2016: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

2016 will go down in history for being a pretty bad year. We left the EU, Trump is President, we’ve lost beloved celebrities and terrorism seems to be everywhere. For us, on a personal level, it’s sucked a lot too.

On the other hand, we had some of the best experiences of our lives this year. Here’s a look back at it all…

The Bad & The Ugly

The year started out with being made redundant from a job I loved and a company I had been at for 4 years. This set the tone for the kinda of luck we had this year.

In hindsight, it was the best thing that could have happened to me. I was miserable and dreaded going to work everyday. Yet I’d convinced myself that was how you were supposed to feel about work.

I now work for a productivity company that genuinely cares about the well being of their employees. We meditate every day, have meetings on the beach in the summer and I work a 4 day week.

This year Josh’s dad sadly passed away in tragic circumstances. There’s not a lot for me to say. It tested us both individually and as a couple. We learnt how to grieve. I learnt how to help someone I love cope with the unimaginable.

The Good

I achieved both of my New Years resolutions. A) find a new job. B) explore a new country. A happened pretty much immediately.

I had the best holidays of my life this year. In June, Josh and I went to Paris and explored the gorgeous city for a weekend.

I visited my best friend, who was doing a year abroad in Prague.

We spent a weekend in the Cotswolds in a stunning cottage with Josh’s family for his Grandparents birthdays.

We had a family holiday with friends to Mallorca to see my mum marry my (now) step dad.

I visited Copenhagen with my best friend on our first holiday together!

Josh and I went to see our first gig together. Motion City Soundtrack are one of his favourite bands and we got to see their last ever UK gig.

We had one of the best meals ever at @Isaac, all thanks to this little blog.

We also celebrated our 1 year anniversary, moved into our second home together and had our second Christmas with both of our families.

Although 2016 has been riddled with sadness, we’ve managed to create some pretty great memories together. Here’s to even more in 2017.

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  • Food & Baker

    Condolence to Josh and you both. Hope you both okay now.

    Apart from the ugly and the bad, sound alike you’ve both had an amazing year together and we hope to see more from you both in 2017!

    Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk

  • Laura @Me & Mr Jones

    2016 was some year, hey?! Glad you’re able to reflect on the good things though and hope you both have a happy and healthy 2017!

  • Becky

    Although you’ve had a really, really tough year it’s good to see some positives came out of it. I hope 2017 is kinder to you!

    Becky
    Blogger and the Geek

    • Jess & Josh Cook

      Thanks lovely. It’s always good to look back at the good and the bad stuff!
      I hope you have a fantastic 2017 🙂
      Jess x

  • Even though 2016 has not been the year to mark as the best year I do believe 2017 will bring a lot more joy! xx

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    • Jess & Josh Cook

      Me too! It has to 🙂 I hope you have a fantastic year xx

  • I love this 🙂 I’m pleased to hear that you had some lovely, lovely memories and moments for 2016 – after some sad times too xxx

    • Jess & Josh Cook

      Thanks lovely – always good to reflect! xx

  • I think it’s so important to remember the good when there’s so much of the bad floating around! Well done for achieving your resolutions (and so quickly) and doing so much exploring!

  • Hannah

    I love this post, so many people (myself included) have only focused on the negatives of 2016. I hope 2017 brings you even more wonderful memories (sorry to hear about the rubbish times).

    Han xx

    http://hannahelizabethblg.blogspot.co.uk/