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A laughing monk named Syd is waiting for you.

Syd is here to touch your heart with a dash of magic.
Syd’s thumbs-up is a universal symbol of hope and joy.
Syd’s smiling eyes and happy face remind you that life is full of infinite possibilities.

Each color and size of Syd has its own special form of magic to brighten your world.

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“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.”

Howard Washington Thurman

Hi! I’m Ellen Atkins, Founder & CEO of The Suburban Monk.

The inspiration for The Suburban Monk came from a time of major transition in my life, where the past was gone . . . but I wasn’t quite sure what the future held. That void can be so uncomfortable.

I led a “normal” suburban life. I married a great guy who is still my husband 28 years later, have 3 kids and the adorable family dog, Murphy.

The Corporate world was where I lived for 30 years. Yes, I had the perfect job. Great money. Well respected. The day flew by.

So, what made me turn my perfect life upside down?

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Featured Posts by Ellen

April 26, 2023 in Featured, Inspiration

Spreading Hope & Joy One Person at a Time

It still amazes me how Syd's impact has spread. I want you to meet Nichole (see a beautiful photo of her below) and hear her story about how Syd has…
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January 24, 2023 in Featured, Inspiration

Syd & I Have Your Back!

As we look back on 2022, it was quite the year! Oy vey! I know that you often think of The Suburban Monk as your source of inspiration and motivation,…
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January 20, 2023 in Entrepreneurship, Featured, Inspiration, Play Syd Forward

It’s Been Quite the Journey 💜

The other day I woke up to seeing these pictures of Syd at the MGM/Bellagio in Las Vegas. (See pictures below!) When we first got Syd into the MGM/Bellagio and…
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October 14, 2022 in Featured, Inspiration

Are you into all of that spiritual stuff?

“The world is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper."                         - W.B. YEATS …
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Stories of Syd Sharing Hope & Joy Around the World