Swap-bot Time: July 26, 2021 4:00 pm


Date Joined: May 28, 2019
Last Online: July 26, 2021
Birthday: August 17
Country: Germany
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My favourite weather...

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... is bird chirping weather. 🌳 🌞 🦜


Oh, birds, these flying jewels in the sky. There are few things that make me happier than watching birds. I am a bird woman. Whether it is the shrill call of the buzzard, the robin's melancholy song or a gang of high-spirited goldfinches chirping their heart out - every sound is so familiar to me. I love to stroll through forests and parks with sharpened ears and my eyes turned to the sky. Roam, if you want to. Nature is where I feel safe. It is the place where I feel home.

My name is Anja and I live a contemplative life in a busy German city upon the River Rhine. Raised by traumatized parents who had immensely suffered as small children during WW II, I was born as the ugly duckling, but now, slowly, slowly, I am turning into the swan I was always meant to be. 🦢


I am...


  • a reflective and intuitive introvert
  • a writer, an artist, a poet at heart
  • a survivor of horrific childhood trauma

  • ☀️ Leo, 🌙 cancer , ⬆️ scorpio


For me, life is about...


  • learning to know myself
  • expressing myself by exploring the arts
  • healing personal, ancestral and collective trauma


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during a painting workshop



About swapping...

 What I like about swap bot is to get these glimpses of other people's lives, thoughts, stories and creativity, of course. For me the spice of swap bot is getting inspired. Hosts come up with so many unusual ideas and the broad variety of swaps is stimulating. I learned quite a few new things here on swap bot such as making envelopes and creating zines. Groups are a wonderful idea. Somehow swapping within groups feels safer because everyone seems to be more committed. I guess it is time for hosting some swaps myself. I am also considering founding a group for introverts which will focus on letter writing.

Rating is an important part of swapping. I will rate your swap the day it arrives so that you know that I have received it and I will usually leave more than a 'thank you'- note on your profile. Moreover, I am generous with hearts...

  • PS: Lernst du Deutsch? Wenn du ein paar Zeilen auf Deutsch bekommen möchtest, schick mir eine Nachricht mit dem Betreff 'Ich lerne Deutsch' und ich sende Dir eine Postkarte. Einfach so. Adresse nicht vergessen!



  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 a friend. It feels good to address my words to someone unknown and I will always include something handwritten in my swaps. If you are into fabric, you may love wool or silk; for me it is paper in all its magnificent variety which makes my heart sing. 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.

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glimpse into my sketchbook


Books, poetry and writing...

Could you imagine a world without books? I could but I wouldn't want to. In November 2021, a brand new library will open its doors in our town. A library with a coffee bar and a roof garden!
I read books from many genres (except thriller and horror, I had enough of this in my life) and I like to read a novel and a non-fiction book in parallel, preferably on the same subject. Early autumn is my favourite time of the year when the shorter days invite me for long reading sessions in my cosy wing chair, a cup of oolong tea in my hand. I love to read at dusk. Oh, and I definitely have a soft spot for smart teen investigators from Flavia de Luce to Sherlock's little sister Enola Holmes. If you have a favourite young sleuth, please let me know! 🕵🏻‍♀️ 👀 🔎

In 2020 I regularly saw a poetry therapist who showed me ways how to approach my biography through writing. This led also to me rediscovering my love for poetry and I began to write poetry myself. Poetry can contain so much in one single line. It is the 'language against which you have no defenses', as the Anglo-Irish poet David Whyte puts it so aptly. Because of this, I even have a poetry subscription and I regularly receive poems of a talented German writer in my letterbox. 💌

In May 2021 I took an online writing class with Lauren Sapala, a writing coach for intuitive introverts (INFJs and INFPs) and I highly recommend her work.

As someone who 'lost' so many memories due to trauma, journaling is essential to me. I set up journals for many different topics, there is a bird journal, of course, a therapy journal, a journal for tarot, one for my favourite words and poems, a journal for year reviews and year previews, a journal exclusively for my ideas and many more. I am constantly looking for the perfect notebook but I keep coming back to the Leuchtturm1917.📚🖋



Painting, drawing and art...

  took a long time to find me. My creativity laid dormant for many years and it was only through art therapy in a trauma rehab clinic that my creative spark got reignited. My favourite medium is watercolour because it does its own thing. It's a bit stubborn and I adore this paint for its transparency and its ability to let light pass through. Right now I'm into drawing portraits which is a fascinating new subject to me. I never thought I could do it because I mainly focus on abstract art but following the instructions from a Jake Spicer book, I made fast progress. Another favourite is to include objects from nature into my art. I like to use leaves as canvas for dot art paintings.

Artists whose work I like: Frida Kahlo, Vincent van Gogh, Egon Schiele, Wassily Kandinsky, Joseph Beuys, Marina Abramović, Yehudit Sasportas. I also love Aboriginal Dot Art and Andy Goldworthy's Land Art.

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some random facts...


  • I have a MA in sociology, psychology and sport sciences and worked in public health for many years

  • I would like to work (at least a few days) as: postwoman, wildlife camerawoman, bodypainting therapist, stationary shop operator, children's book illustrator, German teacher

  • I speak German, English and also Italian (B2 level), perché amo il paese dove fioriscono i limoni; I would also like to learn Russian or Polish

  • the most beautiful places I've been to: Altai mountains in Siberia, Russia, Femundsmarka in Norway, Bieszczady national park in Poland, Venice in Italy, Soča-Valley in Slovenia and Ring of Beara in Ireland...

  • I have neither a garden nor a balcony but I'm growing herbs on my outside window sills. I could die for baked potatoes with rosemary 🌿

  • seven things I love: the sound of a harp, being understood by my therapist, having dinner outside in nature, travelling on horseback, friendliness among strangers, sitting by the fire, receiving swaps

  • I value personal experience and I believe that everyone has special talents and something unique to offer to this world

  • As a Druid in training I love everything Celtic, from Celtic art to Celtic symbols and Celtic music...

  • I play classical guitar and I recently bought my first ukulele, what a cute little instrument. 'Moon River' was the first song I learned

  • I maintain my many Pinterest boards and if you are interested in art, writing, druidry or CPTSD, you might find something inspiring there

  • I love pressed leaves, pressed flowers and other small objects from nature like seeds and pods 🍁 🌱🌻 🍃 🍂


seen live...


Leonard Cohen, The Cure, Counting Crows, Morrissey, Oasis, Blur, Crowded House, Heather Nova, Patty Smith, Cranberries, R.E.M. Skunk Anansie, The Walkabouts, Sting, Tito & Tarantula, Pippo Pollina, Angelo Branduardi, Klaus Hoffmann, Herman van Veen, Konstantin Wecker, Herbert Grönemeyer, Farin Urlaub, Tom Liwa, Farfarello, Buena Vista Social Club, Tommy Emmanuel, Hélène Grimaud

unfortunately not seen live: the Beatles (in the 60ies), Supertramp (in the 70ies), Simon and Garfunkel (in the 80ies), Peter Gabriel (in the 90ies) Red Hot Chili Peppers (in the 00ies)


interests... yes, many...


  birdwatching, birds in general, robins, crows, birds of prey, nature, trees, mountains, herbalism, horses, druidry, spirituality, shamanism, tarot, storytelling, poetry, symbolism, astrology, archetypes, mythology, rituals, sacred geometry, spirit communication, animal symbolism, tennis, handball, horseriding, canoeing, hiking, smovey walking, rebouncing, playing guitar, playing ukulele, trauma healing, near death experiences, human and nonhuman consciousness, synesthesia, energy medicine, animism, ancestral medicine, dream tending, mental health, art therapy, music therapy, sound healing, meditation, biographical writing, psychological aftermaths of WWII, art, creativity, watercolour, calligraphy, drawing, journaling, art journaling, nature journaling , sketchnoting, illustration, design, labyrinths, mandalas, street art, urban sketching, magazines, sociology, psychology, sports sciences, feminism, language learning, tea, minimalism, genealogy  


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Look at this life - all mystery and magic. - Houdini



Fuchsi rated for R&W: Author chat on Jul 18, 2021
Comment: Hallo Anja, was für eine wundervolle Überraschung erwartete mich nach meinem WE-Ausflug heute im Briefkasten! Vielen, vielen Dank für deinen wundervollen Swap und die schönen Beschreibungen, sowie das Gedicht. Tatsächlich kannte ich David Whyte bislang noch nicht und bin gespannt darauf nun mehr zu ihm zu erfahren und von ihm zu lesen! Vielen, vielen Dank dafür! Hab' eine tolle Woche, Maxi
Response: Hallo Maxi, ich hatte superviel Freude an diesem Swap. Viele Grüße nach Dresden! 🙋🏻‍♀️
NJBird rated for LLU: Audiobook Appreciation Month on Jul 14, 2021
Comment: I enjoyed reading your letter. So interesting to learn about other reader's book habits and likes and dislikes. I had forgotten about radio dramas. Loved the sketch on the envelope too!
Comment: Thank you for such a beautiful package ♥
roosje rated for ESO: 10 things I like on Jul 8, 2021
Comment: Dear Anja, sorry for the late rating, life got in the way... I really loved your letter, you have such a wonderful way of describing things, it reads almost like a novel! I had a couple of Aha/of course moments and it made me wish to meet you for tea!I love how much attention you put into this swap, the little fairy postcard is so so sweet, thank you.
Comment: LOVE THE TRANSPARENT ENVELOPE 😍 Your the first person on swapbot ot postcrossings that I’ve met from Düsseldorf! I first heard about it from the Regina Spektor song when I was a kid. Being an introvert and a Firesign may seem like opposites but I think it’s more common than people realize! I haven’t heard that podcast but I’ll have to give it a try. I’ve been kinda on a podcast binge and I’m almost finished all of LORE. That Jane Austen postcard is lovely and that quote “I am half agony, half hope” I read persuasion for the first time last year and was surprised how romantic it was. I know everyone loves Mr Darcy’s but that love letter was the better. Happy swapping! edit: sorry I meant to give you a heart! Fixed it !❤️
Response: There is a haunting song by Randy Newman mentioning Düsseldorf. It's called "In Germany before the War". If you like Regina Spektor, you might like this one, too. PS. Won't you give me no heart for my swap?
Comment: Thank you so much for the fun happy mail. I can't wait to work all of the additional bits, including the stamp and envelope, into my junk journal!
Honeyloveart rated for BS&S~ scattergories game A on Jun 29, 2021
Comment: I'm over the moon with this root vegetable postcard. It's beautiful!!!! Thanks so much.
Response: hahaha, ok, glad I chose the right card for you!
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful swap! I love the postcard (lovely artwork!), tiny envelope with message and of course the uplifting messages. I'll add them to my jar. This is a fun swap! Thank you again for making my day special!
Petaltea rated for ESO:Handmade postcard swap #3 on Jun 22, 2021
Comment: This is just beautiful!!! Thank you so much. I love the detalied shape and design of the leaf. Very creative! I just love the handmade postcard swaps. Thank you for joining in and sharing!
Comment: Thanks so much for the fun postcard and the great message. Now I'm curious about the book!
Inesrv rated for ESO: Portrait of an Artist on May 23, 2021
Comment: OMG Anja, what can I say about this swap?? From the envelope to every single detail... I absolutely love everything you sent! Thank you so much for sharing with me Amy's work, now I'm also interested in taking one of her online classes as well :) Thank you again! Love all the goodies you sent, the mini zine you made, what a great swap! Hope you're having a wonderful spring time! All the best, Inês
Response: yay! So happy to hear that!🌳😊♥️
Comment: Vielen lieben Dank für dein bemaltes Blatt. Das ist doch ein total botanisches Thema. Sieht klasse aus! Hätte nicht gedacht, dass ein Blatt eine so super Leinwand abgeben kann.
Response: haha, danke Monique! Freut mich, dass es Dir gefällt. Und ja, Blätter sind eine super-Leinwand - Du kriegst sie in vielen Farben, Formen und dazu noch geschenkt :)
Ladyadybug rated for Penpal Letter - Crafters Only :) on May 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful mail - I will reply soon :)
LiisaS rated for ESO: Mail Art - A Quote on Apr 30, 2021
Comment: Vielen lieben Dank Anja für den schönen Umschlag mit dem Zitat! Passte wie Faust aufs Auge! 🥰 Und danke für die Goodies! Die waren super! Vor allem die getrocknete Blume :) Liebe Grüße!
echeveriaLilacina rated for BS&S: Magical Postcard on Apr 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you for your lovely postcard and what you wrote on it! That was truly a magical postcard!
lrm1980 rated for Poem in a Pocket on Apr 20, 2021
Comment: This was an absolute delight! From the moment I saw the amazing envelope art, I was hooked. I love the poems and all the info you shared, and your kind note. Your artwork on the postcard is stunning, and I'm so happy to share it in my little art gallery! Thank you!
Response: This means a lot to me! I'm a big fan now of the Little Art Gallery Olivette and I follow you on facebook!🙋🏻‍♀️
littlepinecone rated for Stickers and a Poem on Feb 25, 2021
Comment: Wow! Your poem and stickers just arrived, and they are both totally amazing! Very me! You nailed it! Those stickers are the coolest ones I’ve ever seen. I love them! I’d give you way more than one heart for this swap if I could. Thank you so much!💕
Response: haha, it's so lovely to hear this from the '"Queen of sticker swaps" :)
Mandaloolee rated for Imbolc Greetings on Feb 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you!!!!
Comment: Your letter was lovely and I will cherish the postcard. I’ve written back and it will hopefully arrive later this month!
Response: That's wonderful! I am looking forward to receiving your letter, Heather, and I will let you know when it's here.
Comment: Good luck with your reading goal. “A Little Life” gutted me. I’ll never forget that book.

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Rainydancer on Apr 25, 2021:

Welcome to Sunshine Swaps!

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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