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.

Hello!

Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more. 
Super excited that my family is NOT doing gifts this year! We are all just bringing a side dish, dessert, and a board game for some quality family time. What are you doing for Christmas? #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies #grinchmas
  • Even if I wanted to go, my schedule wouldn't allow it! 4 o'clock: wallow in self pity. 4:30: stare into the abyss. 5 o'clock: solve world hunger (tell no one). 5:30: jazzercise. 6:30: dinner with me, I can't cancel that again! 7 o'clock: wrestle with my self loathing. I'm booked! Course if I bump the loathing to 9 I can still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear! #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies
  • "I'm gunna throw up... and then I'm going to DIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!"
Probably my favorite line in the entire movie, so much so that it has stuck with me for years. This is often how my anxiety feels like, and I think of this line from the Grinch often when I'm struggling, even at the height of summer! So, the Grinch is a bit near and dear to my heart, and no one will ever take Jim Carrey's place in my heart, even if if it does grow three sizes. #grinch #thegrinchthatstolechristmas #christmas #grinchmakeup
  • I’ve never actually smoked a day in my life. #frosty #frostythesnowman #glamfrosty #winter #wintermakeup
  • One of the reasons I liked this makeup so much was the incredibly simple nose. I’ve tried some looks in the past and I don’t know if it was the white face, orange nose, or just my lack of makeup experience, but I hated them. Instead of trying to literally draw a carrot, this is just a nod in that direction. Also, I’m not one for glitter but I really dig these eyes! Good thing I like them, because I still have glitter on my face. #glitter #frosty #wintermakeup
  • Sticking with my winter theme, it’s Frosty! Ok, this one is a great example of why I love the internet. I saw an AMAZING frosty photo on an Instagram feature account and took a screenshot because I was dying to recreate it. Normally I make sure I have the artists handle in the screenshot so I can tag them if I ever do try it, but somehow missed it this time. To find her, I took to YouTube to find @victorialyn ’s tutorial, and I’m completely blown away with not only the makeup, but the production quality of her videos. I know how much time and effort something like that takes and they are so much fun to watch, even if you don’t plan on doing the makeup in the tutorial. I love finding new artists to follow and be inspired by! #frosty #frostythesnowman #winter
  • The last look at my Frostbite! What other injury makeups could be considered "Holiday"? or at least timely for winter? Or should I do something more glam next? I have half a mind to save more gory winter looks for January when i'm no longer feeling the warm and fuzzies when it snows! #winter #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #sfx #sfxmua
  • "Walking in a Winter Wonderland"
Im really pleased with how this turned out! I know it's no super glamorous but creating actual injuries and skin conditions is a great challenge. I'll spare you the reference material, but it was fun trying to re-create the blistering, as gross as that sounds. Stay warm my friends! #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #winterwonderland #sfxmakeup #sfxmua
  • "Baby it's cold outside."
This look inspired by a 3 hour drive in a blizzard last weekend. It actually wasn't too bad, mostly just excruciatingly slow, but living in SD, I know how dangerous it can be going off the road in bad conditions. #frostbite #SFX #sfxmakeup #brrrrrr #sfxwound

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