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Adulting 101

We’re in a book about how to be an adult

By Sarah

Even though we’ve done this for nine years now, it’s still hard to think of ourselves as experts when it comes to starting your own business. When feminist writer and researcher, Jen Thorpe, asked us a few questions about entrepreneurship for her latest book, Adulting 101, it was fun to stop and reflect. There’s something about reading your own words in print that imbues them with a weight they don’t seem to have when they live in your head.READ MORE

Meet Charlotte

By Sarah

In Charlotte’s second interview, once she’d had a few interactions with us in various forms, I asked her the same question that we asked everyone in the application process: Why do you want to work at Pomegranite?

She said it was the first time she’d had an interview that didn’t feel like an interview. It was just human.READ MORE

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An ode to project management (and MacGyver)

By Sarah

Project management is one of the most undervalued skills in the marketing/communications industry. It’s an attitude I’ve encountered a lot over the course of my career, even within agencies themselves. “Oh, but it’s just project management…”

It’s an attitude I used to have myself.READ MORE

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A goodbye to 2021

By Sarah

A few days ago I was with someone during quite a big moment in their life, and they were really emotional. “I’ve been finding that I’m so much more maudlin this year,” they said, smiling through a real fruit salad of feelings.

I’ve been thinking about that a lot, and I don’t think that maudlin is exactly right. It’s more like, over the past two years, we’ve just been cracked open. And so there’s less of a tough shell to deflect difficult things, but it also means that the good stuff pours right in, to the core of us.

At Pomegranite, we’ve been taking turns holding up the ceiling for each other during the tough moments, and revelling in the good together (there has been so much good).READ MORE

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Meet Anja, our new social media manager

By Sarah

When we interviewed candidates for the social media manager position at Pomegranite, we took notes during each chat to help us remember key points about each person. 

During Anja’s interview, Liz only wrote down one word: yay! 

As soon as Anja’s second interview, which involved a chat with other members of our team, ended, Nicole said, “She reminds me of a younger me…” 

And Tom said, “Hire her immediately!” READ MORE

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Pomegranite’s eighth birthday

Our usual Pomegranite birthday party obviously wasn’t an option this year, but turning eight felt like a big deal and we wanted to do something to mark the occasion.

After our alternative celebration, these were the messages sent on slack:

“My face actually hurts from smiling – thanks guys that was great! :smile:READ MORE

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Pomegranite’s new Head of Social Media

By Sarah

About four years ago, we interviewed Nicole for a social media position at Pomegranite. We moved a bit too slowly and it didn’t work out – and she became known as “the one who got away”. Until a year later… when her name popped up in an application for another social media position.

I can still hear Liz’s, “Oooooh ooooooh!” as she showed me the application.

It’s been almost three years now, since Nicole became a Pomegranite. One of the things I love most about this company is that, even though it’s small, there is so much room to grow within your role, to learn, to make it what you want it to be – if you have the initiative and passion.READ MORE

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How do you know when to make big decisions?

By Sarah

Photo by Clay Banks

Our office lease expired last month. Since our lovely office mates, Crush, had moved out quite a few months ago as a result of the pandemic, it didn’t make much sense for us to hang onto such a big space just for us.

The question was – do we look for another smaller office? Or do we sit tight for a while, seeing as we’re mostly all working from home anyway? Would it be ok not to have a “home” for a while?

Running a business comes with the inevitable big decision making every now and then: hiring new people, taking on extra risk, making a big investment.

How do you know when it’s the right time to “push the boat out”, as my mom would say? And how do you know whether the decision you’ve made is the right one for your business?READ MORE

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2020: the year of surrender

By Sarah

The question I’ve been chatting to Liz about this morning is:

What do you say in a “Happy holidays!” blog after a year like 2020 without sounding like a trying-too-hard-bit-off-the-mark Hallmark card? All that makes sense to us is to be honest and real.

For me, this year has been about surrender. Never before has a lesson been delivered with such quiet (and sometimes loud) insistence.READ MORE

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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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