Grow The Roses

Writing. Reading. Life. Love. Family.


Chelsea Houghton

Chelsea Houghton is a 29 year old writer from New Zealand. She's a mother and wife, enjoying the beautiful chaos with 5 children under 7. She has a Media and Communications degree and has worked as a columnist, editor, and social media strategist. She's now attempting to break into fiction as escapism from her own dramas.

Mindfulness on the Run by Dr Chantal Hofstee #aotearoareads

This year I have about a hundred things I want to do with life. I can tend to be a bit of an overachiever. But I know from past experience, that this all goes well for a few months, and... Continue Reading →

The Poetry of Karlo Mila #aotearoareads

I have to confess, I'm rather fresh on New Zealand poetry. Poetry is something I'm coming back to, a first since high school, rediscovering the reading and writing of poetry as an adult. Karlo Mila's Dream Fish Floating and A... Continue Reading →

Summer Holidays and #aotearoareads

There is something about the long summer and devouring New Zealand literature. Days travelling or hanging locally, visiting local beaches, mountains and rivers. All this inspires reading and writing about local tales and atmosphere as we holiday in our beautiful country.... Continue Reading →

Its Never Too Late to Be What You Might’ve Been

This February I start writing school. Part time. I've always had aspirations of being a writer, one of those sit in the back of your head and niggle kind of thoughts. I've fulfilled that dream in various ways - pretty... Continue Reading →

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

They say that every book you read changes you, how you think, act, speak or look at the world. I hope that is true of Americanah. Americanah is a novel about being an African (or non-American) black in the US and... Continue Reading →

Like a Queen by Constance Hall

Queen Constance writes a great book. For a while she's had a bit of a cult following on her blog, writing in a beautifully honest and hilarious way about the everyday reality of life. Like a Queen I would say is... Continue Reading →

The Starling

On Monday dad found a baby starling. He gave it to me. I looked after it really well. Dad put it in a box. I put some water and food in the box and then some grass. Then we heard... Continue Reading →

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce had been on my shelf for a long time. I have to admit, as a fan of Jonas Jonasson and his books such as The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed... Continue Reading →

Evolution of Self

I believe that every few years (though constantly in practice), we go through an evolution of self. Transforming ourselves, maturing and growing in identity. In a few months time, I will be turning 30. And I don’t necessarily think that... Continue Reading →

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