Date Joined: May 30, 2018
Last Online: December 9, 2022
Birthday: October 4
Country: United States
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I recently received a destroyed brown envelope with nothing in it, no swap name, and no return address! Please let me know if it is what you sent me!
DISCLAIMER: I am human and I do make mistakes. If I made a mistake on a swap, or worse, it does not get to you at all, please email me before rating and I will resend no questions asked :) If I will be late in sending a swap I will reach out to you before the swap deadline to let you know!
Also! If you get a swap from me and have to pay postage, please let me know! It happened once (that I know of), and I do not want it to happen again!
Hey, fellow Swappers! I am Cindy, and I am a 24-year-old female from the USA. I am an elementary school teacher!
I started pen paling when I was 13, and I have loved it ever since! However, now I want to do more snail mail than email so this website seemed perfect for that!
Some things that are very important to me include my academics, family, friends, my pets, and my job. Some things that I love are music, cats, and Disney!
I am a washi tape enthusiast. I also love going to craft shops, especially Hobby Lobby where there is usually a sale on most items! Other than washi tape I also love stationary, tags, stickers, and as of recently, vintage.
I am not too artsy sadly but I am working on learning how to better decorate my letters and envelopes. It is nothing too fancy.
Now to relax after work I like to watch pen pal videos such as pen pal with me, tips and tricks, and what my pen pals sent me videos. I also scroll through swap-bot a lot! As someone who suffers from anxiety and depression, it is always good to stay busy!
I am looking forward to swapping with you all and I will stay up to date on these things! So if there's a chance your letter may have a slight delay, I will let you know ASAP! I am also 100% okay with late mail! I understand that things happen!
Lastly, I am not picky about what I get in the mail! I will never dislike it!
Have an amazing day and happy swapping!
I swap because it makes me happy and keeps me busy. As someone who suffers from anxiety and depression, it is always important to stay busy so the mean depression and anxiety do not take over!
In July of 2013, I was diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (a form of anxiety). I have been treated for it ever since. I got off treatment for a while but then things got bad again in November of 2017. In December of 2019, I was diagnosed with Depression and I am treated for that as well.
I want the stigma of mental illness to end, or at least diminish because I am still a normal person. I work full time, I have hobbies, and friends, and I go out. I share my story so others can share theirs. Feel free to email me if you want to share your story or just want someone to talk to! Let's get through this together!
I am sadly not very crafty but I have started to try a bit more to make my letters aesthetically pleasing, especially in my pen pal's letters.
I am also learning how to make bookmarks using washi tape and popsicle sticks.
However, I LOVE getting crafts! But it is never something I expect unless required in the swap.
For those of you who are interested, I have a pen pal instagram! It is @cindyssnailmail ! Follow my journey with me and I post updates on there like if i have to take a break from pen paling and other things like that.
Coffee, Mango Flavored things, Dr. Seuss pictures (quotes are okay), anything with lizards.
I would love to get pen pals out of Swap-Bot, though I know it is not really for that. However, I would prefer if they are females ages 21-35! I have gotten at least one from here and would love more!
To make things easier, fill out this doc if you want to be pen pals! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1oOn9XpYAkB9VXa_O-Oj2gtbsTkOryRjs8bF6HHgIyZ8/edit
Washi Samples (I never use them, just admire them. So it is okay if you cannot send a lot)
Disney (Especially Winnie the Pooh)
I am okay with teacher/reward stickers
12/20/19 Two of my friends recently passed away and I was diagnosed with depression so I apologize if you did not get "great" swaps from me. I am trying my best! But I am willing to resend now since I am in a better mindset.
02/07/20 I may be taking a break from swapbot starting in March. So after these swaps I am in, chances are I will be logging off for a bit, so I will not be making any swaps at that time either. But I still do not know about that yet. I may change my mind.
02/12/20 College is really kicking my butt and I need to focus! I am sorry that I am taking a break! I enjoy it here but it is needed!
03/05/20 Looks like I am not taking a break! This just makes me too happy!
03/12/20 Hey everyone! Due to the Corona Virus, my University will be shutting down for about two weeks. I will try to bring at least most of my pen pal stuff with me. But please be aware I do not know how this will affect the mailing system. I hope swaps keep happening and that I can keep up with them, but if not I will let you know and I apologize for the inconvenience.
03/21/20 Well, so due to Corona, school has closed for the rest of the semester and now all classes will be online for the time being. I am really sad about it because I love being at school. Tomorrow I am going to clean out my room, including getting all of my pen pal supplies. So I apologize if anything is late, especially if I accidentally left it at school.
04/18/20 I want to apologize to everyone! I have had a hard time with my mental health and had been working on a 30 page paper from school that is worth 40% of my grade. If you have not received a swap from me, know they are going out on Monday. I know most of you guys are good about things like this, I just wanted to make it known.
05/05/20 May take a break from SwapBot after these last few swaps. Summer classes are starting soon and I will start to tutor a child VIA Skype in Taiwan, so I will be busy a lot. I do not want to let anyone down. So if you do not see my on SB for an extended amount of time that is why.
06/08/20 Hey everyone! So on the 18th I will be going to North Carolina, where I will have little to no postal service. And I am going on a plane so I will most likely have no way to bring my supplies. The time that I am there, I will only participate in electronic swaps. I know there was a suspicious user who only participated in electronic swaps, so I just wanted to let you guys know I will start doing mail swaps when I get back! I may stay in NC for about a week or two.
06/28/20 Hey! So I am still in North Carolina. My plan was to stay here until July 9th, but I want to volunteer at the Red Cross here for a bit so I may stay longer. But I will definitely be back by August 1st. So do not worry! You were not forgotten! I will get back to rating when I get back. I did not want to risk your mail getting lost if it was sent up here. It is safe at home.
07/04/20 I will be going home on July 11th. If you have not received a rate from me please be patient! It is probably at home waiting anxiously to be opened :)
07/06/20 Hey guys. So you may be realizing I am making my swaps earlier than they originally were. The reason I am doing this is because I realize not anymore people will sign up for the swap and I don't want to keep anyone waiting, as well as giving you guys more time to fulfill the swaps. Also, these swaps need to be done before I go home. I have a big project to work on.
07/24/20 Hey. So I was admitted to the hospital the other day due to a mental breakdown and I was discharged yesterday. Because of this, I will be taking a tiny break from signing up for more swaps and pen paling. Feel free to reach out to me though, I am still going to be online.
08/05/20 Hey everyone! So I am FINALLY going back to school on Sunday. Because of this, I will take a while to rate due to the letters going to my home and then my family sending them to me at school. I am so excited to be going back!
10/22/20 As you may have noticed, I am only hosting three swaps and have signed up for none. After the 26th, I will be taking a break from SB and writing in general. I have an internship to work on and I am currently fighting for my passing status. Long story. But I need to focus on that for now!
12/07/20 So, sadly I had to withdraw from my internship and do it again, which put me in a bit of a depression. I have not been up to swapping because of that. I am now home for the holidays. Hopefully I can do some more swapping soon. Again, if something did not get to you PLEASE let me know! I will resend as soon as I have my materials again!
01/05/21 Hey everyone and happy new year! I will be returning to school I believe on the 7th. I want to get there before my roommates do to get some cleaning done. My internship redo will start again soon and I am excited! I also have classes but plan to keep on swapping! Because as I said before, it makes me happy. And a goal of mine this year is to be happier since 2020 was so hard. I am still studying elementary education but am trying to get certified in special education as well. I hope you guys have a great 2021!
03/02/21 Hey everyone! I know I have been MIA but I recently made some big life changes. For one, I changed my major from elementary education to child and youth studies. My internship became too much and I realized teaching probably was not my thing. It does not mean teaching is completely out the window, but I may be better working in CPS or DCF. I have also found an apartment to live in starting in May so that is exciting! I hope to start swapping again soon, but I had to take a step back to make some changes and realize what I was going to do!
06/19/21 Hey everyone! I will be taking an indefinite break from SB to work on school, work, and pen paling. I will log on if I get any notifications from the website I will log on, but I will not be signing up for any swaps for a bit.
12/30/21 So, I vacationed in California for Christmas. Sadly, while there, I had a medical emergency (not COVID-related) and was in the hospital for a few days. My traveling home plans sadly got delayed. I am back now but I wanted to explain my late ratings for some email swaps!
03/15/22 As of yesterday, I have decided to resign from my teaching job. I loved the job and my students, but I did not like the treatment I received. I am job hunting, hoping to find something that has to do with tutoring for the time being. I know my leaving abruptly may be seen as "selfish" or "unprofessional" but three others have done it since I have been there, so why can't I? Also, I have to put myself and my well-being first!
04/20/22 Today as of 7:30 AM EST, I have resigned from my job. It was a hard but necessary decision. My plan was to stick it out until the end of the year, but things change, I guess. I feel a mix of both positive and negative emotions right now, but I know in the long run it is for the best. I do have another teaching job lined up that will start soon! So, I am excited!
06/13/22 Goodness Gracious! I have not updated this section for over a month! Some of you may think I am still not working. Ha-ha! Just kidding! I started my current job on May 10th. But I am taking the teaching certification exam on July 1st. If I pass this time around (which I hope I do because I have been studying), I may be able to start teaching elementary school in August! That is exciting and scary at the same time! Wish me luck!
07/16/22 Well, I got good news and bad news. The good news is I passed my exam! Yay! The bad news is that I have not been able to rate swaps because I misplaced my mailbox key and have to get a replacement! I should be able to get that on Tuesday, so I do apologize for anyone waiting for a rating from me!
07/19/22 I got my key and I got my mail! All ratings are in! If you are missing a rating from me please let me know!
07/30/22 I got hired as a 5th-grade math and science teacher! I am beyond excited! I am also a bit nervous! I should know if I will stay in my current location or move closer to the school soon! Once I make that choice, I will change my mailing address on SB!
08/27/22 Today I changed my address on SB to the address I am at now and not my hometown address, so ratings should be happening a lot quicker now! I have come to realize that where I am now is where I will likely be for the foreseeable future, so I finished all the swaps I was in and now I have changed my address!
09/26/22 I live in SouthWest Florida and Tropical Storm or Hurricane (whatever it is now) Ian could pass over me. If that is the case, it could delay my swapping a bit due to the potential lack of mail service as well as the possibility of losing Internet, or the slight possibility of me needing to evacuate. Hopefully, none of that happens, I just wanted to let you all know it could happen!
09/26/22 (update) So the hurricane is due to hit my area but not too hard. However, my work is closed for at least tomorrow and Wednesday. I do not know about mail pickup so please be aware that mail may be delayed on my end! Both sending and receiving!
09/30/22 As of a few days ago, I decided to Evacuate from Estero back to Miami beach due to the hurricane and it is a good thing I did! My apartment ran out of power and for a little bit did not have running water. I do not know anything about my work yet and I do not know when I will be back in Estero. Please be patient with my ratings and I have limited supplies for swaps as I get my mail in Estero and most of my supplies is over there. I hope to be back in Estero soon and things can get back to normal! But the important thing is I am safe from the hurricane!
10/08/22 I am located in Southwest Florida and which was the area heavily impacted by Hurricane Ian. I did evacuate so I am okay. I am beyond lucky. My place and all of my belongings and even the school I work at are okay. But sadly, many, including those I know, were not as lucky. Things around my area are not "normal" yet and I do not think they will be for a long time. Due to this, my postal service is off so it may take a longer about of time for me to get swaps or for swaps to get to my partners.
10/30/22 I left my teaching job a little over a week ago. I LOVE what I did! But I felt like I may be better suited teaching a class that was younger, like 1st or 2nd grade. Sadly, my school did not have an open position for teaching a younger grade. I also did not think I could effectively teach and manage the class at the same time until I got more experience in the classroom. I wanted to do what was best for me, but more importantly my students. I miss them so much! They have contacted me to ask if I am okay and I told them I am teaching at a school closer to where I live (which is what I am trying to do). I am applying and interviewing for many different types of schools. I miss teaching. I love it and I want to work again! Also, I need money!
11/18/22 I have left town for Thanksgiving! This means I will not have access to my mailbox. So, if you are waiting for a rating, it is most likely because I am not home so I cannot get it yet! I should be back by November 27th!
There have been probably less than a handful of people who feel the need to attack me and others for really no good reason. The sad truth of life is that not everybody is going to like me, and not everybody has the same sense of empathy as others. I think we need to remember, but also have trouble remembering, that behind the username is a real person.
But I do want to thank those fellow swappers who have been understanding and patient when "life got in the way" or I anxiously emailed them telling them a swap was going to be slightly delayed from something as simple as I needed to get more stamps to something more serious as I had a medical emergency. Thank you all who understand that we all have lives outside of this site, and personal matters happen, life happens and some things are out of our control. Thank you for knowing that behind the username is a human being with thoughts and feelings.
I have met so many amazing people here, even if our only relationship is over SB. I have met people who sent me get-well messages when they found out I was in the hospital a while ago, or one fellow member of one of the groups I am in sent me a little care package a while back. All those things may seem small but they do mean so much to me!
If I were to personally thank every person who has touched my heart on SB, we would be here forever, but you know who you are!
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