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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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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 thosewhoseek.org Be your best
56:32
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.
55:46
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 thosewhoseek.org under content -> blog. Pray for those suffering persecution around the world!  Be your best.
23:57
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.
48:28
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 thecatholictherapist.org  Share with a friend! Leave us a review! Follow us @seeking365
01:07:49
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:  https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Mask-Tragedy-Sparked-Incredible/dp/1642934186 To learn more about Seeking Excellence, go to thosewhoseek.org.  Leave us a review!! 
56:30
April 9, 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 candidcommunion.com  Subscribe and leave a review if you enjoyed the podcast!  Follow us @seeking365 and check out our website at thosewhoseek.org
01:05:54
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!
01:02:48
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 thosewhoseek.org to read the blogs Nathan mentioned in the beginning of this episode! Be your best. 
32:29
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 thosewhoseek.org and follow us @seeking365. Follow Nathan @ncrank23
27:31
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 untilifiguresomethingelseout.com to find her wonderful writings and new print shop!!
47:19
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 thosewhoseek.org and follow us @seeking365! Subscribe so that you won't miss future episodes with Bob and Nate!
01:06:51
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!!
56:48
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 thosewhoseek.org 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!
52:55
March 8, 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
37:04
March 5, 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 untilifiguresomethingelseout.com 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!
49:31
March 1, 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 thosewhoseek.org and follow us @seeking365. You can follow me on Instagram @ncrank23.  God bless you and God bless America!
52:43
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 thosewhoseek.org
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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 http://allsaintscatholic.net/worship/#Lent. Videos will be posted daily to our YouTube page at https://youtube.com/c/AllSaintsParishSundayHomilies.
38:08
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!
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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 overcomemin.com  If you have enjoyed this podcast, please share with a friend or leave us a review!  To learn more about SE, go to thosewhoseek.org and follow us @seeking365
58:18
February 9, 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 thosewhoseek.org and subscribe so you don't miss his next episode!
58:20
February 4, 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 thosewhoseek.org and untilifiguresomethingelseout.com 
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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
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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 thosewhoseek.org and follow us @seeking365
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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: https://blacklivesmatter.com/herstory/ https://secure.actblue.com/about https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/being-antiracist https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html https://www.heritage.org/welfare/commentary/married-the-welfare-state https://www.nber.org/digest/may07/effects-immigration-african-american-employment-and-incarceration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4kowE_YIVw - Kamala Harris commercial  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okHGCz6xxiw - Margaret Thatcher video https://www.statista.com/statistics/251877/murder-victims-in-the-us-by-race-ethnicity-and-gender/ https://www.statista.com/statistics/585152/people-shot-to-death-by-us-police-by-race/
01:19:24
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!! 
01:01:58
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 thosewhoseek.org!  Subscribe so that you'll never miss another episode with Josie! Follow Seeking Excellence @seeking365
30:41
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 thosewhoseek.org.  Follow Natalie @_nat_rose_ and check out her blog at bevirtuousfitness.wixsite.com 
52:29
January 8, 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 thosewhoseek.org!
01:02:34
January 6, 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!
28:29
January 4, 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!
05:11
January 4, 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!
25:02
December 22, 2020
Ep 30 | Why 80% of New Year's Resolutions Fail
An article from Forbes.com 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 thosewhoseek.org and follow us @seeking365
31:23
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 thosewhoseek.org and follow us @seeking365
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December 7, 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 thosewhoseek.org and follow us @seeking365.
24:60
December 4, 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 thosewhoseek.org and follow us @seeking365 Check us out on LinkedIn as well!  Subscribe and leave a review if you like the show!
42:41
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 thosewhoseek.org and follow us @seeking 365. Be sure to check out our other episodes with Bobby!
47:19
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 thosewhoseek.org and follow us @seeking365 on social media!
49:19
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 thosewhoseek.org and sign up for our email program! Follow us on social media @seeking365
32:55
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!
31:25
November 9, 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 thosewhoseek.org and follow us @seeking365 !
40:48
November 6, 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 thosewhoseek.org and follow us @seeking365 on IG and FB!
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November 3, 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 thosewhoseek.org and follow us on Social Media @seeking365
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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 thosewhoseek.org and follow us on Social Media @seeking365 !
24:54
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 thosewhoseek.org and follow us on IG and FB @seeking365 Enjoying the podcast? Leave us a review and share with a friend!  Be your best!
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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 https://www.eqforentrepreneurs.com   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 https://www.thosewhoseek.org and follow us on IG and FB @seeking365
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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.
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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 thosewhoseek.org. Follow us on social media @seeking365! Subscribe to our YouTube channel and podcast so you don't miss a thing!
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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 thosewhoseek.org. Follow us on social media @seeking365 and check out our YouTube channel!!
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October 9, 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 thosewhoseek.org 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!
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October 5, 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 thosewhoseek.org 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!
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October 2, 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 thosewhoseek.org or on her personal blog site at untilifiguresomehtingelseout.com.  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!
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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 thosewhoseek.org 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!
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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 thosewhoseek.org. 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.
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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 thosewhoseek.org 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!
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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 thosewhoseek.org 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!
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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 thosewhoseek.org to learn more about Fr Meyer, Nathan, and Seeking Excellence! Follow us on social media @seeking365
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September 4, 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 thosewhoseek.org and follow us on social media @seeking365.
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September 2, 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 thosewhoseek.org !
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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:  https://www.thosewhoseek.org/blog/if-only-life-were-black-one Follow us on instagram and Facebook at @seeking365
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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 thosewhoseek.org and on Facebook and Instagram @seeking365
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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 thosewhoseek.org. 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. 
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August 19, 2020