be a glamorous magazine writer someday. I wanted to work for Vogue. I wanted to travel, wear designer clothes and write for the most revered fashion magazine in all the land.
But that dream was doused by reality and I soon became caught up in the everyday life-type stuff. Marriage, babies, jobs. I'd dabbled in writing, semi-seriously at one point but I could never finish anything. And you know, life always got in the way. Until one day I knew I wanted to pursue writing romance for publication seriously. I set the goals and went to work, telling myself, you can do this. I sold in 2006 and haven't stopped since...
And so I ended up in New York City because of romance writing. My teenage self would've been thrilled. Hey, my current self was thrilled. I'm in New York City, I thought. Because I'm a writer. Maybe not for Vogue but hey, that's okay.
What I'm trying to say is, don't give up on your dreams. They might not necessarily come true as you originally envisioned them but that's okay. Striving toward your dreams is most definitely the best way to live.
Trust me. You work hard enough, your dreams will eventually come true.
After leaving the working world to become a stay at home mom, Karen Erickson realized she needed to get crackin’ and pursue her life long dream of becoming a published writer. A busy mother of three, she fits her precious writing time in between chasing her children, taking care of her wonderful husband and pretending she has a maid. She lives in .
Within the last two weeks Karen had two books out - her first historical romance Lessons In Indiscretion and the sexy contemporary romance Notorious. You can find out more information on her books page.