December 2017: A percentage of proceeds go to The Valerie Fund

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

Welcome Possibilities

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

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Giving Back

Each month we donate a portion of Syd’s proceeds to a select cause.

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Adventure with Us

See where in the world Syd is and read stories about the joy he spreads.

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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

November 8, 2017 in Featured, Giving Back

One thing I love about November is we get to watch all the boys

Dear Jeff, Big Syd has finally been born! He is flying off the shelves and all I can think is, “Jeff, we did it!” Remember the interview you did with…
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August 12, 2016 in Featured

Carlos Santana has a Syd

Yes, this really happened. Carlos Santana has a Syd! While we were away, camping deep in the Redwood Forests, I received the picture. Thank you, cell service!! And today, I…
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June 29, 2015 in Featured

My First Taste of Spirituality . . . Or Was It?

I have to quit corporate. I have worked this job for a lifetime and every cell in my body knows it is time to quit. But I am scared. Who…
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May 2, 2015 in Entrepreneurship, Featured

Where did the name Syd come from?

May 2nd is what I call Syd’s birthday, the day after what seemed like years when I said to the sculptor, “This is it, this is Syd. We are done!…
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