I know it will take time and sometimes I can be impatient.Sorry about the touchdown error yesterday evening. This things happen early on, and often our lessons have crimson explanation points after them. You are doing great, especially with your left hand. When I first started out, I fully intended to perform the entire shave ambidextrously. And I did so and continue to do so with the WTG passes. Then later when I began adding different directional passes (XTG/ATG), I just did not have the confidence in my dexterity, so I ended up doing it all right handed. I have become so accustomed to this mixed shaving system that I continue to shave like this going on three years later. I guess it will give me something to learn if I get bored with shaving with a straight razor, learn to go ATG on my right side using my left hand. Honestly, there is no right or wrong here, do what works and is the most comfortable for you.
I have no doubt that I will eventually have a few nicks in my strop. But I plan on keeping it in working order for many years.Tony Miller makes one heck of a strop, and I am glad that you are able to keep it nick free. I started on a 3" strop that was not that expensive, and I did manage to put a few small nicks in it. Later I got a Tony Miller Heirloom. Wouldn't you know it that after a year of shaving with a straight razor almost daily, I managed to put some nicks in my Tony Miller. I have sanded them out, and all is well from a strop performance standpoint, but I can see the sanding spots each and every day I use it as a reminder.