Mad Like Alyce

Mental Health Around the Holidays

With Christmas just two sleeps away, I enjoyed sleeping in, drinking waaayyyy to much coffee, standing in line forever at the grocery store (thank god for Audible), and cleaning the apartment… specifically my desk. I am a constant note taker, saving little scraps of paper with scribbled ideas to come back to later. You guys, if I had made half of the makeup looks I’ve had ideas for… but I digress.

What really struck me was finding a few scribbled poems from this time last year when I was really starting to struggle with my PTSD again. I’m not sure when this lesson is going to sink in, but there is no such thing as “getting there” or “arriving” at this elusive dream called “better.” Its all a process of adjusting, and continuing to fight to be our best selves no matter what.

Mental Health Around the Holidays

The holidays are difficult for so many people, regardless if they have mental illness to contend with or not. With money struggles, travel, family, weather, and possible SADD issues, it is a variable cocktail of emotions and stressors, but add mental struggles on top, and it can make things…. lets go with interesting. A year seems like a long time, but in truth it flies by so quickly. It feels a little crazy to me that just a year ago, I wrote this:

My mind is a record,

I keep it spinning to keep the nightmares at bay.

The smallest bump to my barely stable world causes skips…

jumping from song to song in a desperate attempt

to keep the music playing.

Though I struggled, I was at least aware that I needed to make changes, even if I didn’t know just how far that stability had slipped. Perhaps my subconscious knew, now that I read this poem, I wonder.

Keeping things positive

I share this poem, not to be negative, but instead to show that we all have our dark holidays. Sometimes we put so much pressure on ourselves to have a magical holiday but the truth is, there is so much of that out of our control. If you are not feeling so hot this holiday season, just know you are not alone, and it doesn’t mean it will feel this way forever. Heres to hoping your holidays are wonderful, and sending positivity your way!

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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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  • Hey Guys! I've been quiet on Insta so far this October, but its because IM SO BUSY and i'm pretty much in Halloween Heaven. Between finishing my first commissioned costume (its super simple, but I completed foam armor for the first time!!!) and doing makeup at the haunted house, i've hardly had time for sleep... and I wouldn't have it any other way. 
This is one of my first clown practice runs. I tried doing 30 minutes or less, and initially I wasn't planning on posting. Having a few days of the crazed makeup chaos that is getting ready for house open under my belt, I have a new appreciation for what details you can and simply cannot complete in such a short time period, and kind of like the grunge this clown pulled off. Not everything you will create is perfect, but thats how we all learn! #clowns #hauntedhouse #halloweenmakeup #halloween2018
  • I think this barrel look could make a great clown character.... am I going over to the dark side and starting to like clowns?!?! Only time will tell, and there are still 20 days until Halloween! #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "I say that we take a cannon, aim it at his door
And then knock three times
And when he answers
Sandy Claws will be no more!"
The props for Barrel were actually my favorite, even if they are a bit cheesy, and make this costume all the more fun. I'll have to keep an eye out for a skeleton costume this year... I would like to do this one again! #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "We're his little henchmen and
We take our job with pride
We do our best to please him
And stay on his good side"
#Nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • I am SO FREAKING PLEASED with this makeup... and I have no justification for why I love Barrel more than Shock... Could be the fun loving character or just that the colors popped more in these photos. Or maybe these clown-like looks are starting to grow on me.... #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "Jack said, "We should work together"
Three of a kind
Birds of a feather
Now and forever
Wheeee!!!"
Those poor red eyes! Thats not fx eye-blood... it's what happens when you do too many makeups close together... this stuff can be hell on your skin! They didn't look this red in all of the photos, but they sure felt like it. I have since invested in a serious eye cream... its only one week into October! #redeyes #muaproblems #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel
  • "Kidnap Mr. Sandy Claws
I wanna do it
Let's draw straws"
Maybe it is because this is my shortest wig or just the color palette, but I feel like my Shock makeup came across a bit like Beast Boy from Teen Titans... what do you think? #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel #teentitans
  • "He'II be so pleased by our success
That he'll reward us too, I bet
Perhaps he'll make his special brew
Of snake and spider stew!"
One last shot of Lock... three guesses what the next one is, and the first two don't count ;) #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel #halloweentown
  • "First, we're going to set some bait
Inside a nasty trap and wait
When he comes a-sniffing we will
Snap the trap and close the gate"
Ok, i couldn't wait to post this shot with the goofy masks I made 2 years ago... Im obsessed with this gorgeous wig from Webster Wigs. It's seriously my favorite. Speaking of the mask, Im excited to get these new pics posted on the blog, because the makeup and mask pics are super cheesy. It makes me proud to see how much I have improved in both makeup and prop-making in just a few years. #muapassion #lockshockandbarrel #nightmarebeforechristmas

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