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About Kendra

Is one or more of the following true?

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Do you have a mental illness? Or are you going through a rough patch in your life?

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Do you feel alone in your struggle? Do you worry you won’t ever find joy in your life?

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Are you a new mama drowning in overwhelm?

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Do you lack support in your family and friends? Maybe you feel like they won’t understand.

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Do you want to focus on you? Are you ready to feel empowered, full of life and joy?

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Do you want to know more about me?

If you said yes to one or more of the above, then keep scrolling!

About Kendra Kantor

I live with my husband and our son (born in 2012) in Virginia where we dream of traveling full time in an RV while pursing creative careers and homeschooling our son. I love coffee and nature (but hate bugs, they ruin it for me and I can’t go outside when the mosquitoes are out!), I am zombie obsessed and love fantasy novels (but romance novels are forever my guilty pleasure). I am enthralled with gemstones and crystals and think birds are beautiful but terrifying.

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As an ARTbundance™ Coach, trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy I help creative women who suffer with mental health issues or who are going through a rough patch take action toward becoming the person they want to be and living a life they have created to enjoy.

What that means is that I pull on my own experiences with depression, anxiety and postpartum depression to encourage, support and be a friend to women like me and help them find out who they want to be and create a life they love.

Often it means I encourage them to journal, be honest with themselves and learn to be introspective to determine who they really want to be and what they want their life to look like.

Ultimately, all of my work is about helping creative women take action towards becoming the person they want to be and living a life they’ve created to enjoy. Because life is about living not just surviving your mental illness or slump!

You can be happy, you can become the person you want to be. If you have depression, ptsd, bipolar, seasonal mood disorder or just going through a slump in your life…you have the power, the right and the opportunity to live life to the fullest.

With stubbornness, honesty and hard work, you can overcome your trials and create a life you love. And I can help you get there.

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Suffering with a mental illness or going through a slump, does not define you, it is part of you but it is not who you are.

I have suffered from depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember. When I was 13, I was suicidal and scared and felt very alone. Thankfully, I had a wonderful mother who I felt loved me enough that I went to her and said, “I need help.”

But not everyone has that, as teenagers and even later in life, sometimes we feel too alone and not close enough to anyone to seek help.

Since then, I’ve been off and on medication, I’ve seen therapists regularly and not so regularly, depending on what’s going on with me.

I can live with a mental illness and still be happy, healthy and enjoy my life. And guess what? So can you!

The journey to mental health wellness is rough and bumpy and I wholeheartedly accept that. I am in a place where, more often than not, I go through my day without thinking about my mental health. I am not perfect, and I won’t ever be and I will always always always be completely honest about that and about where I am on my journey.

I think being positive is a great message but let’s get real, it’s not always real! Especially when we are living with depression, anxiety, an eating disorder, ptsd (or any of the other many mental illnesses), life is messy and real and brutal. Some days, I don’t want to show up here and talk because I’m too sad or trying to fight my way out of a panic attack. But I do. I show up. Because I believe you need to see that, you need to understand that there are others out there just like you, suffering and wallowing and fighting like hell to have a life they can be happy with.

I remember being a 13 year old girl with depression and feeling so alone. I had access to therapists and doctors but I felt like there wasn’t anyone for me to look up to, for any women to tell me, “Hey I’ve been there, it’s going to be okay.” There was a lack of realness in the mental health world when I was a teen and while it’s getting better, there’s still not enough real and honest people out there to help.

And so that’s who I want to be. I want to be that woman who can talk to young girls, to 20 somethings, to new mama’s and beyond and tell them, “I’ve been there. It’s okay, let me help you.”

You don’t have to be perfect every day, you don’t have to go at this all alone. Being honest and saying, “I need some help with this. I’m ready to start focusing on me and getting well,” is the most important thing you can do for yourself.

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