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  • Writer's pictureNatasha Cara

Bonjour! Hola! Hi again!

So it’s been a while. 

It’s been about 4 years since I last posted on this blog. The younger me had hoped to revamp it and transform it into something bigger once I graduated from university. I thought that I would have more time and energy to truly invest in the blog.  

Then covid hit. And a series of other unexpected hiccups. Sometimes life simply gets in the way.

We fall in love,


We break up, 

We make new friends,

We grieve loved ones that we’ve lost, 

We move towns, cities or even countries, 

We yo-yo between feeling the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows,

And we have quarter crises where we question everything.

The list goes on. Eventually, things we deem a priority fall swiftly to the bottom of the list, in my case this happened to be my blog. 

In these past four years, so much has changed in my life. As a quick recap; I graduated from Durham University, I immediately moved abroad to France and began teaching English. Shortly after that came to an end I started working in digital marketing and now I’m here. 

My indefinite hiatus from blogging lasted a lot longer than I anticipated. I was very nervous to start writing online again. To be frank, I wasn’t sure if I still believed in the message that I was trying to convey when I started “Oui!Si!Yes” and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to put myself out there again. After lots of rereading and editing the blog, I realised that I’d unintentionally constructed a digital diary, which was more confessional than I remember. The internet can be a scary place and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be that vulnerable again.

I’m at a bit of a crossroads in my life right now and whilst I haven’t been publicly blogging for a while, I’ve continued to write. Whether that be scribbling down my thoughts in my notes app or journaling in random notebooks, I’ve always gravitated back to writing. I don’t think that it’s something that I’ll ever lose. I knew I wasn’t ready to let the blog go (I’ve been secretly renewing the domain name for the past four years), even if I have been too nervous to post anything. On a personal note, writing has always been cathartic for me. This blog is personal and I’m going to approach it as a tool for therapy.

Oui!Si!Yes! is still a passion project, but I want to develop it further than just a travel blog. My blog is exactly that; mine. My tiny corner on the internet where I can vent, express myself, share my thoughts and ideas and maybe even inspire people. In the past four years, I’ve grown so much as a person and I’m still learning new things about myself each day. My biggest discovery is how multifaceted I am; I’m still so curious about the world and I didn’t think it was possible to be interested in so many things. In life, I feel like we’re often told to conform, to stick to one thing, and pushed into specialising whether that is work or studies. I realised that isn’t me and that’s okay. I want to talk about travel, living abroad, art, books, music, pop culture, life lessons, anything and everything. I don’t want to be bound to one niche. I have a lot to talk about and I want to use this space to do it. 

The Oui!Si!Yes! Philosophy is about putting yourself out there and saying yes to new opportunities. My goal is simply just to reconnect with my blog and put my thoughts down on (digital) paper and I’m looking forward to seeing where this journey takes me.

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