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© 2012 Kebba Buckley Button.  World Rights Reserved.

This year, UpBeat Living found a number of surprisingly positive experiences in events, services, people and products.  In the face of many opportunities to feel discouraged and downbeat in 2012, UpBeat Living energetically pursues its mission to uplift your attitude, your heart, your spirit, and thus your health and your lifestyle.  The more you focus on the “Up” Beat, the better your life, health, and achievements will be.  We therefore have created the UpBeat Living 2012 Awards.  These awards are entirely arbitrary and capricious, based on pleasantness, effectiveness, quality, and inspiration.  The award categories are never final, so feel free to tell us what yours would be.  Hopefully, you will find the UpBeat Living 2012 Awards inspiring and even useful.

2012 MicroDwellPhoto by Kebba Buckley Button

2012 MicroDwell
Photo by Kebba Buckley Button

Best art center exhibition—Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, “MicroDwell” exhibition of 400 square-foot homes  (with architect Jennifer Frost observing).

Best new kitchen device—one-hand-tap pump for dishwashing liquid, by Method.

Best calming moisturizer under $20—TIE—Aveeno Nightime Moisture Infusion and Shaklee’s Enfuselle Hydrating Moisturizer.

Best chaotic environment—Apple Store, Biltmore Fashion Park, Phoenix.

Best callus buffer—A scouring stick, a big pumice stone from your hardware store cleaning department.  Works dry or with lotion.  ?????????????????????????????

Best margarita for two—Arriba Mexican Grill, Camelback Road, Phoenix.

Best business group meeting space—University Club on Monte Vista, Phoenix.

Best social media webinars—Sabrina Gibson.

Best FaceBook business page design workshops—Laura Orsini.

Best all-audiences fear-solutions quotes—Michael George Price, Fearless Thinking.

Best book to read to be transported—Susan Pohlman’s memoir of a year in Italy, “Halfway to Each Other.”

Best gluten-free breads & bagels widely available—Udi’s.

Best gluten-free baking mix—Pamela’s.

Luci's MarketplacePhoto by Kebba Buckley Button

Luci’s Marketplace
Photo by Kebba Buckley Button

Best urban eatery/grocery/espresso bar—Luci’s Healthy Marketplace Café, Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix 

Best nail polish—OPI

Best advice after a mass shooting—TIE—Never mention the shooter’s name again, and pray for the victims, the loved ones, the witnesses, the first responders, the media, and the shooter’s loved ones.

Best blog challenge—The Ultimate Blog Challenge  (starts again 1/1/13)

Best architecture media frenzy—Phoenix home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his son David, up for sale, sold, not sold, sold, not sold, sold.  Will it be preserved?

David Wright HousePhoto by Arizona Republic

David Wright House
Photo by Arizona Republic


Best forgiveness retreat—With Fr. William Menninger at the Franciscan Renewal Center, Scottsdale/Paradise Valley .

Fr. William Meninger and Kebba Buckley Button

Fr. William Meninger and Kebba Buckley Button


Best food bank event—Monthly free food distribution, every 3rd Friday at 7:30 am, at 1445 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix.  St. Mary’s Food Bank provides a semi-truck load of food.  Desert Christian Fellowship provides volunteers who move the crates of food.  Have friends who need food?  No ID, no faith qualifications, just free food for those who need it.  BYOBags if possible.

International Day of Peace- UN logo

International Day of Peace- UN logo

Best peace-related event in Phoenix/Scottsdale/Paradise Valley—International Day of Peace celebration at the Franciscan Renewal Center, September 21, with Interfaith Prayer Service officiated by Rev. Kebba Buckley Button.

Best smile—Brooklyn Rovello, age 7 days.  Let this smile remind you of all that is good.  You can choose to be this upbeat in 2013!

Brooklyn Rovello laughingPhoto by Nichos Rovello

Brooklyn Rovello laughing
Photo by Nichos Rovello

So what would be on your Best Of 2012 list?  UpBeat Living wants to know.


● Kebba Buckley Button is a corporate stress management trainer and the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You, and the 2012 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core.  She is also an ordained minister.

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