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The Suburban Monk invites people to create a life that makes sense, feels good and is so much fun! Our cornerstone product, Syd, is a smiling thumbs-up buddha like statue who is a universal symbol of encouragement and joy.

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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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Discover a whole new way to invite Syd’s special kind of magic into your life!

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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

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, Giving Back, Inspiration

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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October 1, 2022 in Entrepreneurship, Featured, Giving Back

Support Breast Cancer Research with Syd

“Together we can do something wonderful.”  Mother Teresa    Hi Everyone, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and for me, it hits very close to home. I lost my mother to…
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