Welcome to our weekly edition of the Five Minute Friday blog link-up! Each week I provide a one-word writing prompt for participants to free write for five minutes flat and share their work with the online community. 

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We’re in for a special treat this week, as author Niki Hardy is joining us to celebrate the release of her book, Breathe Again: How to Live Well When Life Falls Apart (affiliate links used in this post). 

breathe again

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I “met” Niki online a few years ago, and it has been such a joy to watch this book grow from a seed of an idea to a fully published project.

Niki is passionate about helping people thrive in the midst of difficult circumstances, not just survive. She’s witty, honest, funny, down-to-earth, and full of wisdom. 


And guess what? You can get a FREE chapter of her new book!

Just text BREATHEAGAIN to 66866 to dive into the book today! 




In celebration of Niki’s book release,

this week’s Five Minute Friday writing prompt is: AGAIN




Here’s Niki: 


What the heck, God? After all I’ve done for you? Are you mad at me or something?

The questions tumbled out of me as the news that I, like my mum and sister, had cancer.

They were both gone. Was it my turn?

Cancer, that family heat-seeking missile of death, had locked in on me.

Again, the questions, rage and fear poured out of me.

I thought you came to give me abundant life. This doesn’t look abundant or full to me. My life’s falling apart. Where are you?

When we find ourselves barely surviving a life we didn’t sign up for, we can either stand and fight or turn and hide. I did both, depending on my energy and emotions.

Until eventually I learned that life doesn’t have to be pain free to be full and God has more for me, for us all, no matter what life throws our way.

But I forget.

So, He reminds me, again.

I love you not because of who you are but whose you are. 

Breathe me in. I am the very breath of life. I am here and will never leave you.

And I remember.

I’m learning to breathe again.



niki hardy

When life falls apart what we so desperately need is a friend who’s been there, a way to discover that life doesn’t have to be pain-free to be full, and then a road map to go live it. With plenty of her English humor and loads of practical advice Niki helps you do just that. Breathe Again is part BFF, part spiritual cheerleader/coach, and 100% down-to-earth and is for anyone suffocating in a life they planned or imagined. Find Niki at her website, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

Buy the book HERE: https://thebreatheagainbook.com/

Download the first chapter for FREE: https://nikihardy.lpages.co/breathe-again-first-chapter-download-stand-alone/ 




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