Finding joy in the not-quite-there.

The Whole Story

Au Coeur means “at heart”.

On March 19, 2010, I completed a quarter century of life. Twenty-five years; just long enough to begin understanding who I am and where I want to be. An amazing mother. A loving wife. A writer and philosopher. An inspiration to others. Someone who exults in small pleasures. Au Coeur is a blog about striving to match reality to the dream, and finding joy on the road to becoming who I am at heart.

This is me.


I am the kind of person who always knew I wanted to be a mother – to the degree that, as a middle schooler I often imagined finding a baby and being allowed to keep it.  So now that I am a mother, I am the kind of person who talks incessantly about my kid, whether the listener is intent, running the other direction, or snoring loudly from across the room.  Besides being obsessed with all things Nora, I am interested in environmentally and sustainably sound living, which led to an interest in natural parenting, childbirth, and breastfeeding; reading and writing both non-fiction and poetry; baking delicious and dangerous things; gardening and co-housing.  Two months after my 25th birthday, I quit my job as Director of Recruiting for a college in New York, and moved with my husband and daughter to Nantucket, Mass. where I am lucky enough to be able to stay at home and devote my full attention to raising my daughter and running our household.  In December 2010, I became a Certified Lactation Counselor so that I can help other mamas to have great nursing relationships, like I have with Nora.

I like things from the 40’s and 50’s, and somehow manage to combine old fashioned ideologies with an extremely liberal social perspective.  In another life, I would have made a great home economics teacher.  My favorite TV show is Big Love; favorite musicians are Aimee Mann and Arthur H; I couldn’t begin to choose a favorite book, and my favorite form of punctuation is the semi-colon.  When I’m not writing this blog, I’m wandering cobblestone streets, visiting the beach, and doing marketing consulting and web design.


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aucoeur.atheart [at] gmail [dot] com