A conversation with Alexi Pappas
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.
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THE BOUNCE FESTIVAL
MONTCLAIR Bounce: A Festival of Optimism and Resilience launched last year at the end of May. Over eight days, 7,000 neighbors came together for 78 events with 100 partners. The Festival was inspired by research underscoring the kinds of activities and experiences that benefit body and mind and can function as a kind of tool box or even treasure chest, handy for tough times.
Photos from MONTCLAIR Bounce 2019: The Festival - thanks to Kate Albright, Devon Warren, Norman Rosenblum, and Chanda Hall.