04/01/2014 12:12 pm ET Updated Apr 01, 2014

Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes Lead To Major Realization For Husband About His Work Habits

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.



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