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Sarah Wassner Flynn is a New York City-based writer. She's contributed to magazines such as CosmoGIRL!, National Geographic Kids, Runner's World, Women's Health, Prevention and MetroSports New York. She is also the author of The Book of ...

What will your plan be?

Digging out of debt? Concerned about staying healthy? Figuring out which path to take to reach your goals in life is as simple as jumping online. Thanks to a new site called WhatWillYourPlanBe.com, you'll be able to create plans to cope with the most strenuous of life's situations, like suddenly losing your job or staying on top of your health. For more about this click-worthy website, read on.

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Get a virtual online coach

People pay big bucks for advice from a life coach. But WhatWillYourPlanBe.com can give you great guidance for free. Just log on and pick the most pertinent issues from the list shuffling around on the home page.

"Today's young women face obstacles unlike any generation before them," explains Andrea Porzio, Group Product Manager of Consumer Marketing at Duramed Pharmaceuticals, the sponsor of the site. "This new website extends that support to other areas of a young woman's life, providing a real ally that's easily accessible anytime, anywhere when she needs it the most."

So, from "Buying my way to Bora Bora" to "Making the right health choices," the site is set up to tackle the top topics orbiting around a woman's world. With the click of the mouse, you can rank issues by how important each one is to you, and once you assess six goals, the site determines the most pressing areas in your life, whether it's health, career or finance.

Investigate your issues

And based on your number one priority (health, career or finance), the site then guides you through a quiz based on the issue itself: Examples include "How Financially Fit Are You?", "Is Your Career on Track?" and "Am I Making the Right Health Choices?" (The latter focusing on sexual health, a nod to the site's sponsor, Duramed Pharmaceuticals, the makers of Plan B emergency contraception). It's a simple way to see how you stand when it comes to what matters most in your life – and to assess how much (if any) help you need in each of the aforementioned areas.

Get advice from experts

From there, you'll be guided to expert advice, offering anything on "how to back up your sexy side with real smarts" or "how to start tackling your financial goals". Experts include Stacy Francis, the president of Francis Financial, Inc., an independent, fee-only firm that specializes in helping individuals create more fulfilling lives through financial freedom; Ashlesha Patel, Division Director of Family Planning Services at John H. Stroger, Jr. Cook County Hospital in Chicago; and Nicole Williams, the world's first career stylist, and founder of WORKS Career Management, the leading career management brand for young professional women.

Together, these women offer an extensive amount of expertise with tips tailored to how you measured up on your quiz. Accompanying this advice are pointers on such topics as successful shopping (for example, Wallet-less shopping: Leave your credit cards at home. Only spend what you have in cash.) to positioning yourself as best candidate for a new job. And whether you love or loathe your current career, with today's job market as it is, who wouldn't want to know that?

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