Your emotions are much like the physical states of your body in that they are often more so dependent on your environment then the state of your soul. I often have encountered peers and read of people who so strongly associate emotion with their philosophical perspective that they render themselves completely unable to adhere to any sort of consistent principle due to the fact that as soon as their emotions change, their values change with them.
My advice is to avoid consideration of such things as God's plan for you, or the state of your salvation, or soul. What is better is to focus on the immediate, as the present is the point at which time touches eternity. If you are focusing on the immediate, it's only logical that the object of your thoughts when praying, i.e. what you should be asking forgiveness for and the strength to be able to overcome, should be daily struggles, thoughts, and feelings. For example, pray for help in not snapping at your friends or family even if they really deserve a piece of your mind, and when you do pray for such things do not judge the success of your relationship with God in prayer by how strongly you feel the feeling you hope to invoke; in fact, don't hope to invoke a feeling at all! Prayer, and the Faith in general, even Christianity in general is outwardly
focused, that is focused outwardly unto our Heavenly Father. Try your best when you pray to actually mean to ask the Lord for help, instead of actually meaning that you want to feel a certain feeling of inspiration or contentment or forgiveness. We don't seek to feel forgiven, we seek to ask the Lord for forgiveness. I know that sounds confusing, but trust me, I think it will help.
It's important to remember that as everything we encounter is a gift from God, so do we seek to offer every aspect of our life unto God. Every activity you engage in, every thought you have, every breath and every step you take is a sacrifice offered. Do not despair if you are constantly assailed by temptation or vanity, rejoice! You have been given a great opportunity to offer bountiful acts of piety unto God. Dash every demon from your mind with rigor, immediately and without consideration as to why you should or how you did so, and when you do remember that you are offering a gift unto your Lord and Savior.
The Catholic Faith offers almost innumerable tools to assist you in this great endeavor of making everything into an offering unto our Heavenly Father, make use of them! Religiously (
) say blessings before and after meals, before and after traveling, before and after any work, and before and after any lessons. Pray often! If you can't think of any prayers, the prayer of the heart and the Lord's prayer will do. As has been said in this thread, a priest can greatly assist you in best utilizing these tools.
But even outside of the Church militant in its material manifestations we have such tools, things that prepare our minds for the outward focus upon the ultimately outward Lord. Loving others is perhaps the greatest of such tools, as is doing good works, and the two often go hand in hand. I want to clarify that when you love others, you should keep in mind that doing this means loving them in the best sense possible, the outward and immediate sense. Care for their infirmities, help them with their struggles, console them in their sorrows. Don't get caught up in the trap of 'doing what is best for them' by condemning them or trying to shape their values in order to save their soul. You know the drill, don't judge!
You will do fine friend, because our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has infinite mercy and forgiveness.