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Seeking Excellence

By Seeking Excellence
The Seeking Excellence Podcast is here to inspire you to take responsibility for every area of your life. We want to push you to reach your full potential as the person you were created to be. We will provide you with the purpose, direction, and motivation needed to help you to truly live a life of faith-focused, well-rounded personal growth.

Our commitment is to consistently produce content that is real, insightful, inspirational, and practical. The purpose of everything we do is to get you to move in the direction that leads to your fulfilled potential.

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The Pain of Miscarriage w/ Sarah Dougherty
Processing the loss of an unborn child is incredibly difficult. As Pro-Life people, we understand the weight of the death of a baby in a womb in its totality, which makes the grieving process all the more brutal and real.  Sarah Dougherty is the amazing wife of Bob Dougherty, who was the best man at my wedding. She is a graduate of Princeton University, a rockstar in the workplace, a convert to the Catholic faith, and one of my best friends.  She opens up to share both her incredible conversion story as well as the painful tale of her miscarriage at 20-weeks pregnant.  Shortly after learning of their miscarriage, Emily and I found out we were pregnant. And just a few short weeks later, we miscarried as well.  This is certainly one of the most vulnerable and powerful episodes I've ever done. I pray that it helps someone out there in their process of grieving and will help others to understand what they can do to help those going through the process. 
June 23, 2022
Ep 153 | Battling Addiction to Pornography feat. Julia Hoyda
Addiction to pornography is a growing epidemic in our country and around the world. These alarming statistics have only gotten worse over the last decade: Pornography is very prevalent in our society, and porn addiction affects about 5-8% of adults. People addicted to porn spend at least 11 to 12 hours per week viewing porn. Most people who have a porn addiction say that porn hurts their personal relationships. Many conditions co-occur with porn addiction, including anxiety, depression, sex addiction, social anxiety and substance use disorders. What can you do to battle addiction to pornography or help others who are facing that battle themselves? Find out in today's episode with my friend Julia Hoyda.  Julia is a PhD candidate in neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati. She is a cradle Catholic born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She is a graduate of Hillsdale College and the Associate Director of Special Projects for Magdala Ministries, a rapidly growing organization that helps women battle sexual addictions.
June 16, 2022
Ep 152 | January 6th, Nancy Pelosi, and Pursuing Your Goals
Here's a little bit of coverage on recent events and some inspiration to start your week! Enjoy!
June 13, 2022
Ep 151 | Facts > Feelings w/ Christian Lasval
Christian Lasval is a convert to the Catholic faith with one of the greatest conversion stories I've ever heard. He has an incredible fidelity to truth and reason. He has dedicated his life to sharing that truth with others.  In this episode, Christian details how he overcame his parents opposition to Catholicism while converting, how he's grown and developed his understanding of the political and cultural issues of our time, and how we can work to fight again the many evils we all encounter in modern day society.  Follow Christian @christianlasval for more! 
June 09, 2022
Ep 150 | Confront Your Fears
Turns out that for Episode 138, I accidentally posted the audio to a previous episode...ooops!  Here is the episode that was supposed to be posted back on April 25th!  This is the old caption that still applies:  Integrity and Respect. We almost always look at integrity and respect in regards to our relationship to others. We desire the people we know, and even the people we don't know who know of us, to determine that we are people of integrity and worthy of their respect and admiration.  But what about self-respect? Violating your own integrity is more damaging, in many ways, to your view of yourself than the view others have of you.  The world today tells you to always accept yourself as you are. That you are perfect and wonderful and there's no need to strive for anything, no need to change.  But you know that's bullshit. So today we are talking about the need to face your fears. We're talking about avoiding things that you hate, the things that make you dislike yourself. Creating a life worth of respect, especially self-respect, requires both saying yes to the things we ought to do and no to the things we shouldn't do.  If you like today's episode, please share it with someone else who might benefit from it. If you're feeling generous, leave us a review. And of course, follow us on Instagram @ncrank23 and @seeking365
June 06, 2022
Ep 149 | Exploring the Power of Femininity w/ Rachel Wong
Rachel Wong is a Catholic writer, creative, speaker and podcaster from Vancouver, Canada. Though she was born into the Catholic faith, Rachel had a re-conversion back to the faith in 2016. Since then, she's been on a beautiful journey of learning more about her faith and role as a Catholic woman, and she shares it with others through writing and speaking. Rachel and I had a great conversation about the feminine genius, feminism, and a bunch of other great topics.  Be sure to check out The Feminine Genius Podcast and follow her on Instagram @femgeniuspod for more!
June 02, 2022
Ep 148 | Facing the Problems Within the Church w/ Fr. Shane Deman
Fr. Shane Deman is the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Sioux City. He is also the host of the Outcast Catholic podcast.  Fr. Deman has a passion for meeting people where they are and leading them closer to where God calls them to be. He has a sincere love for the lost, broken, and wounded.  Check out the Outcast Catholic podcast for more great content with Fr. Deman! 
May 26, 2022
Ep 147 | Are We Too Harsh On Pro-Abortion Catholics?
I recently had a friend of mine gracefully challenge me about a story I posted on Instagram which read "You cannot be Catholic and Pro-Choice". What I really meant was that you cannot be Catholic and pro-abortion, but I think that was sufficiently clear.  We often hear the more tolerant side of Christianity voice opinions that some of us are too judgmental and harsh on those who disagree with us on certain social and political issues. What many fail to realize is that at their core these issues are not simply about politics and society, but more importantly they are rooted in morality.  And morality matters. Our understanding of morality and our willingness to live in accordance with it ultimately determine the eternal destiny of our soul.  So are we too harsh on pro-abortion Christians? Can you really be Catholic and pro-choice? I share my answers to these questions in today's episode.  *Note*: This episode was recorded before Archbishop Cordileone made his statement regarding Nancy Pelosi receiving Holy Communion. I support that decision and some of the content from today's episode is relevant to that, but does not explicitly discuss it since I did not know about it at the time. Resources: USCCB Catechism Reflection Definition of Excommunication Liberalism is a sin
May 23, 2022
Ep 146 | Modern Dating Culture and Toxic Masculinity w/ Mary Kate Knorr
Mary Kate Knorr is one of the most bold and awesome young catholics in the game right now. She is determined to help share the Gospel as best she can, regardless of what negative reactions it draws from others.  A while back, she had some pretty hot takes on Taylor Swift's feministic positions in her songs and interviews. On this episode, Mary Kate and I discuss those and some other controversial moments/issues from social media.  I would highly encourage you to go follow Mary Kate @marykateknorr and to pray for her and her upcoming marriage! 
May 19, 2022
Ep 145 | Finding An Excellent Spouse w/ Jack and Josie Delac
We all know what a STRUGGLE it can be to even find a good man or woman to date, let alone to find one's spouse. Jack and Josie have a wonderful story of how they met, fell in love, and made the most courageous commitment to one another through the Sacrament of Marriage.  We hope today's episode will fill you with hope, give you some laughs, and help you to see the ways God works in our lives to lead us to where He wants us to be!  For more, follow us @seeking365
May 16, 2022
Ep 144 | Focusing Your Life on God w/ David Patterson from @YesCatholic
Life is full of distractions. It can be incredibly difficult to keep God in your top 10 priorities, let alone the primary focus of your life.  David Patterson is a great example of what it looks like to live a God-centered life. He is an incredible man who has gone on a great journey of faith, trust, and transformation to become who he is today.  David runs the @yescatholic Instagram page where he interviews catholic men and women about their own journey of faith. This time, I was able to get David on the other side of the interview! We had a great conversation about a wide range of topics.  Please go follow David @yescatholic and check out his website here!  Follow Seeking Excellence @seeking365 and @ncrank23
May 12, 2022
Ep 143 | Catholic Influencers
About a month ago, there was a very interesting blog released from the truly excellent Catholic ministry The Young Catholic Woman. This blog was titled Why I unfollowed you: An open letter to Catholic influencers. Knowing that I, myself, have had a number of frustrations with popular catholics on social media and in the big time catholic speaker circle, you can assume that I was eager to read what the author had to say.  She broke down her reasons for unfollowing into three main categories. One I wholeheartedly agreed with, one I mostly disagreed with, and one was about 50/50. In today's episode, I break down her three reasons and share my thoughts on each of them. Disclaimer:  I have a great deal of respect and appreciation for the work that is done at The Young Catholic Woman. I also have no hard feelings toward the author of the blog, since I have never interacted with her in any way. I would have gladly posted this same blog on my own website, because I agree with many points that it makes and believe we have to be open to tolerating things that we may disagree with, so long as they don't lead people away from the Church or the Truth. Please go check out the Young Catholic Woman on Instagram @theyoungcatholicwoman Be your best! 
May 09, 2022
Ep 142 | Escaping Death Roe: A Rant On Pro-Choice Catholics
What a week! We're in for a great deal of controversy, debate, protests, and probably some riots. There will be absolute insanity for the next few months most likely.  The overturning of Roe v. Wade, what a momentous occasion. But is it too early to celebrate? Should Catholics be hesitant to support this move? What can we do to be on the right side of history? Can you be Catholic and pro-abortion?  I try to tackle all these issues and more in today's episode. Enjoy the rant! 
May 05, 2022
Ep 141 | Saintly Moms and Seeking Excellence w/ Kelly Guest
Today's guest is Kelly Ann Guest, author of Saintly Moms: 25 stories of holiness. Kelly has taken the time to research and profile 25 amazing Catholic saints who absolutely crushed the Mom game. Having ten kids herself, she knows a thing or two about what it takes to be a great mother! Not only that, but she took the time to identify a saint for each of the seven pillars of excellence! In today's episode, we break down which saint is most applicable to each of the seven pillars, give an overview of the saint's life, and share practical tips of how you can become more like that saint. Kelly's book makes an EXCELLENT gift for Mother's Day!! Share with those young Catholic moms you know. Check out her blog here!
May 03, 2022
Ep 140 | In Defense Of...Pope Francis??
Like the vast majority of practicing Catholics, I have had a number of frustrations over the years with our Holy Father, Pope Francis. His ambiguity is frequently misrepresented and misinterpreted by secular media outlets with little to no effort from the Vatican or the Pope himself to actually clarify what he meant to say. The many occasions of such events have certainly inflicted damage both upon the lay faithful and the world's understanding of Church teaching.  In episode 85, I criticized Pope Francis' move to restrict the traditional Latin Mass in Amoris Laetitia. We were highly disappointed with this move to punish some of the most faithful and devout communities in the Church.  I recently read a book titled, What went wrong with Vatican II. The book was published some 24 years ago, but the points made by author Ralph McInerny were relevant to a number of issues I've had recently with what seemed to me to be excessive criticisms of the Pope. I have also recently been very moved by some personal conversations, prayer time, other podcasts, etc. that have changed the way I view the current papacy (to an extent) and many other issues in the Church today.  Today's episode takes you on a journey of my own developing understanding of the current Church climate. The vast majority, some 99%, is purely my opinion, so please keep that in mind.  I recently heard a guest on Jordan Peterson's podcast say, "your content should anger about 20% of your readers/listeners, but the goal is to not make it the same 20% every time". I hope and pray that whoever listens to this will do so with an open mind and a softened heart, with the willingness to embrace and even consider other points of view that might just help us restore unity in the Church. To learn more, follow us @ncrank23 and @seeking365 !
May 02, 2022
Ep 139 | Faith, Fitness, and Fatherhood w/ Dr. Kyle Walsh
Dr. Kyle Walsh is a Catholic man dedicated to excellence in his faith, in the workplace, in the gym, and in the home. He has shown great perseverance and commitment to excellence in his life for many years.  I was excited to get a chance to sit and talk with him about the many lessons he's learned as a Catholic doctor in today's world of modern medicine, along with the wisdom he has gained through his own experiences as a father and husband. Kyle runs @catholicfitfatherhood where he shows the importance of striving to maintain your health and fitness even while balancing the heavy demands of a career and family life.  I hope that you will enjoy today's episode and that you will share it with a man in your life who could benefit from Kyle's insights and example.  Be your best! 
April 28, 2022
Ep 138 | Face Your Fears and Avoid Doing What You Hate
Integrity and Respect. We almost always look at integrity and respect in regards to our relationship to others. We desire the people we know, and even the people we don't know who know of us, to determine that we are people of integrity and worthy of their respect and admiration.  But what about self-respect? Violating your own integrity is more damaging, in many ways, to your view of yourself than the view others have of you.  The world today tells you to always accept yourself as you are. That you are perfect and wonderful and there's no need to strive for anything, no need to change.  But you know that's bullshit. So today we are talking about the need to face your fears. We're talking about avoiding things that you hate, the things that make you dislike yourself. Creating a life worth of respect, especially self-respect, requires both saying yes to the things we ought to do and no to the things we shouldn't do.  If you like today's episode, please share it with someone else who might benefit from it. If you're feeling generous, leave us a review. And of course, follow us on Instagram @ncrank23 and @seeking365
April 25, 2022
Ep 137 | How To Disagree And Not Hate Each Other w/ Jurell Sison
In today's world, people are literally encouraged to divorce their spouse if they voted for a different candidate in the last presidential election. We are suffering from terrible division that is carefully crafted by politicians, the media, and the devil himself.  Sure, there are things we want to strongly agree on as Catholics and Christians, but is it possible to still disagree and ALSO get along and be friends? Jurell and I have proven that we can.  We have disagreed on things from how the Church shares teachings on same sex attraction to how we should respond to the pandemic. Each time we disagree, we engage in thoughtful discussion in which we truly seek to understand one another. Through this discourse, we almost always realize we agree on much more than we disagree on.  This has a great deal to teach us about evangelization, unity, and how we can heal our nation and Church. Check out today's episode to learn how YOU can start to create dialogue and build bridges with those who see the world differently than you. Follow Jurell @thelivingperson and @jurellsison. Check out The Living Person website here and order Jurell's new book on evangelization!! Follow SE @seeking365 and Nathan @ncrank23 Fight hard. Be your best! 
April 21, 2022
Ep 136 | Wedding, Honeymoon, and Jordan Peterson Reflections
IT FEELS LIKE IT'S BEEN FOREVER since I recorded a podcast. Episodes have still been coming out, but they were recorded months ago. I had a ton of thoughts, learnings, and reflections over the past month since so much has happened. Today's episode is a quick update and review of the wedding week, wedding day, and honeymoon. The bulk of the episode covers my learnings from seeing Dr. Jordan Peterson speak live here in Denver just four days before getting married. Share with a friend! Leave a review! And most importantly, say a prayer for Seeking Excellence! 
April 18, 2022
Ep 135 | Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, and Progressive Universities w/ Kimberly Hebert
When I met a faithful Catholic woman who ALSO studied Ethnic Studies at University of California Berkley, I knew I had to get her on the podcast.  My friend, Kimberly Hebert, joins me to day to talk about her experience at UC Berkeley, her conversion to Catholicism, and her political journey.    She has long been sympathetic to the causes of social justice, but her time at UC Berkeley was much different than I anticipated.  Check out today's episode to learn more about her amazing story!
April 11, 2022
Ep 134 | Uncommon Sense w/ Kathy Gibbens
Critial Thinking is the most important skill you can have when you're living in a world that seems to have lost its mind.    Everyone out there is trying to tell you WHAT to think, while today's guest, Kathy Gibbens, will teach you HOW to think.    She is a wife, mother, and host of the Filter It Through a Brain Cell Podcast, where she teaches you logical fallacies, cognitive biases, and how politicians, influences, advertisers, and the media manipulate your thinking.  Her first few episodes were downloaded THOUSANDS of times in the first WEEK because people are hungry for answers on how to spot the all too common lies being forced upon us from every direction.  Follow Kathy @filteritthroughabraincell and check out her new hit podcast on Apple or Spotify!! 
April 04, 2022
Ep 133 | Converting Even When Your Family Doesn't Approve w/ Clay and Cat Dimick
Converting to Catholocism is not easy. It's not easy spiritualy, emotionally, socially, or practically speaking. But it was an even tougher journey for today's guests, Clay and Cat Dimick.    This young married couple had an incredible journey home to the Catholic Church. They dealt with pushback from family, self-doubt, and struggles with Catholic teaching.    Their boldness in faith and commitment to excellence is absolutely awe-inspiring.  Check out this episode and follow them @claydimick and @catdimick for more!
March 31, 2022
Ep 132 | Fighting Our Addiction to Pornography w/ Sean Clifford
You may have heard it said that the Devil's greatest strategy is convincing people that he does not exist. If that's true, then his second best strategy must be convincing people that his weapons do not exist or that they are irrelevant.    Pornography is one of the greatest evils of our time. The addiction rates have increased rapidly over the past two decades as access to pornographic materials has become easier than ever. Kids who aren't even in middle school are being exposed to pornographic material.    Luckiy, we have some incredible people fighting the battle to end our society's addiction to porn. Sean Clifford is the CEO of Canopy, an incredible software company that helps block pornographic material from mobile devices.    Learn more about Canopy here
March 22, 2022
Ep 131 | Next Level Self-Care w/ Erinn Black
We hear a lot about self-care these days. Mental health, fitness, taking breaks, and many other things are promoted as ways to care for yourself. And it's important! After all, you can't give from an empty cup.  But self-care and self-love don't always seem like they ought to be a priority in the Christian life. We know God doesn't want us to simply be miserable and neglect to take care of ourselves. However, we also shouldn't constantly put ourselves first and follow the selfish ways of the world.  Today, my friend Erinn joins me to talk about her journey of both healing and pushing herself to grow. We discuss ways that you can end cycles of mediocrity in your own life and how you can improve the lives of those you love most.  Check it out! Share it if you find it valuable. And leave us a review if you enjoy the podcast!  Fight hard
March 14, 2022
Ep 130 | Are you mentally weak?
This episode is not for the weak or easily offended. Are you looking for some motivation to really dive into your spiritual life this Lent, go harder at work, finally take your personal growth seriously, and/or just generally get your life together??  Then this episode is for you!  Fight hard out there and be your best!
March 07, 2022
Ep 129 | Chasing Humility w/ Joel Stepanek
Have you ever read the Litany of Humility? It's like a death sentence for your comfort and desires.  Humility is possibly the most important virtue. If pride is the root of all sin, it would follow that humility would be the solution to all sin.  Joel Stepanek has fought to become extremely well versed in the virtue of humility. He loves humility so much that he wrote a book on it! In Chasing Humility, Joel breaks down the best ways to lay a strong foundation for the Christian life. You can purchase a copy of this life changing book here. Most virtues don't grow naturally or by accident, but this is especially true for humility. If you do not actively seek out wisdom and practical ways to grow in this king of virtues, you will be a slave to pride.  Check out the rest of Joel's work and follow him on Instagram @chasinghumility !!!
March 03, 2022
Ep 128 | Investing 101
A great defense might not win you the game, but it’ll at least prevent you from getting your ass kicked. A couple of months ago, we talked about "financial defense", which is creating boundaries to keep your life, finances, time, and other resources, from spiraling out of control.  Now, it’s time to turn to the offense.    What are the things that actively help you to get ahead? Well, financially speaking, those things are investing, increasing your income, and becoming wiser in how you use compound interest and other financial tools to your advantage.  To truly fulfill your potential, you’ll need the boundaries of a great defense and the courage to take pracitcal steps to develop a strong offense.    In today's podcast, I cover what you need to do to begin investing in multiple different types of assets. This includes setting up a retirement account, investing in Crypto, moves you can make in Real Estate, and more! Follow us on Instagram for more @ncrank23 and @seeking365
February 28, 2022
Ep 127 | The Diary of a High Achiever w/ Corey Singleton
It's honestly hard to think about what we DID NOT talk about in this episode. Two young, black, male Army officers - one Protestant, one Catholic - both on a journey of more deeply discovering their values, political views, and life priorities - have a candid conversation about the ups and downs of life.  Corey is the co-host of Diaries of High Achievers Podcast. Corey and I have been friends for several years now and have a deep mutual respect for each other's viewpoints, even when we disagree. I thoroughly enjoy all the conversations we've had in the past, and we knew it was time we finally recorded one.  We really did this one with no script or outline. It was just a free flowing conversation between two friends about the things that were weighing most heavily on our hearts at the time. I hope you enjoy!  Follow Corey @courageouscorey_ and @diariesofhighachievers
February 24, 2022
Ep 126: The Average American Catholic
So often in life we see people settling for the minimum. Mass one day per week, putting in the least amount of effort at work, looking to fulfill, and never exceed, any expectations in relationships, etc.  What does it look like to be average? We've spent a few weeks now talking about what mediocrity looks like in mental health, physical health, personal finance, and job satisfaction. Today, we take a look at what it looks like to be an average Catholic in modern day America.  Spoiler alert:  it's not great I wasn't incredibly surprised by the stats I found, but it was still sobering to see the reality of the world we currently live in.  Follow us @seeking365 and @ncrank23 for more great content!
February 21, 2022
Ep 125 | Preparing To Die w/ Bridget Zurlinden
The CATO Institute conducted a study that concluded that 62% of Americans have political opinions that they are afriad to share.    Who can't relate to that? We've all got some opinions we are afraid to share. They could be in regards to faith, politics, and/or culture.   And many cave in to that fear. But shouldn't we embrace it instead? After all, it's one whole hell of a lot easier posting something on social media than it is standing up to serious oppression and opposition.    God calls us to stand firm in the truth. He wants us to have the courge to boldly proclaim the Gospel and defend the faith. Courage is built up over time. It doesn't just magically appear when you need it.    Bridget is a fantastic example of bold courage in sharing her views on what's happening in our world today. In today's episode, we talk about ways that we can prepare to be martyrs.    Follow her @accordingtobridget
February 17, 2022
Ep 124 | Modern Day Mediocrity: Work, Personal Finance, And Social Justice
What percentage of Americans today are satisfied with their jobs?    What does the average Americans personal financial situation look like?    What causes more people to leave the Church:  the sex abuse scandals or the Church's stance on divorce?    The answers might surprise you! In part two of this series, I dive deep into some stats regarding work, personal finance, and social justice.
February 14, 2022
Ep 123 | Fitness And Faith w/ Lindsay Fullerman
How do you maintain motivation to workout through the ups and downs of life?  How can you avoid the extremes of binge eating and excessive dieting, instead striving for a balanced, consistent, healthy lifestyle?  What role does mental health play in our physical health?  Lindsay Fullerman, founder of Fit From Faith, and I discuss all of these questions in today's episode. We also tackle the topics of fat shaming, modesty in the gym, and much more!  Follow Lindsay @fitfromfaith on Instagram! Lindsay received a Master's degree in Theology from Saint Mary's Seminary in Wickliffe, Ohio. She also holds an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology (BSc.) from Kent State University’s School of Education, Health and Human Sciences and a minor in Sports Administration. She is an expert in wellness coaching and habit change and also holds Strength and Conditioning, Sports Nutrition, and Pn2 Coaching certifications. While working as a fitness athlete and strength coach for nearly ten years, she struggled with her own body image, dieting, and living in extremes with food and exercise. It was only after developing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and understanding her Catholic roots that she began her healing journey towards interior freedom and balanced living.
February 10, 2022
Ep 122 | The Opposite of Excellence: Mental and Physical Health in America
What's the opposite of love? Elie Wiesel said that it is apathy. The opposite of love is not hate, but rather being indiffernt to the suffering, pain, or general existence of another.   What's the opposite of excellence? It's mediocrity. And what does mediocrity look like?    Over the next several weeks, we will be taking a deep look at modern day mediocrity. We will dive into the seven pillars of excellence to see what the life of an average modern day American looks like.    We start with physical and mental health today. We have serious and often neglected epidemics in both. And it's time we address them. Follow us on IG @ncrank23 and @seeking365 for more!
February 07, 2022
Ep 121 | How Can A Loving God Allow So Much Suffering? w/ Cody Byrns
Life is full of suffering. We all go through significant challenges, but there's no doubt that some of us have a bigger cross to carry than others.   Cody Byrns was doing all the right things. He was serving in his church and living his entire life for God. Things in his life were going just as he had expected, until everything suddenly changed.   Sitting at a traffic light one day, his car was destroyed by a box truck going 60mph. What followed was an incredibly painful recovery from a near death experience.    How did Cody turn his biggest tragedy into a message of hope?  Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?  How might God be using the suffering in your life for a greater good?  Find out all this and more in today's episode with Cody Byrns, the author of Scar Release: Breaking Free of Yesterday's Troubles Follow Cody on Instagram @thecodybyrns
February 03, 2022
Ep 120 | Reviving Manhood w/ Jason Ball
Masculinity is good. Masculiity is needed. But masculinity is far too often missing.    How can we reawaken the men in our lives, and maybe even ourselves, to be what God created them to be?    Today's guest, Jason Ball, helps men to do just that. He shares many insights and practical tips on ways we can understand the true power of masculinity and learn to live wild at heart.   Jason serves as the VP of Missions and Operations for Lifeteen. He is leading a men's retreat for 150 men in the mountains of Georgia from March 4-6, 2022.    I highly recommend attending this retreat. We also have a discount code for 15% off your registration fee. Use code: SEEKING15 to access that.   I'm not lying when I say that some of my most formitive moments in my journey of manhood came from Dahlonega, GA, where mountain phase of Ranger School is held. This could be a life changing weekend for you. If it weren't for it being 2 weeks before my wedding, I'd most certainly be there!    Visit this link to learn more about the retreat!  
January 31, 2022
Ep 119 | Crucial Conversations w/ Emily Harpole
"A Crucial Conversation is a discussion between two people where stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong" -From the book Crucial Conversations   Almost nobody is really ever prepared when having a difficult conversation with a friend, parent, spouse, or someone in the workplace. We value these relationships, and yet when they are most in jeopardy (i.e. during crucial conversations), we leave it up to our instincts and chance.   This further leads to compromised boundaries, harbored anger, and suppressed emotions. These compound to make for great business for divorce lawyers and many other severed relationships.    Today, we talk about some pracitcal ways that you can better prepare for and execute in these critical relational moments. Emily joins the podcast to give some real life examples from our own relationship, as well as from other areas of our lives.    Be sure to check out the books we reference:  Crucial Conversations and Crucial Accountability! They are absolute game changers for helping you to become more successful in repairing damages done and setting relationships up to thrive in the future. Follow Emily @emily.marie.harpole and Nathan @ncrank23 Check out our website for even more great resources!!  If you're feeling generous, leave us a review! 
January 27, 2022
Ep 118 | Why Am I Conservative: The Unplanned Impact Of The Pro-Life Movement
My journey to becoming conservative was truly unplanned, much like the journey of Pro-Life advocate Abby Johnson. Abby once worked in a Planned Parenthood, all the while strongly advocating for abortion "rights".    In March of 2019, a movie was released called Unplanned, which documented her experiences of personally having abortions to witnessing them that ultimately led to her being a leading vocie in the anti-abortion movement.   That movie changed my life. It allowed me to see abortion as the leading issue of our time. Wanting to be a more educated defender of Life, I took to YouTube, books, and podcasts to learn more. Be sure to check out the first part of this series, Ep 116! Follow us @seeking365 and @ncrank23 for daily inspiration! You can sign up for our weekly newsletter here so you never miss any of our content! Sign up the The Loop from CatholicVote here!
January 24, 2022
Ep 117 | The War Against Wokeness w/ Noelle Mering
If you enjoyed my episode with Carrie Gress, the author of Anti-Mary Exposed, you are going to love this one with her close friend Noelle!  Noelle Mering is a fellow at the Washington D.C. based think tank, the Ethics and Public Policy Center. She is the author of the book,  Awake, Not Woke: A Christian Response to the Cult of Progressive Ideology (TAN Books, Spring 2021) order through TAN,, or Amazon. She is an editor for the website Theology of Home and a coauthor of the books Theology of Home and Theology of Home II — order here or  here.   She writes on culture, politics, and religion and has published in National Review, The Federalist, The American Mind, Catholic World Report, and National Catholic Register. Her writing has been featured on Fox News, Instapundit, EWTN, Real Clear Politics, New Advent, Big Pulpit, Catholic Herald, Albert Mohler’s The Briefing, and Relevant Radio.  Noelle has a MA in philosophy and is a wife and mother of six children in Southern California. This episode pairs nicely with my series "Why Am I Conservative". Noelle and I had a great conversation around a number of different issues. I can't recommend her book enough. It was possibly my favorite read of 2021 and it is one of my favorite books of all time. Noelle is an incredibly gifted writer and thinker. Follow her on Instagram @noellemering 
January 20, 2022
Ep 116 | Why Am I Conservative: How Racism, Obama, and BLM Shaped My Beliefs
Grewing up, I knew the world expected several things from me as a young black man. One of them was the assumption that I would be a lifelong Democrat.    And for a while, I obliged.  I was a huge cheerleader of Obama in 2008. I registered Democrat when I turned 18 in 2011. In college, I argued liberal viewpoints against my conservative friends.   Even after college, I continued on this path of trying to persuade those around me that the Progressives had it right AND that their policies were more in line with Church teaching than those of the political right.    Well, all that changed. And today, I'm here to tell you why.    You can sign up for The Loop from CatholicVote here!! 
January 17, 2022
Ep 115 | Crushing Your Fitness Goals w/ Natalie Ruether
Have you already given up on your New Year's Resolutions??  Come on, man! We're only two weeks into the year!   Regardless, it's always good to do a check in on your goals and progress toward them a few weeks into the year. Today, we want to talk about crushing your ever elusive fitness goals this year.   What motivates someone to prioritize health to the point of getting to the gym at 5am?  Where should you begin when crafting a plan for your fitness journey?  How often should you exercise as a young adult? Natalie Ruether joins us on today's podcast to answer all these questions and more!   Natalie is a physical trainer and future physical therapist. She graduated from Benedictine College in 2021 and embodies the Seeking Excellence Philosophy as well as anyone I know!  She joined us for Episode 34 last year to discuss the common fruits and failures in fitness, which was one of our most listened to episodes of 2021!   You can follow Natalie @natalie_rueth ! Follow Seeking Excellence @seeking365 and @ncrank23 Visit our website to learn more at
January 13, 2022
Ep 114 | Catholic vs. Protestant: Does It Really Matter?
I've had many conversations with good Protestant friends of mine about the similarities between Catholics and all other denominations. The saying I hear most often is, "we all pretty much believe the same things anyway, right?"  Wrong.  That's a hard pill to swallow. It can be an even harder pill to administer. We don't like showing people where we are divided. We're divided enough, aren't we?  I agree that we don't need to be constantly running around calling people heretics and having theological debates, especially if we agree on most values and principles.  BUT there is a difference between Catholic beliefs and Protestant beliefs. And these differences are substantial. The differences impact our road to salvation, so they're important enough to share. In today's episode, I highlight some of those differences. This is Part Two of Catholic vs. Protestant, so be sure to check out the first episode if you haven't yet! Sign up for your free trial of Hallow Plus here! Sign up for our newsletter and read our blog here!
January 10, 2022
Ep 113 | Becoming An EQ Gangster w/ Noble Gibbens
Noble Gibbens is a West Point graduate, former Army Ranger, lifelong entrepreneur, and a devout Christian husband and father. He runs the EQ Gangster, which is a movement to help high achievers unlock their full potential by becoming more emotionally intelligent.  This is Noble's second time on the Seeking Excellence Podcast. And we go much deeper into some areas that we are both very passionate about in this one.  How can someone control their desire to be a people pleaser?  How should you respond to controlling/manipulative/narcissistic people in your life? How does the government try to control us by manipulating our emotions?  How does EQ play into your life as a disciple of Christ? We discuss all this and more in this honest conversation between two great, enthusiastic friends!  Follow Noble @eqgangster on Instagram and check out his website, courses, and podcast here!
January 06, 2022
Ep 112 | Catholic vs. Protestant: Why Am I Catholic?
I was baptized Lutheran by my Lutheran mother and Baptist father before being sent to a Methodist preschool. In kindergarten, I was sent to a Catholic school. Eight years later, I chose to become Catholic and was confirmed in the faith.  I was only 13 when I became Catholic, so it was more of an emotional decision. I was moving toward what seemed more familiar. However, when I was in college, I decided to do a full evaluation of the Catholic faith. If I was going to be Catholic, I needed to know why.  Should we base our faith on Scripture alone? Should Church history matter? What is God's will in all of this?  In today's podcast, I explain the top reasons as to why I choose to be Catholic instead of Protestant.  This is part one. Stay tuned for part two coming out next week!  Start your free trial with Hallow here!  Sign up for the Seeking Excellence Newsletter here! 
January 03, 2022
Ep 111 | Goal Setting For 2022
It's that time of year again! We want you to review your goals from last year and set some new ones for 2022. In this episode, Nathan walks through the 7 pillars of excellence and ways you can set goals in each one.  Some tips for goal setting: Make sure your goals are specific, measurable, and time bound  Set goals in different areas of life, e.g. physical, relational, financial, and spiritual  Check in on your yearly goals once a month  Share your goals with an accountability partner  Pray with them!  Follow us @seeking365 and @ncrank23 for more! 
December 29, 2021
Bonus Episode: 2022 Year Of Excellence Challenge!!!
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December 23, 2021
Ep 110 | A Proven Path Toward Personal Growth For 2022 w/ Fr. Jonathan Meyer
Are you looking for a challenge for 2022? It seems like every year, we all put some sort of physical fitness goal on our list of New Year's Resolution. At the beginning of 2021, Fr. Meyer committed to a consistent, gradually increasing physical fitness challenge. It improved multiple aspects of his life, helping him to grow in virtue and holiness.  In this episode with Nathan, Fr. Meyer breaks down the many benefits of this challenge and encourages all of us to take it up in 2022. Nathan is planning to lead some sort of an accountability group and to expand the challenge with unique weekly challenges that will help you grow physically, intellectually, relationally, and spiritually.  In order to participate, reach out to Nathan on Instagram @ncrank23 or send him an email at! 
December 20, 2021
Ep 109 | Financial Excellence Pt. 2
This episode finishes the basic philosophy of how to set up a strong financial defense. This includes topics like credit cards, budgeting, paying off debt, and much more!  If you haven't yet, go back and listen to part 1 first! Part 3 will be coming soon. Stay tuned!  If this episode was helpful for you, please consider sharing it with a friend or leaving a review! Be sure to follow us on social media @seeking365 and @ncrank23. Sign up for our newsletter to get access to all of our recommended financial resources at
November 29, 2021
Ep 108 | Trusting In God's Plan For Your Life w/ Josie Kuhlman
Trusting in God to direct your life ain't always as easy as it sounds. We constantly hear about surrender, and for good reason, but it's critical that we recognize that giving your life to God is filled with challenges, doubt, fear, and uncertainty.  In this episode, Josie breaks down the ways she has struggled with trusting in God's plan for her life. She also shares the way God has continued to pursue her and provide for all her needs and more! 
November 22, 2021
Ep 107 | Why Do I Curse So Much?
Many people have asked why I curse so much on a Catholic podcast. Many more have critiqued and complained about my direct style of challenging people's beliefs, assumptions, mindset, and lifestyles. I often get messages of people sharing the ways that I have offended or angered them by the way I have expressed myself.  In this podcast, I address all of the above, seeking to shed light on the reasons why I do what I do and why I choose my style and approach even though I know it will upset people. I hope you enjoy! 
November 17, 2021
Ep 106 | Financial Excellence Pt. 1
God calls us to be good stewards of all the things He has entrusted to us. Jesus certainly emphasized the importance of being a good steward of the money you have. How we handle our money can affect our relationship with God, relationships, mental health, and many other areas of our life.  In this episode, I lay out some of the fundamentals that have helped me to gain more financial literacy and improve my personal financial situation.  Follow us @seeking365 and @ncrank23 ! Please leave us a review if you enjoyed this episode!
November 15, 2021
Ep 105 | What Protestants Do Best
Recently, I wrote a blog about the relationship between personal finance and discipleship. It was the fruit of some reflecting on the years when I was a consistent follower of mainstream evangelical churches. I noticed how many young Catholics were being drawn into these churches and finally think I figured out what moves them toward the young, funny, wealthy, ripped-jeans wearing pastors.  What do the Protestants often do better than Catholics? Find out in today's episode!  Find the blog here:  Follow us @seeking365 
November 11, 2021
Ep 104 | Learning To Suffer Well - Lessons Learned From COVID-19
Life is hard. It's harder when you're weak hearted and fragile. The adversity we go through gives us an opportunity to grow in strength and wisdom, but it's not our default to actually improve through difficult situations. So how do we actually develop a mindset and outlook on life that allow us to grow through hardship? Find out all this and more in today's episode! 
November 04, 2021
Ep 103 | Investing In Yourself
This isn't some nonsensical rant about the importance of self-care, self-love, and/or self-prioritization. This is about doing the things that are necessary for bettering yourself for the sake of those around you. Giving of yourself until your totally drained and wasted isn't good for you or the ones you love and serve.  It's tempting to sacrifice what's best what seems good right now. A huge part of leading yourself (and leading others) is being able to rationally assess the circumstances in your life and decide what's needed most. Giving up the things that help us seek excellence, such as prayer, reading, exercise, budgeting, etc. for the sake of filling our emotional needs or those of others isn't a virtuous decision.  Don't be nice and mediocre. Be disciplined and excellent!  Be your best. 
October 25, 2021
Ep 102 | Delayed Gratification
We all know some people who just seek to immediately fill every desire they have. Perhaps, we even find ourselves grabbing that extra donut or spending some extra money when we really don't need to.  Delayed gratification is one of the greatest marks of a mature man or woman. Do you have the ability and discipline to hold off on what you want now in order to have a better, healthier, wealthier, and holier future? What holds you back from doing so?  Learn about all this and more in this episode with Nathan!  To find our complete resource guide with books that will help you grow in every area of life, click here! Resources mentioned in this episode: Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki  Grant Cardone (find him on YouTube, Twitter, or Instagram)
October 21, 2021
Ep 101 | A Deep Dive into Spiritual Warfare w/ Fr Casey Jones
A conversation with Fr. Casey Jones, the Pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Naples, Florida about the reality of spiritual warfare.  We discuss popular forms of Spiritual Warfare that people face today such as physical temptations, the presence of evil spirits, the embodiment of evil in our society, and the popularization of a number of different heresies.  Are you wondering what you can do to remain spiritually healthy and battle for good in this world?? Then this one is for you!  Check out Fr. Casey's parish YouTube channel here! 
October 18, 2021
Ep 100 | Our Lady of La Leche w/ Josie Kuhlman
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October 14, 2021
Ep 99 | Five Steps to a Strong Fourth Quarter in 2021
Seeking Excellence obviously requires intentionality and goal setting, but that's not enough. You also have to finish what you set out to do.  Many people have given up on their goals for their year. Actually, many people have given up on their goals for their lives. But this doesn't have to be you! In today episode, I break down the things you need to do in order to hit some goals to finish out 2021 and build some serious momentum going into 2022.  Be sure to go sign up for our newsletter here! Follow Seeking Excellence @seeking365 and me @ncrank23. Be your best!
October 07, 2021
Ep 98 | Anti-Mary Exposed w/ Carrie Gress
You know we like to bring the heat, which is why we had to get Carrie Gress on the podcast! Carrie wrote one of my favorite books of all time:  Anti-Mary Exposed:  Rescuing the culture from toxic femininity She is such an amazing example of the Catholic faith in action, boldly charging forward in some of the most controversial and intimidating battlegrounds. Carrie and I had a great discussion on the book, what's changed in her life since writing it, her experience with being censored and canceled, toxic feminism, and so much more! Carrie shares the reality of what's causing so much division, pain, and hatred in our world today. We believe the world needs to encounter the truth in regards to what is making them miserable. If you agree, please share this episode with others! You can learn more about Carrie here! Be sure to go and follow Carrie @carrie.gress Buy your copy of this life-changing book here! If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review and share it on social media! It does a TON to help us spread our message!
October 04, 2021
Ep 97 | Improving Mental Health Despite Our Troubling Times by Josie Kuhlman w/ Monica St. George
How does our mind and mental health affect our spirituality? How can we find true joy in the present moment? Learn more about how to have a healthier mind, body, and soul! Josie chats with Monica St. George, who works in mental health counseling.  Follow Monica on Instagram @monicastgeorge Resources: Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence The Mindful Catholic by Greg Botarro
September 30, 2021
Ep 96 | Why You Need More Mary In Your Life w/ Joshua Mazrin
Joshua Mazrin is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville with a Bachelors and Masters in Theology. He also serves as Director of Evangelization for the Catholic Diocese of Venice in Florida. Joshua has been involved with recording talks for Augustine Institute presents Lighthouse Catholic Media, writing theology curriculum for the Diocese of Brooklyn in New York, and out giving talks at conferences. He has spoken at Diocesan-level conferences including Evangelization, Men’s conferences, Apologetics, and Scripture, as well as material for Catholic programs on iHeart Radio. Joshua and Nathan have a great conversation around the importance of developing a strong relationship with Mary and the Holy Spirit. Follow Josh @jmazzy17 to learn more! 
September 22, 2021
Ep 95 | Conversion, Discernment, and Suffering w/ Michael Shaneyfelt
Michael Shaneyfelt is a man of both great intensity and great kindness. He intentionally chose to turn away from the things of the world at a young age, leading him to a serious period of discerning joining one of the most difficult religious communities.  In today's episode, you'll hear how he wrestled with finding God's will for his life.  Follow Michael on IG @mikeshaney31 and check out some of the great work he is doing @excorde.benedictine !  Follow us @seeking365 and BE SURE to go check out our new list of resources to help YOU seek excellence in your own life 
September 16, 2021
Ep 94 | The War on Women (And how it affects men) w/ Emily Harpole and Bella Bryant
Abortion, the pill, no fault divorce - these things are said to be the great liberators of women. But they were all popularized and driven by men. They have objectively created a secular and weaker society. How did we get here? And what can we do about it now?  Why should we care?  In this episode, we cover all this PLUS share stories of sexual temptation, abuse, and struggle. This is a real, honest look at the way the sexual revolution has negatively impacted us personally and society as a whole. Follow Bella on IG @isabellaaabryant and check out her ministry @restorelove_  Follow Emily @emily.marie.harpole and SE @seeking365 Check out our new swag and recent book, podcast, and other recommendations at
September 06, 2021
Ep 93 | Truth and Charity w/ Austin from @thebasiccatholic
The world is a hot mess, does anything we do, think, or say even matter?? That's a big YES. Our actions make a huge difference in this world. From engaging in our local parish, to sharing our faith boldly with strangers, and the stances we take, even internally, on the social and political issues of our day, our actions make a huge difference.  Austin and Nathan break down their thoughts on a lot of different topics including protestants, Vatican II, the Traditional Latin Mass, politics, and the military.  Check out Austin on IG @thebasiccatholic ! Be sure to leave us a review if you like the podcast! Check out all the new hotness on our website and sign up for our weekly email so you can get all the behind the scenes insights and weekly recommended resources!
August 30, 2021
Ep 92 | The Critical Importance of Having Fun w/ Josie AND MARIA Kuhlman
“The true object of all human life is to play. Earth is a task garden. Heaven is a playground.” -G.K. Chesterton. Are you too focused on productivity? Are you too "serious" in your spiritual life? Do you view the pursuit of sports, arts, and other worldly endeavors as trivial? Do you have a hard time learning how to "play" as an adult? Josie is joined by her sister Maria to discuss the virtue of play, especially in regards to sports and how it actually reveals the deepest parts of who we are created to be as human beings. Follow us @seeking365 ! Be sure to subscribe and leave us a review! Resources mentioned: The Mindful Catholic Abiding Together Podcast: The Power of Play and Leisure 
August 26, 2021
Ep 91 | Degenerates Are Closer To God Than Those Who Just Don't Care w/ David Calavitta
St. Maximillian Kolbe lived in the 20th century, the most violent and bloody century in the history of mankind. Through all of the evil he witnessed, he learned one thing for sure:  indifference is the greatest poison of our time.  We know that apathy makes you weak, unattractive, depressed, and cold. St. Augustine claims that "he who is lost in his passions is closer to God than he who has lost his passion."  David and Nathan discuss what that means for us today, why we should care more and worry less, and the ways that we can practically change our lives to live more fully.  David is an absolute rockstar! Be sure to go follow him on IG @davidcal  Have you seen our new website updates and additions?? It's worth a look. Head on over to to check out what we've added to help YOU seek excellence in your own life. 
August 23, 2021
Ep 90 | Six Things I've Learned From A Year Of Seeking Excellence
1) Get started:  Things will never be perfect. You will always feel underprepared and unqualified. And there is no such thing as good or easy timing to do something challenging and rewarding.  2) Life is inconsistent and ever changing:  Don't fight the change, just learn how to adapt to it.  3) Put first things first:  Keep your priorities straight. Prayer, growth, fitness, relationships, and other massively important things can easily fall to the wayside.  4) Keep pushing:  You know life's going to be hard, so don't give up when it becomes difficult.  5) Set high standards:  We settle for mediocrity within the Church WAY too much and blame it on trying to be content with who/where we are. Strive for the goals that make you a little nervous.  6) Have a great team around you:  You aren't meant to do it alone, and quite frankly, you can't. So don't even bother trying. Follow Nathan @ncrank23 and Seeking Excellence @seeking365 Go check out all of our fun announcements we have coming out this weekend via IG and our website
August 19, 2021
Ep 89 | To God Together w/ Seth and Tori
We're talking all about prayer this month as Seth and Tori get real about struggles with prayer, aspirations with prayer, and what they're most thankful for in their prayer life as a married couple. If you're in a relationship and want to prioritize the spiritual side, get ready for some relatable stories and actionable steps to help you on your way. Follow Seth and Tori @untilifiguresomethingelseout and follow Seeking Excellence @seeking365 !
August 12, 2021
Ep 88 | A Catholic Take On Social Justice w/ Louis Damani Jones
Follow Louis Damani Jones @louisdamani Follow Seeking Excellence @seeking365 Resources discussed on this episode: Gaudium Et Spes Populorum Progressio  Find your representative  8 Levels of Charity 
August 05, 2021
86 | Dealing With The Diagnosis: Lessons Learned From Handling Hardship w/ Josie Kuhlman and Ciera Wood
Follow Ciera on Instagram @ciera_marie !  To learn more about SE, go to and follow us @seeking365 Leave us a review and don't forget to subscribe!!
July 29, 2021
Ep 85 | What's The Deal With Pope Francis and The Traditional Latin Mass?
Have you been wondering what all the fuss is about with the recent Vatican news? Well, look no further! In this episode, we break down the history of the TLM, the reasons we love it, and what we should all do now.  Here are the things we discussed in the podcasts: Archbishop Vigano Letter Taylor Marshall Podcast  You cannot contain tradition - Fr. Ripperger 7 Reasons we love the Latin Mass by Matt Fraud and Jacob Imam Patrick Coffin on Amoris Laetitia 
July 22, 2021
Ep 84 | Do Your Summer Reading! w/ Seth and Tori
We too often take summertime to the extreme. We like to act like it's a 90 day vacation from any growth, discipline, or hard work. Join Seth and Tori today for a little inspiration and direction around entering into summertime while still feeding your mind, body, and soul! To learn more about SE, go to and follow us @seeking365 Follow Seth and Tori @untilifiguresomethingelseout and check out Tori's awesome blogs and print shop at her website! Leave us a review! Share with a friend! Continue to fight the good fight! Be your best!
July 15, 2021
Ep 83 | The Five Most Important Things To Do With Your Money
Let's talk about money!! This episode is all about some basic dos and don'ts when it comes to your finances. If you find this episode helpful, please share it with a friend! Check out some great resources that I mention in the episode below: Compound Interest Calculator  Dave Ramsey's Website Tony Robbins Book Check out Kevin McGohan @thefinancialarena  Follow us @seeking365 and check out our website at
July 08, 2021
Ep 82 | Conversion, Complacency, and Charismatic Catholics w/ Graeson Dall
God is still working miracles in the world today. Many people today, even those who claim to be Christians, live their lives as what some call "practical atheists". To be a practical atheist means to believe in God but to live as though he doesn't exist.  We do this in a number of ways, from committing to live in sin to simply doubting in God's providence, grace, and mercy.  It is time we realize that Jesus is LIVING. And He wants us to follow Him. He said to the apostles that they would go on to do greater things than the what they had seen Him do, and He wants the same for us! Graeson shares his conversion story along with many stories of healings and other miracles he has witnessed. It is time to rise up and LIVE life abundantly.  Follow us @seeking365!
July 01, 2021
Ep 81 | Toxic Mindsets That Prevent Us From Seeking Excellence w/ Erinn Black
Erinn Black is a former division one soccer player who has had a radical conversion. She walks us through her story of a successful yet unfulfilling time period between high school and college that ultimately led to her meeting Jesus in a powerful way. He led her to become a FOCUS missionary!  In this episode, Erinn and Nathan discuss some of the most common toxic mindsets in regards to fitness, self image, our faith, evangelization, and much more!  Follow Erinn on Instagram @erinn_black3 Follow Seeking Excellence @seeking365  Sign up for our newsletter at !
June 28, 2021
Ep 80 | Why We Need Great Fathers w/ Josie Kuhlman and Her Dad!
This past weekend we celebrated Father's Day. It is our hope that this day always reminds us of the importance of good fatherhood. Josie Kuhlman is extremely grateful for the earthly father she has, since he has so closely imitated the love of God the Father in her life.  In today's episode, she has a great conversation with her dad about the importance of fatherhood and how God's love has transformed their family life.  To learn more about Seeking Excellence, go to and follow us @seeking365 Follow Josie Kuhlman @mjkuhlman  Be your best!
June 24, 2021
Ep 79 | Q&A: Pride Month, Evangelizing Family and Friends, and More w/ Caroline Owens and Emily Harpole
This is our first ever Q&A episode! We opened up the floor to our followers on IG and let them guide the conversation. You all submitted some great questions to us and we are excited to share our answers.  We talked about all sorts of things from our favorite ways to pray to how Catholics should respond to pride month. We had a great conversation as three close friends who deeply care about evangelization and living bold, Catholic lives in modern day America.  Be sure to check out Caroline's "She Believed" Podcast, especially the episodes with Emily and Nathan!  Follow Caroline @carolineroseowens and Emily @emily.marie.harpole on IG!  Follow us @seeking365!  Subscribe and share the Seeking Excellence Podcast with anyone who you think might benefit from the message!
June 21, 2021
Ep 78 | How Catholics Should Respond to a Crisis w/ Bob Dougherty
We have all experienced a crisis in our life. We actually just experienced one together last year, during the height of the pandemic.  The only way to get rid of all your problems in this life is to die. So while we are here on earth, we know we will face unexpected adversity. It is better to know how to prevent and prepare for difficult situations than to scramble around trying to react to them after they happen. In this episode, Nathan and Bob take on the topic of leading ourselves and others through a crisis. To truly seek excellence, we have to be the ones who are willing to lead by example no matter the circumstances.  If you enjoy this episode, please share it with others. Leave us a review and be sure to subscribe! Check out the other episode with Bob Dougherty titled "Am I really a good friend?"  Follow us @seeking365 !
June 17, 2021
Ep 77 | Don't Be A Coward: The Need For Moral Courage In Today's World
General George Patton once said, "moral courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent characteristic in men." We need to change that. As Catholic Americans, we are members of the two most rebellious groups of people to ever live. Both Catholics and Americans have been willing to dies by the thousands in order to honor their beliefs, principles, and values.  Sadly, this is no longer the case. Your average Catholic American can hardly stomach the idea of ruffling any feathers or pushing back against the mainstream ideologies on topics that are central to our faith and our constitution.  It is our hope that this message gives you the inspiration needed to push back against the commonly accepted evils of our time. It's time to get in the game. The age of the virtuous bystander is over. Much will be expected of us during this time.  Fight hard.  To learn more about Seeking Excellence, go to and follow us @seeking365.  Be sure to subscribe and leave us a review! Follow Nathan @ncrank23 on Instagram 
June 14, 2021
Ep 76 | Why Boredom Is Underrated w/ Seth and Tori
Seth and Tori discuss the way creativity can impact a person's view of him or herself throughout childhood and beyond.  They also disuss a definition of creativity given in the book "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert, and reasons why our measure of creativity actually has a lot more to do with the Holy Spirit than it has to do with us.  Listen for thoughts on the true origin of your value and worth, motivation to spend more time observing and less time producing, and a few actionable steps you can take to bring habits of creativity into your daily life.
June 10, 2021
Ep 75 | The Biggest Problem With Men Today pt. 2 w/ Lucas Wollschlager
Part one became one of our top ten episodes, so we were eager to get part two out to you all!  In part one, we lay the foundation for the conversation by discussing what we consider to be the biggest problem in men:  effeminacy.  In part two, we continue the conversation going into some of the ways effeminacy manifests itself in men today.  Go check out part one for more! And subscribe so you don't miss future episodes on this most crucial topic.  Visit our website for more info!
June 07, 2021
Ep 74 | Don't Go Back to Normal: The Ugliness of Pre-Pandemic Catholicism w/ Fr. Jonathan Meyer
Only 30% of Catholics believe in the True Presence of the Eucharist.  Only 24% of Catholics go to mass every Sunday.  98% of Catholics use contraception.  How many consider themselves pro-choice? How many support cohabitation? How many are regularly viewing porn?  Sadly, this was our "normal" for Catholics before the pandemic. Maybe it's time we really reconsider whether we want to return to normal after all this is over.  Fr. Meyer shares all these stats and more as he and Nathan dissect the issue of the pre-pandemic Catholic apathy and lukewarmness. This episode is a reflection of some sad realities of the past and a hopeful dream session for a brighter future.  Please share this episode with others and leave us a review! Subscribe for more great content
June 03, 2021
Ep 73 | All Things Sexuality pt. 1 w/ Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck
Fr. Chase and Nathan have a very real, honest conversation about sexuality, i.e. sex before marriage, masturbation, homosexuality, pornography, etc. These topics are not easy to discuss and the Church's stance on them has often been muddied or distorted. In this series of conversations, they attempt to lay out the truth regarding the goodness of sexuality and human intimacy, while addressing common misconceptions around sexual sins.  Fr. Chase is a former professional soccer player turned baller Catholic priest. He serves as the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Peoria, IL and he is the Chaplain of Seeking Excellence Ministries.  Follow us @seeking365 and check out our website here!
May 31, 2021
Episode 72 | Train Your Body, Train Your Soul w/ Josie Kuhlman
Catholics often talk about the need to honor the body through chastity, which is undoubtedly of the utmost importance. But honoring our bodies, the very temples of the Holy Spirit, is not just about what we ABSTAIN from doing, it's also about what we actively choose to do.  Fitness, nutrition, and rest are critical to being a good steward of the body God has blessed you with. As a former professional athlete, Josie Kuhlman should know! She has experienced the great ups and downs of constantly pushing herself mentally and physically.  Today, she shares her journey with fitness and how it has become so intertwined with her spiritual growth! Follow Josie @mjkuhlman and check out her other episodes!  Follow SE @seeking365 and be sure to share this episode with a friend!  Oh and subscribe!!!
May 27, 2021
Ep 71 | We NEED good friends! w/ Adrienne Garalde
Adrienne and Nathan have a great conversation about our need for good friends, how to develop virtuous friendships, and how to be a good friend to others! Both men share their journey with negative, draining friendships and how they got close to the men who they now consider their closest friends.  This is part of a two part series!! The other will be an episode about romantic relationships on Adrienne's "Living Ardently Podcast" so be sure to check that out as well! Follow Adrienne @itsonlyadrienne and @livingardently !
May 24, 2021
Ep 70 | An Argument for Adventure w/ Seth and Tori Slayman
Many people spent this last year of their lives living in fear and isolation, but we know that the human heart was made for adventure. In Wild at Heart, author John Eldredge explains the spiritual reality that the male and female soul both yearn for an adventure to live. We are made to experience new things, make memories with those we love, and explore this earth! Even as this pandemic comes to a close, there are safe and healthy ways to get out and live your life. Seth and Tori are a great example of this in their marriage, and they share their love for adventure today!  Follow Tori on Instagram @untilifiguresomethingelseout and us @seeking365.  Sign up for our newsletter at! 
May 20, 2021
Ep 69 | Three Simple Habits to Change Your Life
It's time to get back to the basics.  Every time I get into a funk in my life, I know that it is time to assess how I'm doing in the basics of living a life of excellence. We consistently share three key habits to living a well-rounded and fulfilling life.  Take this as a challenge to try and do these three things consistently to see the transformation that takes place in your life with just a little more discipline and intentionality. It only takes a few  hours a week to start to see the type of growth that you're truly looking for!  If you like our content, go and sign up for our newsletter at !! Start your free trial with Hallow here!  Share this episode with your accountability partner and help each other stay consistent with these helpful habits.  Follow us @seeking365 and leave us a review!
May 17, 2021
Ep 68 | The Financial Arena w/ Kevin McGohan
Kevin and Nathan discuss some of the absolute basics of personal finances. *Neither Nathan nor Kevin are financial advisors* but they have learned some very important lessons that they have applied and that have proven successful in their own lives.  Kevin runs @thefinancialarena on Instagram where he shares content to help inspire and equip people to make sound financial decisions!  To learn more, go to and follow us @seeking365.
May 13, 2021
Ep 67 | Answering the Toughest Pro-Life Questions w/ Anna Lulis
In this episode, Nathan and Anna Lulis tackle some of the toughest questions people in the Pro-Life movement get confronted with by those who are pro-choice/pro-abortion. We hope that this equips you to be better prepared to answer those questions or helps bring clarity to your own position on this most controversial of topics! Anna Lulis grew up in Broad Run, Virginia and graduated from Liberty University after studying Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Computational Sciences and Business. Anna was always pro-life; however, became passionate about the pro-life movement in her college years. Through the Catholic Campus Ministry, she got progressively more involved in the pro-life group on her campus. As she further studied the severe implications of abortion extremism and the history of the pro-life movement in America, she developed a deeper desire to fight for life. Anna currently resides in Washington, D.C. and serves the Pro-Life Generation as Students for Life's Data Strategist. Follow Anna @annalulis on Instagram and check out @studentsforlife as well! 
May 10, 2021
Ep 66 | From Instagram to Engagement pt. 2 w/ Emily Harpole
This is part two of the story of Nathan and Emily's relationship!  Follow Emily @emily.marie.glorify and Nathan @ncrank23  Follow Seeking Excellence @seeking365  Check out more at 
May 06, 2021
Ep 65 | Why Socialism Sucks w/ Seth Slayman
Have you ever wondered why people dislike Socialism? Well, look no further! Here is a real take on the current rise of Socialistic/Communist views in the United States, how they impact the faithful in our country, and why we should vehemently oppose them!  Be sure to check out our other episode with both Seth and Nathan titled "The one with the guy from the intro" for more! Follow us @seeking365 and check out our website for more!
May 03, 2021
Ep 64 | Setting Yourself Up For Success in Marriage w/ Damon Owens
Damon Owens, an international speaker and evangelist for over 20 years, is the founder and executive director of joytob. Following four-years as the first executive director of the Theology of the Body Institute in Philadelphia, he served as Chairman of the 2016 International Theology of the Body Congress. In 2002 after 16 years in the technology sector, he sold out of his firm and founded Joy-Filled Marriage New Jersey, and New Jersey Natural Family Planning Association, non-profit organizations dedicated to building a marriage culture through training, seminars, and conferences. Damon and his wife Melanie taught Natural Family Planning (NFP) for 14 years, and served as NFP Coordinators for the Archdiocese of Newark (NJ). Damon and Nathan had a great conversation around how single, dating, engaged, and married people can better prepare themselves for a strong future with their spouse AND with their relationship with God!  Check out Damon's website here Follow us @seeking365 and check out our website here!!
April 29, 2021
Ep 63 | Receiving the Gift of Love from God w/ Josie Kuhlman
Here is another great episode from Josie Kuhlman! Josie gets vulnerable and shares her experience of coming out of a season of dryness in her spiritual life into a time of blessings! It can be difficult to receive God's love/providence through the gifts he provides for us, but we ought to receive whatever the Lord gives us with joy and gratitude! Learn more about Josie's insights on how to do that in this episode! Be sure to check out Josie's other SE episodes!  Seeking Excellence is so grateful to have Josie on the team! Follow Josie @mjkuhlman  Follow Seeking Excellence @seeking365 and check out our website at Referenced podcast:
April 28, 2021
Ep 62 | From Instagram to Engagement pt. 1 w/ Emily Harpole
It went down in the DMs!!  Nathan and Emily recently got engaged! Their story is an interesting one, including Instagram messages, several mutual friends, long distance dating, and the natural conflict and difficulties of any dating relationship.  In this two part series, they break down the ups and the downs of their story and how they got to the point of engagement. It is our hope and prayer that this gives you some practical tips for finding a significant other, dating, solving conflict, and discerning marriage.  Share with yo friends!  Follow Emily @emily.marie.glorify and Nathan @ncrank23. Follow us @seeking365 and check out our website at Be your best
April 22, 2021
Ep 61 | Dealing with Unexpected Change w/ Seth and Tori Slayman
Seth and Tori have some biggg life changes coming up! In this episode, they break down some of the best lessons they've learned from dealing with transition in the past and what they are currently doing to deal with change.  Be sure to follow them @untilifiguresomethingelseout and check out their other episodes!  Be your best.
April 20, 2021
Ep 60 | Honoring God Even When It Hurts
My dear friend and our VP here at Seeking Excellence, Leeanne Leary, wrote an incredible blog that ties in both her life and an inspiring story from the life of St. Louis de Montfort. St. Louis experienced an incredible disappointment caused by his enemies, but instead of lashing out in anger as he normally would, he chose to simply show patience and love for God in the moment.  Leeanne is currently undergoing serious strife in Haiti. Please pray for her and her mission work there! Her real life struggle leads to the beauty and greatness of what she wrote, which inspired me to record this.  To read Leeanne's blog, go to under content -> blog. Pray for those suffering persecution around the world!  Be your best.
April 19, 2021
Ep 59 | Life After Lent: Fear the Plateau
Have you ever wondered about the beginning stages of Seeking Excellence? Do you ever feel yourself regressing after Lent is over? Do you find yourself struggling to reach your goals? Then this one is for you!  On Friday, April 16th, it will have been a year since our first Holy Happy Hour which was a part of our Life After Lent series in 2020. We created that series because we believe that excellence is found in the ordinary time. Nearly everyone decides to push themselves and work hard during Lent and other special seasons of life, but the best of us challenge ourselves all year round.  This episode is packed with reminiscing, challenges, practical advice, and the motivation you need to get going again.  If you enjoy it, please share and leave us a review! Thank you for your support of our mission.
April 13, 2021
Ep 58 | Sloth, Laziness, Rest, and Your Mental Health w/ Lisa Gormley
We often like to talk about the need for rest and relaxation. We have all become so busy that we rarely make time for ourselves. As "self-care" becomes more and more popular, there is an accompanying need to discuss what actual, positive rest looks like. How should we, as Catholics, rest? What is the difference between rest and sloth? Between rest and laziness? Learn all this and more in this episode with Nathan and Lisa Gormley! Lisa Gormley is a Catholic therapist and counselor in Cleveland, OH. She is also a wife and mother of two small children! Lisa offers in person counseling and online coaching services. She can be found on instagram @thecatholictherapist and you can check out her blog at  Share with a friend! Leave us a review! Follow us @seeking365
April 12, 2021
Ep 57 | Turning Tragedy into Triumph w/ Brian Walsh
Brian Walsh is the author of Beyond the Mask: How My Tragedy Sparked an Incredible Life: Lessons I Might Never Have Learned. He wrote this book to lay out his life story, which took an unbelievable turn one day when he responded to a neighborhood fire as a 17-year-old volunteer fire fighter outside Philadelphia.  Brian's memory of the incident and all that followed is exceptionally clear. In this episode, he tells the story and shares many of the lessons he learned through that miserable and life-altering experience.  To learn the rest of the lessons he shares, purchase his book here: To learn more about Seeking Excellence, go to  Leave us a review!! 
April 09, 2021
Ep 56 | The Effects of Relativism on the Church w/ Taylor Fielder
In this episode, Taylor Fielder joins the podcast to tell us about her life story, her social media ministry, her recent ventures with online Catholic speed dating, and her thoughts on relativism and the way it plagues our Church and country.  Taylor is a football loving Texas girl who boldly shares her faith with relatability and passion. Go follow her on instagram @candidcommunion and check out her wonderful blog and website at  Subscribe and leave a review if you enjoyed the podcast!  Follow us @seeking365 and check out our website at
March 31, 2021
Ep 55 | The Biggest Problem With Men Today w/ Lucas Wollschlager
Good men create good times. Good times create weak men. Weak men create bad times. Bad times create good men.  And so it goes. Based on our recent podcasts on spiritual warfare, you know that we are in some bad times. This means we have had some generations of weak men before us that have created this mess. We can trust that, as the cycle states, it's time for good men to rise up. How can we do that? Well, we have to overcome the biggest problems and root causes of weak masculinity.  We've discussed The Feminine Genius on Ep 33 with Emily Harpole, and today it's time to get into some masculinity. We break down what we see as the biggest problem with modern day men, and it isn't toxic masculinity (although we discuss that too!).  If you like this episode, we challenge you to share it with 5 Christian men in your life.  Be your best!
March 29, 2021
Ep 54 | The Weapons of Spiritual Warfare w/ Josie Kuhlman
We've been on a roll with spiritual warfare lately!! Lent is a great time to dive head first into this topic, as Jesus modeled 40 days of intense spiritual warfare in the desert. As He was face to face with Satan, Jesus leaned in to Scripture and prayer as He stood His ground firmly.  In today's episode, Josie walks through the tools we have to fight the good fight in the spiritual realm.  Follow Josie @mjkuhlman on IG and follow us @seeking365  Head over to to read the blogs Nathan mentioned in the beginning of this episode! Be your best. 
March 24, 2021
Ep 53 | Do you have what it takes?
This one is for the boys!! This is a flashback to a talk I gave back in October for an event with men. My talk was second out of three. We followed the Army's model of "Be, Know, Do" for leadership. The talk was given with two other Army officers. Share this one with the men in your life!! Ps This was supposed to be posted on 3/19, the feast day of St. Joseph, but life happens! To learn more, go to and follow us @seeking365. Follow Nathan @ncrank23
March 22, 2021
Ep 52 | Long Distance Dating w/ Seth and Tori
We've all been there. Being many miles apart from someone can pose some serious challenges to a relationship, especially a romantic one. Seth and Tori successfully navigated over a year of long distance dating which lasted even through part of their engagement. Check out this episode to learn some tips and insights on how you can remain intentional in relationships despite the distance that separates you from the one you love!  Check out Seth and Tori's other episodes as well! You can follow Tori on Instagram @untilifiguresomethingelseout and go to to find her wonderful writings and new print shop!!
March 17, 2021
Ep 51 | Am I really a good friend? w/ Bob Dougherty
In this episode, Nathan is joined by one of his best friends, Bob Dougherty, as the two discuss conversion, evangelization, true virtuous friendship, accountability, and more.  Bob is from a small town outside of Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Princeton University in 2015 and was shortly after commissioned an Infantry Officer in the US Army. Bob went on to deploy with the 82nd Airborne Division to Iraq in 2017 and to Afghanistan with Ranger Regiment in 2019. Bob now works for Buckle. He also played a pivotal role in the founding stage of Seeking Excellence.  To learn more, go to and follow us @seeking365! Subscribe so that you won't miss future episodes with Bob and Nate!
March 15, 2021
Ep 50 | The Pro-Life Movement: Is the death penalty a distraction?
Between January 2020 and January 2021, the Trump Administration executed 13 inmates on death row. This drew a ton of national attention as the death toll outnumbered the previous 57 years combined. This, as usual, was an opportunity for people to use emotionally charged arguments to push their agenda.  The common claim was this: if you aren't anti-death penalty, you ain't pro-life. Is this true? Is this helpful to the pro-life/anti-abortion movement? Is it wrong to be a single issue voter? How should our faith influence our stances on these things? What does the Church teach about the death penalty?  Find out all this and more in this episode!  Subscribe so you don't miss the next one!! And if you're feeling generous, leave us a review!!
March 11, 2021
Ep 49 | Spiritual Warfare: A Call to Action
The battle for souls continues to rage on. We are losing people by the minute. We are under constant attack by evil through our culture, academia, politics, ideologies, and hate. We constantly hear messages (in our extremely mental health conscious culture) that we need to take breaks and rest. We need to prioritize down time.  Rest is necessary, but so is action. We need to be challenged. We need to push ourselves to utilize our gifts to build the Church. This fight is not going to be easy, and passivity won't help us regain lost ground.  To learn more, go to and follow us @seeking365! Please leave a review and share if you've enjoyed this episode. Be sure to check out episode 46 | The Current State of the Spiritual Battlefield for more on this topic!
March 08, 2021
Ep 48 | Be Anti-Fragile w/ Fr Jonathan Meyer
Our culture has gotten more and more fragile in recent years. We have a plague of weakness that results from removing personal responsibility and encouraging people to live selfish lives of empty comfort. What is the remedy for these problems? Anti-fragility.  Fr. Meyer is incredibly passionate about teaching the principles of being anti-fragile. It's more than just being resilient or tough. And it is exactly what is needed to navigate this crazy world in a way that allows you to reach the end goal, which is Heaven.  Leave us a review!! And follow us @seeking365
March 05, 2021
Ep 47 | Finding Faith w/ Seth and Tori Slayman
Be sure to check out Tori and Seth's other episodes!! Follow them on IG @untilifiguresomethingelseout Go to to check out Tori's new shop for prints!! And read her excellent blogs.  Follow us @seeking365! Leave a review if you enjoyed this. Be your best!
March 01, 2021
Ep 46 | The Current State of the Spiritual Battle
Warning:  This one is not for the weak or fainthearted. It contains some hard truth and a very challenging message. On February 22, I was able to attend a talk given by Fr. Ripperger, a devout Catholic priest and experienced exorcist, on the state of the spiritual warfare taking place in our world today. It was incredibly insightful and eye-opening. I have seldom been more encouraged and inspired to be bold with our faith, take my personal holiness seriously, and to share the Gospel with the world.  It is my hope that this will inspire you the way that his message inspired me. You are capable, by the grace of God, of playing a major role in the battle of good vs. evil. It is time to accept our responsibility as disciples, soldiers, and ambassadors of Christ. Your thoughts, words, actions, and beliefs make a massive impact in our world, for better or worse.  If this helps you, please share with anyone who you think would also benefit from it.  To learn more, go to and follow us @seeking365. You can follow me on Instagram @ncrank23.  God bless you and God bless America!
February 23, 2021
Ep 45 | Examining in Future Hindsight by Fr Chase Hilgenbrinck
Fr. Chase's homily from February 21, 2021 To learn more, go to
February 22, 2021
Ep 44 | Single Doesn't Have to Mean Sad w/ Josie Kuhlman
St. Valentine's Day just passed, and for many people, it's a difficult time. It's easy to fall into the trap that if we are adults and single on the day of love, we have to be sad. We see this in movies all the time. You can picture the single girl sitting at home in her pajamas watching sappy Lifetime movies all day while drinking wine and feasting on snacks. But God wants more for us during our time of singleness.  Josie shares her perspective on love and her wisdom on how to make the most of our singleness and how to prepare for a beautiful future relationship.  To learn more about Fr Meyer's lenten program see below: RISE UP!  Grow in your relationship with God during Lent & Easter by listening to Fr. Meyer's daily video reflection.  To receive a daily text reminder with the video link text "ASPLENT" to 84576.  If you do not text, sign up for email reminders on our website at Videos will be posted daily to our YouTube page at
February 16, 2021
Ep 43 | Q&A w/ Kim Zember
This is part two of Nathan's conversation with Catholic speaker and author Kim Zember. In episode 42, she and Nathan discuss her outstanding book, Restless Heart, which details her struggle with same sex attraction, Church teachings, and life in general.  In this episode, Nathan asks her some serious questions that many of us struggle with in life and in regards to homosexuality and Church teaching.  Be sure to go check out Episode 42 with Kim!
February 11, 2021
Ep 42 | A Real Conversation About the Struggles of Life and Sexuality w/ Kim Zember
Kim Zember is an international speaker who has shared her journey toward God with thousands and thousands of people, both Catholic and Protestants. She has written a book called Restless Heart in which she details her struggle with same sex attraction, Church teaching, and the anxiety that came from the way she was living her life.  I couldn't more highly recommend that you read her book or check out her recent SEEK talk. She can be found on instagram @kimzember and her website is  If you have enjoyed this podcast, please share with a friend or leave us a review!  To learn more about SE, go to and follow us @seeking365
February 09, 2021
Ep 41 | Principles and Priorities Lead to Freedom w/ Lucas Wollschlager
We frequently discuss the importance of taking your personal growth seriously by making a sincere effort to prioritize reading, prayer, and exercise. In today's conversation with SE team member Lucas Wollschlager, he and Nathan discuss the practical ways that they've included these things as well as personal budgeting and virtuous friendship to change their lives completely.  There are many habits and hobbies that are proven to radically impact your life and help make you a better person, son, sister, friend, co-worker, etc.  Learn about some of those things today!  To learn more about Lucas, visit and subscribe so you don't miss his next episode!
February 04, 2021
Ep 40 | Rocky Relationships w/ Seth and Tori Slayman
It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking every successful relationship is a fairy tale story. However, in reality, relationships are very hard. Seth and Tori's journey is one full of ups and downs, but also one that ultimately led to the altar. Today, they share their story of how they got to where they are today!  Enjoy their vulnerability, wisdom and insight!  Follow Tori on Instagram @untilifiguresomethingelseout and check out her blogs at and 
January 29, 2021
Ep 39 | The Dark Side of Feminism w/ Emily Harpole
A couple weeks ago, we discussed the beauty of the feminine genius with Emily Harpole. She explained the influence and power that is held within femininity as God designed it. But what happens when the power wielded by women is used with malicious intent? We see the answer to that question played out in the present day radical feminism. Last week, we presented a Catholic response to the Black Lives Matter organization. There are some incredible parallels between BLM and radical feminism, which we break down in today's episode.  Be sure to go back and listen to Emily's first episode with us! Episode 33 | The Feminine Genius  You can follow Emily @emily.marie.glorify and Seeking Excellence @seeking365
January 20, 2021
Ep 38 | What does God want from me? Sunday Homily by Fr Chase Hilgenbrinck
Fr Chase is the chaplain of Seeking Excellence and the Vocations Director of the Diocese of Peoria, IL. Check out his other podcasts with Nathan - Episodes 4, 19, and 20 To learn more, go to and follow us @seeking365
January 18, 2021
Ep 37 | A Catholic Response to Black Lives Matter pt. 2 w/ Bella Bryant
This is part 2.  Nathan is joined again by the lovely Bella Bryant to discuss this most controversial topic. We highly encourage you to go listen to part 1 before this.  You can follow Bella Bryant @bellaaabryant and her ministry @restorelove_ Bella does incredible work helping women to recover from childhood sexual abuse and pornography addiction. She is also incredibly passionate about politics, social issues, and most importantly, her Catholic faith.  Here is a list of resources we used in making these podcasts: - Kamala Harris commercial - Margaret Thatcher video
January 15, 2021
Ep 36 | A Catholic Response to Black Lives Matter pt. 1 w/ Bella Bryant
One of the most common questions we have gotten over the last six months has been curiosity around the Black Lives Matter organization. Here we take the time with a special guest, Bella Bryant, to really dissect the organization's mission statement and intentions. We discuss ways that Christians should respond to the movement, the organization, and the human beings who make up both of those entities.  Bella Bryant is an absolute Catholic rockstar. She is the founder of the Restore Love movement which seeks to help women heal from childhood sexual abuse and pornography addictions. She, like Nathan, is biracial and offers a unique perspective to the racial divide in America.  Follow Bella @bellaaabryant and follow her nonprofit work @restorelove_  Subscribe and share this podcast if you find it valuable!! 
January 13, 2021
Ep 35 | The Cure to a Suffocating Soul w/ Guest Host Josie Kuhlman
As promised, here is our first solo episode done by Josie Kuhlman! Josie is an absolute rockstar. She's a former professional tennis player and an extremely zealous reader, prayer warrior and evangelist.  Josie discusses the ways we can feed our soul what it needs in order for us to truly thrive. You can follow Josie @mjkuhlman7 and you can find some of her writings at!  Subscribe so that you'll never miss another episode with Josie! Follow Seeking Excellence @seeking365
January 11, 2021
Ep 34 | Common Fruits and Failures in Fitness w/ Natalie Ruether
Getting into great shape always sounds easier than it is. There are a lot of benefits to taking your health, nutrition, and fitness seriously. However, with the wrong approach, a serious attempt at doing so can leave you feeling dejected and discouraged.  Natalie is a certified personal trainer with great zeal for our Catholic faith. She was recently accepted into a physical therapy and MBA program at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She and Nathan have a great conversation about their personal experiences with fitness as well as the common mistakes and good habits that they have seen in the lives of others.  To learn more, go to  Follow Natalie @_nat_rose_ and check out her blog at 
January 08, 2021
Ep 33 | The Feminine Genius w/ Emily Harpole
Men and Women He created them. We know that everything God does is intentional. There is so much beauty in the human mind, body, heart, and soul. Today, Emily Harpole and Nathan Crankfield discuss the wonders of femininity, the many things women can learn from men, and how femininity can help change the world.  For men, it will be extremely insightful into the ways they can better understand and work with the women around them. For women, it will be practical and helpful in understanding the power they have to positively influence the world around them.  You can follow Emily Harpole @emily.marie.glorify on Instagram and check out her blog and future podcasts at!
January 06, 2021
Ep 32 | 3 Things to Help You Dominate 2021
Let's get this party started! It is ABOUT DAMN TIME 2020 came to an end. The year of all years is over, and so is all struggle and chaos...or is it?  Any mature human being knows that if you act the same this year as you did last year, nothing in your life will change.  We have to take control over what's in our control and worry less about what is NOT in our control.  Today's episode talks about three key things that can help YOU to change your life this year. Check it out!
January 04, 2021
BONUS EPISODE: What's to Come in 2021
This is just a quick overview of what to expect from Seeking Excellence Ministries in 2021! We have some awesome changes and updates we are excited to share with you all!
January 04, 2021
Ep 31 | You Can't Cancel Christmas
A bunch of dummies in the media and some good ole politicians think they can cancel Christmas this year, but we know that there is no cancelling the King's birthday.  Jesus, the Son of God, became a human being so that He could die for our sins. And if you ask me, that deserves some recognition and dare I say, some celebration.  Check out this episode to learn about why Christmas can't be canceled, how we can improve our relationship God despite lockdowns, and about the importance of maintaining relationships even if it looks a little different than usual. Merry Christmas! Be your best this holiday season!
December 22, 2020
Ep 30 | Why 80% of New Year's Resolutions Fail
An article from says that 80% of New Year's Resolutions fail. We all make them, and a majority of us fall short year after year.  After a hard hitting year in 2020, we all need to be intentional about how we can avoid the same crash and burn in 2021. Check out this episode to hear some practical ways to get after it next year!  To learn more, go to and follow us @seeking365
December 18, 2020
Ep 29 | Man Without Vision Shall Perish Pt. 2 w/ Fr Meyer
On Friday, we discussed the importance of creating a vision for your life, for your family, for your profession, etc.  Today, we discuss the practical ways we can go about doing so! Casting a vision for your future is a critical step in the process of being better tomorrow than you are today. God wants to collaborate with you to create this vision for the future. Listen to learn some of the ways that can happen!  Check out part one of this conversation on our podcast released on 12/4.  To learn more, go to and follow us @seeking365
December 07, 2020
Ep 28 | Man Without Vision Shall Perish Pt. 1 w/ Fr Meyer
We often ignore the wisdom found in Sacred Scripture. One timeless truth that is commonly neglected comes from the book of Proverbs, which states that without a vision, the people of a community will suffer and be lost.  We are all leaders in our own right. We first must learn to lead ourselves. We also lead in our families, our professional lives, and in our social circles. How can you begin to create a vision for all these different areas so that you and those entrusted to your care can truly flourish? Nathan and Fr Meyer discuss just that!  Part 2 of this two part series will be released Monday December 7th! To learn more, go to and follow us @seeking365.
December 04, 2020
Ep 27 | The Warrior Mindset w/ Lieutenant Colonel Dan Kearney
Having been deployed over ten times in his military career, LTC Dan Kearney has gained a lifetime of wisdom in his young life. His time in the 75th Ranger Regiment and the 82nd Airborne Division have helped form him as a man, father, husband, leader, and man of faith. He and Nathan discuss a small portion of his many lessons learned through hard years of service, leadership, and journeying with God.  To learn more about Seeking Excellence, visit and follow us @seeking365 Check us out on LinkedIn as well!  Subscribe and leave a review if you like the show!
November 25, 2020
Ep 26 | Who is your hero? w/ Bobby Angel
We all emulate other people. One of the most influential ways we learn behaviors, language, ways of thinking, etc. is by witnessing and copying the actions of others. Knowing that this makes a huge impact on our development and character, we need to be intentional about choosing who we look up to and who we imitate.  Bobby and Nathan discuss their own journeys of finding role models, both good and bad, and how that impacted them becoming the men they are today. They talk about ways to find good heroes, how we can be better role models for others, and the importance of recognizing the goodness in others. Take time to think today: who is your hero?  To learn more, go to and follow us @seeking 365. Be sure to check out our other episodes with Bobby!
November 20, 2020
Ep 25 | Should Christians strive to be winners? W/ Josie Kuhlman
How do we balance the need to die to self and the desire to win? Can we, as faithful Christians, strive to be winners while also glorifying God with humility? Let's discuss! Josie Kuhlman is an absolute Catholic rockstar who serves on our blog team! She is a former D1 national champion in tennis at the University of Florida and is currently studying to get her masters in Theology from the Augustine Institute. She serves as a youth and young adult minister in Jacksonville, Florida.  To learn more, go to and follow us @seeking365 on social media!
November 13, 2020
Ep 24 | Veteran's Day & A Culture in Desperate Need of Heroes
Is America favored by God? Is the United States incapable of falling? Will we be able to continue to thrive as a nation with the way our culture is going? What is our role, as people of faith, to help restore the culture of America?  Nathan discusses answers to all these difficult questions and more in this episode!  To learn more, go to and sign up for our email program! Follow us on social media @seeking365
November 11, 2020
Ep 23 | Are you on God's side?
Someone once asked Abraham Lincoln if he felt like God was on his side in the midst of the controversy, chaos, and confusion of the Civil War. President Lincoln responded by saying, "Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is being on God's side, for God is always right."  During this time of uncertainty, we need to be constantly evaluating whether or not we are on God's side. We have to recognize that we belong to God way before we belong to any political party. If anybody should be unified during this time, it should be the Church! The only way to be truly unified is to be on God's side. Let's discuss how we can do that!
November 09, 2020
Ep 22 | Called to Serve w/ Leeanne Leary
How can we develop a missionary mindset in our every day living? We all know that we are called to dedicate ourselves to the service of others. Thats's not limited to the military or full time missionaries! Leeanne and Nathan discuss how we can take that mindset into ordinary living.  Leeanne Leary is the Vice President of Seeking Excellence. She also serves as a full time missionary in Haiti and in the US Army Reserves.  To learn more, visit and follow us @seeking365 !
November 06, 2020
Ep 21 | Entering the Chaos of Election Week
WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE  This one is a big one. It seems like everyone cares. No matter who wins, we will have some extremely upset neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family members.  How should we, as seekers of excellence, behave during this election week? Let's discuss!!  To learn more, visit and follow us @seeking365 on IG and FB!
November 03, 2020
Ep 20 | Put On Your Own Mask Before Assisting Anyone Else w/ Fr Chase Hilgenbrinck
On Wednesday, we talked about the need for sacrifice in leadership. We are called to put the needs of others ahead of our own needs. However, there is still a very practical need to have strong boundaries and take care of our own minds, bodies, and souls in order to be able to lead as best we can.  Life is all about balance, but balance is very difficult to find! Fr Chase and Nathan break down the need for taking care of our own needs while still maintaining a servant leadership philosophy.  To learn more, go to and follow us on Social Media @seeking365
October 30, 2020
Ep 19 | Christians Eat Last w/ Fr Chase Hilgenbrinck
In his awesome book titled "Leaders Eat Last", Simon Sinek discusses the importance of leaders viewing the needs of others as more important than their own. We are all called to this type of servant leadership! We, as Christians, are commanded in Scripture to put the needs of others ahead of our own. Let's discuss how we can best do that in our day to day life! Fr Chase is a legendary servant of God who is our beloved Chaplain for Seeking Excellence! Check out his other episode, Episode 4: Start with Why, where we break down another great Simon Sinek book!  Subscribe so you don't miss the next episode on Friday with Fr Chase which is a follow up to this one!  To learn more, go to and follow us on Social Media @seeking365 !
October 28, 2020
Ep 18 | Who Do You Want To Become?
The person we become is the accumulation of the decisions we make and the habits we create in our lives. We will never reach our full potential and personal greatness on accident. We must learn to live intentionally, and to have vision, and by the grace of God, we will become the man or woman He created us to be! To learn more, go to and follow us on IG and FB @seeking365 Enjoying the podcast? Leave us a review and share with a friend!  Be your best!
October 26, 2020
Ep 17 | Seeking Excellence in Emotional Health w/ Noble Gibbens
Whether we like it or not, we all have feelings. . .and lots of them!! Our emotions are a gift. They are meant to be warning signs, indicators, and signals to help us better understand ourselves and the world around us. But when our emotions go unregulated and ignored, it can often cause disaster.  Noble Gibbens is a prime example of the radical transformation that can take place in a person's life when they begin Seeking Excellence in a previously ignored realm of their life. Noble is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, former Army Infantry Officer, and an outstanding entrepreneur. He and his awesome wife Kathy host the EQ for Entrepreneurs podcast and run courses on emotional health through their website.  Find out more about Noble and their organization at   Follow them on Instagram and Facebook @eqforentrepreneurs  To watch the video of this interview, check out our YouTube Channel for Seeking Excellence  Find out more about Seeking Excellence at and follow us on IG and FB @seeking365
October 23, 2020
Ep 16 | Seeking Excellence Through Failure
Failure is a part of life. We all go through it every single day. The more we strive for greatness and personal excellence, the more we risk and experience failure. In order to stay on the journey despite failure, we have to develop grit and endurance. We need the proper mindset in our approach to life in order to avoid surrendering to the shame of our setbacks. In this episode, Nathan breaks down four main types of failure and ways we can properly respond to each of them. He shares his own experiences of major and minor setbacks, along with the ways he has overcome them.
October 16, 2020
Ep 15 | The One With The Guy From The Intro w/ Seth Slayman
Have you ever wondered whose voice that is on the intro? It's Seth Slayman! And he is awesome. In this episode, Nathan and Seth walk through Seth's life story and conversion. They talk about a wide variety of topics that deal with conversion of mind and of heart.  They discuss the need for silence, the need for good friends and accountability, and the need for powerful encounters with God. They also talk about the struggle with serious sin and how we can cling to our faith to transform our lives.  This is just a great conversation between two close friends as they discuss the wonders the Lord has worked in their lives. We hope you enjoy it! To learn more about Seeking Excellence, go to Follow us on social media @seeking365! Subscribe to our YouTube channel and podcast so you don't miss a thing!
October 12, 2020
Ep 14 | Excellence in the Workplace w/ Marissa Lenon
Some researchers say that the average American will spend 90,000 hours at work in their lifetime. That's a lot of time!! We ought to excel in all that we do, and by doing so we glorify God with our lives. Check out this episode where Nathan and Marissa Lenon tackle the issue of how we can strive to be our best in the workplace. To learn more about Marissa and Seeking Excellence, go to Follow us on social media @seeking365 and check out our YouTube channel!!
October 09, 2020
Ep 13 | Why are we so judgmental??
Most people are walking around feeling inferior to someone else. It might be because of social media, or criticism from others, or just constant negative self-talk. The truth is that we all have some negative voice either externally or internally that tells us we aren't good enough. When we feel inferior to others, we often experience the urge to go find someone we can feel superior to in turn. And then comes the judging. We look down on other people and each other for the pettiest of reasons, just to make ourselves look and feel better. But we know we are called to higher living than this. Today, we are challenging you to take a hard look at who/what makes you feel unworthy and who you might be looking down upon as a result of that. We want you to experience true humility, i.e. seeing yourself as God sees you. Come and join us in this pursuit of personal excellence as we examine what makes us so damn judgy all the time. To learn more, go to and check out our website. There you can sign up for our weekly newsletter so that you won't miss things like the upcoming blog that accompanies this podcast episode! Follow us @seeking365 on Instagram and Facebook!
October 05, 2020
Ep 12 | From Mega Church Pastor to Catholic Rockstar w/ Dr. Allen Hunt
Dr. Allen Hunt is a former pastor of a massive Methodist congregation in Georgia. In this episode, Allen shares his conversion story with Nathan. The two talk through their experiences in evangelization that are focused on identifying key differences between Protestants and Catholics. They get into the real issues that separate the 30,000+ denominations of Christianity.  Allen now serves as a Senior Advisor at the Dynamic Catholic Institute and he is as bald as he is funny.  If you enjoy people taking shots at Nathan, you'll definitely enjoy this episode! It is full of wit, vulnerability, and deep wisdom on searching for and living out the Truth. Enjoy!  Subscribe and leave us a rating! It always helps out. For more information, go to to sign up for our weekly newsletter so you never miss a thing. Follow us on social media @seeking365. God bless and be your best!
October 02, 2020
Ep 11 | How to Transition Without Losing Your Identity w/ Tori Sanders
Leaving college, ending your time in the military, playing your last game as an athlete, ending a long-term relationship, moving to a new city...these things plus many others present a unique challenge to us in life:  they leave us feeling like we lost a part of ourselves. We talked earlier this week about practical ways to deal with change in Episode 10, but today we're going to talk more about how not to lose your identity when those big changes occur.  I was blessed to be able to record this episode with my good friend and SE blog team writer, Tori Sanders. Tori is a former collegiate soccer player, an outstanding writer, and an all around great human being. This is our first "introducing the team" episode. We hope you enjoy it!  Find more about Tori and some of her writings at or on her personal blog site at  Follow us on social media @seeking365 and Tori @untilifiguresomethingelseout. Did you find this episode helpful? Share it on social media or directly with a friend who needs to hear it!
September 25, 2020
Ep 10 | Dealing with Change
Change is inevitable! And most people hate it.  We have to get better at our ability to adapt to changes in our environment, our plans, and the bigger things in our lives (e.g. relationships ending, getting laid off, having to move).   In this episode, Nathan breaks down some great practical tips on how we can become more adaptable and make the most out of both minor and major setbacks. He breaks down some good processes for making good decisions in the midst of adversity.  To learn more, visit and follow us on social media @seeking365. You can also find this video and others like it on YouTube! Subscribe to our podcast and leave us a review!  Be your best!
September 21, 2020
Ep 9 | Your Best Ability Is Availability w/ Fr Jonathan Meyer
We are all leaders in some capacity. One of the best things we can do as leaders is make ourselves available. We have to learn how to be present for the people who we get to serve.  In this episode, Fr Meyer and Nathan discuss how we can change our mindset from "I have to..." to "I get to..." in order to live a more grateful and serve oriented, and therefore a more fulfilling, lifestyle!  Check out more at Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @seeking365. Find more from Fr Meyer on our previous podcast episode with him, on our website, or on his parish YouTube Channel at All Saints Parish - We are one.
September 18, 2020
Ep 8 | Black and White Like Me feat. Bobby Angel (part 3)
How are Christians called to respond to the polarization of our nation? How should we respond to the rioting and looting of stores? How do we navigate the difficult conversations around these things and racism that must be had?  In part three of three, Bobby Angel and Nathan Crankfield walk through all of these things. Their conversation is based on the third letter that Nathan wrote on faith and racism from his perspective as a Catholic biracial Army veteran.  You can read the letter on the blog at and find this series on YouTube as well! Follow us on social media @seeking365  Do you enjoy this podcast? Share it with a friend and leave us a rating! It is always appreciated. Fight hard!
September 14, 2020
Ep 7 | Remembering 9/11
For this episode, Nathan reflects on the tragic events that took place on September 11, 2001. These events altered all of our lives. There were some horrific things that happened that day, but as usual, in the midst of chaos there were some incredible displays of virtue.  When we are kids, we all want to be a hero. Sadly, as we grow older, we typically lose this desire to be bold in our service to others. This episode, which matches this week's blog post, is meant to challenge you to re-awaken the hero that is within you. Take time today to pray for and appreciate the heroes around us while also building up the courage to be the hero of your own story.  Read this week's blog post at and follow us on social media @seeking365.  Have you enjoyed this episode? Today we are challenging you to share it with three of your friends. There aren't many faith based, veteran voices out there. We think people really need to hear this message, so join us by sharing with your family and friends!
September 11, 2020
Ep 6 | Let's Talk About Leadership! w/ Fr Jonathan Meyer
YOU are a leader!! We are all leaders. Leadership, in its simplest form, is influence. And we all influence people every single day, for better or worse, whether we like it or not. Parents, priests, bosses, spouses, and Christians in general are all leaders! We are all called to be an example to others and to help them remove the obstacles that stand between them and fulfilling their full potential. It's time we take responsibility for this and begin to be intentional about growing our leadership skills.  Fr Jonathan Meyer is a consistent guest on the podcast. He serves as the pastor for All Saints Parish in Guilford IN. We highly recommend you check out his parish's YouTube channel to catch his weekly homilies. Fr Meyer also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Seeking Excellence.  Head over to to learn more about Fr Meyer, Nathan, and Seeking Excellence! Follow us on social media @seeking365
September 04, 2020
Ep 5 | Black and White Like Me feat. Bobby Angel (part 2)
This is the second episode of a three part series. Bobby Angel and Nathan Crankfield discuss Nathan's second letter on faith, racism, and the current societal strife in America. To read the letters and to learn more about Seeking Excellence, visit and follow us on social media @seeking365.
September 02, 2020
Ep 4 | Start with Why (part 1) w/ Fr Chase Hilgenbrinck
For our first "Fridays with Father" episode, Nathan and Fr Chase break down one of our most essential needs:  understanding our purpose. Why do you do what you do? What are you here on this earth for? It's time to evaluate the reason behind some of life's most important roles and tasks.  They have a conversation based on the book Start with Why by Simon Sinek. Fr Chase is the Chaplain of Seeking Excellence and serves as the assistant chaplain of the University of Illinois Newman Center in Champaign, IL. He is a graduate of the Mount St. Mary's University Seminary and is a consistent co-host of the podcast.  Find more about Fr Chase and Seeking Excellence at !
August 28, 2020
Ep 3 | Black and White Like Me feat. Bobby Angel (part 1)
Back in June, Nathan began a three part series of written series on the current tension in America that came in response to racism being brought to our nation's attention once again. He writes from his perspective as a Catholic, biracial, Army veteran. The first letter is addressed to his white friends and family, the second to his black friends and family, and the third to Christians.  He and Bobby Angel decided to do a video series in which they discussed each letter one by one. This is part one of that series!  To find letter one: Follow us on instagram and Facebook at @seeking365
August 26, 2020
Ep 2 | Nathan's Story
In episode 2, Nathan talks through his life story! He takes you way back to his pre-conversion days. Then he talks through his journey to the Catholic Church. You'll hear about his college days at Mount St. Mary's University and his time as an active duty infantry officer in the US Army. Finally, he talks through what led to the founding of Seeking Excellence. Enjoy this crazy ride and the story of him becoming the man he is today.  Find out more about Nathan and Seeking Excellence at and on Facebook and Instagram @seeking365
August 19, 2020
Ep 1 | Seeking Excellence Overview
In this FIRST EVER episode, Nathan Crankfield gives an overview of the Seeking Excellence mission and philosophy. He talks through the purpose of Seeking Excellence, the three core roles that we promote, and the seven pillars of excellence. Listen to this to gain a deeper understanding of what we are striving to accomplish! To learn more about Seeking Excellence, visit You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram @seeking365. You can also find the video version of these podcasts on our Seeking Excellence YouTube Channel. 
August 19, 2020