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Conversations with the Inspiring Audur Palmarsdottir Banks

Today we’d like to introduce you to Audur Palmarsdottir Banks.

Audur, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am an Icelandic mom, living in California and I am an online personal trainer. I create fully personalized programs for women anywhere who want guidance in the gym or with their home workouts. Sharing my own fit lifestyle online resulted in me starting my blog which has been a fun journey so far!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I have always been active since I was a child. But it was really after I had my son (now 4) that I started to make fitness a real priority. It was after I became a mom that I started the work of finding my balance while also challenging myself with fitness. My answer to that journey was found through self-love and self-worth. Exercising for mental health as well as the physical has been extremely important to me and I now feel so empowered through fitness. With my clients, I make sure the program fits their lives and preferences and we focus on balance rather than extremes. My advice for young women starting their fitness journey is to remember that something is better than nothing. Just move your body as often as you can, do your best, and give yourself grace on the hard days. The rest will follow and you will learn to love your healthy lifestyle!

What should we know about THATNORDICBLONDE? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I try to focus on balance as much as I can. When I was younger, I struggled with an all or nothing mentality so now, I bring my passion for balance between everything I do for my clients. The plans are fully personalized and I stay in touch with all of my clients to make sure they are on the right path for themselves and their lifestyle.

I also love sharing and connecting with other women on Instagram.

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
It has taken me a lot of trial and error to find my own voice and style and I think that the most important thing is to focus on being yourself and sharing in a way that is true to you. I think that is what most mentors would recommend, so I just try to constantly mentor myself by challenging myself and taking note of how I’m feeling and making sure I’m coming from a place that is truly me. Trust yourself and don’t be afraid to make mistakes along the way.

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Ashley Furtado @ashleyfurtadophotography

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