Hello there fellow iVillagers,
Hi! I don't live in Chicago but have been there for the day a number of times in the winter and I can understand about it being cold and bleek! If you 'can' move, if you have the money, and feel comfortable I would go. In this time that we live in, sometimes we must take a chance. For many of us the known, is a safety net, even if it is a net that keeps us from following dreams, or taking a risk.
I do think the one question you do need to answer, to yourself not to us, is what about the current boyfriend. Is he just a 'safe' thing? Or someone you want to spend the rest of your life with? What does he think/feel? Have you talked to him about this? Without knowing you, the boyfriend is the one thing that I think you need to decide upon.
Good luck and post anytime! We would love to know what you decide and what happens.
I would move if I were you. If you are only 31 you might not get this chance again.. Only thing is will your boyfriend stay with you or does that matter at this point? Would you want him to go with you to New Orleans?
How will you support yourself if you move??
I have moved a few times.. Each time was a great and different experience. Only thing it can be challenging but doable.
Always put yourself first in life no matter what.. Listen to that small voice in your head.. If you want to move then do it.
Moving is fun and rewarding but its how to move is the big question. Money, where to go, people you know, safety, etc.etc.