There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~Anaïs Nin

Monday, February 21, 2011

Little Town, It's A Quiet Village...

     This week poses a new challenge for me with my New Year’s Resolution.  I am on vacation. In CandyLand.  Well, not really, but it’s the closest thing I can come up with to describe this incredible village of Mont Tremblant, Quebec.   When I walked into reception to check in, I couldn’t contain my enthusiasm, announcing to anyone within earshot that this was the most beautiful place I have ever been to in my entire life.  Which, by the way, earned me an upgrade in rooms, so now I am sitting in my top floor suite, overlooking the village and the ski mountain.

      While walking around the various shops, I expected one of the merchants to yell “Marie! The Baguettes!”  Yes, I have left reality and entered life as Belle in Beauty and the Beast.  Although, reality slammed its way back in when I whipped out my debit card to pay $22 for fudge and a brownie, and $97 for a tank of gas.  This place is not for the faint of wallet, and will likely be the only time we come, but I plan on enjoying every second while I am here. Which brings me back to the new challenge I mentioned.

      Once comfortably checked into our room, I was tempted to have a cocktail.  A hot toddy by the outdoor fireplace was the perfect reward for a long day of travel.  I am almost two months into my challenge to not drink for one year and I will admit, being here is testing my resolve.  Vacation, after all, is a time for fun, letting loose and relaxing the rules.  And, in my mind, I still equate fun with drinking. 

      So at dinner the waiter came by to take our drink order, and with visions of martinis dancing in my head, I thought of all of my friends.  The ones who know of my resolution, and the ones to whom I would have to admit that I failed, and suddenly that cocktail just didn’t seem so important.   Contentedly sipping on my ice water, I was grateful for my friends and the accountability.  I counted my blessings and the money I was saving, and after dinner went straight back to the fudge shop.


  1. You go girl!!! I applaud you,you have past a really tough test. Eat some chocolate for me too and this is indeed the most beautiful place.......I'm jealous!lol

  2. It looks just stunning there and sounds very fairy tale! I am so proud of you and keeping your resolution to yourself. Just think of how you will feel when you have succeeded!

    Enjoy yourself, have the most wonderful time and post more pictures!!:)

    Love Colleen

  3. Good for you! And what a great thing to get that room upgrade. Sounds like an ideal place to vacation.

  4. Thank you for stopping by and introducing yourself. I have never been to Quebec , but I have some lovely friends there, who are a part of our church. Take care and continue to share your journey with us.

    Lisa xx

  5. Way to go! Good for you!!

    BTW, I wasn't sure if this was the link you intended for Flashback Friday - I was a little confused. Sorry to be so late popping over; it's been a crazy-busy few days.

    Oh, and what a beautiful view! I have always wanted to visit Canada.

  6. Thx Ladies! It is so beautiful here. Still sipping on my tea and having a grand old time! Went dog sledding today, that was really awesome but lots of work!