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Photo taken by contributor Kendra Kantor, a 22-year-old woman from Chicago, Illinois. Kendra is a mother, writer and photographer who has suffered from mental health issues for most of her life. When she was 13, she started to recognize depression in herself and reached out for support. She started therapy and medication, and was eventually diagnosed with Panic Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. She loved photography as a young teen and after a break, which included dropping out of art school and becoming a mother, she is learning to love the camera again and use it as a wellness tool. Kendra has become a Wellness Mentor and Guide for creative women looking to embrace their self discovery and improve their mental health.
About this photo: “Each day, I take time to pause, focus and reflect on the outside world and find what is beautiful or ugly and capture it with my phone. For this photograph, I was working at my computer (feeling stressed about what needed to be done) and looked out the window to see it was snowing(one of the first times of the season). I ran outside without shoes or a coat to try to catch some shots and some snowflakes. It was a perfect way to focus outward, away from my to-do list and get a moment of peace.”