Blogging has turned out to be a very therapeutic tool for me over there past few years.
I have a deep need to feel heard and have struggled over my life to find ways to get to that place. I started Honor Thy Henry specifically for this reason: to open up in a new way to see if that fire inside I'm looking for was lit. It worked. Thinking about my posts, writing them and sometimes not posting them has helped me to be more open and communicative offline. As a bonus, my thoughts on how I communicate continue to shift and evolve.
I found myself talking about food, cooking, vegan lifestyle, and all the things that I keep seeing that I don't notice anyone else talking about. This is something I feel often in my life; the seeing of events and ideas that aren't heard elsewhere. I have just started leaning into this noticing as a power of mine and, when I did, I noticed that I really loved cooking. It was surprising thinking of just a few years ago how I would do anything I could not to cook. I had microwavable meals delivered, ordered out constantly, went out to dinner, and struggled doing basic kitchen tasks. I feel compassion for me then and it shows me just how far I've come.
I possess deep analytical talents cultivated over years of technical work and scanning the world for how to best move through it. In The Analytical Vegan, I use these talents to read between the lines of cooking and recipes to reveal new (to me at the very least) insights. I'll share the recipes, but this is more about what I've learned from cooking these recipes, how I am learning to change them to my liking, and some tips that I see between the lines that I don't hear others sharing.
So why another blog? My analytical brain loves the topical nature of each:
HonorThyHenry is my original baby. A place for me to share the revelatory thoughts and moments that are impactful to me. An intimate peek into how I think, how I see the world, and how that's changing constantly.
The Analytical Vegan is my cooking diary as a new vegan and new cook. Here I'll share all the tips and tricks I see between the steps of recipes I've found online, in cookbooks, and through friends and family.
As I learn how to be a more evolved cook and vegan, I'll share that with you so you can apply it to your own journey (even if you're not vegan). The Analytical Vegan is your spot if you're a new cook, new vegan, vegan-curious, or just Henry curious.
I really hope you're join me on this parallel journey. Now you can get two different flavored doses of Henry. What could be better?