Why I Adore The Mindy Project

You’re probably familiar with Mindy Kaling, aka Kelly Kapoor from The Office, and her latest and greatest show, The Mindy Project. As the show’s creator, co-producer, and main star, Kaling hits an absolute home-run not only with the overall rom-comedy of the show, but with her character—also named Mindy—and her antics of living, working, and finding love in New York City.

When The Mindy Project first aired in September 2012, I was ready. I not only loved her character on The Office, but her twitter account KILLED me. Her whit, humor, and ability to poke fun at herself was refreshing, honest, and hilarious. As a millennial, I find her highly relatable.

In The Mindy Project, Kaling doesn’t disappoint and her brilliance is apparent throughout the show. Her lifestyle makes me thankful for what I have… basically, I am happy that I am out of the dating scene.

Be who you are.

It is not all sunshine and creatively styled outfits for Mindy. Not only do many of her relationships fail—falling in love with a rich sports agent who turns out to be an addict—but Mindy goes onto show how a person can do a job well AND with passion (not wanting to drop her non-insured patients when a new career opportunity arises. Can I get a hell yeah?), all without ignoring who she is as a person (pop obsessed, awkward, rom-com addict). That is no easy task. Sometimes her personality is her greatest strength and her greatest flaw. But she is always herself, regardless of the result. You have to give her props for that.

Knowing what you want and need.

In Season 2, Mindy is engaged to a hip-hop style mainline pastor, Casey, who has a ‘what-is-my-true-calling?’ crisis. When Casey can’t decide what his true calling in life should be, their relationship gets complicated. Should he be a Pastor? Missionary? DJ? …. Spoiler alert… he ends up being a shoe designer in LA… Mindy realizes what she wants and NEEDS. She needed someone stable. Someone that wasn’t still looking to find themselves. She knew her limits, and the engagement was over.

This was a highly relatable moment. A human moment. People fall in love all the time and realize that it’s not 100% about happiness, but what you  need. I don’t believe this is selfish, I believe it is honest. It takes strength to stop a relationship, but The Mindy Project goes there with a laugh along the way.

Mindy is honest.

She is honest with herself and with others. She may compare her life, and those around her, to celebrity crushes, but she tells others how she feels. It may not feel that way when she’s dishing out her long-winded weekend plans or talking about how she reads Bridget Jones’ Diary when she’s sick, but she will tell you anything you ask, and if she believes you are being rude or invasive, she’ll tell you that too.

This strong female character makes me excited about the future of television.

Thanks Mindy Kaling.

The Mindy Project airs Tuesday nights on FOX.

Professional Crush: Erin Blaskie

Erin Blaskie
From hyfen / Andrew Louis

It’s time for another professional crush (see ’em here)!

When I started to learn about working online, and getting paid for it, one name kept coming across my search results, Erin Blaskie.

Blaskie is not only described as being in a ‘hot, passionate love affair with the Internet’ but she is nothing short of a digital media princess.

In college, I majored in electronic and corporate communications and spent most of my time in the campus radio and TV stations. As a result, I love podcasts, technology, and everything digital media. That’s why today’s professional crush is Erin Blaskie.

Blaskie is based in Canada, and runs a number of services for online businesses and activities.

Last February, I attended her Blog Design Bootcamp 3.0. She not only answered questions, posted additional resources, posted the videos, but also gave us the opportunity to submit any question we had when it came to blogging. It was awesome… I should probably go back and revamp this blog…

Blaskie is the business woman I aspire to be. She’s not only knowledgeable, but extremely easy to talk to. That doesn’t happen very often.

She has an an amazing blogging ethic, is an early adopter of online tools, and is really into customer service. She provides free emails with tips, eBooks, and much more.

What that has taught me: Never underestimate the value of giving information away. Continue reading Professional Crush: Erin Blaskie

A Professional Crush: Eric Qualman

Come on, everyone has one- or a dozen. My best friends have them and even my fiancé.

They are the people that you stop tweeting, talking, and blogging for so you can watch their latest update, buy their new book or read over their latest post. You know, the professional crush.

This crush transcends gender, education and  understanding. I couldn’t tell you how this started, or when it did. All I can tell you is that it’s like I’m back in 5th grade and I found ‘the boy.’ Yup. My heart beats faster and I hang on every word.

Who is my professional crush?

Erik Qualman.

Qualman is a not only experienced in online marketing, but he’s the author of Socialnomics: How Social Media transforms the way we live and do business.

Qualman isn’t just on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. He also has a blog using WordPress. A WP site just seals the deal with me. He knows what he’s talking about- because he lives it.

Perhaps I’ve become cynical with all the ‘experts’ out there that don’t even tweet or Facebook. At. All.

Not sure how that works really. I’m sure that some are awesome, and they don’t like to be connected all the time… but come on! Tweet or talk online somewhere. Show me that you know  how to conduct yourself online. Otherwise, why would I trust you with my brand online?

I first ran across Qualman over a year ago, and now I’m happy to follow his developments and statistics on social media in the world today. In fact, his old video, Social Media Revolution (click here), has now been updated with the latest information.

Here is Qualman’s updated Social Media Revolution 2 video:

Who is your professional crush? Has it changed over the years?