Mad Like Alyce

30 by 30 Challenge Update! Personal Goals

Oh Hai! I’m still here everyone, even if I haven’t been posting… and boy have I ever been busy. So much has happened in the last six months, and all for the better. I think reviewing this is a great example of how life doesn’t EVER care what your plans are… and you have to open yourself up to what life is going to put in front of you.

With that said, I have 40 days left in my 20’s… and I’m certain im not going to complete this list. And, I don’t want to. The changes in the last 6 months have gotten me to a whole new place, with entirely new goals. But, for posterity’s sake… lets take a quick look.

  • Completed: 2
  • Adjusted and possible: 2
  • Possible: 4
  • Just Nope: 2

Personal Goals: A Review

  1. Lose 30 lbs. Bahahahahaha. shit. So, I have been fluxing between 10-15 down, and I’m ok with that. Frankly, you have to decide what your goals are, and fitness just hasn’t really been at, or near, the top. Still think I could be healthier, but I’ve been so freaking busy with other things (teaser for tex post), and I’m in a good place in life.
  2. Pay off my credit card. Soooooo, reasons further below, but right after the New Year, I moved into a new apartment. It wasn’t something I had expected, very last minute, and I had lots of things to buy, including furniture. I also ended up having not one, not two, but four unexpected travel trips come up this year, and to save the most money, most were paid for well in advance. So, im adjusting. I was able to use some promos and get most of the unexpected costs in on 0% interest for a year, so… im going to adjust my goal to paying off all interest gaining debt paid off by the time I turn 30, and ACTUALLY MIGHT MAKE IT!
  3. Learn to french braid. Ugh. I have kind of started this one. Its actually much harder than I thought, simply because its incredibly hard to hold my arm up over my head for that long due to my shoulder surgery. Still, I have enough time to potentially knock this out yet… so not a total loss.
  4. Go to 3 concerts. BOOM. Done. I went to Theory of a Deadman in Sioux City in August 2018, Shinedown in Brookings and Twenty One Pilots(YASSSSSS) in St. Paul, both in October, and then finally to 5 Finger Deathpunch/Breaking Benjamin in Sioux Falls in November. So an extra concert…. does that help me make up for one I won’t accomplish. I’m going to go with yes… see the next one (hides face).
  5. Average one post per week. Obviously, not. And, there is no way for me to actually make up this average. I basically would have to post 38 posts before my birthday to hit this average, and i’m pretty sure that won’t actually happen. I will say though, the ones I have posted include some of my favorite makeups to date.
  6. Try Singing Bowl Meditation. Shoot. So, they used to do these at the Butterfly House here in Sioux Falls, but it doesn’t appear to be a thing anymore. So, I really do want to do this. I think it could be an interesting experience, so will see what I can do to find a provider.
  7. Do a Reiki session. I DO have someone that can do this, and I am going to get this scheduled ASAP… I hope she has availability…
  8. Take an INFJ course. So. Sometimes in a relationship you aren’t happy, and you blame it on yourself… This goal was kind of sneaky. 16 personalities has a page for each personality type for relationships, and I really wanted to buy their full PDF… simply for that section. I don’t know how much I actually got from that, because I ended up making the decision I knew I needed to do. So, I broke up with my boyfriend of 5 years. Nothing happened, it wasn’t unhealthy, it wasn’t… anything wrong. It just wasn’t the relationship that was right for me. He’s a good person, and I care about him, but I don’t think we loved each other the way we should have 5 years in. I kept waiting, and realized, I wasn’t doing either of us any favors. It wasn’t easy, but afterwards, it was a huge weight lifted from my shoulders. It has been actually very interesting to hear about how many people have told me it was “brave” to strike out on my own to be single at 30. To refuse to settle. I have a lot of thoughts on this, and perhaps I will dig into that more at a different time. In summary, i did buy the class, but I looked inside myself and answered my own question.
  9. Participate in NaNoWriMo. Yeah… nope.
  10. Travel out of the country. Bah, this actually IS one that I had wanted to do. That said, I have made 2 fairly major trips already,  and I have two more major trips yet this year. AND I will be knocking 2 states off my list that I haven’t travelled to before, so, win? I think so. Lol, I have certainly spent as much as I would have on an international trip, so close enough.

More updates on the way!


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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  • Got to work with my sister on a test makeup for her Halloween costume and we both did Shego makeup together! I know she has black hair, but my only black wig just wasn’t working. She did fantastic for her first time! #shego #kimpossible #sistermakeup
  • When you are so busy with #hauntlife you forget you have Instagram. I’m pulling together a video shoot for our haunt trailer video and an #sfxmakeup internship for aspiring artists. I sleep too, sometimes.
  • William Faulkner said to “it’s hard to kill your darlings” meaning it can be difficult to critique your own work, especially if you put a lot into it. Stephen King went on to say you should put your work away for six months to a year before editing so you can clearly evaluate. I’m really glad I looked back at this one. Even without the wig, I think it’s striking. #hauntmua #sfxmua #stevenkingismyhero #skullmakeup
  • 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
  • Happy National Clown Week! A year ago, I wasn’t a big fan of clowns, but I practiced so many clown makeups that I eventually came to find them to be one of my favorites, and even created my own clown character. This is the first actual clown makeup I recreated based on @grave_digger_the_clown for last year’s haunt. Turned out a lot prettier than he is, no? 😉
#clownsofinstagram #hauntmua #clownmakeup #clowns
  • 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
Facepaint is a recreation of art by @xsullo


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