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Taking a Real Break From Work

Feb 24, 2016

Last night, I landed at Laguardia after a week-long vacation in Southern California. For my wife and I, this was our first real vacation for only the two of us. It was also a much needed break from work—for both of us.

Since we work out of the same co-working space and set our own schedules, we tend to enable each other’s workaholic lifestyle. And, because we’re always together at work, there’s less of a pull for either of us to get home at a normal hour. Over time, this takes its toll on us, as our deadlines result in a constant string of deadlines.

We’re well-aware that we work too much, which is why we decided to get away. We traded the depressing, below-freezing weather in Brooklyn for sun and a poolside seat. At first, I thought it would be difficult to disconnect from work. Cushion has constantly been on my mind for the past two years, so I could only assume it would remain there—even if I didn’t want it to.

As soon as we arrived, however, work disappeared from my thoughts completely. Maybe it was the sun or the private patio and outdoor fireplace (we splurged a bit), but my mind was finally able to relax. Instead of deciding where to take Cushion next and what was on my agenda for the upcoming week, I let go. For the first time in a long while, I just enjoyed sitting and taking in my surroundings.

Our week of rest went by with a blink, and we’re now back in Brooklyn. This time, however, we’re fully recharged and excited to return to work. Apparently, I needed this break more than I thought—and I learned a lot from this. Even if I feel like I can’t possibly take time off, a week away won’t hurt. In actuality, a week away will help repair the toll I’ve taken from not taking a break.

I can guarantee we won’t wait another 10 years to take a vacation. We’re actually thinking about where to go next already.

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  1. Funding Cushion
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  2. Hiring a Team of Freelancers
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  3. Taking a Real Break From Work
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  4. Slack as a Notification Center
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  5. Document Your Features
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  6. 300
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  7. Vacations
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  8. Offering Discounts
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  9. Waves of Traffic
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  10. Less Blogging, More Journaling
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  11. Retention Through Useful Features
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  12. The Onboarding Checklist
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  13. Spreading the Word
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  14. From Beta to Launch - The Subdomain
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  15. From Beta to Launch - Sign up
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  16. From Beta to Launch - Messaging
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  17. Launch
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  18. Authenticating with 3rd Party Services
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  19. Intro to Integrations
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  20. Inspiration vs Imitation
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  21. The Emotional Rollercoaster
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  22. Designing Project Blocks
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  23. Everything in Increments
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  24. Deleting Your Account
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  25. Designing the Subscription Page
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  26. Rewriting the Timeline
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  27. Restructuring the Individual Project Page
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  28. Project Blocks
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  29. Redesigning the Homepage
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  30. Multiple Timelines
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  31. Archiving and Estimate Differences
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  32. Multiple Financial Goals
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  33. Zooming in on the Timeline
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  34. Currency
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  35. Preferences, Accounts, and a Typeface Change
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  36. Sending Out the First Email
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  37. Currency Inputs, Notifications, and Invoice Nets
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  38. Dots and Lines
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  39. Calculating in the Database and Revealing Tendencies
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  40. Improved Form UX
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  41. Cushion is Online
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  42. Schedule Timeline Patterns
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  43. A Slimmer Schedule Timeline
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  44. The Schedule Timeline
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  45. Plugging in Real Data for the First Time
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  46. Transitions and Project Lists
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  47. Death to Modals
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  48. The Individual Project Page
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  49. Estimated Incomes and Talks with Other Freelancers
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  50. Statuses to Lists and the Paid Beta
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  51. The Timeline
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  52. Invoice Terminology
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  53. Modal Forms
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  54. Wiring the Backend to the Frontend
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  55. Balancing Design and Dev
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  56. Timecop, Monocle, and Vagrant
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  57. Going with Ruby and Sinatra
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  58. Ditching local-first and trying out Node.js
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  59. Switching to AngularJS
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  60. Building the Table with Vue.js
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  61. Clients, Projects, and Invoices
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  62. Introduction
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