Redefining ‘Impossible’ through Life Experiences with Leehe Segal


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This week on Phoenix Tales, Yuliana talks to Leehe Segal, a jewelry designer and the owner of Bleecker and Prince. In their conversation, Leehe delves into her experiences in the Israeli army, what it was like delivering her second child at home, and moving to Singapore. She starts today’s conversation by recounting her decision to have an at-home birth - delivering a baby under COVID protocols would mean that she would potentially need to give birth alone, and that wasn’t an option.

Leehe then proceeds to talk about another time when she was posed with a rather pivotal challenge. After ending her previous job at a diamond company on bad terms, she finally took the step to open up her own fine jewelry business which has taught her independence and the confidence to deal with obstacles. She thinks that her experience of moving to Singapore at a young age and joining the Israeli army at 18 might have introduced her to notions of resilience and adversity as well. Leehe also recalls how moving back and forth from Singapore made her feel like she never fit in. Yuliana and Leehe conclude this episode by talking about how her experiences as a child impacts the way she rears her children.

Episode Highlights:

  • Why Leehe decided to have an at-home birth
  • Getting fired from her job at the diamond company
  • Starting Bleecker and Prince
  • Leehe’s experience joining the Israeli army at 18
  • What it was like moving to Singapore for five years at a young age
  • Her experience as a child not knowing where she fit in
  • How childhood trauma impacts the way Leehe parents


“I had this dream of doing a home birth, but I never had the courage to go through with it. They went on the news saying that people going into the hospital, they might end up coming in alone, and just the thought of going into hospital alone to experience this gave me that last push I needed.”

“When I was going through the pregnancy process, and then through motherhood, it was fascinating to me how fraught, you know, and how politically charged a lot of these decisions are about childbirth, right?”

“Moving to a foreign country for first grade, and not knowing the language–and also going back to Israel to a town very different in culture than Singapore, and maybe not having like, you know, the support that I needed to deal with this experience. So I dealt a lot on my own.”

“I had many years in my life more as an observer and not knowing how I fit in the situation.”

“It took me a while to adjust and to understand and to lose that feeling of being lost.”

“The boundaries are much bigger than what you think with every experience that you add to your life.”


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