After watching the 2015 Strictly Come Dancing final last night (congratulations Jay!), I’m once again left wondering how I’m going to fill my Saturday evenings. There’s just something about the glitz and glamour that’s appealing, but also the fact that you genuinely get to see people go on a journey. Sometimes they just become better dancers, sometimes they lose weight, sometimes they become more confident – sometimes it’s a combination of all of them.

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Ah bank holiday weekends – a time that everyone looks forward to… Well actually, this is the first bank holiday weekend where I have been able to appreciate the fact that I get an extra day off work. In the past, I have either been working part time so it doesn’t make much difference, or I have worked in a pub and so the bank holiday has been spent working on one of the busiest days of the summer. This year however, I can sit back, relax and enjoy the weekend.

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I love recipe books. There is something about the pictures of yummy food, and the exciting range of dishes that you can make which I just really like. However, I also very rarely use them. I could quite easily collect recipe books that I flick through, but never follow, usually because I haven’t planned ahead and don’t have the right ingredients or because I decide it will take too much time. But they are still great for inspiration, and you can quite easily adapt recipes to your taste. For example, recently my boyfriend bought a vegetarian recipe book only to decide that they would all be so much better if they contained meat… However as he isn’t a vegetarian he can add as much meat as he likes!

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Last year, I went to York Theatre Royal’s summer show (Wind in the Willows) and I was not disappointed. A family friendly show which was both funny and interactive, it made you come out feeling good. This year, the theatre is undergoing refurbishment and as a result The Railway Children is being shown in the new purpose built Signal Box Theatre at the National Railway Museum. There really is no better way to see it and from arrival you feel immersed in the story having to walk past a range of trains to reach the theatre area.

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The older I get, the more I’m aware of life being a competition, which is ironic as it is a lot more subtle than it used to be. Back in primary school it was all about who got the highest percentage on an end of term test, or whose plant grew the most flowers. Now it is everything and anything, from friends and relationships to jobs and lifestyle. Social media most definitely doesn’t help – always encouraging you to have the most likes, friends or followers. Success has become a number, not a feeling.

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