the humble fish pie and the value of a dollar

The other night I made a fish pie, a friend came over and we ate it’s delicious goodness.  The recipe is from my mum and is the classic Kiwi version made from tinned smoked fish (with a few tweaks from moi).  What I love about the pie is the transformation of cheap ingredients into an incredibly memorable meal.  The lemon zested smoked fish with lashings of parsley, ensconced in a white sauce under the surrender of mashed potato and grilled cheese is taste bud nirvana. And nothing says winter and comfort food more than this dish.  To me it is the poster child for value for money and ‘getting alot out of a little’, humble cheap ingredients combining to make glorious food (and on this note reminds me of one of my favourite Italian dishes – Spaghetti alla Puttanesca).  But I digress.

The making and chewing of said pie got me thinking about my relationship to money.  I know this sounds random, but stay with me.  Having taken myself out of paid employment a couple of months ago to allow connection to and creation of my authentic future path (what I really want to be doing) I have a laser beam intimate knowledge of my finances.  Sat facing a finite pile of moola without the flow of salary, the distraction of 40 hours of work or the social trappings of the working woman I have been forced to connect. I’ve become uber aware of the amount of money I take out of the magic hole in the wall, and how quickly I find myself back there.  And I’ve become keenly interested in pursuing more ways of having fun for little spend (insert tenuous fish pie connection here).

Reflecting on all things financial health leads me to look at the emotions and behaviours behind my spending and money management, what’s driving it.  And soberingly the outcomes of my behaviours – savings, debt and investments.  I’ve never been one for traditional goals that popular sound financial advice promotes, but I am extremely passionate about creating and living an authentic life.  Hence my new found interest and commitment to developing a healthier and smarter relationship to the dino.  It’s early days, but what has come up is…….when I think of budgeting and money management I think of sacrificing and doing without……..it feels stifling and freedom robbing.  God knows where thats come from, but I’m off to explore.  And funnily, this wee book has been on my coffee table (lent to me by a friend) for over a year and I haven’t read it.  I’m thinking its time.  Oh, and I’m off to enjoy the simple pleasures, budget style.

p.s this is not a new topic for me, I have looked at it a few times in the last three years or so.  I suppose working and having abundant money coming in just made it easy to fall off the plate of focus.  But not this time, I’ve got it by the goolies and I ain’t letting go.

Are you in love with your relationship to money? …….Do you have any tips or great resources to share?  If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences.  


hello there

This is my first post on the alchemy of hustle and I am a tad uber excited!  This blog has been a year in the thinking, so its lovely to have finally got my game on and made it happen.  I’m looking forward to sharing and exploring mine and others ‘alchemical stories of hustle’ on the art of creating, living and sustaining an authentic life.

This is a return to creativity for me, and the posts will be on all the things that make up my ecosystem*, and others too.  So if your keen to follow the conversation you’ll see posts on food, well being, creating, film, relationships, career, travel, financial health, fun and music.  And hopefully, If I’m lucky it will be a place for dialogue within the community on creating and sustaining authentic joyful lives.

Outside of the fun of sharing mine and others stories, I’m keen to start this dialogue because to me having your home, relationships, workplace, community, city, country and the planet full of more people who are living authentically, being themselves and doing what they love…….just makes more sense.  And I reckon would make for a better place to be.

Yours authentically, Maree

*personal ecosystems will be explored in an upcoming post