Mastering the Art of Purposeful Pacing: A TEDxCU Talk by Kate Nam – Video

Mastering the Art of Purposeful Pacing: A TEDxCU Talk by Kate Nam – Video

In Kate Nam’s insightful TEDx talk, “Learning to pace yourself with purpose,” she explores the concept of balancing the sprinting and walking phases of life. Drawing from her own experiences of burnout and self-discovery during a gap year, Kate emphasizes the importance of intentional reflection in understanding one’s values and motivations. By taking the time to slow down and truly examine the impact of past experiences on her sense of self, Kate was able to navigate transitions and make decisions with confidence and purpose.

Kate’s transformative journey highlights the significance of finding a balance between periods of intense activity and moments of reflection. Just as athletes who vary their exercise routines experience growth and avoid plateaus, individuals can benefit from embracing the fluctuations in pace that life presents. By identifying where they are in their personal “marathon of life” and considering how their current pace aligns with their values, individuals can make more informed decisions and cultivate a sense of fulfillment and direction.

Whether you are in a period of sprinting or walking in your own life, Kate’s message encourages viewers to embrace the changing rhythms and use them as opportunities for growth and self-discovery. By intentionally reflecting on their personal marathons, individuals can navigate transitions with greater clarity and purpose.

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Author Video Description

Picture this: life as a non-stop race, leaving you exhausted and questioning your direction. But what if I told you that by slowing down and finding your pace, you could unlock a whole new level of fulfillment and purpose? Join me as we explore the journey from frantic sprinting to intentional living in the marathon of life. Kate Nam is a young adult navigating her future and daunting choices of life. She is a gap year kid turned college student figuring out what paths she wants to take in a realm of seemingly endless choices. Coming from high school burnout to discomfort in silence, she struggled with trying to figure out what exactly she wanted to put her time and effort into. Through basking in the discomfort of pause and internal reflection, she more confidently makes life changing decisions and finds value in pace changes. Now currently at the University of Colorado Boulder, she has found happiness in the realm of discomfort and encourages others to reframe life’s pace changes to their advantage. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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Video “Learning to pace yourself with purpose | Kate Nam | TEDxCU” was uploaded on 05/08/2024 to Youtube Channel TEDx Talks