According to Oxford Dictionaries.com, the phrase avoir à cœur de faire = (translates) to be intent on doing.
For the past 6 or 7 years, I have chosen at the beginning of the calendar year a word to guide me and serve as a touchstone throughout the days. This year my word is heart or coeur. Like many people the world over, I have been participating in Ali Edwards' One Little Word Big Picture Class: each month we get a prompt that is designed to help us a) keep our word front and center in our lives and b) document its influence.
In July, we were prompted to write our word on 7 sticky notes and place them in strategic places throughout, for example: on the frig or the computer; on a mirror; near a door; in a planner, etc. And when the word showed up in our daily lives, we could take that sticky note and write down the what! Well, as luck would have it, I found some heart-shaped sticky notes in my stash. Perfect! And I didn't even need to write the word on the note!
Rather, I placed a sticky note on a journal that I've had for years. Since Jan 1, I have documented on a daily basis, an i heart - something/s about the day, my life, for which I am appreciative and/or how my word has manifested itself.
All year I've been thinking how I want to gather these daily postings. But of course - the journal! Perfect! Each two-page spread will hold a week's i heart entries. And so, my intention is to use the journal...I think tho' as I've been prepping the pages (with masking tape down the seam and gesso on the pages) to take various wet media, I may have to create a different binding...but we shall see.
Today is the 255th day of 2013 - only 140 days to go! Guess I'd best get back to prepping pages...