At this point we’ve traveled through some fifty weeks together, during which you’ve been preparing and have been being prepared to receive Holy Illumination through your baptism and chrismation - now comes the greater struggle of living your Orthodoxy. These aren’t necessarily in any particular order and they certainly aren’t exhaustive, but are things that you may want to keep in mind to assist you in keeping the faith and being a living example of Christ in the world. Keep in close contact with your godparent sponsor, include them in your life, and bring things to them as needed as well as to your spiritual father. You’ve been waiting a long time to participate in the Holy Mysteries, so make every effort to do so.
Please don’t try to become an overnight monastic, a life that few of us are called to and probably even fewer cut out for. Your prayer rule and fasting rule should be adjusted gradually with the guidance of your spiritual father, and you don’t want to “monk so hard you hurt yourself.” It’s also a really quick road to burnout if you try to make the ways of 4th century monastics jive with 21st century realities - we want to be one with God, but we also have responsibilities in the world that must be attended to.
You’re going to be admitted to Holy Confession and Communion - accept them both as gifts from the grace of God, and strive to overcome your sins knowing that in all likelihood you’ll commit them again in some way, shape, or form. The point is that we keep trying to grow nearer to God despite our falls sand failings, and when we are given absolution and forgiveness we have to accept it as genuine and begin again. Instead of beating yourself up, take the time to reflect on the purpose of your life - to be in union with God, living the example Christ set for us, and knowing that death is no longer to be feared.
Yes, you can still have heterodox friends, read non-Orthodox authors, and enjoy secular music and films - once again, you’re not heading to a monastery straight out of the gate. You may want to consider whether those friendships and other things are aiding or hindering your path toward theosis, and especially how you might bring those friends with you into Holy Orthodoxy, but you shouldn’t abandon them entirely. People are going to have questions, and your catechesis has been designed to help you answer them along with other resources in the larger Church community. Another thing to keep in mind is that we are very poor apologists and missionaries for our faith when we exist in an echo-chamber. Part of our call is live Christ’s example and bring more to the Faith.