Tips You Need to Have Fun and Keep Sharp This Summer!

Summer school is in session! We’re always looking for new tools and resources to streamline our work and fun and we wanted to share some of our favourites with you. Looking for productivity tips or your next beach read? Here’s a list of Camel-approved ways to spend your precious summer downtime.



My new-found podcast guilty pleasure is ‘Phil in the Blanks’ with Dr. Phil.  Yes, you read me right. I like it because each episode is an interview with celebrities of all shapes and sizes – Kathy Bates, Oprah Winfrey, the Jonas Brothers and more.  He talks about their path and touches on what inspired them plus the challenges they faced along the way. I find it interesting to hear how people push themselves to get to where they are and how they manage their brand once they’re there.  After all, celebrities are people like us but have much more to live up to. Each one brings different insight into their journey.


What I’m leaning into this summer is a little different. (If you’re not listening to podcasts right now, get on it.) I’ve been a big fan of Drew McLellan and the Build a Better Agency podcast for some time. Drew has a way of distilling his guests’ experiences in a way that has impacted how we all think about agency life. And, If you’re into quick hits of productivity, check out Before Breakfast with Laura Vanderkam. It’s not ‘all work no play’ over here though, I’m just as likely to be diving deep into the latest serial killer profile or spending some time listening to a Brené Brown audiobook. Daring Greatly is on deck and I can’t wait to get started. Love me some Brené.



I have been reading ‘You Are A Badass – How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life’ by author Jen Sincero. The book is now on the New York Times Bestseller list and for good reason. Full disclosure: I don’t like reading books. I joined the Camel’s book club and lasted negative 5 minutes. The wine and snacks were tempting but the reading, I could not commit to. This is a self-help book for people who want to improve their lives and stop self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors. I will definitely be a badass by the end of August! Also, fun fact: I tweeted at the author Jen Sincero to share how much I liked the book and she tweeted me back! #fangirl. 



I’m finally getting around to reading “The Creative Curve” by Allan Gannett. I saw Allan speak during DigiMarCon in Toronto last May, and he was my favourite session of the day. His topic, now in full book form, is all about creativity and how we harness it. While some people (like myself) believe that you have to be an “artistic type” to have creative strokes of genius, Allan is debunking this myth and explores the science behind tapping into one’s creative genius, using key examples such as JK Rowling, Taylor Swift, and chief content officer for Netflix Ted Sarandos. While I’m not much of a science person, this book is easy to follow and eye-opening. Highly recommend. 



How about a little trip AWAY from biz books and my obsession with social media podcasts? (I’ve missed my last 4 monthly book club “meetings with wine” because of business trips.) To keep me sharp and balanced, I’ve read Something in the Water (freaked me out), Daisy Jones and the Six (loved it and I so want them to be an actual band) and I’m halfway through Where the Crawdads Sing (get that child out of the swamp) with a commitment to finish by the next wine night with the girls, I mean, book club in mid August.



The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson is a book that was recommended to me by a friend and it immediately spoke to me. Outside of work, I pride myself on holding my head high, walking with confidence and not letting negative thoughts or the opinions of other people affect me. But in the office, I’m wildly different. I take my job seriously and I try to make thoughtful choices about things I’m working on. While deadlines, workload, time management can be hectic, this book is a *subtle* reminder that we work in PR, not the ER. Sometimes we have bad days or make mistakes. What I love about this read is that it doesn’t tell you to give up or stop caring, but to adjust the way you view yourself and others to handle negative things in a better way. 10/10 recommend.



Here is my reco for any time of the year!! This site was incredible when we were planning our train destinations and the metro in Italy and France. We meet a few foreigners during our travels who used this site. What a job! Travel the world by train or subway and share your experience.



A former coworker gave me his personal copy of “Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator” by Ryan Holiday. During our time sharing an office, we enjoyed in-depth conversations about marketing, social media, politics, religion – pretty much everything you’re NOT supposed to talk about at work. Trust Me, I’m Lying is a great read about the behind-the-scenes work we often do in public relations and marketing. For those who are open to discussing some of the ongoing issues we’re facing, it’s a great way to start critically looking at and speaking about the industry.


Carter is currently in actual summer school. Get graduated already, Carter! We’ve got some projects lined up for you.

Posted Jul 29, 2019 Category: