“If I help, inspire or entertain ONE person today, I’ve done great work. And I’ll do it again, tomorrow.” ~ Alexandra Franzen
Hello Friend and welcome to my blog “Seeking Querencia.” I feel honored that you found me amidst the thousands of beautiful, popular and trendy blogs, of which I am not a member. Nevertheless, I welcome you here and hope to make you feel at home, if only for a while. “Seeking Querencia” is a personal journey blog that sells no goods or services. If my blogging classes are correct, that makes little ole me the brand for this blog. If your interest is piqued, please keep reading.
My name is Lydia Marie Wright, and I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. I love to think that the uniqueness of the city, inspired me to seek my own uniqueness. I am an attorney and I live with my wonderful husband and mother outside of Austin, in the Texas Hill Country. I have 3 grown children, along with 4 g’daughters and 3 g’sons, with another g’child on the way. Our non-human family includes two temperamental cats, and one fish named Dude.
I was a very young mother–3 children by the age of 21. In 1981, I moved to Houston, Texas. I attended undergrad full-time at night, while working full-time during the day at an oil and gas exploration company. After 4 years, I graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree in General Studies. I was the first college graduate in my immediate family. I applied to law schools and choose to attend the University of Texas in Austin. I graduated in 1991 and soon, began working as a trial attorney practicing civil rights defense for the State of Texas. Except for a brief stint in another position, I remained with the State until my health forced me to resign in early 2004.
Until then, my life never left me any opportunity for self-inquiry. Growing up poor, left an indelible mark upon me to succeed at all costs–so, I did. Stopping was not an option, so I didn’t. I kept up the insane, crazy, out-of-control pace: working the stressful life of a trial attorney. Just as I ignored my inner thoughts, I ignored my body and its’ pleas to stop the madness. It was many years later before my body wouldn’t take no for an answer and stopped me in my tracks. I had no choice but to listen.
Over the years, I’ve held many roles, namely, mother, wife, daughter, sister, g’mom, attorney, friend and countless others. In addition to the many hats that I wear, I have chronic pain due to both fibromyalgia and migraines. Although this blog is not about my health issues per se, given their huge impact on my life, denying them is akin to denying my skin or eye color. Besides, there is no doubt that they, like every other challenge that I have met and conquered in life, have no small part in forming the woman who I am today.
This blog is a personal memoir and journey blog that serves as a repository for some of my thoughts, ideas, musings, curiosities, favorite quotes and poems and anything that adds to the portrait of me. It is but a small part of my journey-another avenue for me to write my feelings, lessons and achievements so that I may come to know myself in a deeper, authentic and more spiritual way. In doing so, perhaps I will help others along the way. Life is about connections and I hope that Seeking Querencia becomes a meeting place for like-minded people to connection with others in a relaxing and non-judgmental way.
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I welcome your thoughts, comments and questions and would love to hear from you. Please do not hesitate to email me at seekingquerencia(at)gmail(dot)com.
Warm blessings and thanks, Lydia