Tricia, you are totally doing the right thing. Using your Welsh in the Wild will make a massive contribution to your ability and confidence, even if/when you might feel you are going backwards anytime.
Hopefully you will get a chance to visit Cymru Cymraeg again before too long, now you know how invigorating it can be.
I consider myself fortunate that Greater Manchester (where I live now) is only about 40 miles from the border, so I go to conversation groups in Wrecsam and Prestatyn regularly. But I do try to go to Gwynedd as often as I can, for real street conversations.
It will be even better later this year when I move permanently to the Welsh speaking zone. And to think, three and a half years ago I could barely order Fish and Chips in Welsh, but now I am ready to live in Welsh permanently, thanks to SSiW and all the Welsh speakers and learners who have patiently endured my verbal ramblings.
Anyway, Pob Lwc!, wherever your linguistic journey takes you - the sky's the limit