Goal: Have a Bit of Fun

Part of the Goals 2010 Challenge Series, Goal 21

My to-do list would make anyone tear out their hair and scream. I am sure your to-do list would as well. However, my Personal Learning Network (PLN) is what energizes me!

For example, last night I shared some great jokes and laughter with some Twitter friends! Today, I shared more laughs on Lindsay Clandfield’s post, Six anagrams of Well-Known ELT bloggers. I definitely had fun spending quite a bit of time making anagrams of some of my friends names! Visit Lindsay’s blog for the names and to add an anagram of your name or other educators to the list. A kudos prize goes to the person who guesses the anagram my friend Marisa Constantinides posted:

By Moth Wit – is hot on twitter, loves a Hawaiian shirt and has just started blogging!

Another hint is that he has been a guest blogger here on many occasions.

Have Fun

Not to bore you with my recent social media escapades, but one of the most important goals I strive for every year is to have fun. I used to be a Type A personality. Then, I had three close calls and I realized that life is too precious to take myself so seriously. There is no time to be stuck in a job you loath, be brought down by those you surround yourself with, nor drive yourself to pursue ambitious goals you derive no inner pleasure from.  I choose to have a job I may not make the most money in but am passionate about. I choose to surround myself with very supportive friends who make me enjoy life. I participate in projects, tweet, use technology, go to conferences, attend webinars, and so forth because it edifies me mentally and I enjoy these activities. Daily, I smile and laugh, because of you who interact with me.

There comes a time every year when I have to reflect on the stressors in my life, then plan to eliminate them effectively. Eliminating stress from our lives is not easy. Sometimes, it means we have to make tough decisions as my friend Tamas Lorincz has recently blogged about in his series, My 5 Reasons for Leaving the UAE.

I think this is a long-term goal we can strive to achieve. What works for some people may not work for others. Here are some ways, I relieve stress:

  • Laugh and smile often
  • Listen to great music
  • Don’t get stuck in traffic- I learned this one from my Psychology course. I began taking a different route to work that was a little longer, but ensured I did not get stuck in traffic.
  • Go for a walk or run- I love to do this with my pug and take many pictures of him.
  • Take naps
  • Take breaks

Do you have any other tips to add?

Our Students

When you are stressed in class, it shows. Therefore, I try to have fun with my students. We are goofy, we laugh, and we have fun. Not all learning is fun, especially when our education system focuses on standardized tests. However, we should strive to make engaging lessons and permit students having fun with their learning.


Reflect on the stressors in your life. For the long-term goal, reflect on how you can improve these situations.

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How do you make sure you have fun?

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations


  1. I’m glad the country roads i take to work have very little traffic. At my previous job I’d take the interstate home and would get frustrated on the way home.

  2. Just found you! I’m a former principal and consultant. Laid off. Been on job search for 7 months. New to tweets and blogging. So agree with your “laugh,smile,music”. I do that all the time. I’m a creative person, and this was not valued in the admin world. Hoping to connect with a company where being an educator doesn’t mean just crunching numbers and test data. So looking forward to participating in #teachertuesdays and #edchat. We must follow our passion and support others to do the same. Wonderful what you’ve done to unite educators all over the world.xo

  3. Hi Shelly,

    You’re right. The value of a smile is great! Some years ago I read that the most serious person is in need of a smile. So I started practising the habit of smiling. When I walk in the street, when I talk to people and even when I speak on the phone. Many times, I’m absent-minded in the street and I come across a stranger who’s smiling and suddenly I remember my new habit and start smiling.
    After a year full of hard experiences, I’ve decided to free myself from stressful situations. So I’ve sold my car and, in this way I avoid jams, potential trouble in the street and dangerous situations. I take taxis and buses and in this way, I can meditate while being taken to my destiny.
    Life’s a journey we shouldn’t make with “heavy” bags. One of my goals this year is to take out the “stones” from my bags and go about life in the most peaceful and harmonious way possible.

    • Marisa,

      Thank you for being such a great friend and sharing. You are a gem who definitely brings a smile to my face daily. I’m going to take your advice and “take out the stones from by bags.”

  4. Thanks for the great reminder Shelly! We need to start sharing some of our PLN smiles with the staff in our building. I also gain a great deal of encouragement and light-heartedness from my PLN. I need to remember to pass it on and help provide that for the teachers I work with.

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