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Jennie Garth on Finding Love: 'I Made Myself Go on a Blind Date'

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Fresh home from a beach getaway in Tulum, Mexico, with fiancé David Abrams and her three daughters, Jennie Garth reveals she found her match when she least expected it.

“I built my house for myself and my girls, and was so complete when we moved in,” the Mystery Girls actress, 43, said on the set of a MOTRIN ad for their ‘Make It Happen Weekends’ campaign aimed at inspiring women to share lifestyle advice. “Things couldn’t have been better, and I told my contractor, ‘If you build it they will come.’ That’s how it is.”

So, after focusing on her physical surroundings, Garth began a journey to find inner happiness – and was pleasantly surprised.

“I’ve done so much personal growth in the last three years,” says Garth. “I’ve been focusing on getting past things so I can be free. I was finally there when the house was finished. Things just lined up and I was like ‘I don’t need it, I don’t want it,’ and there it came.”

So, where exactly did she find him?

“I made myself go on a blind date,” the actress said. “It was a random thing, [my friend] said ‘Would you?’ and I said ‘I don’t wan’t to do this, but I’m going to because I need practice dating.'”

Garth’s “practice” ended up being a whole lot more.

The duo have been practically inseparable since last fall, with Abrams popping the question this month.

“Dave had been working on this for months, and really wanted to plan something special for her around her birthday and make it perfect,” a source close to the couple told PEOPLE following the engagement news.