Findlay Area Family sat down with Mayor Lydia Mihalik to talk politics, motherhood and the life lessons she’d like to pass on to her children.
What motivated you to get into local politics and run for mayor?
Prior to running for Mayor, I worked for both the City of Findlay and Hancock County for 10 plus years. I was looking for a way to have a greater impact on the future of our community. I valued public service and I felt confident about my ability to make a difference, so I took a chance and was honored to be elected Mayor.
What is a typical day like for you?
Drew, my husband, and I get the kids out the door and head to work. My mornings are filled with meetings, appearances, celebrations with school kids or businesses. Lunch only happens if I am lucky, and then it’s home to grab the kids off the bus, homework and a quick meal, and then I’m out the door again for more meetings and appearances.
What is most gratifying about being Findlay’s mayor?
I take great pride in representing an incredible community and it makes the long days and difficult decisions all worth it.
What is hardest about juggling motherhood and public service?
Achieving balance. There are so many demands with my job and with being a parent, but somehow my husband Drew and I make it work.
How do you cope with all the demands?
What do you do for a break from it all?
Exercise, family and friends. I also live for a warm bubble bath, even if the quiet moment only lasts three minutes before my kids, a dog, or my husband interrupts.
You just had a new little one, are you getting any sleep?
I am getting just as much sleep as any mother would expect with a little one at home. I manage by enjoying the moments I get to spend with our newest addition, knowing that sleep deprivation isn’t permanent.
What do you believe are the biggest joys of motherhood?
Watching my children grow while celebrating their successes. Knowing that I’m doing what I can to raise productive, thoughtful and compassionate children will bring me a lifetime of happiness.
If you could impart just three lessons upon your children, what would they be?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, think of others before yourself, and laugh often.