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.
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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  • I’m going through old pictures and ran across this one. I remember not really being happy with this look, and sure, the lines could have been cleaner, but I still really like this! I think we should always go back and look at work a year later... even if it really want good, it shows us just how far we have come in so little time. #skullmakeup #hauntmua #sfxmua #personalgrowth
  • I often do a look that I’m just not all that happy with afterwards, as is with this “halfway to Halloween” clown I created back in.... May? Looking at it now, I don’t know what it is exactly it was that I didn’t like... maybe I just needed a orange wig? I almost like a progress pic more than the finished product. What do you think?#clowns #clownmakeup
  • Throwback to my first actual clown makeup! The eye shapes were inspired by a few looks by @totalnightmaretravis, and i was incredibly excited about this wig! The Rhapsody Short by @rockstarwigs is probably the most fun wig to wear that I currently own. I only have red, but am heavily considering another color for my collection.
Happy National Clown Week! #justclowningaround #clowns #scaryclowns
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  • One last look at this (insightful? Revealing?) makeup! I actually really loved the eyes by themselves, and they took a good 2 hours themselves. A good challenge in trying to make a flat art of round objects translated on a curved surface! #eyeseeyou #eyeball #eyes #makeupartist #inspiredbyart
Inspire by art by @xsullo
  • Eye see you! I also understand I’m not funny, it’s ok. 😂
This was actually a fun challenge, eyes are really complex and took nearly 2 hours to get them where I was happy. Of all of this, I’m really proud of the detail I was able to get in the irises of each eye, and my blocked eyebrow almost completely disappeared! This actually looks amazing compared to the first time I blocked them out. Yay for progress! #eyeseeyou #eyeball #horrormakeup #horrorart 
Inspired by art from @xsullo
  • I love finding inspiration in new places, and when @bearded_horror shared artwork by @xsullo a week or so ago, I knew I had to give it a try as a makeup! Seriously, such amazing art. I hope I did it justice! Check out their profile to see even more incredible works and compare to the original.
  • After this photoshoot im not sure how to go back to my plain black background... I mean if there isn’t ominous fog in the background, does it really even count?!?! #fogmachine #clownmakeup #scareactress #hauntlife #evietheclown

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