Date Joined: May 28, 2019
Last Online: September 25, 2020
Birthday: August 17
🌿 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 *
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.
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.
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).
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.
African Queen (1951).
The Deer Hunter (1979).
Birdy (1984), of course.
The Name of the Rose (1986).
The English Patient (1997).
I'm not scared (Io non ho paura) (2003).
The Secret of Kells (2009).
Loving Vincent (2017).
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.
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
poetry and storytelling
birds - trees - mountains
stickers, bookmarks, ephemera
things related to art, nature and healing
abstract, botanical + children's books illustrations
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.
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.
'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 and i'm a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.
profile last edited: June 15th, 2020
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