International Education and Assessment Specialist
Union City, California
Bonjour, Emily! It is always great to hear about people wanting to learn French.
As Stefani and Garth said, immersion in a Francophone country is the best option for developing fluency. However, if you don't have the time or resources for that, there are some options that might work for you.
Since you live in or near a major city, there is certain a French conversation group near you. I would suggest searching Meetup.com to see if there is group that fits your schedule. Hopefully, there will be a few native speakers in the group.
There are also websites like iTalki that can help you connect online with language partners and one-on-one lessons.