"I'd spent my life training for the Olympics but I wasn't prepared for what came next."
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BRAVEY: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain, and Other Big Ideas is Alexi Pappas’ empowering, funny and fearless memoir-in essays.
Pappas, an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and Olympic athlete, candidly opens up about what she has learned about confidence, self-reliance, and mental health, including her struggles with post-Olympic depression and how her mother’s suicide when she was four-years-old altered the course of her life and set her on a journey to self-actualization. In buoyantly and honestly telling her story and taking pains to show her vulnerability, Pappas strives to help others work through their own struggles and develop a winning resilience.
BRAVEY is filled with personal tales of struggling with social awkwardness, dating, as well as the impact of lessons learned. She came to see motherhood in a new light after unexpectedly meeting Maya Rudolph, who wrote the foreword to the memoir.
PAPPAS writing has appeared in The New York Times, Runner’s World, Women’s Running, Sports Illustrated, The Atlantic, and Outside, among other publications. A filmmaker and actor, Pappas co-wrote, co-directed, and starred in the feature film Tracktown with Rachel Dratch and Andy Buckley and most recently, she co-wrote and starred alongside Nick Kroll in Olympic Dreams, the first non-documentary-style movie to ever be filmed at the Olympic Games. A Greek American, Pappas holds the Greek national record in the 10,000-meters and competed for Greece in the 2016 Olympics. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
"Pappas doesn’t merely list her accomplishments; she aims to tell the story of her becoming. Throughout her psychologically astute text, she draws valuable insights for readers, whom she imagines as younger versions of herself."
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sleep like a baby
dream like a crazy
replace can’t with maybe"