02/18/2014 at 12:00 PM EST
She's been spotted hand-in-hand
with a handsome hockey player, but Julianne Hough
admits she needed a break from dating after splitting from Ryan Seacrest
"I'm a relationship girl, and I feel so grateful for the one's I've been in. They've been excellent – I've been hurt but never angry – and they've helped me grow," the former Dancing with the Stars
pro tells Self
. "But my goal has been to be single for an entire year."
Hough, 25, may have had a hard time keeping that promise. The singer/actress briefly dated
director Ari Sandel and is now linked to Washington Capitals player Brooks Laich, 30. Still, media mogul Seacrest remains her most serious love interest
: The couple spent almost three years together.
Hough, who recently debuted a trendy pixie cut
, says she "honestly doesn't care" about meeting Mr. Right soon.
"There have been moments when I'm like, 'This sucks!' " she says in Self
, on newsstands Feb. 25. "For now, I'm focusing on my work and my soul. ... I'm just loving life on my own with my own two feet on the ground."