Mad Like Alyce

Favorite Posts of 2016

Happy New Year and Happy 2nd Birthday to Mad Like Alyce! It’s hard for me to believe I have only been blogging for 2 years, but I’m still loving every moment of it. Here is a quick trip down memory lane at some of my favorite posts of 2016.

Mission to the Dominican Republic

Mission to the Dominican

I made a small promise to myself 3 years ago that I would travel out of the country at least once per year, and I knocked this one out in January 2016. Resorts are fun and all, but I really do like seeing more of the country, and mission trips are a great way to not only experience but to help. You can see more of the incredibly beauty of the Dominican Republic in my Favorite Pictures post!

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Ergonomic Corner Desk

While I still work on my blog primarily from the couch, I love this ergonomic desk! Since then, I have even upgraded the chair to a legit desk chair in robins egg blue. I still cannot say enough for how much an ergonomic setup saves my back, neck, and hands.

Appreciating Alcohol

Every so often, I realize just how different my life is now than before. I didn’t drink much in college… it’s so hard to enjoy when I was on so many medications at the time. It then became a huge factor in the terror of my home life. It wasn’t until well after college that I finally could appreciate a drink and even acquire a taste for red wine.

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Cupavci Cupcakes

Aaaaand let’s lighten the mood with some cupcakes!! These were the innovation of wanting to make cupavci for Damir’s dad, but really not wanting to make a huge mess of my hands. Instead, I remixed traditional cupavci by filling yellow cupcakes with strawberry jam and frosting with chocolate fudge and coconut.

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Missing Jaw Zombie Makeup Tutorial

ZOMBIES! I love zombie makeup, and had a blast creating and shooting these this year. My dad’s farm was the perfect setting for a post-apocalyptic zombie photo shoot. I also was ironically eaten alive by mosquitos while costumed as a zombie. I had well over 100 bites by the time the weekend was over.

shotgun-bride-zombie-feature-Shotgun Bride Zombie Costume

This zombie makeup tutorial really showcased just how versatile and easy this prosthetic gel is to use, not only for facial applications but really on any place on the body where you wish to display a wound.

Breadcrumb Trail of Credits

It was an interesting project to review my college transcript and watch the progression of my pain and the impacts it had on my college career. I was overwhelmed with the emotions and memories, the pain of falling apart and the pride of pulling myself through it.

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Glamping in the Palisades

Ok, so not actually “glamping” but drinking lots of wine out in the woods in an adorable cabin. Me and a good friend had a blast learning how to start a fire (not as easy as I was hoping, but we did it!), staying up late by the campfire, then making coffee on our second campfire the next morning!

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After my dad went and broke my heart by buying a Beetlejuice costume online, I had to show him how much more fun it is going the DIY route! Plus, this makeup tutorial turned out even better than I could have hoped for.

Farrell’s: My first 10 weeks

Finally I was so proud of my results from Farrells, and I’m really really missing being out on that blue mat while my injured shoulder heals. I may not have had the insane results that others have, but for me, the transformation was something totally different. At one point in my life, I was facing the fact that I might have to be on disability. I now can go out there and kick box with the best of them, and even show up some of the guys! Its all about perspective.

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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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  • 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!
  • Sick day snuggles. But at least it’s my first day out of the sling! #countdownisover #pitbullsofinstagram #pitbull #drinkallthetea
  • My new favorite IG account... u need to scroll through these posts! #Repost @iamtheswimreaper (@get_repost)
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Lol #justbeingbasic
  • Bahahahaha too funny not to share! #followyourdreams #freddykrueger
  • When I first saw @miss_stryx post her challenge, it really shook me. What AM I most afraid of? My first thought... was everything. Which made me realize that honestly, my biggest fear is losing control of my PTSD. I was diagnosed with PTSD 9 years ago, but it  took a good few years before I really understood what that even meant and how it impacted how I felt each day. It took even more years of counseling and amazing support from my friends and family before I was able to really get control of it. I'm happy to say that I'm now at a place where I live with PTSD but it doesn't control me. That being said, I'm always terrified of what might happen if it would spiral away from me again.
My second greatest fear is something that has plagued me from my childhood, but became an outright phobia and trigger once I developed PTSD. That is a fear of needles.  Shots, giving blood, and especially IVs.  Then it hit me... what is the perfect combination of both of these  fears? A lobotomy. A very controversial treatment used in the past on people with mental illness, involving a huge needle. 
From that terrifying vision came an awesome collaboration with some really great friends, and filmed and edited by the INSANELY talented @jibclimmer to complete my first ever horror short film. I'm so thankful to have so many talented and wonderful people that were willing and excited about making this vision a reality. I hope this isn't too dark for you guys, but I totally understand if it is! The idea actually terrified me and I put myself in the very center of it! Ultimately, filming this was actually not scary at all, as I have such incredible friends, and I was in a safe space the entire time. This particular version of the film is not the final version, since we were limited to 60 seconds on Instagram. Very soon we hope to have the entire short film up and posted and I will make sure to let you all know when that is live on YouTube! It is with great pleasure that I present to you my entry for round 1 of the #StrykingFEAR contest.
  • What would you do if you foresaw the telling of your own death? Here are some stills of my round 2 entry for the #StrykingFEAR contest. To see  the backstory on my Undead fortune-teller,  check out my last post for a quick short film introduction. The 2 part tutorial video should hopefully be up on the blog shortly!
  • For round 2 of the #StrykingFEAR contest, the character I was initially least excited about was the fortune teller. Why? Because fortune tellers are usually great beauty makeups. While I love doing horror looks, I really can't say I'm great shakes at beauty makeup. And then it hit me... what a great opportunity to do something outside my comfort zone AND something familiar with a two part makeup? I borrowed a crystal ball from a friend, ordered tarot cards, and learned a little bit on how to do a reading and pulled together an ending to this fortune teller's story… or should I say beginning?
  • When your sling gives you a full blown chronic pain flareup. Laying on the floor with my legs up to help take pressure off my lower back, and mystic seems pretty concerned. Good thing I have episode three of the @girlinspacepodcast to listen to!If you haven't started listening to this audio drama, you need to check it out ASAP! #chronicpain #chronicfatigue #lifeinasling #girlinspace #findme
  • Good things happen when you leave the apartment for the first time in a week! These must've gotten dropped off when I was taking a nap, I opened my front door to find this gorgeous Halloween bouquet on my doormat from @bkbecker! I just can't get over those adorable bats!!! #ihavethebestfriends #halloween

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