Mad Like Alyce

Look before you leap, then jump anyway

I have been holding this blog close since starting it in January. It was just your basic blog in the first few months, and I have slowly worked on it, building it to be more and more like my vision. I am finally starting to feel like this is something that I can really be proud of. But part of that slow process of perfecting has given me this inner feeling that it is not “ready” to share. That I have to make it even better before anyone sees it. What if I push it out of the nest before it’s ready to fly? What if it falls flat?

Like so many things in our lives, likely, we are never always “ready” for that big step. Starting a business. Moving to a new job, home, city, country. Having a child. Elizabeth Morrow put it so well in one of her newsletters… Everything you want is on the other side of fear.

otherside of fear

And there is definitely fear in sharing something you have put a lot of time into, something that you are proud of. But I know what I want my blog to become, and leaving it out all alone on an island in the middle of the ocean of the internet was not going to get me anywhere.

So I decided it was time to look for opportunities. And coincidentally that week, Tieka with Selective Potential began asking for submissions for guest bloggers to do outfit posts for her Adventures in Style guest series. Having a long mental list of ideas for fun places in Sioux Falls to do location themed outfit posts, I decided this would be a great time to throw my hat in the ring! Selecting a few of my favorite ideas, I sent off my submission, and was all jazzed about taking that step.

As my excitement from “revealing” my blog to a successful blogger began to wear off, the absurdity of this impulse idea suddenly hit me. Sure, my ideas might have potential to be wonderful posts. But I haven’t done outfit posts on my blog yet, and although I can visualize the post and pictures clearly in my mind, obviously, Tieka cannot. Furthermore… due to being a bit shy my blog thus far, I haven’t really shared pictures of myself. With the exception of a closeup poolside selfie of my face half covered in sunglasses… there was no way for her to even know what I looked like. Facepalm.

So, perhaps, I should have looked before I leaping. With more time and planning, I could have whipped something together. I did quickly put a picture of me in the sidebar bio intro as I had been procrastinating on doing, but I just wasn’t comfortable forcing something to happen to get it on my blog in time for her to review. It wouldn’t have been me, and it wouldn’t have been a representation of what I want to do with this blog. So I accepted that there was no chance she would pick me as a guest blogger.

That being said, I do not regret leaping at all! Sure, I should have planned ahead. Perhaps realized that I could have thought it through a bit more. Even so, nothing can take down that rush of Doing Something. I took a leap of faith and pushed myself outsite of my boundaries. And expanded my world of possibilities just a little bit more.

So, please, look before you leap. But don’t let that stop you from making that jump regardless.

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
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I did this iZombie Liv Moore in Full-On Zombie back before my surgery and just haven't gotten around to posting until now! I had wanted to come up with some kind of Valentines day themed look to kick me back into things now that my arm is mostly functional, but I was just struggling to think of what I wanted to do. Valentines Day is just not my thing. Unless there is chocolate. I Digress.
Halfway into my glass of wine, I realized this was the perfect time to post this look. I technically have a video, but the jury is still out on whether or not to post it just yet. I'm mostly just glad to be at a point where I can start experimenting with makeup again!
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  • Hanging out with mystic while I tackle my next sewing project. I like to think her interest is in hanging out with me, but there is a high chance she just wants the Fritos I’ve been munching... #cosplay #cosplaydog #sewing #mccallspatterns #cosplaymccalls #pitbull #pitbullsofinstagram
  • Bull in boots! It was enough of a battle to get her into them, and she refuses to move anywhere wearing them! 😂😂😂 I was so looking forward to a little dance, but so far she is just laying there looking helpless. Maybe if I get out the peanut butter? #pitbull #pitbullsofinstagram #doginboots #notcoolmom
  • I decided to spring for new ornaments this year and went from hyper colorful to classic beauty with a Gryffindor Christmas tree, complete with Hedwig ornaments! No DIY here (except the jingle bell snitch) just a very content Gryffindor snuggling on the couch enjoying the lights and a glass of wine. #twomoresleeps #harrypotterchristmas #gryffindor #housepride
  • New Christmas gift to myself... the long curly in emerald green from @rockstarwigs ! I’m hoping my ideas for some holiday makeup looks can inspire me to get back at it now that I can finally use my right arm! Any guesses or requests? #merrychristmastome #cosplaychristmas #rockstarwigs
  • The top 9 for madlikealyce! It has been a fantastic year, trying out all kinds of new things and really expanding on my love for makeup and cosplay. Thank you to all of my AMAZING FRIENDS AND FOLLOWERS who have been with me on this journey. I can wait until my shoulder has healed enough to get back to it, I have a whole LIST of things I am dying to try! In the meantime, I’m at least back to writing on the blog, so make sure to check me out there, Link in bio. ❤️ you all!

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