THE 5 F’s in Priorities: Faith, Family, Fitness, Friends & Finances: Are Yours in Order?

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Why does it so often take a major life crisis for so many people to get their priorities in order? Karen Simmons, author of “Surrounded by Miracles,” reveals the five most important things in life, and how giving them precedence now can help someone cope with any crisis that comes later.

For those who invest too much time and money in things that don’t really matter, it often takes a life-threatening illness, a child being diagnosed with a special need, or another Category 5 hurricane to make them take a brutally honest look at their priorities.

Determining what’s important and making it a priority – before tragedy strikes – can help them recover more quickly when they do encounter a crisis. The process is a lot simpler than they might think.

“A lot of people get caught up in day-to-day life and don’t take time to define what’s really important,” says Karen Simmons, CEO of the worldwide, leading organization Autism Today™ and author of Surrounded by Miracles: How a Circle of Love Saved One Woman’s Life in 57 Days (Exceptional Resources, Inc., “They miss what life’s really all about until something major makes them stop and think.”

In 1994 Simmons family was told she had a 1% chance to live. Friends and family were stunned. She’d gone to the hospital for a routine birth, but instead found herself receiving her last rites. Over the course of two months, Simmons fought a vicious battle with illness and finally came out victorious. Her close call with death forced her and all those close to her to come to terms with the real meaning of life. Simmons hopes sharing her experience will help others do the same, without having to undergo such a traumatic ordeal on their own.

Simmons encourages others to focus on making “The Five F’s” a high priority in their lives:

  • Faith
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Fitness
  • Finances

Those who are not giving priority to these five areas, should ask themselves why, and then seek out ways to find alignment for their priorities. That way, when a crisis hits, they will find themselves better equipped to face whatever comes their way.

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BIO: Karen Simmons, Real Life Survivor and Supporter for Special Needs

Karen Simmons is the CEO of the internationally recognized Autism Today™, an organization that is one of the world’s leading resources for special needs. A successful businesswoman, mother of six and an in-demand keynote speaker, Karen is the author of four books and the co-author of the forthcoming “Chicken Soup for the Special Needs Soul” along with Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hanson and Heather McNamara; visit

Currently based in Alberta, Canada, with her husband and family of six children, Karen is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, which gives her and her organization a uniquely expansive network with the worldwide special needs community.

Surrounded by Miracles: How a Circle of Love Saved One Woman’s Life in 57 Days

Exceptional Resources, Inc.


ISBN: 978-0-9724682-7-5



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