Grow The Roses

Writing. Reading. Life. Love. Family.



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 →


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 →

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 →

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 →

I Miss Blogging

Until about eighteen months ago, blogging was a big part of my life. It was my outlet with small children, a way of being creative without making a mess or taking up too much time, and I liked writing. Sure, sometimes... Continue Reading →

The Beginnings of Restless Press

Tomorrow I launch a new site: Restless Press. It is exciting and scary launching a new site, after months and even years of thinking, praying about it, and then attempting some kind of complicated jigsaw to get it to come together. Restless Press... Continue Reading →

Desperately Seeking Community

Disclaimer: This piece is written in the style of a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew a junior demon, Wormwood. This is based on C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters, which is well worth a read.  My dear Wormwood, You requested some tips on one... Continue Reading →

So much time, and so little to do…

“We have so much time, and so little to do… Stop, strike that, reverse it.” - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I have a problem. You see, things are busy. Life with four small kids, a house to clean,... Continue Reading →

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