/ by Katherine Yaksich

Giving thanks for a photo that changed me: This is Cecilia, one of our patients at a vision care clinic in Salinas, Ecuador. I had the opportunity to document stories for @onesight, an organization dedicated to providing free vision care for underprivileged individuals around the world. After Cecilia received her glasses and the gift of sight, her disposition transformed instantaneously. The stories we documented were life changing and heart breaking, and I realized I had found my calling - to tell meaningful, compelling human stories in the most creative and beautiful way possible. This was a pivotal moment in my life. Less than six months after returning from Ecuador, I somehow found the courage to quit my job, moved out of my house, said a lot of goodbyes, and took a nine month soul-searching journey around the world. It was a difficult thing to do at the time, and took all the courage I could muster up, but it was one of the most fulfilling decisions I have ever made. At the end of my travels, I fulfilled my long time dream of moving to New York City, to pursue a creative career and make a living doing what I love. I actually drove nearly 16,000 miles across North America to NYC and sold my car upon arriving. I haven’t looked back ever since. (at Ecuador)

Giving thanks for a photo that changed me:

This is Cecilia, one of our patients at a vision care clinic in Salinas, Ecuador. I had the opportunity to document stories for @onesight, an organization dedicated to providing free vision care for underprivileged individuals around the world. After Cecilia received her glasses and the gift of sight, her disposition transformed instantaneously.

The stories we documented were life changing and heart breaking, and I realized I had found my calling - to tell meaningful, compelling human stories in the most creative and beautiful way possible. This was a pivotal moment in my life.

Less than six months after returning from Ecuador, I somehow found the courage to quit my job, moved out of my house, said a lot of goodbyes, and took a nine month soul-searching journey around the world. It was a difficult thing to do at the time, and took all the courage I could muster up, but it was one of the most fulfilling decisions I have ever made. At the end of my travels, I fulfilled my long time dream of moving to New York City, to pursue a creative career and make a living doing what I love. I actually drove nearly 16,000 miles across North America to NYC and sold my car upon arriving. I haven’t looked back ever since.

(at Ecuador)