We had the good fortune of connecting with De Ingles and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi De, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?

We started our brand to be able to give back to the National Parks, Monuments and Public Lands. These places and spaces are important to both current and future generations.

Keeping our parks thriving means the landscape remains mostly unchanged and unspoiled… leaving places for walks, hikes, adventure and just being.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?

I remember a professor once saying “your career isn’t a straight line… it’s more wavy and sometimes you go backwards.” This would describe my career path as I’m sure it would for others.

I started as a graphic designer working for a few different companies… ultimately, running our own design studio and working with companies that do good. My husband and I are co-principals. But, in 2019… we took a 5-week trip through the Western US and fell in love with the National Parks and Public Lands. This is where Wild Routed was born.

As a way to remember the wonderful places and the kind people, I drew the experience into little graphics. And, when we arrived home… we turned those into stickers and then graphic tees.

The rest is history. You could say one just needs to start their path and it kind of unfolds along the way. The law of compounding is in your favor when you show up every day and do the best you can. Overcoming challenges aren’t easy, but taking time to rest helps. My friend Francie says “Don’t quit, rest”… then start again.

We spend time presenting to younger creatives as a way to show your path isn’t a straight line and it doesn’t have to be perfect. Your going to grow and evolve, so many times …how you start your career isn’t where you always end up.

We also are in a group that goes to Creative South every year. The pandemic has delayed it a couple times, but we are actually looking forward to meeting people in person that we’ve known for years online.

One tip: start saving for your retirement as soon as you can. If you’re babysitting… save a third of your wages. Keep saving. The law of compounding applies here too. And, securing your future allows you to take risks and chances that you might not otherwise feel you can.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

We really enjoyed the National Parks and Monuments in the Flagstaff area. Hiking, going for walks around the area and listening to the Rangers tell stories about these places.

The red soil and deep canyons were very inviting and seemed to have magical powers.

Favorite meal of all time would be Elote in Sedona. Shout out to Chef Jeff Smedstad and staff! Amazing! We even purchased his cookbooks and have been trying to recreate dishes.

So, my itinerary for a friend would be:
– Find an Air B & B that is within walking distance to shopping, nature and eateries
– Make a couple reservations at Elote, so one could try all of the menu
– Plan hikes to the “locals” favorites. We stopped by Karen’s Bakeshop and talked to the owner. She was so nice and shared neat spots like Baldwin Trail.
– Make a reservation for an outdoor massage and wellness opportunity. We didn’t have time this trip, but wanted to.
– Visit Walnut Canyon to see history and exercise (walking the steps into and out of the canyon is a workout).

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

Growing up in the Midwest found us trekking through the woods, spending time in the garden with family, and of course, sharing stories around a cozy campfire. These are some of our fondest memories.

Each hand-drawn design is a visual reflection of precious time spent with the people we love and the beautiful outdoor places we wander…

We were fortunate to grow up on a homestead surrounded by family, especially our grandparents. It was a magical childhood and is remembered with true affection. Being allowed to play “wild” in the vast wooded hills located in a small town on Route 116 in Central Illinois… We’ve headed back to the simple life once again. Family meals, campfire stories with s’mores (Sean Hayes- Smartless) sharing life skills, and just an appreciation for the little things.

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