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.
“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?