I don't normally obsess over a television series, but when I do, it's generally for a good reason. The whole month of November has been a blur of sports, school and The Mindy Project. I discovered it one Friday night, and the next thing I knew it was already Saturday morning and I was halfway through season one. Needless to say, it was love at first sight. I'm hooked on the show, Mindy Kaling is my new role model and Mindy Lahiri is my spirit animal. I've chatted just about everyone'es ear off about this show (sorry, guys!) and successfully convinced a few of them to give the show a try (thank you!). Now as I near the end of season 3, I've been graced with a few nuggets of Mindy Lahiri wisdom that I'm thrilled to pass on to you.

The (Insert your name here) Project

Mindy's quest to find true love came once she realized that she wasn't leading the life she truly wanted to live. Determined to stick it to the man, get herself a man and have a little fun, she turned life's lemons into lemonade and got to work on herself. A trying task, but a noble one that's well-worth the effort in the end. Reminding us, that life is what we make of it and the sooner and harder we work on making it better, the greater it will be.

Life is a balance

Mindy Lahiri's current boy-crazed state is a product of too many romcoms and years of focusing solely on getting her degree, becoming a partner in her firm and mastering her craft. By watching her maneuver from dancing with her friends to prepping for a baby delivery, I've learned that you've got to focus on what's most important to you. In other words, some things are worth setting aside in order to create more opportunities in the future.

Roll with the punches

Whether it's falling ill halfway through your mission's trip or having your heartbroken, sometimes you've just got to roll with the punches. Mindy gets herself in some pretty precarious--although humorous--situations, where everyone from best friend to co-worker eventually gets involved. Not one to wallow self-pity, she handles these hiccups with class and often with a funny joke or two. Her attitude towards the trials and tribulations she faces show that the breadth of a problem is partially due to how you react to it.

Be authentic 

If she wants to wear bedazzled workout attire or join a rigorous OB/GYN program at Standford, then she will. Never without something to say or an opinion of her own, she is unabashedly herself in everything situation. Ultimately, being yourself is like a breath of fresh air-- real, important and something that everyone wants more of. And on that note...

The three Cs

This lesson comes in two parts, in theory from the real Mindy (Kaling) but in practice in Mindy's (Lahiri) personality. Combined the real and TV Mindys seem to have mastered the three Cs-- confidence, courage, and creativity. In life, you can't have one without the other, forming the perfect recipe for a life well-lived. It takes ample amount of courage to share your version of creativity with the world. The more you do it, the more certain of yourself and your abilities you become (aka you boost your confidence levels). After all...

"If you've got it, flaunt it. And if you don't got it, flaunt it. 'Cause what are we even doing here if we're not flaunting it?" 
~Mindy Kaling


Dress to impress...

yourself first, and then others. After all, you can never be overdressed or overeducated.

There's somebody for everybody...

but you may have to go through a lot of nobodies first.

Food = Happiness

And don't you ever forget it.

~Alexandra XO