The Biggest Sacrifice I Made For Love

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The Biggest Sacrifice I Made For Love
Three people share their heartfelt stories of the compromises made for a chance at love.

When the words "sacrifice" and "love" pop up in the same sentence, it's hard not to think back to a certain Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio flick ... yes, Titanic. Who can forget that image of Jack and Rose clinging to each other in the icy waters near the sinking ship? Jack ultimately gave his life so that Rose could stay afloat on a flimsy board and eventually be rescued. ("Jack!" Sniff-sniff.)

While reality isn't quite as dramatic as the flimsy-board scenario from Titanic, real-life companions do often find themselves sacrificing for a loved one. High-profile examples include Ben Affleck, who explained last year that he passed on directing Homeland at his wife's request. Then there's Jada Pinkett Smith, who has been open about forgoing her music career for her family. And more recently, it seems that the most public of public figures, Kim Kardashian, has even learned to sacrifice some of her exposure for her much more private beau and their new baby. (That is assuming baby North West doesn't appear on her own reality show next week, of course.)

In the name of love and sacrifice, we've rounded up three accounts from real women about what they gave up for amour. No, they didn't risk hypothermia or an Emmy nomination, but their sacrifices are still pretty major. 

Making The Move

"I gave up New York City for my boyfriend. To outsiders, that may not seem like a lot, but anyone who's ever lived in the Big Apple knows about the great love affair you can have with this city. I grew up in the Midwest and always dreamed of Manhattan. Finally, I made it here when I was 23 and I've spent the last eight years working hard to launch my career, get my own apartment, and be able to stand on my own two feet in a city that can be very overwhelming.

Coincidentally, the moment I started to feel truly independent and capable, I met someone. He has a son from a previous relationship and the two of them live outside the city in Westchester. My boyfriend and I started talking about moving in together about six months ago and it quickly became clear that I'd have to join him in the suburbs. Financially, we can't afford a two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan, nor would we want to uproot his son from his current school.

The lease is signed and in a few weeks I'll start packing up my apartment. I'll miss my city life (my local coffee shop, walking to work, access to world-class dining and Broadway shows and the ballet and ... okay, I'll stop), but I know my life with my new family will be so much more fulfilling. It's like they say, it’s not where you are, but who you're with that really matters." —Cassandra, New York, NY Keep reading...

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