A Letter to My Followers

Dear beautiful friends and followers,

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You may have noticed my recent and sudden disappearance on Instagram. Unexplainable causes (seriously, I still don’t know why) led to my account being deactivated for about 30 hours. This was an unfortunate loss especially knowing that it happened the day after my sixth month anniversary of starting my Instagram account. Six months of hard work, beautiful comments, and genuine followers lost.

Although my account has thankfully been reactivated I had time to reflect on the past six months. Thinking I had lost everything, I found that the hardest thing about losing my Instagram was not the dedicated hours I spent on Instagram to get to where I was. It was not about the follower counts even though I just celebrated reaching 5k. It was not even the photos that were lost, because thankfully I had a way to recover those. The hardest thing about losing my Instagram account was losing my connections with you.

All of the sweet comments and interactions I have with you I will cherish forever. This situation that happened is just a reminder to me that not everything lasts forever. Take nothing for granted my friends.  Remember those who brought a smile to your face. Cherish what you hold most dear. For me I do not cherish my Instagram, I simply cherish the memories that are part of a fun, enjoyable, and sentimental six months.

Thank you for reading and for your continual support!

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Keep smiling!

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These never seen before photos are from the outfit post Leopard Print Love.

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I’m Molly! I live in Seattle and am an optimist, adventurer, and bold lipstick wearer. I created this space to inspire and empower women with words of encouragement known as #MollysWords and share inspiration through my personal style. I always want my readers to leave with a smile and I hope you do!

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32 Comments

  1. Meghan
    October 21, 2015 / 8:29 pm

    I’m so sorry this happened to you! We’ve been following each other a short time and saw your account had been suspended and couldn’t understand what had happened. I’m glad you were able to get it back on track!

    • October 22, 2015 / 8:43 pm

      Thank you Meghan! It definitely was not a fun experience getting it suspended for no reason, but I feel thankful that positive things came from it!

      Keep smiling!
      Molly

  2. October 21, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    You are the sweetest!
    -Shell

    • October 22, 2015 / 9:13 pm

      Thanks Shell! You are so kind and inspiring yourself! Love your latest post and the mustard yellow on you!

      Keep smiling!
      Molly

  3. October 21, 2015 / 9:09 pm

    You are so sweet to write this beautiful letter! I seriously had teary eyes after reading this, Molly! So thankful that your account was recovered so we can stay connected!

    • October 22, 2015 / 9:28 pm

      Aww thank you Jo! I too am so thankful I found you on Instagram! You’re one of my original connections I’ve made and you means so much to me!

      Keep smiling!
      Molly

  4. October 21, 2015 / 10:12 pm

    You are so sweet Molly. I’m so glad I found you on the Instagram.

    • October 22, 2015 / 9:28 pm

      Thank you CJ! That’s how I feel about you! You are so kind and I love seeing your stylish outfits!

      Keep smiling!
      Molly

  5. October 22, 2015 / 12:21 am

    You are seriously such a sweet person Molly, I am glad you got your account back and I love following you.

    • October 22, 2015 / 9:29 pm

      Thank you Josette! It means so much to me that you took the time to read this! I love to connect with people like you on Instagram!

      Keep smiling!
      Molly

  6. October 22, 2015 / 3:25 am

    I am so sorry this happened to you! I ponder your exact same situation and I totally agree with you! Thank you for being so sweet and encouraging! You make a difference in so many lives! ❤️

    • October 22, 2015 / 9:29 pm

      Holly! You bring such a bright smile to my face! Thank you for your support and encouragement! I’m so glad I found you on Instagram!

      Keep smiling!
      Molly

  7. October 22, 2015 / 7:14 am

    So sorry this happened to you, Molly. I loved reading this, such a beautiful post. I’m glad you’re instagram is working now. It wouldn’t be the same without you and I’d miss your beautiful smile . I am glad I found you on instagram!!

    • October 22, 2015 / 9:30 pm

      Thank you so much!! You are too kind to me and I am glad I got my account back too so I can continue following your beautiful outfits!

      Keep smiling!
      Molly

    • October 22, 2015 / 9:32 pm

      Thank you Rita! It’s an accomplishment, but I couldn’t have done it without support from amazing people like you! So thank YOU for your support!

      Keep smiling!
      Molly

  8. Kendall
    October 22, 2015 / 12:09 pm

    I’m so glad that your account was able to be reactivated!! I just adore you! You always write the most inspirational things!

    xo Kendall | Beautybykendalllynn.blogspot.com

    • October 22, 2015 / 9:33 pm

      Kendall, this makes me so happy! You are so kind to me and I am so thankful to have met you on Instagram!

      Keep smiling!
      Molly

  9. October 22, 2015 / 1:10 pm

    Molly, I noticed that your account was gone as well. So glad that everything worked out!
    I have to agree with you. The insta and blogging community is great, and I am thankful to get to know such supportive women.
    Hope to meet you in person soon, Molly 😉

    xoxo,
    Olga
    http://www.exploreyourbliss.com

    • October 22, 2015 / 9:34 pm

      Thank you Olga! Such an unfortunate loss at the time, but you have no idea how glad I am to have it recovered! I hope to meet in person soon too! When I’m back on my feet we will for sure!

      Keep smiling!
      Molly

  10. October 22, 2015 / 5:55 pm

    Oh man Molly! You’ve had an eventful couple weeks! Glad your account is up and running.. Sometimes those things can be the most stressful when you don’t know what’s going on. It definitely has been a blast to read your blog posts and check out your cute outfits on Insta!! The blogging world is fun & i’m glad to have found you on here!!

    • October 22, 2015 / 9:35 pm

      Nadine! I really HAVE had an eventful couple of weeks, but I am still continuing to smile through it all! I’m so glad to have found you on Instagram too and in the blogging world. Connecting with people like you is the best part of the “job” 🙂

      Keep smiling!
      Molly

  11. Robin Lee
    October 22, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    Molly,
    You have such a great way of viewing situations. Building synergistic relationships with women around the world and nation is truly a blessing. I always look forward to your comments and posts, you are such a sweetheart. God Bless you!
    – Robin Lee

    • October 22, 2015 / 9:37 pm

      Robin, my sweet friend! You are so kind to me! Thank you for always being such an encouragement when I need it. I feel so blessed to have met you on Instagram and know we would be great friends in real life!

      Keep smiling!
      Molly

  12. October 23, 2015 / 10:28 am

    Molly, you look gorgeous! I love this pairing; the plum pants look amazing with the touches of leopard.

    As for what happened to you on Instagram, that’s happened to me to. Instagram will put a block on our accounts if it sees that we’ve liked a lot of pics and commented a lot within a short amount of time, especially on bigger accounts that we follow and are not followers of ours. It interprets our actions as spamming and that’s why the lock is placed on the account. If it continues to happen, eventually they will deactivate the account entirely, which is why I’ve tried to slow down with the commenting. It’s sad that people who really do spam and abuse Instagram has made it worse for us in this regard.

    I hope you have an amazing day and start to your weekend, beautiful!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • October 23, 2015 / 11:36 am

      Thank you Jalisa! I am sorry that this happened to you too! I am an active Instagram user, but make sure that I stay in the limits that they provide. I agree, it is so sad that spammers make it harder for genuine users trying to engage authentically in the community. Have a great weekend!

      Keep smiling!
      Molly

  13. October 26, 2015 / 8:27 am

    Molly! I have been wanting to read this post for a while now – I am so sorry that this happened to you! Instagram has some guidelines that are definitely meant to protect us, but in turn, it puts bloggers at a serious disadvantage when it comes to actively engaging in the community. My account has been temporarily locked due to too many comments within a certain timeframe, which was very frustrating, but I cannot imagine how upset you must have been when your account was closed down. I am so glad everything was reinstated for you and the positivity with which you responded is inspiring! You are amazing and such a light, and I am so thankful to have connected with you!
    XO,
    Heather
    http://www.alittlecasual.com

    • November 2, 2015 / 8:44 pm

      Thank you so much for reading Heather! It was so weird to see my account not locked, not closed down, just out of commission until I contacted them. They gave me no explanation either! I feel like if it was due to me being actively engaged I would have at least got a message warning me about comments. Their rules are great for spam, but not so much for active community members like me! Thank you for your kindness!

      Keep smiling!
      Molly

  14. October 29, 2015 / 8:10 pm

    Wow that is crazy. I’m sorry that happen to you. That is a good reason to create an email list so you have a way to communicate with the people you have connected with. Email list are all the rage now for bloggers, definitely think about creating one. It’s on my to-do list. Congrats on 5K followers. That is amazing!

    http://laceandpearlsblog.com/

    • November 2, 2015 / 8:45 pm

      What a great idea to have a e-mail list! I will have to read up more on this to figure out how to effectively use this. I know it sure would have helped those who were so curious why I randomly disappeared! Thankful for my Twitter and Blog to keep friends updated!

      Keep smiling!
      Molly

  15. November 5, 2015 / 10:23 am

    Wow! I sooo love this outfit! It’s casual but super cute and stylish! I love the play on color. The colored bottoms definitely makes this outfit come to life. More, more, more!

    Ana

    http://www.chromapixie.com

    • December 2, 2015 / 9:42 pm

      Thank you Ana! I love adding colored bottoms to outfits!

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