This 33-year-old mom to a 5-year-old son recently remarried, and now has two stepchildren, as well. Her family lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Life before divorce: Shearer married at 24 and divorced two years later, in 2006. At the end of her marriage, she earned $36,000 as a marketing assistant and supported her husband, who was unemployed.
Life after divorce: After her divorce, Shearer moved to her hometown of Athens, Ohio, to be near family where she landed a job at the local Visitors Bureau that paid $28,000 a year. She returned to Columbus for a copywriting job where she earned $80,000. Three years ago, she launched Cement Marketing, which today employs five people and grosses $600,000 annually. This year she will take home $150,000.
Philosophy: "When you're in the wrong relationship, you don't have the flexibility to take the risks you need to find success. Today, I have the flexibility I need to spend time with my child and the lifestyle I dreamed of. If you're happy with your life, the money will follow."