Plays Well With Others...
I say go for the gold. If I were you, I'd be willing to make the material sacrifices because in the long run, you'll be happier. By moving to Dallas to try and get a job in PR, I took a big risk, but the only thing I regret is being so far away from my family because I have learned so much about myself.
Do what you need to do to make yourself happy and your life worthwhile, but the people you care about are the most important!
Remember my t-shirt: The grass is always greener on the other side - That's why I rent.
The European advice: work and money ain't everything at all!! I love money and everything with it as well, but nothing is more important than live a life you love, follow your heart and have faith in it. you will say, it's so easy for you to say all that... well screw that! you are an amazing person, you have all the intelligence, spirit, ect. to make it after all. my advice: take the step back, find the job that makes you happy, live your (desired) life, when you're happy people and loved ones will notice, you make the step from there...and stuff will fall in place. I told you that before... Materialism isnt everything at all!!, it means sh*t.. really :-) if you need help in it, let me know... im very sensetive in this area. Follow your own heart, thats what ones life is about ;-)
There is no material substitute, not even a house, that can match the self-confidence gained by knowing that you stood up and took a chance on your dreams. That type of confidence can only make you a better person, wife, mother and businesswoman.
Someday you'll have to look yourself in the mirror and if you cant say that you have taken that chance, there may always be some regret. Failure, especially one cushioned by the resume you have already put together, is much easier to live with than regret.
If not now, when? You have no spouse and no kids, this may be the last time you have in life when you are not responsible to anyone but yourself. The longer you wait, the tougher it gets.
And finally, friends and family will still be there when you come home. Thats why they're there. And you can always go back if you want.
There is a time and a place for stability, and I think that time is for after you've proven yourself to the one person who matters, you.
A word of caution, don't expect heart pounding every day. Living a dream is a sacrifice, it means closing some attractive doors. It can also become just as routine as life is now. The big difference, though, is in those moments alone when you are truly proud to be you, when you dont doubt yourself anymore.
Or maybe im just hoping for another couch to sleep on in NYC...Sorry if this was a bit harsh, but it is the sum total of what Ive learned about life when I took a shot at what I wanted.
By the way, I dont think you'd fail...
Wow! What responses! Thanks guys!