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October 15, 2019 3 min read

I distinctly remember when I was a little girl thinking to myself, “Why does my family keep buying me jewelry? I don’t even like jewelry!” And I’m not talking the real stuff, I mean your everyday treasures from Kohl’s (I may or may not still have some of those “treasures” stashed in my jewelry organizer). You see, growing up I was never a girly-girl. I played sports, I wore sweats, I put my hair in ponytails most days and I wanted nothing to do with pink, bling, dolls or anything fancy. The sport I stuck with the longest, softball, one of the least girly sports.

My softball days

Fast forward many years and I was ready to marry the man of my dreams. It just so happened that I fell in love with a man whose parents owned a jewelry store. And what did I ask for? A simple, solitaire engagement ring. Nothing fancy, nothing flashy. My husband was amazed. I could have had anything in the store (I had an “in”!). But all I wanted was a simple, classic ring.  

A few days after we got engaged, David asked me, “Carly, you don’t even know anything about that ring, do you?”, and I replied, “No, but it’s very sparkly!”. He proceeded to tell me about the cut, clarity, carat and color of the diamond and all I got from it was that it was a near perfect diamond!

There I was standing at the altar, telling all my friends and family about that perfect diamond while saying, “I DO!” to my best friend and officially becoming a Lambert. Little did I know that that last name would change everything, not just my marital status.

My previous career as a grant writer for Boys & Girls Clubs

Now, let’s back up a few years before getting married. I studied Journalism at Ohio University and first intended to go into advertising or public relations. Then my Junior year, I decided I wanted to pursue non-profit work. I landed my first job out of college at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio on the fundraising team. After 2.5 years, I transitioned into a grant writing role at Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus. I felt like I had found my place in the world. Non-profit work wasn’t easy but it made me feel like I was doing God’s work. I had purpose. I was helping those in need. I had found my people. I had found my mission. Or so I thought.

In May of this year, just about a year into marriage, my mother-in-law, Jaynie, approached me about working at Lambert Jewelers full-time. After she explained her vision for my role at the store, I felt at peace but altogether confused.

“God, this can’t be right? This can’t be what you have for me? I thought I was non-profit for life? I don’t even like jewelry? Are you sure, God? Are you sure?” This internal dialogue continued for weeks as I processed, prayed and asked for discernment about this bold career change. I shadowed at the store a few times and attended a jewelry buying conference in Chicago that July to see if the jewelry world was something I could see myself getting into. God continued to confirm that this new opportunity was my next step.

So here I am, in the middle of my third week at Lambert Jewelers. If you would have told that tomboy, softball playing, sweat pant wearing girl that I would end up here, she would have told you NEVER. God had different plans.

I wasn’t afforded this new opportunity because I was a super talented salesperson, or I knew a darn thing about diamonds or gemstones or because I had years of experience running a business but simply because I was a Lambert. I was a part of the family. I belonged. In this season, God continues to remind me that I am chosen by Him. I am loved and cherished and belong to Him. Not because I earned it or have my life together or know everything about Him but because of who He is. This realization brings me rest and peace in this new adventure.

Please join me as I journey through the world of jewelry! The good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful. I’ll be sharing my “Ah-ha!” moments. My doubts. My fears and maybe even a few new things I’ve been learning about jewelry!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
— Proverbs 3:5-6

About the Author

Carly Lambert joined the Lambert Jewelers team in late September 2019 and works in sales, marketing, social media and vendor management. She married David Lambert in July 2018 in Columbus, OH. She currently lives in Columbus with her husband and two kitties, Milo & Iris.

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