“I mean, I’m dating,” the Bravo star told PEOPLE Now — though she maintains being single “has been a lot of fun.”
“I’ve had a really good time,” she added. “I’m like, actively trying not to do what I normally do, which is just jump right into a relationship.”
As for what she’s been learning about herself in the meantime?
“I actually didn’t know how independent I was, and that’s been really cool [to discover],” she said. “When you’re just alone all the time, you really do learn that you can handle s—.”
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Schroeder, 28, split from Patrick Meagher, her boyfriend of more than two years this summer, breaking the news on Twitter in July in a tweet that has since been deleted. She later opened up about the split during one of her Straight Up with Stassi podcasts a few weeks later.
“Because we’ve broken up and gotten back together so many times, it was like: ‘We can’t do this pattern anymore, this routine of breaking up and getting back together every month. I can’t do it. Like, I can’t,’ ” she explained. “And so I have to do something to make this official.”
“I feel like I tweeted it because I deserve and he deserves so much better than this relationship where no one ever knows if we’re together or apart,” she said. “We deserve something stable or steady.”
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