Don’t Wish Mindy Kahling ‘Happy Birthday.’ Here’s Why …

The courageous, smart and funny Mindy Kahling has a birthday this month. I would say she’s “celebrating” her birthday, but apparently she isn’t into that sort of thing.

“Anybody can have a birthday. It requires nothing. Murderers have birthdays. It’s the opposite of anything that I believe in. And I don’t like at work where you stop everything to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to someone. I feel like that’s for children.”

Well, let’s celebrate her wit anyway.

Mindy Kahling-FOX TV

Here are a few more quotes from the “The Mindy Project” writer, producer and star.

“I never want to be called the funniest Indian female comedian that exists. I feel like I can go head-to-head with the best white, male comedy writers that are out there. Why would I want to self-categorize myself into a smaller group than I’m able to compete in?”
“Celebrities give too much advice, and people listen to it too much. In Hollywood, we all think we’re these wise advice givers, and most of us have no education whatsoever.”
“When men hear women want a commitment, they think it means commitment to a romantic relationship, but that’s not it. It’s a commitment to not floating around anymore. I want a guy who is entrenched in his own life. Entrenched is awesome.”

“I have an underdog spirit in me, and now it feels weird to kind of get my own way more often than not.”


“I get so worried about girls with body image stuff… And I feel like I have been able to have a fun career and be an on-camera talent and be someone who has boyfriends and love interests and wears nice clothes and those kinds of things without having to be an emaciated stick. And it is possible to do it. In life, you don’t have to be that way and you can have a great life, a fun life, and a fulfilling love life.”


More from Mindy … ‘cuz she’s awesome:

One Thing Job Seekers Can Give Up For Lent Is …

I was working for an Internet company in late 2000 when, like many people, my position was eliminated. It was my first time being laid off (but not the last). I was devastated … and scared.

Unlike many “dotcom” companies, the one I worked for survived the first recession of this century. At the time, however, I did not think that I would survive.

I did not know how I would survive sudden unemployment with no money in savings and no new job prospects. I did not know how my career would survive or ever prosper again.

Every day I woke up terrified of what might come next. Another bill I couldn’t pay. Another resume sent with no response. Another day with no new job leads.

I was out of work and out of money. I had little hope and many worries.

I knew I needed to do something differently to change my job search results. But what to do, I did not know. That’s when I had a truly INSPIRED idea.

It was spring 2001. Although I was not a church-going Christian then, I often abstained from something, usually a food group, in observance of Lent. Unemployment had already limited my diet that year, so another food sacrifice did not appeal to me.

I knew that whatever I gave up for Lent should be something that I depended on, that I felt I needed to live each day comfortably. Giving up that thing, whatever it was would be a true sacrifice.

That’s when I knew what I had to give up for Lent: Fear.

As a job seeker, fear was one of the few constant things in my life. Fear affected all of my decision-making, my outlook on life, and how I chose to interact (or avoid) people.

If I wanted to change my job search for the better, I would have to give up fear.

For 40 days I challenged myself to let go of fear and be courageous in my job search … and in life. I stumbled a few times, but most days I made better, bolder choices. And my career benefited from it.

Instead of avoiding follow-up calls, I picked up the phone to connect with employers and set up job interviews. Making those calls often felt like torture, but I did it. And I landed a few assignments through temp agencies, thanks to my perseverance.

Letting go of fear also meant taking career advice even if it sounded farfetched.

A friend of mine suggested I interview with her company for a job I knew nothing about. She assured me that my skills would be a good match. I was skeptical, but prepared for the interview the best I could and went to talk to her supervisor.

It turned out that the job was a good match for my skills. I worked with that company for a year-and-a-half before the next phase of my career transition started.

Honestly, when the 40 days of Lent were over, I did go back to some of my fear-driven habits. But the “Lenten experiment” showed me what I was capable of when I put my mind to something. And I got a good-paying job and renewed confidence from the experience.

Other things job seekers might give up for Lent (or any time period):

  • Anger
  • Arrogance
  • Complaining
  • Doubt
  • Isolation
  • Over-sleeping
  • Stress
  • Worrying

Your Turn: What are you giving up for Lent? Do you have suggestions for job seekers?

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Also from DeniseMpls:

New Job Transition Group in Minneapolis

Park Avenue Church is concerned about being a place of community for those who are doing the work of seeking employment during these difficult economic times. We would like to bring all who are unemployed or underemployed together to explore ways to be of support to each other as you walk out this season of your life.

If you are also interested in sharing your gifts with this group, please join us.

 When: Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm

Where: Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 3400 Park Ave South, Minneapolis


  • Networking
  • Biblical, spiritual discussion
  • Resource sharing


For more information: Contact Denise Felder, DeniseMpls @ gmail. com

The Job Transition Support Group is sponsored by the Congregational Life & Care Ministry of Park Avenue UMC.