The "Safe Haven" star is gracing the cover of the March issue of Self magazine, where she's opening up about how she moved on from her breakup with Ryan Seacrest.
"I'm a relationship girl, and I feel so grateful for the ones I've been in," she tells the mag. "They've been excellent -- I've been hurt but never angry -- and they've helped me grow to be who I am today. But my goal has been to be single for an entire year."
While taking a break from dating to focus on yourself is a good thing, the blonde beauty admits that it's tough to stick to her rules.
"There have been moments when I'm like, 'This sucks!'" Hough reveals. "But my dad used to say to me, 'When you feel happy with who you are, you won't need anybody to fill a void.' So for now, I'm focusing on my work and my soul. I honestly don't care if I meet somebody or not. I'm just loving life on my own with my own two feet on the ground."
The 25-year-old seems to have moved on from Ryan -- she's been linked to Canadian hockey player Brooks Laich. She hasn't commented on the romance rumors, which stemmed from photos of the pair hiking over the weekend in Studio City, Calif.
Hough is known for her fit figure, so how does she stay in shape (besides hiking with a hot guy)?
"People are afraid to go to the gym because they're out of shape or they won't try to do a marathon because they're scared they won't finish. But you've got to just go for it and keep going," she suggests. "I used to hate cardio because I have a little bit of asthma. But I've recently gotten into running. Once you pass that 'I can't breathe, this sucks so bad' moment, it's therapeutic."
To find out Julianne's diet tips, check out her full interview on self.com.
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