Our first blog post! Chatting Christmas on Aspen & our reflections on 2020

Anyone who knows me, knows I absolutely love Christmas. I always have. I love the glow of the lights on the trees and the sparkle that the ornaments project. It seems to bring me a sense of calm and peace in a world that, especially lately, seems to be anything but that.

Looking back over the last 12 months it certainly feels like we have been through a whirlwind of events, bringing on emotions tied with waves of uncertainty. With the Christmas season around the corner there seems to be a sense of longing for normalcy, peace and a sign of hope for things to come. It seems that Christmas is the season where we can take a breath and take a moment to reset and refocus while we reflect back on the past year and set our intensions for the year to come.

As I write this, we are just about to launch our first week of Christmas on Aspen! This week long Christmas event was a dream I had for our store early on. I really wanted our store to be a place where people could just come and enjoy all the spirit and magic that this season brings. I felt like we all need a spot that adds a bit of joy to our everyday and I really wanted that to be what Christmas on Aspen brought to the community. Now with the Covid restrictions and all the crazy things that 2020 has brought to our lives I felt now more than ever we needed a bit of joy and “normalcy” to participate in. It was my goal to create a space that was one of community and supporting one another thru shopping local. At the end of the day it is more about spreading hope and joy and showing kindness to our fellow neighbor. We had to adjust a little bit how we wanted this week to look, but it certainly is something we want to expand on and grow each year and create something that people look forward to!

I am finding myself spending extra time reflecting on this past year and all the ups, downs and unexpected events it brought! Despite the unexpected challenges we all had to endure, this year truly brought our family much to be celebrated. We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our third child and have settled into a new routine in our new home and town of LeRoy. We have been so thankful for the support and encouragement from those around us as we have ventured out with our new business and strive to do our best to continue to build on the reputation that was already in place with Borge’s Floor Fashions.

We knew the move would present new challenges and difficulties. We moved to take risks. We moved to have impact and serve others. We were excited about the new opportunity and adventure that we were about to embark on. We had much to learn, much to experience and had many decisions that needed to be made. Throughout the year we faced several challenges that we never would have predicted.

I asked Stephen if he had to pick one word for the year 2020 what would it be -and he said refining. It certainly has been a year of refining and reshaping who we are as people. We moved here with great ideals and much that we had learned but it seems that God gives us opportunities to put what we have learned and claimed to know to the test and in many ways, this year was just that. The heat of the fire or the stretching times continues to help us shed the habits and behaviors that we may not even notice exist and help reveal more of who we were made to be on this earth.

My word for 2020 is reflect. Throughout the year, I found myself reflecting back on lessons that I had learned but also on so many other areas that seemed to continually pop up in my mind that I needed to grow in. The world reflect means to look back but it also refers to an image or picture that is shown back – a reflection of sorts (like a mirror). It is funny but there seems to be different times in our lives when we are forced to take a good long look in that mirror and evaluate if we are truly who we should be and where we need to change. The key to this is being open and honest with ourselves and seeing things for what they truly are - an opportunity for growth and change. It is my goal that in 2021 I can shed some more of who I don’t want to be and be refined to who it is that I was truly made to be.

We are so thankful for our customers and guests that have come along side us and supported our family and community. It is our goal and desire that our showroom and all that it entails is a reflection of both Stephen and I and the rest of our team at Aspen Floors.

Blessings on you and your family as you enter in this holiday season and spend time reflecting on your past year and the intentions you want in place for your new year.

- The Martin's

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