Hi! I am Anna McMullen and I am passionate about the pursuit of cultivating the heart of hospitality. I am excited about sharing my journey of Pursuing Hospitality. I am also passionate about Hershey chocolates too! But I try to not welcome that into my home very often.
For over 45 years I have been mentored, modeled & immersed in authentic hospitality. I have pursued hospitality knowing that my home, my community, and my world will be a better place if we can extend hospitality to even the stranger we meet in the grocery store line.
TAKE THE JOURNEY WITH ME OF PURSING HOSPITALITY.
I grew up in a home that almost one evening of each week we would have a knock on the door right when we would sit down for dinner. It never failed it was someone that was needing assistance. They needed money for their electric bill, gas for their car or food to make it to their next pay period. You see, I was blessed to be a child of a minister that lived right beside the church.
COME ON IN
Married to my high school sweetheart for over 28 years we have always strived to have a home that is open to any that needs to have a place of refuge. A place that you enter as a stranger but leave as a friend. Being married to a minister was so familiar to me but I had to work hard to be a home of hospitality. It was not something that I automatically did from the beginning. I had to realize it was a part of life not something we do ever so often.
We have had many people walk through our doors that we had no clue who they were but we were able to sit, chat and sip some coffee or tea and enjoyed adding to the number of friends we have.
Reaching out to the Community
We have two adult children and a son in law. When you have children, that is such an easy gateway into the community. Through, school, sports teams, ballet & dance, church groups and playdates It opens up a whole new world to how you can practice hospitality. As empty nesters now I am constantly seeking avenues to be in my community and seeking out opportunities to spill hospitality out on others.
As I said above, we have a son in law. I say son in LOVE because I absolutely adore our Paul. Paul is a soft-spoken, kind-hearted, very determined and leader that stole my daughter’s heart while she was in Uganda. Paul is a native to Uganda. We have traveled many places internationally. But until we traveled a few years ago to Uganda to meet, at that time our daughter’s special friend, I didn’t really even think about hospitality from afar and how it is shown. We have so much to learn from others and together.
So will you join me? Do you share the passion to Pursue Hospitality? My desire and prayer are that I can share with you many experiences, ideas, opportunities and challenge you to step out of your comfort zones and into Cultivating your Heart of Hospitality.