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?

Hello!

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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