I got my CHL last August, so it's officially been a year. I've carried every day since I got my holster, which shipped after my CHL was ready for pick up. My hubby got his CHL after I did, but he does not carry on a regular basis. I encourage him to, but I'm not sure he's completely ready for it yet.
I had a bit of situational awareness prior to my CHL, but I find that it's been heightened since I started carrying. I am always aware of the people around me, I look people in the eye all the time now as I pass them out in public, I try to keep a hand free instead of having my hands full while out shopping, just little things that could make all the difference.
We got a Crickett rifle for our son and had to have the conversation with him about not talking about it at school. He wanted to tell his teacher last year about it in the worst way and was very disappointed when we told him he couldn't. With him being six at the time, we simply explained that not everyone likes guns, so talking about it may upset some people. With all the news stories of the hype over pop tarts bitten into gun shapes and freak outs over Nerf guns, we figured it was best he not say a word.
I've also been dressing a bit differently. Mainly with shirts that are more 'flowy'. I haven't had to change where I spend my money all that much, because most places I frequent are not posted. My biggest problem is that I attend classes at YSU during the evening. Since I cannot carry on campus, I took a self defense class over the weekend and also purchased pepper spray and a stinger. They are on my keys and I always have my keys in my hand while I walk across campus.
I haven't encountered any situations that would cause me to draw yet, and I hope I never do, but I'm so glad I got my CHL to help keep myself and my family safe.
"Guns are our friends because in a country without guns, I'm what's known as "prey." All females are.” -Ann Coulter