It was Mike Howard's first anniversary apart from his wife, and she had requested he gift her Magnolia cupcakes for the occasion.
After a week in New York on business, Howard got on the plane home to Miami with no Magnolia cupcakes in tow, assuming that a courier service could ultimately deliver them. Due to the bakery's small size, however, this was not an option.
"They [Magnolia] wouldn't really explain to me why this was, so I got angry on the phone and really kind of angry at myself, I guess, because of the predicament," Howard recalled.
The situation made him realize that it was time to re-assess his priorities.
"Looking back on it, it was a pretty clear ask," he explained. "That wasn't a snap moment -- that struggle continued for years between what I thought was necessary for work and what she thought was necessary for the life she wanted to have. ... It's a growth process, but it did finally culminate in me not wanting to have that argument with this person who I love very much anymore."
Watch the clip above to hear the rest of Mike Howard's story.