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.

The Power of Color

Learn about the meaning behind the 14-colors of Little Syd with our ColorGuide!

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

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Giving Back

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

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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

May 2, 2022 in Entrepreneurship, Featured, Inspiration

Happy Birthday, Syd!

Now that the 10 year anniversary of Syd’s birth is almost here, I had the perfect email to celebrate and share amazing dreams that are about to come true. I…
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July 1, 2021 in Entrepreneurship, Featured, Inspiration

Leaning into Inspiration with Syd

Happy July everyone! Time for a dose of... Indigo is the color of intuition, inspiration, and represents the third eye. I was so excited to write about Inspiring Indigo because I love all…
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June 1, 2021 in Featured, Inspiration

Optimistic Orange Syd and The Dalai Lama Meet

I don't know about you, but Syd and I are feeling... As much as I love all of my little Syds, Optimistic Orange is very close to my heart. I…
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May 4, 2021 in Featured, Inspiration

A “Gentle” Reminder

Syd Welcomes a New Friend .It doesn't matter where I go in the world  -- people always connect to Syd!  When we vacationed in the Bahamas last week, a beautiful,…
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