12 Sips to Glory

12 Sips to Glory

You guys need to check out this inspiring film from director Matt Hirst.  It’s the story of Trey Williams, an average Texan with an uncanny palette for orange soda.  The director takes a simple concept and a charismatic subject and executes a a delightful short film about the passion and exuberance we all have inside of us for SOMETHING.  Watch this short film and think about your own superpower.  If you were to be forever known and recognized for one skill, ability or passion, what would it be? Let us know in the comments or email us at creation@mossybrain.com.

Ben Beresh is a designer, filmmaker and co-founder of MossyBrain. Originally from Niagara Falls, ON, he now happily calls Broken Arrow OK home, along with his wife Jessica, four kids and dog Charlie. Ben likes to have a good time, all the time (Enneagram 7), as well as eating all types of sandwiches.

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Top 5 Best Ways to Scare a Loved One

Top 5 Best Ways to Scare a Loved One

‘Tis the season for tricks and treats.  This post will focus on the tricks.  As everyone knows, it is a true delight to really scare someone you love.  You know they are completely safe, but the look of absolute terror (right before they realize the prank and swear an oath of revenge) is priceless. Here are the Top Five Best Ways to Scare a Loved One:

Wake Up Freak Out

There is a very visceral reaction when being awoken from a state of deep slumber.  The terror and confusion of the victim is very real.  So is the evil laughter of the perpetrator.  What is the most creative way you can jolt your loved one awake?

Hiding in the Dark

I don’t care how old or how tough you are- there is something about the dark that can put folks on edge.  If you have the chance to hide in the dark and wait for that magic moment to freak someone out, you have to take it.

Creepy Face in Window

So you’re just minding your own business, doing the dishes or reading a book, when you raise your gaze to see a strange face looking back at you through the window. This is guaranteed to get a big reaction from the victim, especially at night. Bonus points if the outside creeper ties into a well-known fear of the victim. A truly timeless prank.

Computer Scream Gag

When I first discovered this prank many moons ago, it seemed to give meaning and purpose to technology in a way that transcended all previous known uses and functionality.  For the unfamiliar with this scheme, you pull up a video that you ask the victim watch closely, paying attention to all the small details as if there will be a quiz or something.  The video is placid and calm, until BAM!!! A loud noise and a disturbing image plays and scares the daylights out of the mark. Please video the reaction if you are attempting this prank- every true artist will want to admire their handiwork.

PLEASE NOTE- Don’t do this prank to young kids.  That’s just mean.

Surprise Jump Out

This is the best of the best- simple, fast, effective. Hide around a corner or in a dark room and just wait for your victim to come to you. A loud noise or scream from you will increase the reaction significantly. Please use responsibly- do not attempt with individuals with a heart condition. These are your loved ones we’re talking about!

There you have it! Have a safe and fun Halloween season.

Please share your greatest success stories with us of how you scared the bejesus out of someone you love! Send an email to creation@mossybrain.com or comment below. Thanks!

Ben Beresh is a designer, filmmaker and co-founder of MossyBrain. Originally from Niagara Falls, ON, he now happily calls Broken Arrow OK home, along with his wife Jessica, four kids and dog Charlie. Ben likes to have a good time, all the time (Enneagram 7), as well as eating all types of sandwiches.

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The Enneagram – An Overview

The Enneagram – An Overview

If you have not yet discovered the wonder of the Enneagram, buckle up my friend. The Enneagram is a personality typing system made up of nine interrelated personality types, all stemming from unique motivations and drives. It is likely that everyone will relate in some way to each of the types, but one should stand out as the primary. Experts agree that we are born with one dominant type, though it seems to be a mixture of nature and nurture.

I first learned about the Enneagram about five years ago, and it has progressively impacted my life in some profound ways. Self-awareness for starters. Hypothetically, one might began to understand where one’s passive aggressive tendencies originate (cough cough). Also, I find I have a greater understanding and grace for the people in my life. Where before I might have (internally) punished someone for a frustrating response or habit, now I can see a little clearer from where things stem.

Here’s a little overview for the beginners out there. Please know that we are by no means experts on the Enneagram, not even close. We are learning, and realizing how helpful and useful it can be. So, of course, we wanted to share this model with our fellow MossyBrainers and dive deeper together!

A Few Basics

Each type belongs to a particular triad or center – gut or instinctive (8,9,1), heart (2,3,4), and head (5,6,7). In reality, we need all three centers to be fully integrated and awake to ourselves. The center that includes our personality type is our dominant center. With the three types in each center, there is a dominant emotional theme.  For the gut triad the emotion is anger, for the heart triad it is shame, and for the head triad- fear. Each type in the triad has a different way of coping with said emotion.

Every person has one dominant type and a wing, which means you lean into one of the adjacent numbers (i.e. If you’re a One, your wing would be either Nine or Two).  The wings are like another side to our personality and help bring balance. Some people are so firmly entrenched in their types, they don’t display much of either wing.  Some people have one very strong wing and relate immensely to that number. Others have two strong wings and are quite balanced with both. Usually it is one wing for your personality type but any of these can occur.

Integration and Disintegration

Each type disintegrates in times of stress to a different number and integrates in times of growth to another number. This is where things can feel complicated, but once you see it, it’s easier to understand (See diagram below).

I’ll quickly lay out the paths: type One will integrate to a Seven in times of growth and disintegrate to a Four in times of stress. Twos will integrate to a Four and disintegrate to an Eight. Type Three will integrate to a Six and disintegrate to a Nine. Fours will integrate to a One and disintegrate to a Two. An integrating Five goes to Eight and disintegrating Five goes to Seven. Type Six will integrate to a Nine and disintegrate to a Three. Sevens will integrate to a Five and disintegrate to a One under stress.  An integrating Eight goes to a Two and a disintegrating Eight goes to a Five.  Type Nine will integrate to Type Three and disintegrate to a Type Six.

There are levels of health that will affect how the number is developed in each individual; our personality will not be static, but will reflect how we change over time. We are often in a state of flux as to our level of health – unhealthy, average, or healthy. As you learn more about it, it becomes more clear, but the well of Enneagram information goes very deep. There is so much to it, and as time passes, I uncover more and more wisdom. Now let’s get into the different types!

The Nine Types of the Enneagram

Type One, The Perfectionist

Ones are the improvers of the Enneagram; not only do they see what needs to be improved in the world around them, but also within themselves.  They are logical, ethical, and principled, with very high standards. (Ahem – I don’t like to point out others faults, but Ones can also be perfectionistic and self-righteous).

Type Two, The Helper

Twos are interpersonal, warm, and generous. They focus on the needs of others, while also needing to be loved and appreciated for all the help they offer. (I hate to say this; Twos can also be incredibly manipulative and possessive).

Type Three, The Achiever

Threes are success-oriented, driven, charming, and image-conscious. They are  productive and ambitious, and will try to avoid failure at all costs. (This is getting awkward, so I’m just going to come right out and say it- Threes can be narcissistic and deceitful).

Type Four, The Romantic

Fours are creative and sensitive, with a need to be unique and to find meaning in everything. They desire to avoid the ordinary and be one-of-a-kind. (I really love Fours. But, just to give a full picture, they can also be self-absorbed and temperamental).

Type Five, The Investigator

Fives are the thinkers of the Enneagram. They need to know and understand the world around them, and tend to be independent and incredibly insightful. (Um. Isolated and cynical. Sorry Fives!)

Type Six, The Loyalist

Sixes are responsible, committed, likable, and security-conscious. They are faithful and dependable and want to feel taken care of.  (The word on the street is that Sixes can also be anxious and suspicious. Supposedly.)

Type Seven, The Enthusiast

Sevens are fun-loving, spontaneous, optimistic, and accomplished. They are always planning their next adventure and would like to avoid pain and suffering. (One of my favorite people ever is a Seven, so it pains me to say that Sevens can also be scattered and excessive. Love you, Honey).

Type Eight, The Challenger

Eights are powerful, assertive, resourceful, and in-control. They need to be strong and self-reliant, and to avoid weakness. (I would never say this, but some say Eights can be aggressive and combative. That doesn’t seem right to me, though. You’re perfectly delightful, Eights!).

Type Nine, The Peacemaker

Nines are receptive, reassuring, easy-going, and stable. They need to keep the peace and avoid conflict. (As a Nine, and as we are known for being self-effacing, I would have to agree that we can also be complacent and resigned. Whatever).

Further Information

I found an incredibly helpful book for me was The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile.  It contains a comprehensive overview of the Enneagram and is a great place to start the journey of understanding. There is also an accompanying podcast that interviews various people of each type, quite entertaining and informative!  An online resource I use that is a wealth of information is The Enneagram Institute.

The Enneagram is a useful tool to help us understand ourselves and each other, but it’s not the end-all-be-all or an excuse to pigeonhole people. There is a mystery to the wisdom of the Enneagram, and it offers compassion not only to others, but to ourselves.  It helps us understand our motivations, but encourages us not to stay trapped in our struggles and habits. The Enneagram can offer illumination and grace for how each of us relates to the world, and help us discover who we were created to be.

Share your Enneagram journey with us and let us know what number you are by emailing us or commenting below!

Jessica Beresh is a blogger and co-founder of MossyBrain. Along with her husband Ben, their 4 kids and their sweet puppy Charlie she resides in Broken Arrow OK. She is a 9 on the Enneagram, loves rainy days and drinking Chai in any form.

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Please check out this awesome video from JMakes.  In it, he describes the creative inspiration that surrounds us if we take the time to see it.  Very compelling and challenging for us to seek out inspiration and innovation in ordinary things that so often go unnoticed.

Where do you find inspiration? When was a time you found inspiration in an unlikely place?

Happy creating!

Ben Beresh is a designer, filmmaker and co-founder of MossyBrain. Originally from Niagara Falls, ON, he now happily calls Broken Arrow OK home, along with his wife Jessica, four kids and dog Charlie. Ben likes to have a good time, all the time (Enneagram 7), as well as eating all types of sandwiches.

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Creativity is for Anyone

Creativity is for Anyone

In case this was unclear, we at MossyBrain LOVE creativity. We see it as the strongest weapon in the war against conformity. Creativity is the spice which makes a boring life into an adventure.

Our society is confused about the nature of creativity. Several myths exist regarding creativity that need to be addressed and dispelled.

Myth 1: One Needs Talent to be Creative

We’ve been told that you can’t be creative unless you are oozing with prodigy-level talent. Just think about our most famous creatives- Steve Jobs, Maya Angelou, Jackson Pollock, Prince, Meryl Streep or Steven Spielberg. These creatives are held up as shining examples of human potential. Legends. Do they all have ridiculous talent? Of course they do. But so what? In our instant gratification society, we so often think “…if I can’t win, I won’t play.” Don’t let a lack of talent in a certain area ever discourage you from being creative. Creativity is a way of thinking, not a measurable, limited commodity. Everyone can do SOMETHING creative TODAY.

Myth 2: I Am Not the “Creative Type”

So many of us have been tricked into believing that we are not and cannot be creative. That creativity is only reserved for free-spirited artists and musicians who keep erratic hours and live in hippy communes. Hogwash. Creativity exists in every home, office, school and community, it just doesn’t always look how you think it would. Make a conscious choice to do something differently and create something new. You might surprise yourself with your ingenuity…

Myth 3: Creativity is Not Practical

Authority figures (teachers, parents, managers etc.) love to quash creativity in favor of order and predictability. They will tell you to follow the instructions to get predictable results for whatever the task is (watch The LEGO Movie). But no innovation ever came from doing what has been done before. In order to grow and innovate, creativity is actually the most practical way forward.

These myths masquerade as conventional wisdom, but they are patently false. Here some truths about creativity and how it can affect our lives:

Creativity is an open path, not an exclusive club.

All children are born with creative impulses.  If you ask a room of kindergartners to raise their hands if they are creative, every little hand shoots up.  Ask the same question of a group of college seniors and only a small fraction of the hands will go up. Somewhere between kindergarten and the end of college, creativity gets sucked away from most people. Much of that has to do with flaws in modern educational systems, but other societal pressures and influences exist.

What needs to be understood is that we all have the innate potential to create and to be creative.  It may seem that only a small group of society is creative while most are not, but this is a misconception.  Anyone (and everyone) has access to creativity and an open invitation to live a creative life. Also recognize that creativity should have a place in your life regardless of your career, interests or personality.

Creativity is choice one should make daily.

Creativity is not as a skill that only a select few are appointed with, but is more like a muscle that needs to be exercised regularly to be maximized. Embrace and exercise your creativity and be amazed by the new worlds that open up to you.

Let us know if the comments or by emailing us how you are incorporating creativity into your lifestyle on a daily basis!

Ben Beresh is a designer, filmmaker and co-founder of MossyBrain. Originally from Niagara Falls, ON, he now happily calls Broken Arrow OK home, along with his wife Jessica, four kids and dog Charlie. Ben likes to have a good time, all the time (Enneagram 7), as well as eating all types of sandwiches.

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