Meet Esther Molyneux, Founder & Creator of She Is Found Studio. We’re so excited to finally be able to introduce you to this amazing woman and her brand. We’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Esther not only through this interview but were able to spend some time with her at SIF’s Kickstarter Launch party held at the beautiful Beck + Bo. We love the heart behind this project. The rawness, vulnerability and beauty it holds, we fully believe the material she’s created will help and equip many women to spend more quality time understanding and growing their faith.
We hope that Esther’s story and journey inspires you to take a deeper look into your own faith and journey with Jesus.
She Is Found Studio is a modern, creative and spiritual line of workbooks and tools for women.
Find out more about the books here.
It's been an honour to work side-by-side with creatives who have a craft and a service of excellence.
Where did the idea for She is Found come from?
The idea behind the brand is multifacited. I want to share God’s message of truth, hope and love, in a fresh and accessible way. I felt that God wanted me to do this creatively, using my unique skills. Following 12 months of research and design, I started She is Found Studio in May 2018.
I believe that the U.K is missing a faith-driven holistic and creative space for women. One that fosters a relationship with God over everything else, that promotes faith, resources, practices and intentional creativity and reflections with inspired action. This is more than a stationery collection, but instead a considered application for learning.
She is Found Studio addresses the alignment of God, creativity and wellness. With a background in design and a passion for spiritual wellbeing and growth, it allows the Studio to provide a voice and a resource for women who desire to put faith at the forefront. The platform, through its books, journals, research and stories. Celebrates the betterment of God’s transformation with Him at the core. We explore spirituality, emotions, self, intellect and creativity to form the most important relationship, one that is intimate with Christ.
How did it get started?
As soon as I became a Christian, God gave me a dream to support women in their walk of faith. Firstly, that we would find God in the darkest of places and that He would be there waiting to walk with us into freedom, secondly that we then find His light, truth and love, thirdly that He would disciple teach and strengthen us for much more, and lastly that we would walk in step with Him, empowered by the Holy Spirit to share the same story with others.
The story has inspired all the content and creative for the upcoming launch of ‘Her Collection’ a modern resource carefully crafted to combine God’s Word, self–development and creativity. The running themes are Dawn-an awakening, Illumination-finding truth, Growth-living abundantly and Closer, walking intimately with God.
We’re flipping through the books, what do we find?
Scripture is the back-bone to the Collection. I wanted to make sure that this was the highlight. I paired my own written content with God’s Word. This took a few months to write, but it all came straight from my soul. It was so easy to write because it was Spirit-led.
[You’ll find] Black and white photography, mainly because it shows a rawness, but also because you have to use your imagination to bring the story behind it alive. I’ve used it a lot throughout the product design.
There’s also a school scanned work-book vibe which makes things a little fun. However, the most important thing is that these are practical tools for women to connect with God. The aim is to help unravel and understand patterns, behaviours and needs and giving reflections and actionable steps towards a lifestyle aligned with God at the centre with creative practices.
What have you enjoyed the most about working on this new project?
Despite working on my own, God has placed some amazing women in my life who support and can see the vision behind the brand, and who have confidence in delivering it fruition with me. Some of these women are Christian, but most often, they aren’t, so I’ve loved sharing my story. Everyone has been willing to go through the highs and lows with me. Not only that, women that I get on with! I’ve made some fantastic friends along the way.
Freelance or being a business owner doesn’t have to be a lonely experience. I think it’s about praying for God’s alignment and being patient to ensure the right people come into your path for the crazy of faith journey ahead.
Your Instagram, website and overall aesthetic are beautiful. Where do you draw inspiration from?
I spend far to much time on Pinterest, there are so many people I’m sure that can understand what a rabbit hole it is?! Apart from that, Behance is super inspiring. There are lots of Instagram accounts I love like Cubicle, Norte, Oracle Fox, White Sage and Ignant. Independent magazines such as Romance Journal, Lindsay Magazine, The Lissome and The Unseasonal capture my imagination. I think what set’s the brand apart from other brands it that I don’t want it to be a ‘bog-standard’ stationery line. All this inspiration gave me the idea of mixing editorial with God’s Word, design and self-practices to keep things fresh. I don’t like dull, everything has to be a little different to keep women inspired to use it every day with purpose.
You have a 2 yr old son, How do you find the balance of being a mom and starting a new business, like?
I think all parents struggle to find a balanced lifestyle of God-time, work, family and personal time. Each one demands or needs our attention, and it can be a struggle to prioritise. Being a single mum makes it all a little more challenging. I love working, and I push myself to try and make a career work around motherhood. It’s not an easy task, being a mum is a full-time job in its self. I often suffer from ”mum guilt” where I feel like Tate, (my toddler) deserves more of my time.
Often, the cure is lots of coffee, grit and a can-do attitude, purely relying on God to see me through God’s grace gets me through all of the hard patches when I don’t get things right. I think you have to fit work around your kids. For me, this means getting on with tasks around Tate’s day and routine, rather than squeezing him into mine. For example, getting up a couple of hours before Tate gives me a decent chance to focus and get the creative juices going, without feeling the pressure that I’m not giving Tate my all. My family do all they can to support, too. I couldn’t do it without all their help and love. I don’t always get it right, my personal time and self-care suffer, but you can’t do and be everything. As long as God comes first and you’re gentle on yourself, that can be enough.
God's grace gets me through all of the hard patches when I don't get things right
Find a quiet space and allow the ink to keep flowing. Start to become conscious of your relationship with God, recognising and accepting who you are in Christ. Try and form an intimate space that stimulates an authentic change in becoming radically honest with God.
What’s been your journey with God so far?
I didn’t have an intimate relationship with God until a few years ago. Coming from a Christian home, I had all the theology and teaching, with a few attempts to commit, but it was never personal. That was until God found me at my worst, feeling suicidal, depressed and at rock-bottom. He pulled me up out from my pain, hurt and crisis and revealed His love for me. In my Uncle’s last weeks of life, he led me back to Christ. I am so thankful God used his final moments to give me a new life. I truly felt like I had been ‘found’ I was nothing, and then I was something, somebody, and I finally had a purpose.
Jesus is transforming my life daily, and my turnaround it’s all down to Him. Don’t get me wrong, there have been seasons of drought, where I’ve wandered off into the wilderness. However, the enemy has never won. God continues to show me how multifaceted He is, how to trust Him, how much He loves me, His amazing grace. I can safely say that my faith increases day by day when my eyes stay fixed on Him because He is my Saviour. No one else could do what God has done in my life. I’m here, and it is a testament to His unfailing love.
What is one thing you find particularly important for Christians to do/be today?
To put God first in every situation, moment or dilemma. Walking in step with the Spirit can be hard, sometimes a drag, often dull, but I find that if you’re disciplined (not a popular word), the pay-off is enormous. Surrender and discipline hold the keys to a future that’s so incredible you can’t even envisage it. Running for God instead of self, or the world leads to undeniably worthwhile freedom. I struggle with both of these myself, it means getting up even earlier than I already do, or praying late when all I want to do is sleep. However, fixing our eyes on Jesus will bring the fulfilment we seem to always be chasing elsewhere.
We believe God gives us big dreams, what are you dreaming for She is Found?
I often daydream about how God uses the resources I have created to propel women forward in their faith. It’s exciting and a privilege to be a part of someone’s faith journey where all the glory goes to God.
The vision that God has placed on my heart means that eventually, I want to open a studio, so I can hold events, workshops, mentoring, a collaboration space and continue to design creative tools. I like to think of it as an edgier faith-based version of ‘The School of Life’.
I would love to hold a women’s conference, write a book and own a foundation for women who need help spiritually, in a creative business or a scholarship. I know what it’s like to lack resources, finances and mentorship programmes when you start anything from scratch. It would give me so much joy to be able to provide that for women in the future. You’ve got to dream big, if it’s in God’s will it’s going to happen you just have to pray hard.
What does success look like for you?
Success is different for everyone, but to me, means, being able to help other women. My mission is to spread God’s message of love, help women feel less alone in their journey of faith with someone by their side, and encourage women to own and celebrate their enough-ness. If I can do that, even on a small scale, I’ll feel like I’ve succeeded.
On a lighter note
What are three things you’re consuming right now
I’m a big reader, especially books that expand knowledge, spiritual wellbeing, or that are business-related. Currently, I’m reading The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson, it has hands-down revolutionised my faith and the way I perceive God. Prayer doesn’t seem like a mundane task anymore, but a real and authentic way to have an intimate relationship with Christ. If you want a book that opens you up to the God of Miracles, it’s a must-read.
I’m listening to Jenna Kutcher podcasts back to back in the hope that I can become more business savvy. I tune-in to Jenna as she’s not ashamed to share her faith, struggles and wins. For me, authenticity is essential.
I’m on an entertainment fast right now, but I’m really into Killing Eve, the acting is stellar. I like anything that keeps me on the edge of my seat, nail-biting stuff is the best.