Free PDF – Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Creativity Flowing

Free PDF – Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Creativity Flowing

Creativity is life-giving. We all need inspiration to keep creativity flowing after a long day when all you want to do is binge Netflix with a tub of ice cream.

MossyBrain has come to your rescue!!!

We want you give you everything you need to turn on the creativity tap on demand. We’ve compiled a great starter list of ideas and activities to jump-start your creative juices just when they’re ready to shut down. It’s all included in a PDF called Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Creativity Flowing. If your creativity is a muscle that needs exercising, following the items on this PDF list is like bench pressing 450lbs. Your brain  WILL get CREATIVE. Fast.

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Don’t wait- sign up and get creative today. And when it all starts happening, let us know how it goes on Facebook, Twitter, in the comments or by emailing 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.

Connect with him on Facebook or ben@mossybrain.com.

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The MossyBrain Shop- Creative Items for Creative People

The MossyBrain Shop- Creative Items for Creative People

Often, the most creative people in our lives are the hardest to buy for. Never fear- the MossyBrain Shop has come to your rescue!

The MossyBrain Shop includes original gifts and merchandise designed by the MossyBrain team. Shirts, mugs and tote bags are waiting to be perused by your discriminating gaze. With the holidays rapidly approaching, surprise a dear creative in your life with some MossyBrain gear. We hope that our offerings will inspire you and those in your life as you let your creative flag fly high.

Please check back regularly, as new items are always being added to the shop. If there is something you’d like to see- designs in different colors or new products, please let us know!

 

Pssst… stay tuned for a new series of Enneagram-inspired merch! Please let us know what you think!

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.

Connect with him on Facebook or ben@mossybrain.com.

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Top 5 People You Need In Your Life

Top 5 People You Need In Your Life

Healthy relationships are vital to productive creativity. Creativity thrives in community, not in a vacuum. Here are the Top Five People You Need In Your Life…

An Old Friend

An old friend sees you not only for who you are, but who you used to be and the journey that brought you to this point. Old friends are a precious commodity- they’ve been with you through good and bad, yet they stuck around. Cherish them and make time for them. (Fun fact- this video for Ben Rector’s song “Old Friends” was shot right in our own backyard- Tulsa OK.)

A New Friend

There is a vitality and excitement that comes from a budding friendship. A new friend brings a fresh perspective to your life. As you embrace new adventures, always be on the lookout for new friends and relationships. Your openness will be rewarded greatly. As my father always embodies- a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met!

A Mentor

Everyone needs an Obi-Wan Kenobi. Someone who has been where you want to go. We need someone who is coaching us and cheering us on from the sidelines. Mentors take on many forms, and you definitely feel their absence from your life. If you don’t already have one, seek one out ASAP.

A Mentee

It is important to pay it forward in life. As you find and benefit from a mentor in your life, strongly consider becoming a mentor to someone who might benefit from being in relationship with you. In sharing with and teaching your mentee, new insights will become clear to you. And perhaps one day, this mentee will become one of those cherished old friends…

Bob Ross

Mr. Bob Ross perfectly embodied the MossyBrain ethos. He created fearlessly and with a quiet passion. He was a patient teacher, inspiring all who watch him to attempt something beautiful. There are no secrets with Bob Ross- he created magic right before our eyes with his painting. Thanks to the massive archive of video he left behind, we can all spend time with Bob Ross whenever we need to hear his soothing voice.

Let us know who has played or is playing an important roll in your life 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.

Connect with him on Facebook or ben@mossybrain.com.

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Pass The Creativity, Please!

Pass The Creativity, Please!

Here at MossyBrain, we love Thanksgiving. This holiday gives you ample opportunity for creativity and fun. However, with all the festivities come inevitable family get-togethers, and we readily admit those can have potential to breed tension and difficult conversations. Gathering a wide range of personalities, ages, backgrounds, and politics into one room is bound to set the proverbial table for possible conflict.

Have no fear! You’ve come to the right place… We’re going to help you avoid that tension with some festive and hopefully conflict-free Thanksgiving ideas:

Stick to tame and non-controversial conversation topics

Some safe conversations topics are: the weather, sports, how many hours of vigorous gardening it would take to burn off all the calories you are consuming, travel, the state of your elderly relatives’ health(they could go on and on about this), entertainment, and food(Ben would specify sandwiches for optimal conversation.) Tell jokes! Obviously, keep away from the political or offensive ones… Here’s a little example of a Thanksgiving-themed joke: What kind of music did the Pilgrims like? Plymouth Rock! You’re welcome for that.

Get out the Pictionary and Charades

Games are always a sure bet to keep things fun and conversation light. Spice these games up with creative categories such as:

  • Activities You Do with Gloves On
  • The Muppets
  • Blueberries
  • The Enneagram
  • Musical Genres of the Eastern Caribbean

There are so many to choose from; the sky’s the limit! Just try to avoid the super competitive and intense games like Risk, Monopoly, and flag football. You get the idea- the goal is for everyone to have fun and walk away intact.

Show Interest in Others

Some of you may only see a lot of your relatives once or twice a year; that creates a great opportunity to catch up and learn something new about them! People light up and come alive when discussing something they’re passionate about. Your curiosity about what lights them up can lead to some of the best conversations of the day. Ask insightful questions like, “If you had unlimited resources, what activity would you engage in?” You will make a lasting connection; kindness is magic!

Reminisce

Sometimes just reminding others of shared experiences can lighten the mood and encourage bonding. Tell funny stories from your youth, ask for clarity from older family members about the past, and reminisce together about years gone by. Don’t look for offense. Make sure you can laugh at yourself when embarrassing or incriminating stories surface.

Pie

If all the above suggestions fail, and someone insists on being confrontational or controversial, shove your face into a pie. Any pie will do, but the cream pies are the most satisfying to smash in a face. Pumpkin would be disappointing. This tactic is a last resort, but is sure to steer the conversation away from politics or religion or why Ted doesn’t have a job. The new conversation topics might be hushed questions about your mental health, but hey! No arguments, right?

These ideas should just get you started. Think outside the box and let your creative flag fly this Thanksgiving. With these activities and your creative brains working, this is sure to be a fun and peaceful holiday with your family.  Let us know in the comments how you plan to let creativity shape your Thanksgiving festivities!

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.

Connect with her on Facebook or jess@mossybrain.com.

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6 Great Ways to Nurture Your Child’s Creative Genius

6 Great Ways to Nurture Your Child’s Creative Genius

We all want to see more creativity in our kids. There is nothing in this world that brings me more joy than hearing my child singing an original song while they are playing alone, or witnessing my children engrossed in a detailed and peculiar game of pretend. It’s like I can see those creative wheels in motion, and it is such a delight to watch. I try to do so without them noticing, because nothing stops a child in his creative tracks more than a mother hovering over him, beaming with pride. I have been known to hide around the corner and listen in. It’s not weird.

Here at MossyBrain, we subscribe to the idea that we are all born creative. Dr. George Land and Beth Jarman developed an experiment to test creative potential, measuring the ability to come up with innovative ideas to solving problems. They gave it to 1600 children between the ages of 4 and 5, and 98% tested in the genius category of imagination! Sadly, that percentage fell to 30% when the same children tested at the age of 10. At 15, only 12% landed in the genius category. Many believe our educational system is a large factor in the decline of creative thinking. For adults, that number is even sadder – 2%!

There is hope, my friends! We believe that creativity is like a muscle and the more we use it, the stronger it grows in us. As parents, we want to encourage their creative genius every step of the way! Perhaps through persistence and mindfulness, we can offset some of decline of creativity in our kids. Here are some ways to nurture that genius in your everyday life:

Make up songs with your child

It began before my child could even speak, much less sing. I would sing to him about whatever we were doing, or how I felt, or our environment. Experts say that narrating for your baby helps them develop language skills. I’m just taking it one step further. Let me be clear – these songs were not good. They were comically bad, but I just let the words flow. As your child grows, take turns making up verses. Belt it out, if you have the moxie. Encourage her to do the same and hopefully she won’t let insecurity or embarrassment hinder her expression.

Offer myriad opportunities to make art

Provide your children with a plethora of art supplies- paints (watercolor, tempura, biocolor, finger, activity), colored pencils, crayons, clay, chalk, even household items you don’t want anymore for recycled and figural art. The possibilities are endless! I will admit that you may have to set some boundaries and also be okay with a little mess. Let them think outside the traditional box of what “art” is. I’m sure they will surprise you with their genius!

Tell stories together

My children love to ask me to tell them a story they have never heard before. At first, that was a huge challenge for me. I felt nervous that I would get stuck or stumble, and unsettled that I didn’t already know the story, but the more I did it, the more comfortable I got with the ambivalence. I actually surprised myself with my storytelling ability and how my own creativity surfaced. Let’s give our kids the same opportunities to rise to the challenge.

Another take on this is what my children like to call, “Read me a book in your own special way.” They reserve this request for Ben because he is the master. He takes a picture book that they know and “reads” it in his “own special way,” aka makes up a whole new, absurd story in its place. My children LOVE this exercise; it is creative and gets the giggles flowing! Once you have had a turn, give them a shot to make you laugh!

Dance parties

Kids seem to be natural dancers; it bursts out of them at random times, with or without accompanying music. They don’t really give a hoot about “skill” or “talent” and it is the best thing to witness. There’s something to just letting go of your self-consciousness and cutting a rug. Lead by example!  Anything can be a dance; let your body move to the music. Rumi said, “Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”

Make Believe

I don’t have to tell you that this is second nature to children, but it may be more of a challenge for you to play along. Start out by letting your child take the lead. Ask, “If we could be anywhere in the world, where would you want us to be?” or “Let’s pretend! Who do you want to be?” An open-ended question like this can reveal a child-led world of possibilities, and they will love that you want to play along. It’s kind of like improv; you know the rules: always agree, say Yes And! Have fun!

Problem Solve

Scavenger hunt, puzzles, tower building, and free play; these are just a few of the countless ways to encourage problem-solving. I think the key (speaking to myself here!) is to allow your child to lead. Often times, parents want to be knowledgeable, to teach, or even impress our children with our insight, but what happens when we ask questions, listen, and let our children lead? We give them opportunities to let that creative genius shine, and while they’re flexing those creative muscles, they’re learning new problem-solving skills at the same time.

What I love about engaging in creative play with your child is that these are incredible bonding opportunities. These activities facilitate togetherness, laughter, and fun. Let’s encourage their natural creative genius and, even better, join them in the process! Who knows? Maybe your child could teach you a thing or two along the way.

What are some other ways you nurture your children’s creative genius? Share them with us in the comments or email us- creation@mossybrain.com.

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.

Connect with her on Facebook or jess@mossybrain.com.

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