Allowing there to be room to evolve is especially important, not just in our regular day to day lives, but I believe that all aspects of problem-solving and creativity truly feeds off of evolution, and with that being said, we only hurt ourselves when we try to fit into a certain mold and refrain from exploration.
Style boards, mood boards, inspiration, whatever you want to call it, they help to hone in your vision and really feel out what's currently drawing you in, making you feel, and giving life to your work. I typically make a board about every six months or so, and what's so fascinating is to see what falls out and what stays. I find it so intriguing that this compilation of change is so refreshing, I'm always left feeling like, "Yeah, this is exactly who I am and what I'm loving right now." This process also helps me to make a more conscious approach to my purchases and design choices without getting too caught up in passing trends.
This time around I also added pieces that are three dimensional, and will not be hung on my wall, like the spool of twine, charcoal pencils, or the oil paint tubes -- you get the idea. I think as a creative, it's good to use our hands as much as possible -- and I don't mean through clicking and using our already well worked out thumbs to click and save images onto our phones or computers. Get involved, print out images, search through old books, hang old photographs, find out what's inspiring you, and make it visual, make it tangible. It'll ignite your creative juices in a whole new way.