1- Hello Rashida, can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
An artistic girl brought forth by birth on the lovely island of Jamaica. A wife, mother, author and poet cover the depth of who I am.
My memory doing justice, originating written works for me began at a very young age. I recognized a gorgeous doll at age 7 and her full worth, but endowed with a creative mind, a pen and a piece of paper meant more, and nothing else could avail a child dying to give voice to her thoughts and ideas.
I later migrated to the United States; a happy turn of events blessed me with a wonderful husband and a terrific son. They both keep me grounded with a smile on my face during my quotidian activities.
Writing is always a part of these activities. Published works include Tommy and The Bumper Boats, The A to Z Animals and The Mystery of The Missing Fish, and 365 Days Smarter.
I have also written several published articles over the years.
Will I ever stop writing? Yes, when there is nothing left to say, and I am given a release of life from my higher power.
2- What are your focus areas and why?
My focus areas are primarily self-help. Assisting people in seeing the greatness within themselves and becoming the best version of themselves is an important quest that I must fulfill during my time here.
Changing the mental condition of people is also another calling to which I must answer. I want people to embrace positive thinking. Negative thinking cannot enter where there are barriers. So often in life people are stuck in a pattern of unproductive behaviour that averts them from stepping into their future as they were meant to.
This is because they are trapped and enslaved in negativity. When you break the shackles and chains and free yourself from negativity, you are able to race towards positivity, and that is a continuous journey, but you must make the choice. There is no finishing line in the positivity race;
You may slow down to catch your breath, but you must keep moving forward, put on our best hats and do the things we were called to do.
3- You wrote 4 successful books, how do you describe your journey?
As a writer and an author, my techniques always play a central role in my journey. But even more importantly, being in a happy and healthy space allows for me to deliver a message that is profound and effective to my readers.
Having a great support system in place works to everyone’s advantage, and so I am eternally grateful for how supportive my husband has been throughout my journey. It is important to maintain a balance, and I have been able to do just that.
I get great pleasure from my little one coming up and asking “mom” what are you writing today?
I am reminded in those moments that not only am I blessed with a loyal set of readers, but with a family that loves and cares about me.
As with anything, those precious moments contributes to the drive and push you need to keep going.
Therefore, my journey has been a great one.
4- Where do you think you are making an impact?
I have been privileged to impact the young and the old. That is one of the appreciable difference about being able to write across genres is that you are able to reach a broader audience.
I feel elation at having put on a smile on the faces of so many people, regardless of their age.
5- Can you tell us about your book named “365 Days Smarter”?
“Your mind dictates your thoughts, your thoughts your attitude, your attitude your actions, and your actions your destiny.” Rashida Costa
I want for people to live up to their authentic self, and achieve and be all that they are meant to be. Therefore, in writing this book, providing them with the tools to be able to do that was essential.
I often say that life does not come with an instructional manual, but it certainly comes with its challenges.
365 Days Smarter provides people with a little piece of gem to get through their day. It is filled with quotes that are motivational, inspirational, tenacious and sagacious.
Therefore, it does not matter where you are in life’s journey; there is something in this book for you.
6- What were some of the biggest challenges you encountered while writing the book?
I would have to say covering a message for everyone. I did not want this to be a theme based book. Therefore it was written with a relatable message for the high school senior that is uncertain about their future, the single parent struggling to survive, the Olympian who is facing confidence issues, the families that are divided, the individuals diagnosed with a terminal illness, the rich and the poor.
Once I was able to think of everyone as who they are, people who face real challenges regardless of their best efforts at times, then what initially presented itself as a dare, resulted in a victorious event.
7- Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Happy fulfilled and on my continuous journey to be all that I can be to myself and others.
8- What can you tell young people who are pursuing their dreams?
“Stop talking your way out of your dreams, the only person holding you back is you.” Rashida Costa
Life is not going to be easy, we are made stronger and wiser by the very test of faith and the challenges that we endure in life. But it is not about endurance, it’s about perseverance, pushing forward and doing the things we were called to do.
9- What are you most excited about at the moment?
At present, I am working on a serialized literature that was already picked up by a publisher.
Working on a new project is always an electrifying experience.
10- The last word or final thoughts?
I am not yearning to go to the Necropolis, but when my time here on this beautiful earth expires, there is no choice in the matter. There are a lot of dreams and ideas that are there, for the simple fact that people did not live their dreams. Stop talking your way out of your destiny, and never surrender. Here is what not to do:
“Don’t be stuck in mediocrity because you don’t have a vision for greatness.” Rashida Costa.