Marco ZirinoSo, I’ve started putting in about six hours a week into my garden, and things are getting done. I started waking at 5:30 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and begin work around 6:30 am. This has turned out to be a great joy and one of the highlights of my week. I’ve discovered how to motivate myself for early mornings: I prepare the night before by storing a banana, pineapple, apple, and orange smoothie next to my bed. When I wake, I have it immediately. It wakes you up and gives you necessary optimism! I also prepare my gardening clothes, my fanny pack with iphone, headphones, gospel music. I study for about an hour before hitting the garden which is often wet and dark – really the best time for some heavy work in the dirt. The gospel music keeps me moving and creates a quasi-religious experience of “no-mind” for about three hours. Afterward, taking a shower and transitioning from the dirt to a member of society is very satisfying. So far this kind of lifestyle is making me healthy (no colds or sinus infections this year(see below)), giving me exercise, and maybe also some earnings. Don’t tell too many people about how much fun this is – we might as a nation be satisfied with a flat GNP and a sustainable, peaceful lifestyle.