Welcome to ReThrive
Welcome to ReThrive
ReThrive Living is a lifestyle brand dedicated to helping you embrace the broken beauty of mental illness. We are a family of artists, musicians, writers & bloggers with a passionate mental health mission.
Surviving and thriving despite Glen’s diagnosis of bipolar/ocd/anxiety and depression has been my calling since our marriage in 1988. With every season of struggle, through every job loss, I made it my mission to strive to find the beauty amid the brokenness.
I found my creative skills came in handy and with every move to a new place, I embraced the challenge of making our home a haven. I became a skilled thrifter and I found creative ways to make our home look beautiful on a thin budget. I determined that my family would thrive amid the losses and that our home would be a refuge from many storms.
Together, Glen and I raised three amazing daughter. We spoke often of mental illness and how it made us constantly shift and flex with every season of change. In all, Glen lost 12 jobs in the first 10 years of our marriage. To offset the losses, we discussed how self employment might be a profitable solution. We began teaching music lessons as a full time job. This was the best way I could help Glen manage his daily needs related to his health.
In 2009, Glen came to me with a brilliant idea. He envisioned making jewelry from his recycled guitar strings and within a few months, we launched our beautiful artisan guitar string jewelry company.
In 2010, we hosted 16 yard sales to sell all our earthly possessions. We had a passion to do something life changing. Our family of 5 called RV living home for 3 years. While selling guitar string jewelry at small art shows and flea markets, our journey began to fall on listening ears, and our story & mission intertwined. Our jewelry became the gateway to sharing how we had survived the trials of mental illness.
In 2012, our family participated in a local art show in Savannah, GA. We found this consistent monthly market to be exactly what we needed, so we decided to stay. Savannah became home for 8 wonderful years. During this season, we had the privilege to be exclusive designers for Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) and his Rock the Dogs fundraisers. This experience broadened our fan base and was truly a highlight.
In 2013, the RV was placed in storage and apartment living became home. A few years later we 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 us yet another devastating blow. We said goodbye to the home on a quiet cul-de-sac and once again sold everything we owned. Glen & I spent 6 months of 2020 in temporary living arrangements. It appeared to be the final blow, but God sustained us and our fans supported us. Our business, and all our hopes and dreams came to a complete stop. We temporarily shifted our course for 6 months while we rode out the storm.
The gritty story of surviving MI drove us forward. In fact, Glen and I have spent our lives carefully navigating Glen's mental health in and out of every job loss or move. We personally understand the devastating results of stigma, stereotyping and discrimination. Glen faced a lot of discrimination through his work, many in churches, and as a result, we understand what it feels like to be in the marginalized sector of society. We know what it means to be shamed and scorned. We have faced many challenges because of mental illness. Though sometimes battered by the storms, and though we have never been able to do life as many couples would, we have stayed the course and stayed together! That is success!
In the fall of 2020, we relocated back to Nashville, TN, the place where our business was born, in order to continue pursuing their dreams and selling their beautiful creations. A door opened for street vending. We felt life in our 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 & I have made the lifelong commitment to persevere and honestly, we have more grit than most! Surviving all the losses has added up to a lifetime of loss and yet we keep pressing forward.
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 our daily lives. In September, their family is launching the “Thrive Talk”Podcast. It’s time to share our story. We believe in educating, teaching about empathy & compassion, while inspiring you to embrace the brokenness the often surrounds mental illness.
ReThrive maintains a passion for mental health advocacy and our family story is the foundation for every mission. So not only are we launching a podcast but I am laughing a YouTube channel with two of my adult daughters. Though our personal story is filled with loss and continual challenges, we have continued to thrive and grow. Sharing how we have managed to do this is what we want to share with you.
Your support of our story, mission and new endeavors is vital. Our small business of handcrafting guitar strings is just one small part of who we are. We hope you’ll make a purchase, and wear your ReThrive jewelry to honor the life of someone facing mental illness. We also hope you’ll listen to our podcast, and watch our weekly YouTube videos so you can be inspired to ReThrive your own life!