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The audacity of a sabbatical

By Sarah

A little while ago I spent a few weeks on a friend’s beautiful farm in the Eastern Cape. Every day I would wake up at sunrise and go for a solo walk to a particular rock where I would sit sipping my coffee, listening to the cows in the distance, the birds, the river, the complete not-city-ness of it all.

Sometimes, in the evenings, I would chat to my friend’s husband and ask him questions about farming, which is potentially the most polar-opposite job to my own.

How do you burn a firebreak, like really? (Spoiler: completely still days aren’t actually ideal for this activity. How interesting?)READ MORE

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Seven things we’ve learned in seven years

By Sarah and Liz

At the beginning of July Pomegranite turned 7. We didn’t have our usual party (the photo above was taken at last year’s celebration), complete with the impossibly ridiculous quiz, because of the global pandemic (bit of a downer, that), but it didn’t stop us from lifting our heads and acknowledging how far we’ve hiked, and how much we’ve learned, from the day we first sat on the lounge floor to write our business plan. READ MORE

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A six-month sabbatical

By Sarah 

The fact that I was able to take six months off work to travel the world – and that it actually worked – still feels surreal. I am so grateful to the Pomegranite team for helping me make this happen.

I am also so grateful for the timing of it all. Out of six months, we only lost four days as the COVID-19 pandemic escalated and we cut things short to skid onto a hasty plane home. The last one out of São Paulo to South Africa, it turned out.

Sitting in lockdown, it feels almost impossible that we could have visited so many incredible places.

How do you even begin to go about summarising six months of memories, across three continents and 13 countries?

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Pomegranite’s sixth birthday party

By Sarah

A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated Pomegranite’s sixth birthday with clients, service providers and friends who have supported us over the years. It’s always a lovely way to pause and take stock of where we’ve been and how far we’ve come. And, of course, to say thank you to the people who have helped us get here.

As per tradition, we held a completely ridiculous quiz, which people got very into.READ MORE

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Happy New Year

Happy 2019!

While everyone starts to filter into offices after the holidays and the trickle in our inboxes becomes a lot less of a trickle, we thought we’d ease ourselves into the first blog post of the year with something simple.

The team were asked two questions:

  1. Describe your holiday with one GIF.
  2. What are you most looking forward to at Pomegranite this year?

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Tired? Stressed? I was too – so I did a skills share on taking it easy

By Sarah

As December approaches at pace (although not quite fast enough, in my opinion), everyone is tired. I’m finding that my concentration span is shorter, and I have a lot less bandwidth to deal with things I’d normally take in my stride.

Looking after yourself is always important, but delving deeper into levels of self-care you might be overlooking is even more important when you’re tired and in need of a break.

Because it was something I needed, I thought other people might too. So, I chose this topic for my recent skills share with the Pomegranite team. It was inspired by a blog post by the lovely Anna Marsh, as well as a podcast by Anna and Che Dyer called Kombucha and Colour.READ MORE

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Company culture: a place where you can be a “whole somebody”

By Sarah

Of all the things we’ve done over the past five years since starting Pomegranite – like consistently being able to pay salaries on time every month, for example – I’m probably most proud of the company culture that we’ve created.

When Liz and I started the business, we took note of all the things we hadn’t liked about previous places we’d worked and made sure to steer away from them. We also took note of all the things we’d loved about previous work environments, added quite a few of our own ingredients, and formed a clear vision of the kind of company culture we wanted.READ MORE

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Meet Michaela

By Sarah

When you have a small team, finding the right person – both in terms of the job itself, but also someone you’d like to have around all day every day – is so important. It’s also hard.

We’ve seen a lot of CVs lately – a lot! But when we read Michaela’s CV and cover letter, we had a feeling about her. A feeling which was quickly confirmed during her interview.

She was just very clearly a Pomegranite.READ MORE

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Why is it so hard to give yourself permission to rest?

By Sarah

I think we’ve all been brainwashed when it comes to our approach to working. Well, I certainly have.

In every job I’ve worked, there’s been an attitude of go-go-go, get the work done, and if you have time left over, get some more done. Don’t slack off, because that raises questions about your level of commitment, your dedication as an employee. If you’re a conscientious person – as all my school reports told me I was – then you’re probably particularly susceptible to this kind of thinking.

Starting my own business has challenged so much of my thinking when it comes to work. And lately, this issue has been top of the list.READ MORE

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New year, new goals

By Sarah

Hello and happy 2018!

We hope you had a wonderful break and that you’re getting into the swing of things. Those first few days without an afternoon beer and nap can be tough.

Because no one feels like writing (or reading?) a lengthy, technical post so early on in the year, we thought we’d ask each pomegranite the following two questions:

1) Describe your holiday in one gif.

2) What are you most looking forward to (work-wise) in 2018?READ MORE

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Working with clients who do great things

By Sarah

We’re really lucky that we get to work with such a diverse range of clients – from schools to designers, architects, luxury safari guides, and impact investors.

We especially love working with clients who are doing incredible things to improve lives.

Steps – a social enterprise working for the eradication of clubfoot as a disability in southern and east Africa – was one of our very first clients, and we still work with them each month as they change children’s lives.

This month, along with their champion Cameron van der Burgh, Steps is running a “Steptember” campaign, raising funds for clubfoot treatment by challenging people to become “Steppers”.READ MORE