When I was turning 30, I felt like I was going through the motions. I was waiting for things to happen to me rather than making them happen. This was a theme in my day-to-day life, my career and my vision for my future (or lack thereof).

I reset my outlook on life: What were my priorities? What did I want to spend my time and energy on? What were the goals I wanted to achieve? And, perhaps most importantly, what did I keep saying I wanted to do but always find an excuse to put off?

I created a checklist of 30 things I wanted to do by the time I turned 30. The list reflected everything from habits I wanted to form to things I’d always wanted to try to dreams I wanted to achieve. I completed the list two days before I turned 30, which was a reset in and of itself.

The true reset has become visible a few years out: I’m still seeing the list weave through my life. I found a wonderful new job that has pushed me to grow in ways I would never have expected. I write nearly every day instead of once in a blue moon thanks to the initial kick-in-the-pants from the list. I’ve improved my diet and continued to bicycle instead of drive whenever possible. I took my first solo trip thanks to the list, and now heading off on my own for a week has become an annual tradition that renews me every single year.

I didn’t think a list could change my life, but seeing what I wanted out of life written out in a checklist pushed this type-A lady to go out and do it.