A sea of boxes!

A sea 🌊 of boxes!

It’s been about a week since my family’s move to the new place. Moving day was a grueling 12 hours! We filled 2 moving trucks! I didn’t think we had that much stuff. I got rid of so much… My mom still has to move in her stuff.

Sometimes it’s hard to breathe when I think about what is left to be done. Our house needs to be cleaned and rented out. I need to help my mom purge and pack. Then help with my mom’s big move. Then help unpack her stuff!

When I start to feel overwhelmed, I think about how I am not promised tomorrow, so why worry about it? Tomorrow has enough worry of its own! Focus on one day at a time. Only think about the work to do each day and it will eventually all get done. This has helped me tremendously through many difficult times in my life. When I look back, I wonder how I did it. The truth is I had help from God who kept me sane and at peace. 🙏🏻

My daughter Emily came over for an entire day and helped me unpack and set up my art room. I’m so blessed to have such a helpful and talented daughter! After we were finished, we had tea together at the tea table we set up!❤️☕️

This space has such beautiful light and an amazing view! I can’t wait to spend time on the balcony overlooking the water.  It needs 🌱 🪴 plants! It’s a place of inspiration. I am truly blessed.  I can’t wait to start creating again!

The movers had a heck of a time getting my giant heavy cabinet up the stairs! We cheered at their accomplishment!

I will share more about the house as it unfolds!

Thanks for reading! 💕🙏🏻

See you next time!


Erika Masterson
February 23, 2024

Erika Masterson is a Fine Art Photographer, living her dream between two worlds, a lakeside cabin tucked in the Southern Appalachian mountains and a quiet beach town on Florida’s east coast.Erika and her husband Ed have 4 children and one granddaughter. Her children are often seen in her artistic works.

She received her degree in photography from the Southeastern Center for Photographic Studies in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1990. In 1999 opened her own commercial portrait business and has been working the past 20+ years in California and Florida.

In 2012 Erika expanded her Art including many exhibits and awards. Her most recent accolades; Solo Exhibition Soho Gallery New York; the Co-Jurors Choice award by Joyce Tenneson under the theme “The Intimate Portrait”; She was chosen as a Julia Margaret Cameron finalist for her series “A Message for my Daughter” and was selected as Black and White Magazine’s Portfolio Spotlight winner for her series Sara’s Sojourn.

Her quiet and soulful images have been published in numerous magazines such as Black and White Magazine 2014 & 2017, Victoria Magazine 2000 & 2016, Silvershotz Magazine, Shots Magazine, 5×5 Magazine, Bella Grace Magazine, Raine, Shadow & Light and In-Style Magazine. Erika recently has her images being sold around the world and on greeting cards with Palm Press and book covers. She has also self-published 4 books with her series of work.