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.
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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  • One last shot of Sallywise! This was a great test to see what I need to focus on more when timing my looks, and also to realize that a lot of the detail I like to include might not really matter in the harsh dim light of a haunted house. On to the next look! #sallystitches #nightmarebeforechristmas #clowns #pennywise
  • Breaking the Instagram square because this shirt is goals, and one of my all time favorite Halloween finds. It’s from SheIn, and is literally exactly how I would imagine Sally’s dress would be as a shirt. It’s super comfortable, and it even comes in plus sizes! I’m always looking for ways to bring Halloween esthetic to my work wear, and I’m beyond thrilled. Oh, and did I mention it is only $16?!?!!!
#nightmarebeforechristmas #halloween #sallycosplay #cosplay
  • When you are feeling Nightmare Before Christmas but need to practice clowns.... you get Sallywise! 
I challenged myself to get this done as quickly as possible, and originally had my timer set for 20 minutes... this one took about 45 including time to put on the wig, so all in all, not terrible considering I sometimes take a lot longer. The one thing I wish I would have spent more time on is the foundation, which wasn't as opaque as I would have liked, but overall, I really like this one!
#Nightmarebeforechristmas #sally #IT #pennywise #clowns
  • Pretty sure I will never quite learn how to stay serious... I seriously love this look so much! #colors #colorful #illgrowupsomday
  • The most beautiful thing about poetry is that the collection of words carries more emotion and meanings than the author may have ever intended. They shape these words into skeletons made of language that we flesh out with our emotions. It’s a living thing, always changing. Make sure to check out the poem that inspired this look on my last post! #poetry #artinspiration #myfavoritepoet #livingart
  • Teal hues
And suddenly
Your breath
Becomes violet
Clashing against
Rainbow soundwaves 
And that way crayons 
Leave broken trails
Of color
Behind ~ By @andrewcoonswriting 
#poetry #artinspiration #anxiety #depression #mentalhealth #myfavoritepoet #allthefeels
  • Fun fact: these paints really sting when they get in your eyes. I tried to get it as close to my waterline without actually getting it in my eyes... and I was not successful. Also, not sure I can take myself too seriously in any kind of clown makeup. #clowns #clownmakeup #hauntedhouse #pumpkinmakeup #pumpkins #jackolantern #jackolanternmakeup #mehron
  • I'm going to be doing makeup for a haunted house this year, and when i asked what common requests were, I was informed that clowns are super popular. Until today, I have never yet done a clown... im actually not a huge fan, and I can completely see why clowns are great for terrifying haunt visitors. I've been in more of a pumpkin mood lately, and thought it would be a good way to ease myself into the concept. #clowns #clownmakeup #hauntedhouse #pumpkinmakeup #pumpkins #jackolantern #jackolanternmakeup
  • They said there will be a lot of clowns, but I was feeling pumpkin vibes... and this was the result! I should go to bed, but I’m having too much fun to take this off just yet. 🎃Now for some spooky Netflix and popcorn, and pit bull snuggles on the couch. She’s giving me some side eye right now. #clownmakeup #hauntedhouse #pumpkinmakeup #pumpkins #jackolantern #jackolanternmakeup

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