ReThrive Designs, located in Nashville, TN, is a distinctive guitar string jewelry company with a compelling story and mission. In March 2009, Glen Roseman shared his innovative idea with his wife Joyce and within a few months their business was born. The couple's small business tells the story of grit, grace and guitar strings and how their lives have been forever changed by a moment of inspiration.
In 2010, the Roseman family sold all their possessions with the passion to do something life changing. The family of 5 traveled and lived in their RV for 3 years. They soon found themselves selling their jewelry at small art shows and flea markets, sharing Glen’s story and suddenly their mission intertwined itself into their business. Their jewelry became the gateway to sharing how they had survived the trials of mental illness.
They traveled the Eastern US, finally arriving in Savannah, GA! They had so much success there, and found the opportunity for consistent monthly shows, so they decided to stay. Savannah became home for 8 wonderful years. During this season, they also had the privilege to be exclusive designers for Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) and his Rock the Dogs fundraisers. This experience broadened their fan base and was truly a highlight.
The RV was placed in storage and apartment living became home. A few years later the were able to rent a gorgeous home that would become their dream oasis...a place where Glen could fish and be away from people to sort through the difficult days. Then the 2020 pandemic happened, dealing them a devastating blow. They said goodbye to their home on a quiet cul-de-sac and once again sold everything they owned. Glen & Joyce spent 6 months of 2020 in temporary living arrangements. It appeared to be the final blow, but God sustained them and their fans supported them. Their business, and all their hopes and dreams came to a complete stop. They shifted their course for 6 months and rode out the storm.
Their gritty story of surviving MI drove them forward. In fact, Glen and Joyce have spent their lives carefully navigating Glen's mental health in and out of every job loss or move. They personally understand the devastating results of stigma, stereotyping and discrimination. Glen faced a lot of discrimination through his work and as a result, they understand what it feels like to be in the marginalized sector of society. They know what it means to be shamed and scorned. They have faced many challenges because of mental illness. Though they have been battered by the storms, and though they have never been able to do life as many couples would, they have stayed the course and stayed together for over 32 years.
In the fall of 2020, they relocated in Nashville, TN to continue pursuing their dreams and selling their beautiful creations. The stress of the year caught up with them both. They contracted COVID-19, and spent weeks recuperating. Then doors began to open and an opportunity for street vending opened up! They felt life in their business for the first time since the pandemic began.
Surviving a global shut down was extremely challenging and even more so for those with mental illness. Glen & Joyce have made the lifelong commitment to persevere and they have more grit than most! Most mid-life couples have a place to call home. Most have health benefits and savings accounts, and at 60, they are planning for retirement. Mental illness robs many people of these amenities and the Roseman’s are no exception. Surviving all the losses has added up to a lifetime of loss and yet Glen & Joyce keep pressing forward. They still dream of homeownership and they anticipate retirement, but for now, they lay aside dreams so they can survive daily life.
ReThrive's passion is to share the needs of the mental health survivors, like Glen; to inspire others to thrive and to write about how Glen's mental health weaves its way into the fabric of their daily lives. They are constantly educating, teaching about empathy & compassion, while advocating for themselves and others. Some days it takes bold courage and faith to press onward.
ReThrive maintains a passion for mental health advocacy and their personal story is the foundation for their mission. Though their personal story is filled with loss and continual challenges, they continue to thrive and grow. Glen and Joyce share their story with you, not for pity, but for the purpose of educating. Their work is their avenue for advocacy and each jewelry or art purchase ensures that they can continue to speak openly. They encourage mental health conversations and Joyce writes blogs that can change how you view mental illness.
ReThrive always appreciates the mindful shoppers who continue to support mental health awareness. Make a purchase today, support ReThrive's cause while sharing their story of grit, grace & guitar strings!