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It occurred to me as I wrote my response that it was a good one for anyone in her situation, and advice I followed myself when I was in her shoes a few years ago:
"Go for what you LOVE. Then make it happen. If you go for what you LOVE, you will have passion for it driving you to your ultimate goal (what's your ultimate goal)? Example: MY ultimate goal was to continue to teach in some fashion, return to beautiful and inspiring surroundings, never work for anyone who's not as smart as I am ever again, and be master of my own destiny, no matter what it took to accomplish that; AND to get a PhD in something I love (but I didn't know if what I loved was even available back then in the place I wanted to be).Now for the rest of you: go follow Your bliss.
I focused all of my intention and desire on that goal, investigated the possibilities, laid the groundwork for achieving that goal with daily tasks to get me there. Result: A new PhD program in what I love was launched in the beautiful surroundings I wanted to live in, just in time for me to develop a plan for self-employment (which is working, though I am poor while it starts up, but that will change as I continue to apply hard work and passion to my pursuits). I FIRST envisioned what I wanted, FELT a burning desire to achieve it, and applied all of my energy toward achieving it.
NOTHING happens by luck or happenstance--you have to know what YOU want, how badly you want it, what you're willing to do to get it, focus all of your desire and intention on achieving it, take little steps toward getting there, and when you do, it will seem like it magically appears (but YOU create the magic). If you make a move because you think it will be better than where you are now, but not because you are truly passionate about that move, you will go from what-you-don't-want to more of what-you-don't-want.
What do you want? And don't let anyone tell you that you have to be practical in this--anyone and everyone who ever achieved their heart's desire was told by their circle of influence that they were crazy to even try; but they did it anyway, because they were passionate about finding their bliss, and refused to take "no" for an answer.
If you could do/have/be anything you want, what would that be? OK--now go for THAT. :-)"