Mad Like Alyce

Goals for 2018 and the big Freeze

Hey Guys! Back at it again… but I gotta say, I can’t believe we are already pushing halfway through January, and I haven’t put up a single recap post, goals post, or post of any kind! There is nothing quite like an impending snowSunday afternoon that makes you want to curl up on the couch with a hot cup of coffee and remedy the situation.

2017 Accomplisments

Last year, I tried to not make actual goals… to the point that I didn’t even post about it. I was going through a really rough patch dealing with my PTSD, and the idea of setting goals was far too overwhelming at the time. Instead, I identified a few things I wanted to try, and changes I wanted to make. Of these I did accomplish quite a few, including trying floating, getting on board with nightly bath soaks, Launching a full scale Alice in Wonderland photoshoot (I still haven’t posted all of the pictures), diving deeper into Special Effects Makeup, Shooting my first ever horror short film, and getting to the bottom of my shoulder injury. So it really was quite the busy year!

2018… the Year of Finances

I’ve never been good about saving, and for a long while, I didn’t have much to put away for savings anyhow. Now that I am in a place where could save, if I wanted to, I haven’t. The impetus for wanting to get my finances in order is actually because I don’t have much room in my apartment to leave things set up for my project. Its great having an ok apartment for a really good price, but it would be so wonderful to have a dedicated space for my sewing machine, or to leave my makeup setup out. The search for a bigger apartment makes a huge leap up in costs, to where it would be the same cost as having a mortgage.

Learning how to save

I grew up with a dad that loved buying fun novelty items, and a mom that would stock up on a good deal (one summer I had $1 boxes of cereal stored in my closet for months). Pair that with growing up in a large rural farmhouse where you have an overstocked pantry and deep-freeze, with ample available storage…. and I wasn’t necessarily set up for early success.

Through December, I have been following Jordan Page’s method for “envelope budgeting.” If you aren’t familiar, check out her video below. What I really love about this budgeting method is that it focuses on the little random purchases you make every day, and breaks things down to a weekly budget. So you see something you like, but have already spent your splurge budget for the week? Just wait a few days, and you can absolutely splurge… if that is still what you want. It has really helped me to pay attention to what I actually want… and what things I just buy and never actually use.

The Big Freeze

So not only is Sioux Falls about to get buried under 18 inches of snow, but i’ve also just completed my first “spending freeze!” Another one of Jordan’s concepts (can you tell I’ve on the “freeb” bandwagon?), is to go one week and not spend a dime on anything besides bills or emergencies. Not a cent. No groceries, no eating out, no soda at the gas station (gas is a bill). And believe it or not, you can eat from your existing pantry, I guarantee it. I even had a slip up, where I had a pre-scheduled lunch and when I realized I was out of dog food, but I made it to my next paycheck with enough left in my account to pay off a $200 bill. Boom.

House Hunting!

With that, I am hoping to actually accomplish a long-time goal of mine in 2018, which is buying a house! Perhaps I will change my mind at some point, but for now I’m gung-ho for this goal, and have been saving like crazy. In the mean time, I’m trying to use organization to make the space I’m currently in work better for me overall.

What are some of your goals in 2018?

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
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  • When you get those late night munchies... Another look at this Full On Zombie Liv Moore from iZombie. The more I look at this, the more I love it... why do I procrastinate in posting things for so long?!? I've got a few blog posts in the works for projects that I started last year! I should hopefully have more things up in the near future. In the meantime, bon appetit.
  • Happy Valentines Day! I'll always love you for your BRAINS!!!
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!
  • Anybody else struggle this time of year? I’m looking at these lovely sunbeams from my Alice In Wonderland shoot this summer to bring some sunshine to my day. I’ll be doing just fine, then be lying on the couch trying to feel like I can breathe again. I know it is ok, and these increased symptoms will pass, but it’s certainly not fun, especially when I have projects and ideas id like to tackle, but can’t get past this paralyzing anxiety. What do you guys use to help with SADD? #SADD #anxiety #ptsd #seasonaldepression  #winteristheworst #whydoilivehere
  • Halfway done! Still a ton to do, and I’ve learned ALOT already, like how not to sew in an invisible zipper, that I need a seam ripper, and need to invest in real fabric shears. But it’s actually coming together! Having never used a pattern before, I admit I looked at the pile of paper with some skepticism. Also, it kind of matches my couch. 😂 #cosplay #sewing #mccallspatterns #mccalls #mccallscosplay #spacesuit #plussizecosplay
  • 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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