I know I can not do this alone anymore with lack of direction and knowledge if I want to progress.
Sounds like you need a teacher. Continue to explore traditions and communities, and at the same time, ask (pray) for the right teacher for you to reveal her/himself to you.
I am positive from what I have read that this is the way for me. Does it matter where I go? Seems as it wouldn't matter as the goal is the same?
Different paths, different teachers for different types of people. . . so in some sense it does matter. When you find the right fit, you will be able to make quick progress.
May you have quick, unmistakable success in finding the perfect path.