Hi LizW, welcome to the EC. To begin with, it is really hard to find out what your path is in a hurry. It takes time, lots of reading, talking with others, basically a whole bunch of learning. There are no text books or degrees in this. It is a life long learning adventure. It is all more than worth it though. I am having fun, but at times it can be rough too.
For me I found the best thing for me was learning protection in the beginning. I personally would suggest you start with checking out The Empath Survival Program on the main page. My personal favorite is The Zip Up Technique by Donna Eden.It is a short video and when you watch it once you will have it all down. Easy was good for me, especially when I first got here. One of our wonderful Trevor Lewis has also written a paper called Thriving as an Empaththat is wonderful you should take a look at. The group Tools for the Empathhas some other great suggestions for protection too.
There are 58 groups in the EC that will cover just about anything you want to know. Lots of questions have already been addressed and discussed in them. I would suggest reading through the ones that seem to fit with the way you feel. Asking questions is never a bad idea either. You will find most all of the people in here are very helpfuland there are isn't any dumb questions.
You have found the best site I have found in the EC. I hope you have as much fun learning with all of us and by all means join in on the discussions. Again welcome home.
Dan : )