1. Know you are not alone — not even a little bit.
2. Whatever brought you to this decision, it was for a good reason. You did your research. You responded to questions lingering in your mind and came to a solid conclusion.
3. There’s nothing wrong with you (a misconception I grew up with).
4. Not everyone has to know, but you shouldn’t have to hide either. Share as much or as little as you want.
5. You don’t have to prove anything — that falls squarely on the shoulders of believers.
6. Be prepared to face backlash — which may or may not come. (You might be surprised.)
7. There are resources — books, blogs, groups, podcasts, etc. If you found Freethought Blogs you’re on the right track.
My publisher, Freethought House, has a nice collection of secular books. I suggest Atheist Voices of Minnesota. This isn’t my book and I’m not from Minnesota, but I really enjoyed this anthology of personal stories. If you want something relatable, this is it.
8. Reach out for support if you need it.
Check out this organization — Recovering from Religion.
9. Stay safe.
Please add advice and resources to the comments!