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Ivanka Trump Laments Working Without Time For Massage

First daughter Ivanka Trump laments in her new book "Women Who Work, Rewriting the Rules for Success" how she did not have time to get a massage during her father's presidential campaign.

In her new book, which was released on May 2, Ivanka recalls going into "survival mode," notes The Guardian:

During extremely high-capacity times, like during the campaign, I went into survival mode: I worked and I was with my family; I didn’t do much else. Honestly, I wasn’t treating myself to a massage or making much time for self-care. I wish I could have awoken early to meditate for twenty minutes…

Ivanka, the 35-year-old daughter of billionaire President Donald Trump, also assures her reading audience: "Women who work are real."

Ivanka is currently a White House adviser, and her husband, Jared Kushner, is a senior adviser to the president; they have no prior experience in government. They have three children, and reportedly have at least $240 million in assets.

In a book excerpt gleaned by Fortune, Ivanka recalled her struggles on going public with her working mother experiences:

I began to wonder whether I had been doing women who work a disservice by not owning the reality that, because I’ve got an infant, I’m in my bathrobe at 7 a.m. and there’s pureed avocado all over me.

I realized that it might be helpful in changing the narrative -- even in a small way -- to, for example, debunk the superwoman myth by posting a photo that my husband candidly snapped of me digging in the garden with the kids in our backyard, my hair in a messy ponytail, dirt on my cheek. I’ve been careful not to pretend it’s easy because it is not.

A former executive who worked for Ivanka Trump’s brand was asked by The Guardian on May 1 what it was like working for Ivanka, and replied: "I can’t talk. They are the most litigious family out there."

Four of Ivanka's five most senior executives -- from the early days -- left her company after less than two years.

"Each [of the four key executives] left for their own reasons but it’s telling that they’ve all gone ... You don’t leave somewhere if things are great," an ex-senior figure told The Guardian.

In her new book, Ivanka notes her routine with her team:

I start making the rounds at 5:30[pm] to check in and announce that I’m going home as I leave. My team knows that I trust them to make the right decisions about how they allocate their time, and they would never abuse the privilege. They also know to expect e-mails from me at 11pm -- and that I don’t expect an answer at that hour, unless they, like me, leave early!

Sources: The Guardian (2), Fortune / Photo credit: Ryan Johnson/Wikimedia Commons

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