Swap-bot Time: January 22, 2020 12:01 am


Date Joined: May 28, 2019
Last Online: January 21, 2020
Birthday: August 17
Country: Germany

about me  



🌿 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


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.

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.

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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 🖋

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. Writing can be a interactive activity, that's good news and from now on i will regularly meet with the group for joint 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: carving stamps and bookbinding



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


autumn in the woods, October 2019

'This is my church, this is where i heal my hurts.'

My spirituality is rooted in nature and its elements; i consider myself a mystic walking the path of druidry.

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sal410cat rated for Micropoetry swap #1 - Colors on Jan 14, 2020
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: thanks for the cards -- got both on same day :) Loved the googly eyes (they made the long journey still intact). Your suggestions for Pittsburgh were perfect -- just what I would show a visitor. (I was in Dusseldorf in the early 1990s -- could use a refresher!) Best Al
ChibiStarChan rated for Your Favorite Movie Quote! on Dec 2, 2019
Comment: What a lovely letter! I really enjoyed reading the long letter you wrote, it made my day! I also loved ET ever since I was little ❤️ Even though it was my dads generation. He actually saw it in theaters when it first came out too! And thank you for the extras 💕 I’m so glad you enjoyed my swap 😊
federfuchs rated for A Self-Appreciation List #3 on Nov 20, 2019
Comment: Hi Anja! Danke für deinen lieben Brief, ich habe mich sehr darüber gefreut, dass du nicht nur die Liste geschickt, sondern noch mehr geschrieben hast! Und du hast eine wirklich schöne Handschrift! Ich finde es toll, dass es so viele wichtige Eigenschaften gibt, auf die du stolz bist, das war sehr schön zu lesen! Ich wünsche dir einen schönen Tag <3
Response: ooohhh, ganz herzlichen Dank für dieses feedback :)
Comment: OMG, you did such a nice research! :) Thanks a lot for the postcard and the explanation what you'd do nearby! Well, that sounds really like a good plan!!
Response: So glad that you like it! I enjoyed the research! :)
SquidSorbet rated for Non Dominant Hand (NDH) PC on Oct 10, 2019
Comment: I agree with you; I definitely feel writing with the non-dominant hand brings out one's inner child, something we could probably all stand to do a little more of. Great card! Thanks so much!
MCGalaxy rated for Bucket List Swap on Oct 9, 2019
Comment: Thank you for you for your persistence. Sorry I had missed it before
Eulegirl rated for Share Some Poetry! #4 on Sep 14, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the poems! I especially like the leaf one (even if I did have to request that my kitty not try to eat the leaf)
Jsereg001 rated for Doodle-A-Day | August on Sep 10, 2019
Comment: You did such beautiful doodles!! Thanks for the extras too!!! Love it!! ❤️
Patsy rated for Share Some Poetry! #4 on Sep 10, 2019
Comment: Thanks , the poems are simple and make good reading. Don’t understand a bit of German though. 😂 I’ve changed your rating now that you have explained your inclusion of the German.
Response: that is why i added the English translation :)
ericabella rated for Share Some Poetry! #4 on Sep 5, 2019
Comment: Thank you for the poems!
Comment: Thank you for the long, luscious letter and the lovely leaf, too. I am impressed with your language learning goals; I'm sure you will achieve them. がんばってください!
Hypnosuwu rated for Stickers and a Sketch - August on Aug 29, 2019
Comment: THANK YOU SO MUCH <3 You really made my day!! Your letter was so personal and full of kindness. I also really enjoyed your art and the stickers are gorgeous!!
Patsy rated for Travelling Abroad Letter on Aug 24, 2019
Comment: Very interesting. Letter. A bit sad in the beginning but I understand. All in all a lovely letter from your heart . Must have felt good for you relating everything. It made me want to read more and more. 🌺💕❤️💐💝
Fabriqueen rated for Share Some Poetry! #3 on Aug 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much! I love the poems you chose and your creativity! Hugs, Diane
Merimax rated for Made to rise above it on Aug 8, 2019
Comment: Dear Anja, thank you for sharing your story. This has been such a special letter in all aspects, content, handwriting, paper, art, and above all, for the depth of your soul where it came from. I feel absolutely honored to have received your writing.
Comment: Hello Anja, I absolutely loved this piece of mail! We have swapped a few times now and it is nice to find out a little bit more about you! Thank you for all the time you put into this gorgeous re-purposed bag! The decorations, stamps, stickers, postcard and all the little details were perfect. This truly brought me joy from miles away! I hope you are having a good summer... until the next swap ;)
Response: ohhh, i am so glad the little paper bag made it to you and brings you joy, Sarah! It was definitely a special swap for me :) ... until next time!
Widellia rated for Bucket List Swap on Jul 23, 2019
Comment: Now did you swap found my mailbox 😉 thank you for the lovely list, many of your list sound really interesting 😍 I wish you good luck 🌸
Response: thank you, Adele. Glad that my letter made it to you this time.
kaicee118 rated for Share Some Poetry! #3 on Jul 22, 2019
Comment: Thank you!

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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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