After a two month break from school, our students are back. My new assignment is floral and fashion. However, there are grumblings of that changing soon. I was hired under one type of goals for my job and they changed over the years I have been there. I am learning I can be flexible without burying myself. I can help others without being a doormat. I can challenge others ideas without stepping all over them. I can check in and request suggestions for improvement without being wiped out if I need to make changes. I am stronger now than I ever believed possible and in this paradoxical process I am more open and vulnerable. My counselor predicted I would arrive at this place of strength with empathy. I am glad he was right.