In my world, Independence Day came five weeks early. On May 27, I left my job as a financial planner at an established firm and launched my own planning company, Finance for Teachers.

This transformation didn't happen overnight, of course, as many readers know from their own experiences. It took me four years to develop this dream, and nine months of long nights and early mornings to make it a reality. After talking about it for such a long time, it seems slightly surreal to be living it.

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