Hi Julie. Welcome to CDH and the most best group of sister’s any of us could hope for.
To get the confidence you are wanting to find, it is all up to you hon. Start small with your outings, get comfortable in small bits before moving to longer and greater adventures.
Be ready for the intolerant, immature, and just plain ignorant people and comments that will come your way, but they are just words and it seems that most ‘normies’ are much more tolerant than they used to be even 10, 20, or years ago. Keep your head up, ignore the ignorant, and just be who you want Julie to be. Be careful as you go out more and further from your safety zone, but always have fun and enjoy your life as it comes.
Good Luck Hon.