Podcast interview with About Progress

Podcast interview with About Progress

Katie Cheesman loves old people and clouds.

That’s at least how she introduces herself!  (Don’t you love her already?)  Katie is also a mother, nurse, photographer and videographer.  She paired her talents and interests together into the perfect creation, The Listening Ear Project, where she shares her WONDERFUL interviews with the elderly, whom she calls her “closest friends.”

The Listening Ear Project is full of interviewees you touch and inspire you–most definitely–but also people who make you laugh and teach you to better appreciate the fun in life.

Collaboration campaign with Kortni Jeane

Collaboration campaign with Kortni Jeane

Meet Katie. She's the brains + magic behind The Listening Ear Project.  From the time she was young, she's always had a love for the elderly. As she worked with this special population in her nursing career, she came to know how vital the elderly are to our society and how much we can learn from their life experiences and wisdom.

She noticed that usually these sweet people just want someone to sit and talk with them, but that need is often overlooked due to busy schedules. She realized that she could provide all of the medication and treatments in the world, but what they really wanted was someone to listen.

Guest post with Lumitory: Part I

Guest post with Lumitory: Part I

My dad was known for being a great storyteller. He had a quick wit, a wry sense of humor and plenty of rad real life experiences to draw from. He grew up in Southern California during Hollywood's heyday, and carved out a pretty interesting career for himself as a tour manager for a number of rock icons, including The Doors, Deep Purple and Ringo Starr of the Beatles, to name a few. He had a zest for life and traveled the world many times over, collecting memories and experiences as he went. His passport was his most treasured possession in life—filled to the brim with stamps from far off and exotic places around the globe. He had a real knack for telling engaging stories about the people and places he experienced that would rival those found in any history book or biography.

Guest post with Lumitory: Part II

Guest post with Lumitory: Part II

Katie Cheeseman knows a thing or two about having great conversations. In fact, you could even say she’s made it part of her mission in life. As the founder of The Listening Ear Project she documents conversations with the elderly, focusing on capturing stories and lessons they have to share.

With a background in nursing, Katie has focused much of her career on working with the geriatric community in home health. Early on, it didn’t take long for her to notice that when she took the time to stop and listen to her patients' tell stories about their lives, their demeanor would change completely. In fact, it made a huge impact—both on them and on her. Katie quickly realized that loneliness is one of the most common things our elderly friends experience as they age.

Guest post with The Mamahood Blog

Guest post with The Mamahood Blog

Three years ago, I started The Listening Ear Project, where I film and interview senior citizens and share their life stories online. The idea came when I was working as a home health nurse. I discovered my passion for the elderly and their stories, and I wanted to share their wisdom with the world. I started filming my interviews, watched endless YouTube videos about videography, and taught myself how to edit. I never thought I’d shift my entire focus from nursing to film and journalism, but I felt called to advocate for the elderly and to inspire others through storytelling.

After three years of working on The Listening Ear Project, I came to a fork in the road. Did I want to continue pursuing this time-consuming passion of mine, or did I want to replace those hours of interviewing and editing with soaking in every minute of my children’s lives? As I thought more about these questions, a wave of mom-guilt washed over me. The cliché phrases “they grow up too fast” and “time flies!” came to mind. For a split second, I thought, “I have to quit. It’s not worth it.”