So many things take place when a new person steps onto the scene. In the beginning, there are feelings of anxiety and fear for both the new person and the team awaiting their new arrival. This results in many challenges that you would normally hear people say you have to overcome. I, however, have managed to work through them. I entered a position where I was now responsible for two healthcare facilities, approximately 10 employees, and a heap of responsibilities I was nowhere near prepared for. To say things were stressful would be an understatement. As the new regional director, I wanted to create an atmosphere where we honored each other and became each other’s keepers. This mimicked my motto of “I am my sisters keeper.” Instead, I jumped in head first, thinking I was doing everything right and went through a real awakening. I felt every type of negative emotion imaginable. I didn’t know whether I was coming or going most days and was overwhelmed beyond words. I’ve heard people say to work against all odds, but I decided to work through the odds. It was not easy and took quite some time to even come to a place of contentment with being in a position I’d never been in or experiencing such a force of rejection. Now, today, with all that I’ve gone through, I have grown through those pangs and moved on to manage a team of awesome women who give their all to taking care of our patients and each other. It took lots of conversations, many one-on-one meetings, but more importantly, it took breaking through the barriers, letting each other in, learning patience with one another, and learning to work through the adjustment period of getting to know one another. I lost some and gained some, but we are much stronger today than we were when we started. My encouragement to anyone just starting out is to hang in there, work through it and not against it. These moments teach us lots of wonderful things about ourselves and others. If we grow through these times, we develop a deeper level of understanding for people and it can prosper us in ways we never thought imaginable. I have an awesome team who I’ve recently recognized with some treats and Rita’s gift cards to show my appreciation for all they do. Learn to recognize and appreciate people’s efforts and hard work.