Glad that you could join us! You are absolutely right, it is a journey. It is not a sprint. It is more like a marathon. It takes some time and requires a considerable, but it may be the best thing that you could have done.
I do suggest that you find a therapist who is experienced in gender issues. They will help you sort through what is really important to you and what you need to do. As you are in the Los Angeles area, I know there are many resources available.
When you have time, please continue filling out your Profile page. It is a great help for other members to understand you and how things are going.