Meet Monumental Syd

an energetic anchor for big spaces

Let’s create a life that makes sense, feels good and is so much fun!

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Give to yourself and others with our thumbs-up monk statues named Syd.

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Giving Back

We donate a portion of proceeds from our Giving Back Sets to select causes.

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Meet Monumental Syd – the perfect energetic anchor for your lobby, retreat center or garden.

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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 Blog Posts

February 26, 2021 in Entrepreneurship, Featured

Wearing A Smile

TANKS The most unflattering word for stylish sleeveless tops. Lately, customers have asked, “When are the tanks coming in?” While this sounds like something I would be asked if I…
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November 23, 2018 in Entrepreneurship, Featured, Inspiration

Syd Around The World

Can we just talk about Syd for a minute? Syd brings the light. His mission to bring more joy and hope to every corner of the world which he is…
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September 4, 2018 in Featured, Giving Back

Traveling, Tribes and Special Days

It doesn't matter where in life you go... It's who you have beside you.” Unknown It’s September. My birthday month!  I love the energy of this time….especially since we're taking off for…
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July 23, 2018 in Entrepreneurship, Featured, Inspiration

Ask, and the Universe Answers

Unless and until we know what we truly want in our lives, the universe will have no idea how to help us get it. And, we will have no idea…
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