Alana Butler is a local piano teacher, operating Broadway Music Studio.

More than that, her kindness and sweet demeanor spill over into everything she does.  Alana is the type of person who seemingly is always looking for the best in people, places and situations. She is keenly aware that we’re meant to grow and evolve into our best selves and she endeavours to live her life that way.

Those who know her (and her students would agree) she is a shining light in our community- being mindful of others and doing her best to leave this world a better place.  She always has a kind word to say, almost always has a smile on her face and I think her authenticity has contributed to her success.  She’s created a safe and welcoming place for her students to learn the gifts that can be found by pursuing music. Plot twist, I’m not just a Realtor, I’m also a singer… so I recognize that there are things in life that are made richer when music is added into the mix. It’s a universal language, and that’s what I love about it.

Obviously, most of us like to lead our lives with our best foot forward, and to leave a good lasting impression- but sometimes what you see isn’t what you get.  I think in this case, Alana actually is genuine and kind, and I’m so glad to have her here.

Welcome to the table, Alana!   

How long have you called the Bulkley Valley home?  

I arrived in the Bulkley Valley when I was four months old and have called this place home ever since. 

What is one thing you have learned about friendship (or community?)

It is inevitable that we are constantly evolving through life, therefore the friendships I hold strong to are ones that are mutually respectful, supportive and kind. Whether our lifestyles are parallel or not, I believe the power of connection makes the world a brighter place, and because of that, I have grown to understand what true healthy friendships feel like. 

What is one area you are growing in?

As piano is both my passion and career choice, this area is where I’m growing most. Music has been a part of my life since I was four years old (thank you mom and dad). It has been a grounding source allowing me to emote freely when I need it, and also offers that challenge, working toward the musician and teacher I want to become…which is one that is always learning, sharing and growing.

What is one thing you would say to your younger self?

Keep practicing healthy boundaries and focus on what builds you up, not what brings you down – be you, stay true.  

Who inspires you and why?

When I think of who inspires me and why, there are many people who come to mind for multiple reasons, but for now I will mention Mel Robbins; a motivational speaker and author who provides authentic experiences to learn and grow from while providing good humour and wit along the way. As I continue striving toward a harmonious relationship not only with myself but with others, her messages are powerful reminders to me and represent the characteristics that I value and appreciate.

What do you know to be true and how do you carry that day to day? 

I know that life is too short and focusing on my physical and mental health are essential to carrying forward an overall healthy lifestyle.  Whether that is doing yoga, practicing piano, cooking, or learning something new – the list of ‘self-care’ activities keeps my batteries recharging and provides me with many moments of joy.