Swap-bot Time: January 25, 2021 8:48 am


Date Joined: May 28, 2019
Last Online: January 25, 2021
Birthday: August 17
Country: Germany
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🌿 Hello! My name is Anja and i live a contemplative life in a busy german city. 🌿

  • i paint, i write, and i love to ponder life's big questions

  • i'm an avid learner, a renaissance soul, a juggler of ideas

  • i'm a reflective, playful and intuitive introvert who values personal experience; everyone has special talents and something unique to offer

  • longing for a world without exploitative economic systems

  • life is good - you often find me strolling through the woods and parks, watching crows and listening to the robin's song. I love birds and i support an organization that works for the protection of migratory birds.

  • life is challenging - i survived horrific childhood trauma and i came to slowly understand that the expression 'surviving' is to be taken literally, not figuratively; it's a challenge to feel calm and safe with other people but therapy helps a lot.

  • i believe in the power of words as well as in the healing power of human connection


Self portrait with flowers:



I belong to those who feel called to preserve the art of handwritten letters. I tend to isolate myself and appreciate writing as a means of slow and thoughtful communication. Writing to someone is like spending time with them. It feels good to address my words to someone unknown, choosing something nice from my small collection of inks, fountain pens and writing paper. I am a paper lover through and through and it hurts me to see good paper treated badly. In a previous life i certainly was a monk who spent his days in the scriptorium transcribing valuable manuscripts.

I'm a curious and quirky woman who experiences life deeply. I walk the road less travelled and so far i have no regrets. Well, ok, let's say a few... it's about enjoying the scenery while on a detour...

In my twenties and thirties i travelled a lot through Europe; nowadays i mainly wander through my own inner landscapes; it starts getting a bit boring though.

I am a trained nurse and i have a MA in sociology, psychology and sport sciences. I have been working many years in the field of public health but i quit. I need time to take care of my own health and to embark on artistic endeavours. Time is a great gift.

For the MBTI experts among you: I'm an INFJ - The Advocate, The Counselor Enneagram: Type 4w5 - The Bohemian *

what i love about swap-bot

I joined swap-bot because I am interested in other people's thoughts, ideas and stories and the swaps i receive make my heart sing. Moreover my creative spark gets ignited and i feel inspired by the variety of swaps. Thank you to all hosts who come up with such great ideas!

For me sending out a swap is as enjoyable as receiving something, so why should i flake?

Rating is an important part of the swap and i'm going to leave more than a simple 'thank you' note on your profile.

Update August 2020: Meanwhile my enthusiasm faded. Far too many letters and packages didn't arrive at their destination. I completed 47 swaps and I had to do at least 10 resends. That's frustrating and lead to the decision to participate in more writing swaps and less art related swaps.

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music 🎶

Music is probably my favourite art form because its effect is so immediate. I sing and play the guitar. I call myself lucky because i saw the late Leonard Cohen live in concert. The songs of Suzanne Vega, Alanis Morisette, Natalie Merchant and Sinéad O'Connor easily find their way to the centre of my heart. Favourite bands are Counting Crows, The Cure, R.E.M. and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Also a great fan of world music. I especially love listening to music from Ireland, Italy, Russia and the Balkans.


literature 📚

Can books be friends? I don't know but they feel so good in my hands. A glimpse into library history reveals that the first public library in Germany was founded in 1828. Almost 200 years later i feel myself very fortunate to live in a city with a huge library. Over the years i have carried thousands of books back and forth! Currently i read books related to trauma healing, druidry and nature. I also love to read books for adolescents (Alan and Naomi by Myron Levoy) and children's books (Frederic by Leo Lionni).


writing 🖋

I love to fill my journals with memories, ideas and poems. In October i attended my first workshop in biographical writing and i had a blast. Words came so easily and moreover i was impressed by the power a group of attentive listeners is able to unfold.
Once a month i meet a poetry therapist who supports me with approaching my biography through writing.


some favourite movies 🎥

  • African Queen (1951).

  • The Deer Hunter (1979).

  • Birdy (1984), of course.

  • The Name of the Rose (1986).

  • Philadelphia (1994).

  • The English Patient (1997).

  • I'm not scared (Io non ho paura) (2003).

  • The Secret of Kells (2009).

  • Loving Vincent (2017).


art 🎨

Art can be healing, just like nature. When i create art in nature i connect to something deep within myself. I don't paint what i see; i paint what i feel. Watercolour is my favourite medium because it does its own thing. I also love to co-create with Mother Nature and i use pressed leaves as canvas for dot paintings.

Abstract art (Miró, Kandinsky) lets my mind wander freely while impressionistic paintings make me feel warm and comfortable. I can strongly relate to Frida & Vincent and i love Egon Schiele's expressive drawings. Folk art, especially aboriginal dot painting and landart (Andy Goldsworthy) hold a special place in my heart.

projects in planning: calligraphy, carving stamps and bookbinding

I also started to learn sketchnoting! My next postcards will look more interesting with these tiny drawings.



some random facts

  • German is my mother tongue but i feel more comfortable to communicate in English. I also speak Italian perché amo il paese dove fioriscono i limoni.

  • i'm a sucker for everything celtic, especially celtic symbols, celtic mythology and celtic music.

  • i'm into genealogy! I had my DNA tested and i have ancestry from all around Europe.

  • Since i was a child i have a soft spot for watching skijumping on TV.

  • i enjoy selecting names for the pets i might have one day: 'Rasputin', 'Fergus'...

  • Early autumn is my favourite time of the year. I love the month of October and the energy of people born in the sign of libra. Autumn is also the time for snuggling up in my armchair and reading adventurous stories. I love to read at dusk.



  • paper in all its magnificent variety

  • handwriting

  • poetry and storytelling

  • birds - trees - mountains

  • stickers, bookmarks, ephemera

  • things related to art, nature and healing

  • abstract, botanical + children's books illustrations



  • a pressed leaf, plant, flower, a feather or any random object found in nature no matter how small


would make me very happy; i use leaves to paint on or for other art projects;
i especially love oak leaves and leaves from trees not native to Germany.



love to read these lines

My heart is at ease
that what was meant for me
will never miss me,
and that what misses me
was never meant for me.

Sufi Prayer


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'This is my church, this is where i heal my hurts.' (Faithless: God is a DJ)

My spirituality is rooted in nature and its elements; i consider myself a mystic walking the path of druidry and i'm a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.

profile last edited: December 13th, 2020


Comment: It was a very lengthy journey, but your lovely card arrived today! I really like it a lot. Thank you! Best wishes for peace and good health in 2021!
Comment: Hello Anja, thank you!
Comment: Thank you!!
Kraftylady777 rated for Book excerpt on a postcard on Jan 5, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing. Hugs, Kim
Johanna51 rated for European postcard swap #1 on Oct 7, 2020
Comment: Lovely postcard.. Thank you.
Comment: Hi, I loved reading your letter and about your personality as I’m a ESFP. The world is made up of many people and I think that makes it special. Thank you so much for the beautiful leaves, I’ll cherish them.
Comment: So nice! I appreciate the detailed long answers. Thanks and take care.
AFK rated for Cento Poem #2 on Aug 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your great cento poem with extras and for joining in my swap ♥️
Comment: Thanks for the nice card and lovely story! and thanks for joining my swap! <3 Al
AFK rated for Poem Based on Nursery Rhyme Character on Jul 19, 2020
Comment: Thank you I enjoyed reading your interpretation into English from German and then Many Had A Little Lamb. :-)
Comment: What a lovely postcard-thank you!
junemoon rated for Haiku on a postcard #2 on Jul 15, 2020
Comment: As you say it's a slightly unusual haiki--not about nature--but a a lovely visual (shines golden--what a wonderful thing!)
Response: Contemporary haikus often are about things other than nature. Many do not even conform to the 5-7-5 syllable pattern but I like to stick to this rule. It's fun to find the 'fitting' words.
karints rated for I <3 Plants! on Jun 29, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much Anja, this was definitely straight from your heart❤️ I really enjoyed reading your letter and getting to know a bit about your world. Loved the items and the beautiful envelope. Special thank you for the hand made bookmark, the words touched me and I will use it for decoration 😊
Comment: YAA it finally arrived today the 20th June. I loved your haiku and the story with it. Thank you for joining my swap :-)
Response: So happy that little robin arrived at its destination :-) I enjoyed this swap!
Comment: Such a wonderful envelope Anja, didn't want to ruin it by opening it. I acted very carefully, because I want to put the envelope in my journal. The bookmarks are SO beautiful, your drawing is so delicate it's mesmerizing. And the poems go right into your heart. Thank you so much for all this goodness.
Response: I'm glad that you appreciate the envelope :)
mailfromjo rated for Stick figures on card #3 (Europe) on Jun 18, 2020
Comment: Loved your card!:)
NRGordon rated for Poetry Postcard on Jun 12, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely PC and poem. I do love to wear a gaggle of Finches churping wildly.
fiorellaione rated for R&W What your name means on Jun 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you Anja for your beautiful letter, and for taking the time to re-send it! I enjoyed so much learning about your name and getting to you know you a little bit through it, Thank you also for the stickers (I love botanical illustrations!) and for the cute little fancy cat =) I didn't know about the Italian singer you mention, so I'm going to look for her music now :D Have a fantastic week <3
kazthegoose rated for Stickers and a Sketch - May on May 30, 2020
Comment: Danke für deinen schönen Brief Anja!! Es war wunderbar zu lesen und ich schätze Ihre freundlichen Worte! Die Aufkleber sind absolut wunderschön und Ihre Skizze ist ziemlich erstaunlich, dass ich dachte, es wäre zuerst ein Druck! ❤️❤️❤️
Response: Ich freue mich sehr, dass Dir mein Brief gefällt, Zişan!
papercraftkath rated for Repurposed Paper Envelopes on Apr 15, 2020
Comment: These envelopes are gorgeous! I can't wait to use them. Thank you so much for a thoughtful package - the stickers and bat envelope too. Take care.
Response: So glad they arrived! I was already worried! It was a great pleasure to compose this bundle for you! One of my favourite swaps so far.

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takehimaway on Nov 28, 2020:

I'm intrigued.

Amelia on Oct 14, 2020:

I love the bird picture!

Lucrezia on Sep 8, 2019:

Hallo Anja. Guten Tag! Sono capitata qui per caso e ti ringrazio perché hai scritto la migliore presentazione mai letta qui su swap-bot. Mi piacerebbe essere così creativa e piena di interessi come te. A presto, spero di capitare in uno swap con te :)

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