Good job! Welcome to the Brother/Sisterhood.
When you first start to carry, you're going to feel strange. You will know that everyone in the same county can see your pistol. Rest assured that with proper care and the guidance of a certain female, your status will be undetectable to the masses. Soon, that funny feeling will only appear on those occasions when you can't carry.
Do not "economize" on your carry holster/belt/mag pouch/etc. As the saying goes, "Buy quality and only cry once."