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2016 Year in Review


December 30, 2016


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I can’t believe 2016 has come to an end! What an amazing year it was! As I stopped to think about it, the year might have passed quickly, but so much happened in 365 days. Between a full kitchen and bathroom remodel, I fell more in love with my job and my clients, and stayed inspired by traveling a LOT! Here are the highlights of the year:


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  • I hired a wonderful designer (Megan Burke while working for Spark Letterpress) and Poly Mendes Photography got a whole new look! New logo, new website, and new blog! And with this revamp came my commitment to blogging at least 3 times a week. If you need any help with rebranding Megan was AMAZING! Check her out here!
  • I photographed over 100 sessions, and 9 weddings! I intentionally took less weddings this year so I could focus on a couple personal projects, which I’ll share later.
  • I was published on my very first international magazine: Irish Bride Magazine.
  • I photographed a fashion blogger in PARIS! See my blog post here!


  • I went on my yearly February cruise with 5 dear friends.
  • I turned 30 (what???), and realized I’ve never been happier. I spent my birthday in Florida, went deep sea fishing, swam with wild manatees, and finished the trip with a day at Disney!
  • I went on 7 big trips and visited 14 countries this year, for a total of 32 countries visited by the age of 30! Some of them are on the blog: Greece (Athens), Italy (Rome, Naples and Amalfi Coast), Iceland, France (Paris for the 3rd year in a row)
  • Did I mention a full kitchen and bathroom remodel? The bathroom is 90% done, and I’ve been taking lots of pictures for a future blog post!
  • Started teaching Yoga Barre at YogaFit in September, and have fallen in love with it! Come see me on Wednesdays (noon class) in Loring Park, and Thursday (7:15pm class) in NE.
  • I successfully grew my first garden (thanks RJ for the help!), which produced over 100 tomatoes, 7 watermelons, green beans, carrots, basil, beets, peas…

2016 was amazing! I can’t wait to see what next year brings!


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