I married Angela on December 3, 2010. At the time we were married, she knew basically nothing about the USMC, the way of life living in a military town, but she was willing to leave her job and friends in Texas to join me in North Carolina. She has an amazing ability to adapt to new situations and meet new friends and get involved in her community.
Over the last two years I have deployed to Afghanistan for 6 months and spent 6 months in Yuma, AZ on T.A.Bs. She has not only survived these separations, but thrived. We have no children at this point in time, so she was home alone with our cat. Angela left her job as a retail manager to start her own maid service, Angelic Cleaning. Her primary clientele are other marine families who are going through deployments and need help. She has given away two free cleaning sessions to women whose husbands were returning from deployment. She is always giving away free cleaning and organization sessions to the Officer's Spouses Club to be raffled off at events, and hosting contests for free cleanings for local military spouses on her website. In addition to the free cleanings, she volunteers weekly by collecting bags of donation items (clothing, housewares, etc.) from her clients and other local military families and brings them to the Whistle Stop Thrift Shop on base (the thrift shop run by the Officer's Spouses Club). These donations are sold and benefit scholarships for military families. For the 2012 Operation Ball Gown, Angela collected over 20 dresses to be donated for the event from local wives.
This year Angela joined the Enlisted Spouses Club and has recently become publicity chair-person. In her free time, Angela attends events offered by MCCS such as LINKS For Spouses and "So You Want to be a Volunteer?" Once a month she also bakes cookies for "Bake for the Barracks" and stays in contact with our unit FRO through email. In her free time she helps monitor one of the Facebook selling boards (like Craigslist) that is primarily made up of military spouses.
Over the last year Angela has gone from a girl who knew nothing and no one in the area, to one of the most involved spouses I know. Everywhere we go, she knows someone or something. She amazes me every day with her resilience and new experiences. I am proud to say I am married to such a wonderful woman and I can not wait to see what next year brings us. I believe Angela Marie Young is the most deserving spouse at MCAS Cherry Point to win Spouse of the year. Thank you for your consideration.
I'm Angela. I have been called "an amazing listener", "a love sac", "a great help", "best friend", "loving daughter", "sister" and many other things. I am now called WIFE by the best guy I have ever met. I am married to my best friend and starting our new life adventure together.
I thought my calling was retail management for a brief time, and have since learned that I still have a strong passion for helping others. I have turned that passion into Angelic Cleaning and currently run my own cleaning and organization business in Eastern North Carolina. I offer free cleanings to military families in need and take free donation runs to the Whistle Stop Thrift Shop on base. The donations are sold to benefit scholarships for military dependents. I will take this business with me wherever life leads us.
We adopted a beautiful boy cat named Sealey Booth and we will be adding more fur babies to our family as we go. No kids yet-- there is plenty of time for children. I am taking life one day at a time, sleeping in when I can, reading more than I have been able to in a long time, and enjoying as many cinematic adventures as possible. My family and friends are the most supportive network of people I have had in a long time. I do not have patience for anything that isn't positive or loving. That has made me a happier, healthier individual.
I am blessed to have this chance to be a member of the military community. I feel that I make a difference here, reaching out to other spouses in need, informing them about programs on base such as "So You Want To Be a Volunteer?,” "LINKS", "Bake for the Barracks" and more to help build up our base community.
Love at all times. You never know who loves you back.
Help in any way I can. I am all about cleanliness and organization and helping teach others how to achieve a more organized lifestyle. I share this passion with my clients, with other spouses on base, and with anyone who will listen. I am also a huge ANIMAL lover. I adore cats and dogs, especially my cat Sealey Booth Young. I enjoy reading and I am a huge movie buff. I have the best adventures with my husband and best friend, Trevor Young. I am an optimistic person, and I see the best in every person and situation. I love my life, where I am, what I have, and the people I know.
Hanson and Michael Jackson. No lies. Oh, and my rock and #1 fan- Trevor.
Listening to people eat, chew gum, smack, etc. *shudders* Also, people who text in a movie theater. And finally- negative Nancy's.
I believe in teaching through example. If more military spouses on our base were involved, volunteered more, were a little more optimistic... we could be an even better base community! There is so much offered for spouses of deployed marines on base. I have seen amazing things through my clients, client's kids, and the people I have met through LINKS, Bake for the Barracks, and local vendor blenders. I would like to be seen as a positive example to all the spouses out there who are hurting during deployments and separations and show them that there is always a sunny side. These separations are a chance to show the world how you survive, the amazing things you can accomplish (like starting your own business), and the connections you can make by reaching out and meeting new people. We are strong men and women who have the hardest job in the corps. If we can reach out to each other and join together to form a more active community through volunteering, we can thrive during our separtations.
I would go back to the day that Trevor and I decided I should move to North Carolina. I was at work on a break, talking to him on the phone, and crying because I just did not see yet how all the cost of moving, losing my friends, transferring jobs, and being half the country away from my family would be a good decision. I would take back with me the knowledge that I have now, and comfort past me.
I am so much happier now with my life, my career, my family, my friends and relationships since I became a Marine Wife. This move, this marriage, this community are the best things in my life. I would not change a thing about that hard decision, but I would go back to make sure I knew it was a sure thing and not to worry.
The sense of community. I believe a majority of spouses feel so alone and sad. For the most part, spouses are not near family and friends. They are having children, going through huge separations from their spouses and only connecting to people they are neighbors with or know through their husbands. I think if the base community (MCCS, Enlisted Spouses Clubs, Fitness Connection and other groups) would reach out MORE, communicate MORE, and offer MORE, these spouses would not feel so alone. I reached out. I sought out people and places and groups to keep me connected while my husband was gone. I wish more was done to comfort the spouses.